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Mainstream, VOL LIII No 19 New Delhi May 2, 2015

I give you the Bullet Train

Saturday 2 May 2015, by Badri Raina

Are you hungry, are you in pain?
Come, I’ll feed you the bullet train.
 
Have you no roof ov’r your head?
Are you directly under the rain?
Come, jump into the bullet train.
 
Are you on foot, pursued apace
By rapist, moralist, policeman’s cane?
Just one way to cheat them all—
Ride away in the bullet train. 
 
The bullet train is quick and fast,
It leaves behind the ugly things
In such rapid tryst with development,
You’d think they never did exist. 
 
Are you a farmer with noose in hand,
About to end your endless pain,
Consider a patriotic move—
Go under the bullet train.