My Poems

Cats Whiskers


Is not a colour

I associate with a crow’s egg.

But there it is

A porcelain blue shell

Cracked just so

It wasn’t me that did it

But the nasty ‘other’ crows

The yolk is bright yellow

And clings to my whiskers

As I leap off the window sill

My whiskers stiffen

And the crow smell lingers

Long after I have licked them clean.


Theory of Relativity

When one Amchi*  meets another,
It’s time for Einstein to pull out his hair!
For, the Theory of Relative-ity,
is beaten, pounded till every link is laid bare!
Your Grandfather’s paternal cousin’s grand-aunt’s niece
is none other than me!
Proclaims the plump lady with glee!
Oh your Father-in-law’s youngest brother’s daughter-in-law’s sister
is married into my second cousin’s maternal aunt’s family – don’t you know?
States the tall man with the beetling brow!
The unravelling progresses at the speed of light
in wedding halls and functions –look at the people in sight!
“See that woman in the Orange Saree?
With the necklace in gold Filigree?”
“Who? Where? Which? Light Orange or Dark? Green border or Fawn?”
But Mrs-know-it-all is done with her and has just moved on,
to the brides’ mother’s maternal aunt’s cousin’s daughter
who attracted attention with her raucous laughter.
I sit feeling drained of energy,
Wish I could be supine and give in to this lethargy,
I feel like I’m back in the class of ‘84
My mind could absorb no more,
and the whole class had a defeated air,

When the professor finally said E = mC2 !

*  Amchi - Our small community of Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmins (we call ourselves Amchis, our language is a musical sounding dialect of Konkani - distinct from Goan Konkani, karwari konkani and is known as Amchigele) is a closely knit community where most people know one another or if not, then within a few minutes of meeting, will surely find out at least 3 common relatives!


  1. The poem is just howlarious!! Loved it Tanu ! Sushma Koppikar

  2. Dear Tanuja, the poem is humorous. Enjoyed it throroughly.

  3. Indeed a true amchis gaata..... so nicely written.

  4. Very very well written and the Einstein reference was too hilarious.
    But We must both be true to our genes and getogether to do our share of panchadik. Someday.

  5. Hilarious!
    "Amchee" applies to Chitrapur Saraswats only is however news to me. For me, it included the Karwar saraswats also.

  6. Beautifully expressed poems.Theory of Relative-ity,very hilarious

  7. Wow, such a refreshing Blog and website as well. It's been a long time since I read such fresh and expressive content. Proud to be an "Amchee" as well. Keep up the good work. Wonderful Poetry which is fresh and connects with our thoughts. Looking forward to more. Take care, God Bless! - Sachin Kate


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