The Food Issue

A platter-ful of food and questions – presenting ‘The Food Issue’ – Bon Apetit!

Do eggs know they have little suns trapped in them?

Do watermelons know they conceal hillocks covered with pink snow?

Do litchis know sweet melting glaciers flow through them?

How does the artichoke contain the tenderness of its own heart?

How much pain does the stone heart of the mango conceal?

Does the coconut know, a deep, placid lake resides within it?


Which old lady, does the peach borrow its wrinkles from?

Why do plums bleed violet blood?

Did it borrow it from the black grapes?

Where do the grapes borrow its wine from?

The blood of its farmers or from the rain?

Where does the olive borrow its oil from?

From liquid sunshine or the sweat of its farmers?


Why does the faith of the cheese crumble so easily?

Is it because it ferments for a long time, to know?


Do the vegetables, used to basking in the sun, rain and soil

Enjoy the cold comforts of air-conditioned markets?

Do they like being neatly and tightly wrapped in plastic?

What happens to claustrophobic fruits?

(Pritha Kejriwal – Ode to the book of questions)

Pritha Kejriwal is the founder and editor of Kindle Magazine. Under her leadership the magazine has established itself as one of the leading torch-bearers of alternative journalism in the country, having won several awards, including the United Nations supported Laadli Award for gender sensitivity and the Aasra Award for excellence in media. She is also a poet, whose works have been published in various national and international journals. She is currently working on two collections of poetry, soon to be published.

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