Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

I Love You: From Mofussil Notebook

Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

I Love You: From Mofussil Notebook

Article excerpt

Pandey says "I love you ..." to Bittu Sonkar.

The campus is agog ...

A high-caste girl, Brahmin at that,

Wanting to wed a Backward boy ...

Babli's brother, gets his act together.

He and his gang, with

Cycle-rickshaw chains

And crowbars, beat

The hell out of Bittu,

Who, for a month, lies festering

In the town's most

Infection-riddled zone,

The Govt. Medical College.

Miraculously, Sonkar survives.

And, but naturally, after full

And final recovery, collects

All the Backward-caste warlords

Of every out-house locality

And seeks vengeance.

Siege-like conditions prevail

Around the university's SSL Hostel

Where Pandey and his chaps

Are holed-up .

Meanwhile, Babli, willingly

Abducted by the Sonkar gang,

Under the banner of the progressive

Arya Samaj, marries Bittu;

A scene-from-a-movie-like exchange

Of garlands in the presence

Of the liberal intellectual, Prof. Das ...

24x7, the mofussil town's single TV channel

Blazes footage of Babli weds Bittu.

For the bristling brother and his goons

Attention is for the time being

Relocated from Bittu to Dr. …

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