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Can anyone give me the summary of the poem 'round and round' by vikram seth???

After a long and wretched flight
That stretched from daylight into night,
Where babies wept and tempers shattered
And the plane lurched and whiskey splattered
Over my plastic food, I came
To claim my bags from Baggage Claim

Around, the carousel went around
The anxious travelers sought and found
Their bags, intact or gently battered,
But to my foolish eyes what mattered
Was a brave suitcase, red and small,
That circled round, not mine at all.

I knew that bag. It must be hers.
We hadnt met in seven years!
And as the metal plates squealed and clattered
My happy memories chimed and chattered.
An old man pulled it off the Claim.
My bags appeared: I did the same.

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker:

A man alights from a very long flight, where the 'plane had been a chaos of crying babies, bad airline food combined with spilt drinks and air turbulence.

When he got to the carousel and waited for his bag to come round he spotted what he thought was a familiar bag.

He assumed it belonged to a woman he hadn't seen for seven years and while waiting for his own bag he had memories of their time together. Eventually, however, the bag was claimed by an old man ... so he had been mistaken. His bag appeared and he claimed it.

In my opinion, what you see is what you get with a lot of Seth's poetry. He doesn't try to be clever or use a lot of heavy symbolism. His poetry is all the better for the sheer simplicity of it.