By the Brahmaputra and Other Poems
About the Author
Srutimala Duara is a writer, an academician and a media person. Her books in English include three novels, three collections of short stories, two books of poems, and a book on the city of Guwahati. Her books in Assamese include six story books for young children, a collection of short stories and two novels. She was a columnist writing under the heading “Chitra Bichitra” in the popular local daily, Dainik Asom, and also had a column, “Slices of Life”, in The Sentinel. She contributes articles, especially travelogues, regularly to local newspapers.
Duara is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Handique Girls’ College, Guwahati. She was awarded the Naari Shakti Award in April 2015 by Lions Club and Woman of the Year 2016 by International Human Rights Council (Assam Chapter). She is a founder member of Northeast Writers’ Forum, comprising writers of English from the eight northeastern states.
She was a presenter in Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati, for 20 years. She has acted in television serials, on stage, and in more than 50 radio plays.
Life speaks to me through dead words
when I lie under the cracked ceiling
I feel the fractures in my life
Departed words come through the crevice
and memories leak drop by drop
Life continues in the flood
drowns under the torrent of memories
and dead words come alive
hunting life with arrows of dreams.