We're onto week 3 of the Fifty-2 Weeks of 2013 project and the theme this week is "A Pound of Flesh". As always, it is open for interpretation and portrayal. So here's my maiden attempt at a poem. More prosaic, really and certainly does not follow any one metrical pattern.
This poem came about from an observation that prayers to God that are made with so much bhakti, elaborate pujas and vrats, listening to spiritual talks etc all seem to be meaningless, if the thoughts, actions and words continue to be nasty and hurtful. This also comes with the hope that such negativity could be eliminated, that one could still change their toxic mental patterns, if they choose to. Here goes -
"Give me wealth and riches, O Lord,
Let me and the folks I love be happy"
The rest, for all she cared, could be crappy.
The Devil in her would not sit tight
"Nasty, beastliness will be your might
This, I promise, will give you cheer
Just stick with me and you'll delight
The riches and the wealth you seek
Will flow in abundance for you to keep".
Caught between right and wrong
The woman chose to not belong
To either of the entities
"I'll have both, and still be strong".
But then she thought a tad bit more
The karma I beget for the sins galore
All the good I do and say
Is negated by the meanness I display
So this time she prayed to God
"Make me loving and kind, O Lord
Help me think good thoughts, do good deeds
The words from my mouth, always sweet.
Let my life have a purpose
To do and for the good of others"
The path we choose is ours to make
Heaven is better than Satan's will
For the pound of flesh he will demand
Will surely be higher than any bill.
Ta-da! So, what do you think?
And for the recipe this week, a cooked cucumber gojju (as opposed to the raw cucumber one here). I've added onion and tomato but that can be skipped too.
2 cucumbers, peeled, de-seeded and chopped into small cubes
1 small onion, chopped (optional)
1 small tomato, chopped (optional)
1 tsp saaru pudi/ rasam powder
1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate (more if the tomatoes are not tangy)
1 heaped tsp jaggery/brown sugar
1 tbsp shredded coconut
2-3 tbsp water
salt to taste
1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
a few curry leaves
Heat oil and make the tadka.
Add onion and fry until translucent.
Stir in chopped tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes.
Now add chopped cucumber and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on medium-low for 8-10 minutes. The salt will release some of the water from the cucumber.
Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the cucumbers are soft.
Taste to adjust the various flavors.
Serve with rice or chappatis.