My Little Princess

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Give me a hint, my princess

Don’t you have a dream?

Or just toil in hot sun

by the side of the road,

built for swanky cars to

speed by to distant hills.

I see a smile on your face,

perspiration trickling by.

Your hands slip a bit and

your mother smiles too

“that’s how you will learn,

making, correcting mistakes;

All your life, will go by;

Soon you will grow up

And work like me in

Hot sun, dumping sand

with your pretty hands  

roughen like mine and

Your princess will be

helping you; you will be

reborn, again and again,

Endless cycle of births”

September 8, 2023 Recitation in English and Gujarati, San Jose concert

4 thoughts on “My Little Princess

  1. Lovely poem Rajendra. You have brought out the angst in all of us at this recurring cycle of poverty

  2. Very nice and touching. I was reminded of the first poet of Sanskrit:Valmiki.
    There is a story how he composed his first verse in sanskrit, he was going to river ganges for daily ablutions, when he came across a stream of water. Impressed by the clarity of the water just like the mind of good man, he decided to bathe there. As he was looking to step into the stream, he saw a crane couple mating. Valmiki was very pleased to see the happy birds. Suddenly an arrow shot the male crane dead, filled with sorrow its mate screamed in agony and also died of shock. Valmiki’s heart melted at this pitiful sight. He saw the hunter with bows and arrows and angrily said

    मां निषाद प्रतिष्ठां त्वमगमः शाश्वतीः समाः।
    यत्क्रौंचमिथुनादेकम् अवधीः काममोहितम्॥

    Translated it means

    You will find no rest for the long years of Eternity
    For you killed a bird in love and unsuspecting

    These verses are his first shloka in Sanskrit Literature, which Valmiki said out of grief and rage. He was the first poet of Sanskrit literature. His contribution to vedic literature is unparalleled. He was the author of the great hindu epic Ramayana, which has 24000 verses in 7 chapters.

  3. Thanks, Arun for taking time out to reply. You know the sentiments expressed in this poem stem from an organisation called Pratham that does tireless work on providing primary education to millions of children in India through funding by NRIs and others. Check out their site at They organise this education to at a very low cost
    You have met my friend Yogi Patel at my Pratham Tarang (does the name ring bells?) program at Mahim last year.

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