And this is how

Then mix it well

and finally add the oil

and this is how you make the pickle

and this is how you preserve something 500 years old

older than you and older than me

and older than this house

and older than the lore

your grandmother told you

each night as your eyes drooped

and somewhere in your mind

live the kings and queens

and their sharp witted courtiers

and animals that were supernatural

and Gods that walked on earth

and this is how you carry on the legacy

the great grandmother of your grandmother

passed to her daughter and imparted to her son

and this is how you etch into the present

the specters of the past

and bring to life

an element of history that only lives in

dusted yellowed pages

and the stories they sang about

and the paintings and karigari

and this is how you immortalize

the forefathers of your land

and sustain a tradition

as old as time itself

and this is how you rest

all the ghosts of a millenium old

civilisation in peace

that they might be long gone

but never long forgotten.

 

karigari : workmanship (generally used to denote the artistry on an object) (hindi word)

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