It’s there in the Doodles


By Ritika Kaushik

I have read it in the doodles
The ones that were written in mist
On the windshields in the parking lot
But it is more clear on the keyed metal of shiny cars

The expression that comes out once a year
When you burn your tongue again
Drinking espresso from Thermocol
Or perhaps more often, like in the showing of one finger
When that really says it all

It’s nothing really, but can be seen in various places
For example, the chewing gum from nowhere
That gets stuck on your shoe’s sole
And comes out only on its own

It is displayed in deserted monuments
In the form of museumized underwear
It is hidden in the not so ignorant flick
Of a cigarette’s ash on someone else’s carpet

It is also seen to flash on walls
That are splashed upon by bursting bladders
It is hidden in the yes nod
Of a “have-to-do” hand-me-down job

Don’t ask me to explain
What it is, as it can be very deceiving,
It can become a language of its own
Only by saying the same word differently

But, I will simply not talk about it in a poem
As it is only a matter of habit
And I can’t take away its punch
When used as vocabulary.


About the poet:

 

Ritika Kaushik, a UGC NET JRF awardee, is currently pursuing an M.Phil/PhD program at the School of Arts and AestheticsJawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) with focus on Indian documentaries. Starting with graduation in English Literature from Delhi University, Ritika received a formal training in Film and Video production, Still Photography Media Appreciation and Communication Theory by completing a Master of Arts in Mass Communication, at Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication and Research Centre (AJKMCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). Her student film Once upon a Sultan was screened at the JIFF’12 (Jaipur International Film Festival). After that, she had a tryst with the commercial film industry, working as an Assistant Director for the film Vicky Donor in 2011, a Rising Sun Films production, and was also involved with the education industry from 2011–2012, working with idiscoveri education in the capacity of Educational Content concept reviewer/content writer and as an Assistant Director for making R&D films for school students involving innovative teaching and content. She has also worked as a freelance writer for educationtimes.com from 2008-2009, and has also freelanced as a media practitioner.

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