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Sunder And Sonati

On our first day at
A new school
I met
Berzee, Munaf, Nandan
Venkatesh, Chitcharan, Jude
During recess

What’s your name?
We circled warily around
Each other
Finding out
Where someone lived
Did he come by the school bus?
Did he have a car?
Who would take the
BEST bus home with me?
Who had an older brother in school?
Who should I partner with
To play carrom?
What tiffin had they each brought?

Today I look back
And wonder
At those questions
And wonder of wonders
At those innocent times
When after What’s your name?
There was not
The merest thought of
The menacing follow-up question