The Inevitable Garam Masala Once up on a time A war broke out Between the spices from the south and those of the north like a volcano. ‘We are the great immunity-boosters and taste-makers’, said the cloves, black pepper and cinnamon. Curry is dull and insipid without us. The spices from the north did not lag behind ‘Nobody can even think of making a curry without us’, ejaculated red chili, salt, Coriander, cumin and aniseeds. We exert a cooling effect on the body and not a heating effect like you. Seeing the war, the garam masala interrupted very calmly, ‘Calm down you all The union of the south and the north states Makes a great India So does a combination of the south and north spices. Look at me I am the product of that combination. Balance and harmony is the secret of happiness in life Without it, there is always a strife as you between both So give up ways uncouth.
Educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Hawaii, Sagar Mal Gupta earned his Ph. D. in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii USA. He has fifty-six years of teaching experience of English language and Literature in India and abroad. He has published four books of poetry in English and his poems have been published in a number of national and international journals of repute.