( Based on a short story I read in Kumudam , The tamil magazine.
On reading it , I could think of the need to have several such masks,
So that life becomes tolerable and bearable)
I was one day standing in market street,
With my friend , who works with me,
One gentleman known to me approached me,
And I started taking to him as follows.
I have come here to this market to make purchases,
Since I have lots of savings in the bank ,
Though our washing machine and fridge ,
Are not at all old , I thought of buying new ones.
That gentleman said great news and left the place ,
Another gentleman now approached me and I told him,
This is my friend , since I am badly in need of money,
I approached him for a big loan and he too left immediately.
My friend who was standing with me was blinking ,
And asked me , “ I am not able to inderstand you”
And I said “Very simple the first man was my neighbour ,
And I want to impress him, and second my close relation.
I wanted to make him understand that I am not that well off,
And if he is thinking of tapping me for money , I do not have it.
These are two of the masks that wear very often,
So that I can impress the people as per my choice.