Awaiting permission to be

 Hello from under the elephant of bureaucracy

Hello from under the elephant of bureaucracy

 The gates are guarded

The gates are guarded

 within, we are well shaven

within, we are well shaven

 well fed

well fed

 free to stroll

free to stroll

 or sit

or sit

 or lay back and enjoy

or lay back and enjoy

 Shankar, my dear godfather who’s 90th birthday I’ve come to Delhi to celebrate, leafs through life…

Shankar, my dear godfather who’s 90th birthday I’ve come to Delhi to celebrate, leafs through life…

 past

past

 and present,

and present,

 delighting in celebration

delighting in celebration

 I keep busy, discussing secular ethics with the pros

I keep busy, discussing secular ethics with the pros

 and enjoy a well guarded coffee

and enjoy a well guarded coffee

 or equally delicious chai

or equally delicious chai

 and try to keep fit

and try to keep fit

 competition is fierce

competition is fierce

 It’s important to have friends

It’s important to have friends

 and perform the required pujas

and perform the required pujas

 in order to survive life's ordeals

in order to survive life's ordeals

 and navigate its crossroads

and navigate its crossroads