Old Friends’ Parade


Author: Gankhu Sumnyan
Pages: 44
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: Rs 100
978-93-5045-094-9 (9789350450949)

About the Author:
Gankhu Sumnyan belongs to the Noctre tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. After his graduation from Christ University, he worked for a few years at Amar Chitra Katha, writing content and stories for their various publications. At present, he is Assistant Professor of English at Wangcha Rajkumar Government College, Deomali, Tirap district, Arunachal Pradesh.


Clear Sky Day

Each day is a long wait
like the ripening fruit of the lemon tree
that slowly acquires juice and scent,
takes up yellow by losing the tinge
of green and in tiny mounds stores
its soul (borrowed from the sun) and
with the red of the earth.

And in that infinite wait
if you come across a bee buzzing about
will you tell it that it’s
not time yet? That there still are
seasons to go, that there are
things more to consider and that
if it didn’t know,
life will pass under the tree dozing
to the murmur of that sweet ripening?

Preface / 9
For Mother / 11
Of Arunachal / 12
Birthday Song / 13
First Timers / 14
I Wish Love Were / 15
Rainbow / 16
Stalking / 17
Love Form / 18
Depth of Sand / 19
Clear Sky Day / 20
Mrs. Dalloway / 21
Old Friends’ Parade / 22
Loss / 23
Awakening Cold / 24
Early January in Hyderabad / 25
Teacher in a Classroom / 26
Koramangala 8th Block / 27
To Be Careful with Books / 28
Nonsense / 29
Panel Discussion / 30
For C / 31
Year to Year / 32
At Sixty / 33
Beauty-Body / 34
Art’s Difficulty / 37
Happiness / 38
Slug Woman / 39

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