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There's No Poetry Anymore

The written word no longer seems a way of happening, Auden said. Can't agree more.

There's No Poetry Anymore
Jayachandran
There's No Poetry Anymore
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The poem I thought up in the morning, the rare meteor of words, burns to ashes as it streaks past the Reality Sphere. India is perhaps the only Third World country with First World illusions of grandeur. Why else would we celebrate, say, the twins born to Julia Roberts? As Hamlet said, what’s Hecuba to me or me to Hecuba that I should weep for her? India is the Madame Bovary of the Eastern World. The half deceived, half deceiving self. Which is why the world inside your head is in continuous conflict with the appalling reality outside. The Word against the World.

To a thinking man, happiness is a false category. Especially if you are an Indian. You may travel in a souped-up Merc with a portable bar and a hand shower, but you are still travelling the potholed road that millions mistake for a Byzantine network of loos. No wonder that the beautiful people are partying nonstop. You stop drinking, doping and dancing for a moment, and then you find that moment is the eternity you have been trying to avoid all your life. If beautiful people stop partying, the world will turn ugly for them. Celebrate then the air-conditioned nightmare.

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