By Anannya Dasgupta
AATMASAAR ( for Aparna & Seema) “Aatmsaar kar lijiye”* she said, after a poem with a life lesson had been recited -- “You know, learn it by heart, memorise it.” How beautiful a way to learn -- to have a saar, a gist, an insight become a part of who you are, in your aatma, your self, your soul. This learning to be whole in another language becomes a learning-by-heart. Where words felt and known are not apart. But then we move somehow to memorising – recalling for feat from the surface of the mind, heart and soul quite left behind. Now we flog the dead horse of rote learning, dangling carrots for parrots, not for the soul’s yearning. *Hindi phrase meaning 'learn by heart'
Anannya Dasgupta writes both formal and free verse and enjoys writing in rhyme. She has a book of poems Between Sure Places. She has also been published in several print anthologies and online journals, most recently in Soul Spaces, Drifting Sands Haibun, Usawa Literary Review and Hakara Bilingual. She teaches at Krea University.
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