• Aditi Bhola
  • India
  • Oct 19, 2012

Golgappas are one of the addictions of Indian women, young and old alike. Unimaginably palatable and light on pocket, these ‘water’-filled balls are found across India. Though some have tried experimenting with its ingredients, none have dared to alter the dish per se. I wrote this poem recalling my hostel days, when a daily dose of Golgappas meant refreshment from studies! 




One of the favourite pastimes snacking or



Rather pampering the taste buds,


In the evenings, is feasting on the Golgappas.

Rounded small flour balls fried in vegetable oil

And stuffed with boiled potatoes,

White grams, herbal sauce.

And then filled with liquid from the giant jar,

Containing a mix of seasoned spice with appetising aroma.

In the evenings when the solar disc 

Heads to hide its luminous face

In the dark pillow, denizens of urban areas

Particularly the fairer sex flock to 

The ‘gol-gappe’ vendors for their treat.

The vendor serves them in a row,

The tang and tingle, pep and piquancy

So entices the customers that the one waiting

Will drooble in double and salivate

Uncontrollably to the amusement of the other partakers.


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