Friday, April 15, 2011


you say insistently,
look, this too shall pass,
your cups of tea and remaining dregs,
will usher in tomorrow,
when all will be read and done -
Shelley will writhe no more in disemboweling pain,
Byron will return to trollops and Wilde pretty boys,
Woolf will scour twenty scores more to write another Orlando.

In the meantime,
will I sit here motionless, a lying duck in my
room, where geckos steal past walls
warning of another month of ennui?


The Girl With The Blue Earring said...

I'm here from Furree's blog.
I read the words "Literature. St.Stephen's" on your profile and was instantly intrigued because till very recently, I assumed that I would land up there, too.

And then I read this, and then I realised that I had mentally inserted a comma in between 'Wilde' and 'pretty boys' and thought - " Damn. Have I made the right choice?"

Arjun Rajkhowa said...

Hello! I take it that that means that you chose, eventually, neither Stephen's nor Literature and are happily placed in some other equally venerable institution in Delhi.

I think I'll leave the comma out, as a reminder.

The Girl With The Blue Earring said...

I have not made my choice yet. I am debating whether to consider it providence that I bumped into your blog or to stop being such a wimp and make a choice already. Did you always know? That you'd do Literature at Stephen's?

That makes me intensely pleased, for some reason. ^^

Arjun Rajkhowa said...

I should be honest. I did not know I would do Litt. I took it up because I enjoyed literature and thought it would help me understand it better. I've realized that's not a good enough reason. I am not so sure that I would recommend it to you. It's a great course, but I think it does becoming limiting, in a sense. In more ways than one, actually.

Lioness Without A Pride said...

That's exactly what people've been telling me, word for word. Those were my reasons too but like you said, I've heard it's limiting.
But I just cannot fathom how it could be, you know? I've loved reading and writing for as long as I can remember. Not a good enough reason though, like you say.

Arjun Rajkhowa said...

*become limiting, I meant.

It's a little complicated. It's a combination of different factors, both academic and professional. My conclusion is that you should take it up only if you're sure you want to be an academic, in the field of literature.