Priya Sarukkai Chabria is a poet, writer, translator and teacher of creative writing. Twice awarded Fellowships for Outstanding Contribution to Literature from the Government of India her publications include the novels Generation 14 (Penguin-Zubaan, 2008) and The Other Garden (Rupa&Co, 1995) and poetry collections Not Springtime Yet (HarperCollins, 2008) and Dialogue and Other Poems (Indian Academy of Literature, 2005). Forthcoming are Immersions Bombay/Mumbai with photographer Christopher Taylor (Niyogi Books, 2012), Indian Cinema (Harper Collins 2013) and translations of mystic Tamil poet Aandaal (Zubaan, 2013). She has curated two seminars for the Indian Academy of Literature and collaborated with artist from classical dance, cinema and painting. She’s at www.priyawriting.com.
Word of the Day: Sister
“Sister” possible originates from the Sanskrit sneha, meaning
History of the dead medium:
Now a retronym it emerges on evenings of distant thunder, when
When a shaken star streaks towards alien shore
Think the word’s antidote:
Hear the suspiration
when the pyre drops an ember.
Remember, rather, the word’s gleam –
Or be narrow in vision.
Ask your reflection that small question: why?
‘Sister’ is now a loanword
Time slides to show its sidereal profile
Mind the mind.
Borrow the river’s tongue rife with rubbish