Art And Culture

Rice-Pot Riots

They tend to tear their stomachs out at night without a sense of place or time. Cursing the empty wallet when seeing white smiling sweets in glass cages on roadsides with sticky bellies.

On one of the dark nights of drizzling rain, there was a small gloom just before the suicide of a kerosene lamp flame. Four stomachs are waiting for a long hour to cook a little rice in the fireplace. It is only the mother of the house who sees through the veil of tears that the green wood that is reluctant to burn is being lit as a cure for hunger. The poor waited for the rice to turn into cooked rice. When the storm of hunger blew, the poor three little bellies fell from the edge of sleep to slumber. 

It was when the night broke at the edge of darkness that the man who was the father of those three baby bellies arrived on all fours. As soon as he arrived, he took the pot of three-quarter-cooked rice from the stove and threw it out in a drunken stupor. 

Only that mother, after looking at the three stomachs that were crying and tired, bit the rye with saliva and thought that death would not be so painful.

…. By Sindhu Gatha

Sindhu Gatha

Sindhu who has taken up a pen name ‘Gatha” for herself, writes for online and offline Indian publications. Sindhu is an executive member of Artist Club International. She represents Bengaluru zone as an executive member for Creative Women. She dons multiple hats as, chief editor of Kids magazine Champaykka and a member of the editorial panel of KAMA. Sindhu is the Editor of Kavyakalika and Editor of Sargam e-magazine. She is also one of the editors of Sarggajalakam by United Writers, Bangalore. She is a member of editorial panel of Srishti printed magazine. She has been awarded the first prize of Suma Mohan Memorial poem writing competition, Kollengode Ashrayam College organized general writing and Mundur Krishnankutty Memorial Story Award for the year 2021 instituted by Vyaparakeralam.

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