Monday, 1 June 2015

Inspiration - Muse-ment...

Oh, happiness is not what I seek.
Give me the saddening Summer creak.
And the Autumn sand.
Also, the contraband
of wars going on inside
where despite my best efforts
the devil wins bona fide.

When I pass by
your place while
being on the sly;
for me, shed a tear
or two as I welcome
like a tired child, my fear
and look it in its eye,
resigned yet calm,
kissing our dreams goodbye.


After almost a year long phase of being able to imagine only in Bengali, inspiration happened quite by chance. Dreaming, imagining and writing only in Bengali was extremely satisfying but among other things, Bengalis are also famous for being "truly bilingual". As one of my favourite authors Kunal Basu puts it, "...Because we, the Bengali intelligentsia...are this rare species on earth that is truly bilingual...Bilingualism doesn't mean being able to read street signs or being able to read newspapers in two languages. It means having two streams flow inside our consciousness. And being able to dip into one stream without abandoning the other. The educated Bengali actually had their toes dipped in both these streams. They read Samar Sen with a passion which was no less than the passion with which they read Sylvia Plath." So, being the true Bengali that I'm, not being able to pen down my thoughts in a few coherent English lines was painful and I was elated when inspiration came in the most unusual form - a few lines scribbled by fellow blogger Kshipra! And there it goes! My creative block(in English)coming to a pleasant end. And in order to celebrate it, I took the new cape out for a spin. Mixing prints is an absolute personal favourite while monochrome and stripes happen to be my ultimate solution to any fashion crisis. And that's how this outfit was born.


Shorts- B.K.Market, shirt- Colaba Causeway, cape- Myntra, brogues- Simpark Mall, lipstick- MAT4 Bold Matte by Maybelline



I'll be back with my Summer staple- maxis and a painful journey I keep fantasising about. Till then, take care and like I always say, keep it stylish.

15 comments:

  1. The poem was wonderful. Also the Bi-lingual thing is so interesting. I have always wondered if people's thoughts can run in more than one language, sometimes at will. I just can't do it. Even though I have tried, it is always English for me. I wish I could write Urdu or Hindi poetry always but it just won't happen, I know the words, its meaning but the flow, just won't come. Lucky you :D

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    1. Yeah, I'm thankful for at least being able to get it out of my system. For me, there is nothing more painful than not being able to express myself in my mother tongue. But there's nothing wrong with being an 'only English' person too. AT the end of the day, words are all that matter irrespective of the language chosen. Thank you for all the love though. :-)

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  2. The poem was wonderful. Also the Bi-lingual thing is so interesting. I have always wondered if people's thoughts can run in more than one language, sometimes at will. I just can't do it. Even though I have tried, it is always English for me. I wish I could write Urdu or Hindi poetry always but it just won't happen, I know the words, its meaning but the flow, just won't come. Lucky you :D

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  3. Totally loving the cape! I must get (or make) myself one now!!
    And I'm so glad you got over the English block....your words are always a pleasure to read! <3

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    1. I'll still keep writing in Bengali too. It's just that I CAN write in English too, again. And that's relieving. And I love the cape too! I'm wearing it everywhere! With my shabby kurtas at work(the AC is too hot for blazers and too chilling for only kurtas), weekend layering and everything in between. Debi and you are so my personal stylists! The day I become so successful that I don't have time to shop, I'd delegate this work to you two and would still be able to sleep peacefully at night. :-P

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  4. Thinking in Bangla sounds beautiful. Love your shoes.

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  5. Hey Soumi! Lovely poetry.It really resonates in a strange way. And I think Bengali language is beautiful( some memories from a calcutta trip and attempts to learn Bengali), the phonetics make the words sound really sweet.

    I'm really not as regular as I used to be in writing. Glad I could unconsciously help you with your own writing. :)

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    1. Kshipra, thank you so much for inspiring me! And Bengali indeed is one of the sweetest languages ever(no partiality there)!

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  6. The pointed shoes are back in fashion I suppose.

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  7. It's strange how inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. You know your writing is good.

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