‘Saleem Peeradina, poet, essayist, editor, anthologist, teacher, is one of the writers, artists, and intellectuals that during the past half century made Bombay central to the development of a lively, cosmopolitan, international, modern culture in India. He wrote about his surroundings, his life, and the conflicts between how he wanted to live and what was expected and possible. He remains a poet of the present, of desires, and expected social and cultural roles, along with the actualities of his life, especially his married life. Many of the later poems focus on food, especially fruits, and animals, especially birds, as emblems, moral symbols for observation and reflection. A noticeable theme of the poems is awareness of the many, often tiring and burdensome, roles expected of women. You do not need to be a feminist to recognise how much is expected of women.