Sunday, October 22, 2017

Gopal Lahiri writes


Chanting Sanskrit Mantra 
You want to tell your dream to God.

Even though the evening light is simmering, 
Ghats are lit up with diyas

Quirky graffiti on the quay wall, 
Girls now acquire breeding attires.

Drifting away from the shore 
The painted fishing boat becomes motionless.

Soaking in the passing showers 
The hapless crow and the pigeon converse.

Digging wells to draw water 
The river man suffers,

Forgotten easily the invisible pain, 
The blood stain and the bullet hole,

You walk straight down the sandy river bank 
Into the water body.
wash your dirt and sin.

Somewhere Alpha Century comes back.
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A Sunray on Ganga Ghat -- Ramo Shanker


  1. A diya is an oil lamp used in India and Nepal with a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oil. Clay diyas are often used as temporary lighting for special occasions, especially religious ones. A ghat is a series of steps leading down to holy river or other body of water. It may have a mundane purpose such as cleaning or a religious one like ritual bathing or ablutions; but also, specific "shmashana" ghats are used to cremate bodies waterside, allowing the ashes to be washed away.

  2. As usual, Gopal you notice every minute things around you and present them in a beautiful poetic tray for us to devour. Here you have the different expressions of life around the mighty Ganga. Great read.

  3. Thanks Sarala for your kind words. Much appreciated


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