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>"The Limbo" — Essay Published in Troubadour 21


The Migrant City, my writing project supported by an Associate Fellowship from Sarai-CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) is a collection of essays and poetry.

Most recently, the essay “The Limbo” is published on TROUBADOUR 21

Under the series titled DILLIGAF (I know, I know!), it is set in Delhi — the city of djinns and jagged edges …!

Here’s a teaser:

The Ferris wheel sways up and down in a maverick fashion. Faces bob and bait me. Men in kurtas, humid tees and even unwashed shirt collars. Women a multitude of colourful heads – pink, red, ochre – covered with sari pallavs or transparent salwar-kameez veils. Kids walk between adult knees. Flower petals fall down crushed in fervent hands and the invisible vermillion powder in the hot air suffocates me. The auto sputters, barely moves.

“I need a smoke,” says my driver. “But someone might be offended.”

I contemplate walking down but remember what happened once. Devotees pushing; someone’s hand in my pocket quickly scrounging for material items; another hand even on my butt, pressing and persuasive. But all this should be Maya. Or magic. You can’t see who does it and how.
Read it in full HERE.

Image from the Internet: Vehicles on Delhi road.


4 comments on “>"The Limbo" — Essay Published in Troubadour 21

  1. fleuve-souterrain
    March 10, 2010

    >some flower post… had to remove 🙂

  2. michael~
    March 12, 2010

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  3. Anonymous
    March 13, 2010

    >Genial dispatch and this post helped me alot in my college assignement. Say thank you you as your information.

  4. fleuve-souterrain
    March 15, 2010

    >Michael and Anonthanks for visiting. Do read more 🙂

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This entry was posted on March 9, 2010 by in Delhi, DILLIGAF, essays, Nabina Das, Sarai-CSDS, the Migrant City, Troubadour 21.
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