FLOOD

Original in Assamese: Naren Nritom Das
Translation: Pranami Bania

The long desired dream is washed away,
By the turbulent flood of the saoun1 month.
There remain no traces of the granary house,
Does the dheki2 remain there or not?                                                                                                                                                
Treasure of Life’s struggle
The much loved pair of cows
Were lost while grazing,
Just now the ducks were playing in the courtyard.
Can’t make out where they are gone?

Still remember my mother and grandmom’s saying...
Today my birthplace is in the heart of the vast river.
Erosion makes us remain here.
It is because of erosion, our address is here now.
The past’s address is emerged in the memories lane.

In sleepless night...
Will count the stars of the sky,
Will write poems
Will forget hunger
No paper and pen
Will write in one’s heart.

If caught by disease
What shall we do then?
Will take the name of God
Or count the minutes of death

Got the news of the approaching of a boat after some time,
The plantain raft will be released
The plantain raft is very beloved and very own.
It is the partner of the whole life.
At the time of riding the boat, eyes moistened.

Paddy fields...
What ails them?
The dream of the paddy seedling is a lost one for many years.
Turning it into reality is impossible.

Caught in a slight slumber
I saw...
Two helping hands
 A new house is rising its head
A new World is grounding itself...

Note: 1.Saoun - It is the month of monsoon according to Assamese calender, falls in between July and August. 2.Dheki - Foot-operated thrasher


About the author: Naren Nritom Das, a poet, writer and social activist has been writing for quite some time. He is actively associated with literary organizations like Assam Sahitya Sabha and other local literary forums.Basically from Science background with M.sc in Chemistry, he did his MBA with H.R and is an employee of Oil and Natural Gas Corporations (ONGC). He writes poems in Assamese and Hindi language and published in reputed magazines and journals. His poems are translated into English and Hindi.  Mr Das has to his credit two poetry anthology “Jatra: ek Arambhani”( ISBN-978-93-83308-32-3) and “Jiban Jujar Pragati”(ISBN-978-81-926685-4-14).Mr Das has to his credit one story collection book, “Manabwatwa” (ISBN-978-81-926685-15-7).He was also conferred the Srijan Sanman in 2016 for his contributions in Hindi literature.

About the translator: Pranami Bania, M.A, UGC NET, PGDHE is a bilingual poet,reviewer, translator, researcher and a writer have published more than thirty research papers in National and International Peer reviewed.She has participated and presented many research papers in various National and International Seminars. She is also a member of the editorial board of some reputed National and International journals.She has completed two Minor Research Projects sponsored by UGC and one such research project by IGNOU.She acted as Coordinator of Two national seminars sponsored by UGC.She teaches English in the Dept of English, J.B.College { Autonomous}. She was the Joint Secretary of J.B.College Women cell from 2015 to 2017 and as such worked for the empowerment of women.

Some of her Publications are:
1.Jatra: Ek Arambhani (Poetry Book), Sabda Prakashan, Jorhat, Assam 2014, ISBN-978-93-83308-32-3
2.Fictionalizing and Revisiting Characters from History: A Feminist Study of Nirupama Borgohain’s Select Works, Unika Prakashan , Jorhat,Assam. ISBN-978-93-82030-42-3
3.New Perspectives in Contemporary Literature (Co-edited), New Man Publication, Maharastra, 2016, ISBN-978-93-83871-45-2
4.Changing Role of Indian Women in the Contemporary Society: Issues and Perspectives (Edited), Barnamala Prakashan, Jorhat , Assam, ISBN-978-81-926685-14-6
5 Aesthetic Material Culture of the Selected Satras in Majuli: Barnamala Prakashan, ISBN-978-81-92685-15-8.

Awards: Adarsh Vidya Sarswati Rashtriya Puraskar, 2016. Srijan Sanman, 2016.

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