About the Author:
Rukmini Dey is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore. Prior to this, she worked for thirteen years at the Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad. Granddaughter of the poet Bishnu Dey, her love for poetry and literature grew from her childhood and, as an adult, she has followed her passions, mathematics and poetry, concurrently.
Had I loved you less, my sister,
the sky wouldn’t have been so blue
and the birds so free.
The flowers you planted
have blossomed in a plethora of colours.
The cat that you left behind
prowls about happily, knowing that it is loved.
Whatever you took from me, unreturned,
is the only gift I could ever give you.
Will you take a true gift from me, my friend?
Will you keep my love safe in your heart?