Life with Surrogates

He is tired, tense
Coming back from the hospital
The child is annoyingly loud in the Metro
But he looks up and smiles
Thinking of his grandson
Staying miles away
For his parents’ job, his own education.
Life with surrogates.

She is hurrying for the office
Elevator of the building gone bad again
The old couple is struggling with their grocery
Walking up the stairs
She pauses, takes the grocery bags from them
Thinking of her own parents
Back home, on their own.
Life with surrogates.

The young neighbour moves in
Struggling with her pots and pans
New city and new job, new husband
She sighs patronizingly helping her close the cooker right
Thinking of her own daughter
In a foreign land, strange surroundings, struggling.
Life with surrogates.

His group of drunk friends
Gets a disapproving look from his landlord
He knows he is going to get a sermon later
But he grins, thinking of his own father
Always disapproving, because he cares
In his own intrusive, archaic ways.
Life with surrogates.

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About Jaya

Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe ( with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: Twitter: @jayajha Facebook:

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