Hridoypur**

This version: December 31, 2014

A veil of darkness still there was -- and yet the light of day Hridoypur was all abuzz -- with confusions at play Drowned the river bank below -- in the sky one saw recline A lustrous moon in all its glow -- its eyes a pitiless shine Why offer her a ride at all -- whose face expresses frown Who posts a guard on every wall -- and keeps her shutters down? Can a tryst with her then make much sense -- now again this day At Hridoypur where confusions -- are done with childish play?

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Translation-cum-transcreation of a classic Bengali poem হৃদয়পুর (Hridoypur) by Shakti Chattopadhyay. The poem was published in his collection entitled ধর্মে আছো জিরাফেও আছ (dhorme aachho giraffe-eo achho, meaning, you exist in religion as well as in the giraffe) around the year 1977.

**For those unfamiliar with the Bengali language, the word “hridoy” means heart. The word “pur” means a locality. It’s a common suffix carried by a number of large as well as small towns and villages in India, such as Nagpur, Kanpur and so on. Hridoypur could mean a geographical territory, and indeed a locality by that name exists, but in the present context, the word “hridoy” (heart) lends to it a poetic connotation.

 
 
 
 
 

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Comments

  • Nathan Weaver  On January 2, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Wow, that does read very nicely. I love the rhythm on it and wording. Very, very nice.

  • Nathan Weaver  On January 2, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Babylon Tales and commented:
    Dipankar’s work of translating these poems into English is much appreciated. This latest addition is completely fantastic. Love the rhythm and wording. Highly recommended reading, if you love reading poetry.

  • dipankardasgupta  On January 2, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you very much Nathan.

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