About the Author:
Nileen Putatunda was born in 1978 in Calcutta. He did his schooling in St. Mary’s School, Bombay, and St. James’ School, Calcutta. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, in 2000 and worked for some time in the social development sector. Seven books of his spiritual poetry have been published by Writers Workshop, India between 2006 and 2013. His books have been reviewed in the international Vedanta journals, Prabuddha Bharata, Samvit, The Advent and The Vedanta Kesari, and in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and The Times of India. Annya, published by Writers Workshop in 2009, was short-listed for the Muse India Young Writer Award 2011. Nileen’s poems have appeared in journals like Samvit, Muse India, American Vedantist and The Mountain Path and his articles have come out in the opinion space of newspapers.
It’s raining outside,
Soon, I will fall asleep
On my comfortable bed
The thousands of Syrian refugees
Who will cross over to northern Iraq
On a hot summer day,
From one hell to another somewhat better
In their small bundles of belongings,
Hope is not an imposter.
August 2013, Kolkata