We need to ensure that the future of all girls and boys is secure and unmolested. Boys need to be taught how to respect the female of the species. Otherwise we fail as a civilization.
– Dr Ketaki Kushari Dyson (December 31, 2012)

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”
– Pearl S. Buck

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”
– Erica Jong

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

My Poems

Oh! Great Soul …

[A translation of He Mahajiban]

Oh! Great Soul, let’s keep aside the poetic grace.
Bring to us the prosaic – hard and rough.
Get rid of the beauty and melody.
Hammer us with reality that is tough.

We do not need the calmness of a rhyme.
I bid you farewell, beautiful verse I dread.
In a world of hunger all is just a prose –
The moon is like a blistered slice of bread.

হে মহাজীবন

সুকান্ত ভট্টাচার্য [ছাড়পত্র, ১৯৪৭]

হে মহাজীবন, আর এ কাব্য নয়
এবার কঠিন, কঠোর গদ্যে আনো,
পদ-লালিত্য-ঝঙ্কার মুছে যাক
গদ্যের কড়া হাতুড়িকে আজ হানো!

প্রয়োজন নেই, কবিতার স্নিগ্ধতা-
কবিতা তোমায় দিলাম আজকে ছুটি,
ক্ষুধার রাজ্যে পৃথিবী-গদ্যময়:
পূর্ণিমা-চাঁদ যেন ঝল্‌সানো রুটি।।

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