The Indian Way

it is a return
a turn back.

To the past
to the customary,

we go in haste,
to save our lives.

The age old principles
based on research,

instruct us to wash hands
before eating,

tell us to scrub the feet
before entering,

the simple habits
kept us in good stead,

in our pursuit to follow
western culture

we resort to footwear,
unsuitable to our weather,

eating with hands
turns a shame,

Physical touch in public
places was not seen,

a greet by folding hands
lent grace.

Wellness depends
on the speedy return

to the traditions, the Indian way,
I cry with nostalgia