The Golden Chord

The Golden Chord
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Author: Ivy Imogene Hansdak
Pages: 44
Year of Publication: 2010
Price: HB Rs 120, FB Rs 100
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About the Author:
Ivy Hansdak works as a senior lecturer in English in New Delhi. She received an M.Phil in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As a poet, Hansdak has been influenced by English poetry as well as the alliterative and onomatopoeic folksongs of her mother tongue, Santali.

Teaser:

Ode to Delhi

In the acrid fumes of your traffic jams;
In the sweltering heat of your summers;
In the filth of your air-conditioned vapors;
We sleep and smile,
We dream and drift on.

In the clutching touches of beggars’ hands;
In the clanging sounds of auto rickshaw horns;
In the stench of sewers overflowing on roads;
We sing and dance,
We shrug and move on.

In the glitter of your neon lights and malls;
In the geometric shapes of your flyovers;
In the fleet of cars on your smooth highways;
We wink and wave,
We bow and emasculate.

Contents:

I. MONSOON SONATA
Indian Monsoon / 11
Sounds of a Rainy Night / 12
Sunbeams after Rain / 13
Just Another Rainy Day / 14
Summer Night Song / 15

II. RANDOM THOUGHTS
A Beggar Child / 19
An Old Man / 20
Small Miracles / 21
Specimens / 22
A Definition of Love / 23
To a Circus Lion / 24
Night Scene at Siri Fort Auditorium / 25
A Stray Cat in Godavari Hostel / 26
After the Riot: Her Voice / 27
Ode to Delhi / 29
The Last Drop / 30

III. SONGS OF WORSHIP
Can I conceive beauty equal to Thine? / 33
Though my lips are constrained / 34
I falter again / 35
Though my own people mock me / 36
Can I forget, Lord? / 37
Thou hast heard my prayers, at last! / 38
Visiting a Cathedral in Pondicherry Town / 39
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men (Matthew 20: 29-34) / 40

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