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The Lost Hymn

By Milan Mondal

The rails are still there

To carry the train.

The clattering is heard—

But there is no rhythm anymore,

For it does not reach the ears of Apu and Durga*.

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The smog has transported the kaash*

And fails to transplant it.

Apu and Durga are no longer free

To run through the furrow

For the pavement has anaesthetized their gentle feet.

*Apu and Durga: This is a reference to the young village children in The Mango Whistle, a novel called Aamer Anthhi in Bengali, by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay.

*Kaash : Long grass or reed

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Milan MondalAssistant Professor in English at Narajole Raj College (Narajole, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India) is a young bilingual (English and Bengali) writer of poetry and short stories. The major themes of his creative writings include ‘partition’, ‘diaspora’, ‘psychoanalysis’ ‘existentialism’ etc. Some of his poems have been published in reputed magazine.

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Poetry

Khadi: A Threat to the Dictator

    By Milan Mondal

Khadi: A Threat to the Dictator

The sun was at the zenith,

Because the dictator had gun.

He never thought of the setting sun.

The dictator cared a fig

And the charcoal was burning behind the white ash.

Tolerance was the stick to kindle the flame,

And truth was the only tool for the silent blast.

From South Africa to Jallianwala Bagh

Or from Champaran to Dandi

The dictator realized the charisma of khadi.

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Status Quo

Three years more passed

After the platinum jubilee

My cheeks are now no better than dry-grapes.

No distinctive line is visible

In between two of my breasts.

The beasts are still treading,

‘Wire’ cannot protect cleavages

From the ‘Oracle’.

Breaking the ‘riddle’,

Oedipus does sow the seed

To stigmatize Jocasta.

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Milan Mondal, Assistant Professor in English at Narajole Raj College (Narajole, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India) is a young bilingual (English and Bengali) writer of poetry and short stories. The major themes of his creative writings include ‘partition’, ‘diaspora’, ‘psychoanalysis’ ‘existentialism’ etc. Some of his poems have been published in reputed magazine.

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PLEASE NOTE: ARTICLES CAN ONLY BE REPRODUCED IN OTHER SITES WITH DUE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO BORDERLESS JOURNAL.