Cities and Lost Times

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Author: Suvankar Ghosh Roy Chowdhury
Pages: 52
Year of Publication: 2013
Price: Rs 100
ISBN:
978-93-5045-055-0 (9789350450550)

About the Author:
Suvankar Ghosh Roy Chowdhury was born in Kolkata where he completed his graduation and post-graduation in English from Ramkrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur and the University of Calcutta respectively. At present, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan. Suvankar is the co-editor of the Bengali little magazine, Chhayanat. His interests include travel narratives, memoirs and translation.

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The Homecoming

Here we are lost,
Here we are lost,
In the midst of the blue past
And a vague future,
Our present being nothing but dust
That leads to the road.

Whispers follow then, they talk of you.
As if you were never there.
As if you were dead.

The night star comes,
The night star comes
So close to the eyes’ life that
We point to nothing. No home for us.
Glorious darkness! In this long tumult
Show the way to these vainglorious souls.

Whispers follow then, they talk of you.
As if you were never there.
As if you were dead.

Here we are left,
Here we are left,
And dreams flash at the back of the mind.
Dreams that were born
Of ruinous ambition and perished
Under this hushed-up homecoming.

Whispers follow then, they talk of you.
Are you there?
Or dead?

Contents:

Preface / 9

Un-time / 11
The Love Song / 12
Let’s Wish! / 13
Saving Her from Being Accursed / 14
City Nights / 15
Southern Avenue – I / 16
Southern Avenue – II / 17
The Thunder Child / 18
Responsibilities / 19
The Escapist / 20
An Epitaph / 21
Teesta / 22
The Desert City / 23
Unnamable / 24
On a Pakistani Song / 25
Those Summer Days / 27
Morning to Midnight: Pages from a Diary / 28
The Rest, Unrest / 30
A Letter to the Mother / 31
To the Fairy / 33
Down by the Riverside / 35
So Dangerously in Me / 36
Salt Lake / 37
The Homecoming / 38
Café Talks / 40
Two Deaths / 41
Autumn Romances / 42
The Companion / 46
The Guide / 47
Delhi, 2009 / 48

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