Take that thick towel out of
officer babu’s chair;
Take it to Raju dhoba
And ask him to wash the stains.
Yes, yes, I know it’s clean,
I must tell you it’s new;
See the brand’s sticker is still there,
You can even smell the camphor.
But babu complains every day of
Red stains like coagulated blood,
Cement dust and smell of sweat.
After that new bridge collapsed,
It is the fifth time he is changing the towel.
Jay Shreeram Dash is pursuing a Literature degree at Ravenshaw University and works with Film Society, Bhubaneswar, as a core member.