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Attar/Ittar

Maa never answers

Update : 31 May 2023, 11:57 AM

Abba shouts for the attar.
Maa rushes out of the kitchen.

She dabs the attar on his two hands
and behind the earlobes.
He goes to the EidGah

My father smells Kannauj attar
And my mother smells
sweats, saffron, ghee and garam masala.

Abba prays for all
Maa marinates meatballs in dahi.


EidGah is a blessed place, they say.
And Kitchen?
Maa never answers.


Moumita Alam is a poet from West Bengal. Her poetry collection, The Musings of the Dark was published in 2020.

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