[ Issue 4 / February 2013 ]
A Fisherman’s Ganga by Maitreyee Chowdhury (India)
I sat on a dingy boat,
Looking at the MahaAarati
On the DashwamedhaGhat.
Seven priests adorned their Ganga
In every human way possible..
Tourists shrieked, conch shells sounded
I lit a small lamp and let it flow
Into the unknown corridors of faith-
A fisherman sat nearby
Perched on the helm of his boat
Looked at the skies,
And spat some Benaras
Into his Ganga.
Maitreyee B Chowdhury is a web columnist. She is author of ‘Reflections on
My India’ and ‘Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen- Bengali Cinema’s First Couple.