River Wedding

Ma is afraid of water after dark.
Nor the glass or jug, but the pumping station
Across the street.
Once she told me why.
When she was five,
Orunni, the village Huck Finn,
Who ran after ghosts, and no book could catch up with her,
Oruni told my Ma, google-eyed,
Sompawati, the river behind their thatched houses,
was getting married the next evening.

All the rivers would come,
Kopili, Bordoisila, Dibang, Disang, Kolong,
All the sisters of Brahmaputra would
Flow through their village!
It would rain and thunder,
So much fun.

Ma wonders if the water station
Keeps all those rivers, bottled
She can’t stand maps too, after dark

I haven’t the courage to ask her why


Release of cosmopolitician by Mustansir Dalvi on 26th October 2018

Poet, translator and academic Chandak Chattarji will release the book. Sampurna Chattarji, poet, translator and editor & Abhay Sardesai, poet, art-critic and editor will be in conversation with the poet and read from the book

Date & Time : Friday, October 26th 2018, 5.30pm onwards

venue : Kitab Khana, Ground Floor, Somaiya Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi Road,
Mumbai – 400001


Poetrywala & Kitab Khana

Poetrywala & Kitab Khana invite you for the release of two significant poetry books Jayanta Mahapatra’s Collected Poems & E. V. Ramkrishnan’s Tips for Living in an Expanding Universe

Date & Time : Friday, september 7th 2018 at 5.30 pm

venue : Somaiya Bhavan, Flora Fountain, Mumbai : 400101.

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