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This Monsoon: A Ghazal

By Manash Bhattacharjee

Ink does not stay on paper in this monsoon

~ Srajana Kaikini, Postcard 3

Ink does not stay on paper in this monsoon
Such fire escapes the heart in this monsoon

As it rains, someone ponders the fate of love
Is there a lonelier occupation in this monsoon?

The Parliament session is just about to begin
It will drown people’s hopes in this monsoon

Beggars, all wet, struggle against more hardships
This way they will go hungrier in this monsoon

Dogs, bewildered, take shelter among the trees
They lose all sense of territory in this monsoon

Auto rickshaw driver curses the incessant rain
Then breaks into an old song in this monsoon

People are not abusing each other in the streets
Their venoms get some respite in this monsoon

A man is sent to the gallows without substance
The law can’t wash off its sins in this monsoon

The lovers strip themselves in amorous hurry
To drench like the wild earth in this monsoon

Friend: “Manash, let us have a drink together?”
I: “Yes, it’s a fertile suggestion in this monsoon”


Manash Bhattacharjee is a poet, writer, translator and political science scholar from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His poems have appeared in The London MagazineNew Welsh ReviewThe Fortnightly ReviewElohi Gadugi JournalThe PostcolonialistGeorge Szirtes’ BlogWarscapesFirst ProofThe Penguin Books of New Writing from India (Volume 5), The Missing SlateThe Little Magazine, and Coldnoon. His first collection of poetry, Ghalib’s Tomb and Other Poems (2013), was published by The London Magazine. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Culture and Creative Expressions at Ambedkar University, New Delhi.

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72 Responses to “This Monsoon: A Ghazal”

  1. mornmorning

    Your poem has led me back to the situation in Malaysia where every citizen is striving for the same goal to earn a better tomorrow. Thanks Sir for such inspiring message. Have a good day.

  2. sayak1089

    The rain songs! Perfect 😊
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  3. Amazing Life!!!

    very well expressed…monsoon always brings with it different shades of feelings & realities of life…you’ve encapsulated some of them amazingly well!

  4. shahzlis

    Kindly do not humiliate GHAZAL. It’s not a Ghazal. A Ghazal must has two things. Radheef and Qafiyah. This Ghazal has no Qafiyah.


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