Kolkata, India

Kolkata, India

« Poems, to me, are not just powerful words or emotions recollected in tranquility. There are a purposeful, imaginative distance between the world and its inhabitants, between the poet and his reader, between you and me. »  —Binayak Banerjee, Religion and Writing


Globalization generally refers to the increased interdependence of the world’s economies signified by the circulation of information, money, people and goods across national boundaries. It has of late...


Satish’s habit of reading the newspaper early in the morning was gone a long time ago. He had that urge when he had to dress up and go on duty, sitting in front of the wheel and narrating to his boss in a nutshell...


My World, My Writing
By Binayak Banerjee (India)

Poetry, to me, is a continuous struggle to bridge the sense of materialistic cosmopolitan presence with the realm of emotional privacy. Now, this privacy...

Old Architecture
Spices at the New Market

You couldn’t invest in real estate
Nor buy posh cars
Nor did you take us to tour in some lavish mountain or ocean
Opened your pot and fed us sweetmeats
One by one every night...


They opened a window and their mouths they rinsed
And spilled on their anger-laughter and cries thus cleansed
And if they were in reach they’d have been beaten black n blue
Let my kites lose their path...

Victoria Memorial

These mannequin fountains and servant lawns
Preserve impressions
Of iron hoofs and Mughal Juttis
And that big dome you see, like a pyramid
Covers impressions of the same bones
And a legacy...


Will dread to speak straight
Maintain a distance between the cup and the lip
Will scatter bits of politeness
In a cauldron of arrogance
And conclude that it's perfectly fine...

Will find...

Purana Qila

There is no reveal of Tabla or Pakhwaj in primeval India. Also, talking about Pakhwaj and Mridangam in general, no principle difference can be put to paper regarding the use of these instruments in India. Beliefs and...