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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

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

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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...

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