Poem: Love in the times of a Credit Crunch

Couples like them, they don’t go on
honeymoons. They go on breaks.

They were to visit a few foreign lands,
not tasteless islands, or Dubai. But
countries (like Cambodia, Vietnam).

Their taste was to be reflected in the
simplicity of their home. No garish
replicas of the Eiffel Tower. Or mugs
with red hearts. Instead, there would
be, in one quite corner, a carelessly
strewn rug. (Maybe from say Peru?).

Taste and class must be effortless.
But effortlessness is expensive. Very.

So given the shrinking economy, and
soaring air fares, they opted instead
for the most obscure town in the hills.
They got married anyway. Claimed
that they preferred discovering India.

(Why go to a foreign country, when
it’s all here?)

Such is the lie that comes out of
Love, in the midst of a Credit Crunch.

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13 Responses to Poem: Love in the times of a Credit Crunch

  1. Aadisht says:

    The truly effortless do not strew rugs from Peru because they clash with the curtains from FabIndia.

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  2. mg says:

    As someone who has been to Cambodia on a “break” and with nearly Fab India curtains all I can do is laugh (at myself πŸ™‚ )

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  3. Ankur says:

    At least the deception is agreed upon to perfection!

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  4. ??! says:

    “one quite corner”
    quiet.

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  5. Ankur says:

    I think the ‘quite’ might be deliberate, in the sense of ‘quite prominent’; the effect is meant to be anything but ‘quiet.’ Even if it is not deliberate, no harm in interpreting it that way!

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  6. Shefaly says:

    But the important thing is that it is a lie they created _together_ which is the essence of the relationship, is it not?

    Although it has to be said, they seem painfully obsessed with appearances. Reminds me of Hyacinth Bucket in a similar-but-not-quite-similar sort of way.

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  7. Aparna says:

    they arent expensive- they actually buy them in exhibitions like Shilparamam but insist they are from Peru.

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  8. ??! says:

    Ankur:
    “in one quite corner”?

    So, it was, like, very corner-y? More of a corner than most corners? …corner. Such a weird word. cor-ner. coR-nur. corn-er. Gaaaaaah.

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  9. Ankur says:

    Relax dude πŸ™‚ Dont break your head in proving me wrong! Most likely, I AM wrong.

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  10. Marina says:

    I like how you’ve said so much in so few words. πŸ™‚ Loved it.

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  11. Gauri says:

    lol !! brilliantly written

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