The Printing Machine
Goes the steady printing machine
Chrrring bloody scenes into bold black ink,
Chrrring headlines that make us glug
glug our drink,
Chrrring crimes against women,
(Steep rise in ink.)
Gang raped Japanese tourist,
(International stink stink.)
Strip searched for menstruating,
Irom force-fed from starving
Child raped by politician,
The machine harps happily
And we drink to ink
That makes our stomach sink
And teaches us to fear
Fear the beasts riding the nights
From Delhi to Pondicherry,
Cat calling, wowing, growling,
Beasts of poverty,
Beasts on a shopping spree,
'Its midnight Cinderella'
'Its ten o'clock you dirty fella.'
Oh hell it really doesn't matter,
It was afternoon in the warehouse and nobody heard her,
There's was just grrgrrgrrring
Growing louder and louder
And the machine chrrrchrrrchrrring
Faster and faster.
Chrrring a nation that prides itself in the hanging of four men
Five if you count the suicide bastard.
Chrrrchrrrchrrring a village dangling
Of two girls, like pin up dolls, upon a tree.
Goes our busy printing machine
Till heads pile up in our hands
Printed crisp and clean on our newspaper stands
And blend smoothly into our morning routine.
Heads for one side or another
Like a black and white marketplace,
Two heads for four,
Four heads more,
Enough heads to start a war,
Chrrrchrrrrchrrring one after another
How many heads are we after?
And when you think its over,
When the machine stops with a sudden chrrreee
Wait a little
It's just readying
To chrrr at textbooks of rewritten histories
Of dissected countries
Of majorities and popular beliefs,
And then the
In roman prints
Of sweeping statements made by official establishments
To take safety precautions and make improvements
Based on moral views and religious sentiments
Of political convenience.
Chrrring out the marks of sin
Cut out of the clothes you're in,
The men with whom you've been,
The colour of your skin,
Speaking of which...
Chrrring horizontal lines vertically,
To pay for print
In soft baby pink
The pleasant opening page
Revealing a'Fair and Lovely' face,
Which melts slowly
A few pages on
With the rise of acid sales.
Our machine sings obliviously
With shiny sheens
To accommodate setups socially serene,
A world we can buy into,
A dream we can hang onto,
A love that divides one into two
Values that depend on what others think of you
And you know the tune,
You are what you say and not what you do,
So keep tap tap tapping
On keyboards computing
Virtual drawing rooms of communicating
Tap tap sweet.
Tap tap texting.
Whilst our machine
Background scores to our scenes,
Chrrring fantastical Bollywood dreams and glory
Based on Box office stories,
Chrrring carefully formulated plots of success
Pots of money
And lots of business,
Chrrring us to smile at rocks
And call them diamonds,
Chrrring us into late life disappointments
And life long resentments...
Chrrrchrrrchrrreee, the family you marry,has nothing to do
With the man you woo.
Chrrrchrrrchrrraaa, to underwear and bra,
Ladies can't fight seriously in lingerie,
So hurrah hurrah,
Let's throw her a bikini
Everytime she raises her head defiantly,
God forbids multiplicity
For a woman in our society.
Chrrrchrrrchrrreee goes our precious printing machine
Chrrring what it sees, chrrring non chalantly
Chrrring sadness, fatness and mental illness
As reasons for unhappiness,
Chrrringmedication that sedates you into stillness
Chrrring you to mask your nakedness
Chrrring bitterness in mothers
Like slow venom seeping into future generations,
The quiet revenge of the weaker sex
From behind the guise of a tear stained Kleenex.
Chrrring little brats that grow into men,
Chrrring little ladies who use hearts to pretend
And find ways to manipulate and defend
From thegrrgrrgrrring beasts
Of Darwin's survival of the fittesttheories,
Until our existence becomes an endless series
Chrrrchrrr stories that becomes our histories,
Which, oh, in irony of all ironies,
Will one day reveal
How our great Indian heritage
Fell to its knees
At the mercy of innocent
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