TNPSC English Study Material- Poems
My Grandmother’s House –by Kamala Das.
A grandma is always special. What does your grandma mean, In your life?
In the poem 'My Grandmother's House', Karnala Surayya writes about her childhood in Kerala. She contrasts her present life in which she begs for love "at least In small change" [not wholly or completely] 'at strangers doors' [from people she doesn't know well] with her childhood in her grandmother's house, where she experienced lave in abundance, without ever having to ask for it. Her language is lively and imaginative.
There is a house now far away where once
I received love... That woman died,
The house withdrew Into silence, snakes moved
Among books I was then too young
To read, and my blood turned cold like the moon.
How often I think of going
There, to peer through blind eyes of windows or
Just listen to the frozen air,
Orin wi Id despair, pick an armful of
DilliMILS8 to bring khan) to lie
Behind my bed room door like a brooding
Dog... you cannot believe, darling,
Can you, that I lived in such a house and
Was proud, and loved— !who have lost
My way and beg now at strangees doors to
Receive love, at least In small change.
NOTE: The Above poem was unedited and has been taken from Tamil Text book for easy reference for the people preparing for the TNPSC Exams.