There was a man and a lady.
The lady knew Science and the man knew the words.
Long age distance lay between them like man
on the earth and the cuckoo bird
on the Asopalava tree top.
One day the man called me with broken voice
from his broken phone.
‘Sir’, said he. ‘My lady fell my phone.’
‘Young man’, said I.
‘Worry not. When glory, men and nations have
brutally fallen by the tender charms,
when you have fallen in and for her,
why pity the fall of the phone?’
Its dents are lesser than yours.
He hung up on me
and it was never known if he
then smiled or wept.
Minu Jasdanwala is the writer of the novella ‘Snowy and the 2 souls’, ‘Episodes from my life’ and ‘Prem Mandir and other episodes’. He works in Mahila college as a guest lecturer. He is also the proprietor of Kafka's English Corner Tution class. He is the 1st Asian to have recited 2,500 poems and songs in one year's time. He has many national records for marathon reading, recitation and social work. He annually arranges Minu's Mehfil open Rajkot poetry recitation. He regularly comes on TV channels to give commentary on various issues. He recently won the second prize in poetry writing competition (all India), a competition organised by a Sarojini Naidu college affiliated to Osmania University, Hyderabad.