The Look


Two or three times a year I make trips to Chennai to be with my parents for a few weeks. My mother is 85 years old.?I notice every shade of emotion that runs along her wrinkles as she narrates incidents from her childhood days . . . and I do notice the?mischievous sparkle in her eyes that tells me she remembers the number of times she has repeated these stories to me.


the nemesis
of growing old ?
looking everywhere
for my glasses
but in the mirror




(“the nemesis” first published in Ribbons, winter 2015

20 Responses

  1. Mojde Says:


    a far sight…
    an autobiography of a mother
    a biography of a daughter
    to be remembered

  2. kalaramesh Says:

    Thank you.
    Thank you so much for your beautiful comment

  3. Magyar Says:

    ___ Heartful and memorable, Kala; my parallel… I often find my own glasses… in the mirror. _m

  4. kalaramesh Says:

    Ho hoho! Magyar
    Happy you could relate to this :))

  5. Purushothama rao Ravel Says:

    Every incident related to mother spins sweetness. Nostalgic one indeed..

  6. kalaramesh Says:

    Ha! Ravela,
    Thanks a tonne, for taking the time to comment about this piece.
    Happy you liked it so much.

  7. Annette Says:

    Wonderful. I love the multiple meanings of "The Look."

  8. kalaramesh Says:

    True. _()_

    So happy to note that 'the look' did get across
    ^_^ ^_^

  9. Sheila Sondik Says:

    What a beautiful piece—full of empathy, love, and fond amusement.

  10. kalaramesh Says:

    I'm so very happy you like this tanka prose, Sheila.

  11. Marie Shimane Says:

    Ah, it does everything!

  12. kalaramesh Says:

    Thanks a ton, Marie _()_

  13. donnafleischer Says:

    Growing old is yet one more journey and I choose your gifted haibun as a companion. Thank you, Kala. Warm regards, Donna

  14. kalaramesh Says:

    Thanks so much, Donna. Happy you could relate to it so well. . . what you say is so true.

  15. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Lovely, Kala – fondness and humour.

    I usually find my glasses on my head! :)


  16. kalaramesh Says:

    Ha haha!
    Common occurrence!
    Thanks, Marion

  17. aniketnikhade Says:

    Absolutely interesting and also sublte in it's way of telling everything. The best thing is it never loses focus and attention towards what's the cause. Also there is a sense of humour in it. An interesting way of telling things.

  18. kalaramesh Says:

    Thanks, Aniket Nikhade.
    Truly happy you liked this tanka prose.
    Deeply touched

  19. marykendall Says:

    Dear Kala, I love the story in this and your humor. I have certainly been in that position with my glasses too. Growing older is something we need to temper with humor and reflection as you've done so well here. Lovely!

  20. kalaramesh Says:

    Thanks, Mary.
    What a beautiful comment.

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