baba, what do we have
for dinner tonight?
a bread loaf or biscuits
would be fine.

no beta, we have a
bunch of things,
but you’ll have to listen
to me as i narrate the
fantasy feast.

take a deep breath,
inhale from your
stomach and not your chest,
close your eyes
and dream

dream about
silver coated thalis
full of big big bowls
overflowing with curries,
raita, papad, big chapatis
rasgullas and jalebis

now visit each one by one,
and don’t open your eyes
just breathe in the fragrance,
then lick your fingers
and swirl your tongue

repeat –
breathe in the fragrance,
then lick your fingers
and swirl your tongue

now put a wet towel
on your stomach,
goodnight, sleep tight –
all set for tomorrow
you’d wake up
hearty and young.

and don’t worry
about the dishes,
i’ll get them done.

Comilona ~ a Spanish term used as a noun when talking about an abundant spread of food, a big meal.