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Another Country  -  An Anthology of Post - Independence Indian Poetry in English
Another Country - An Anthology of Post - Independence Indian Poetry in English

Another Country - An Anthology of Post - Independence Indian Poetry in English

by Agha Shahid Ali

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Sahitya Akademi


9788126040674 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 227



Agha Shahid Ali
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Author: Agha Shahid Ali
Tabish Khair/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Arundhathi Subramaniam
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 227
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126040674


After independence, a new era of poetry was ushered in, in India. There were notable developments especially after 1950 when, after all the upheaval had died down, India began to craft her new visage. From then to now, several changes have occurred in both the themes and the form and style of poetry. This was the postcolonial era. There was several changes in the society, culture, history, politics and literature of the entire world. It also affected the poetry of every Indian language.

There were several local changes in the culture, society and tradition of every language. That is the reason the Sahitya Akademi decided, keeping the developments after 1950 in mind, to publish an anthology of poetry in every Indian language, in which as many samples of verse be presented as possible. This is to reveal the craft of poetry as it has been brought out through its form in the poetry of every language.

The title of this anthology is drawn from Imtiaz Dharker’s poem ‘They’ll Say: She Must Be from Another Country’. It is a reminder of the fact that poets are, and have always been, fugitives, living between borders, incapable of straitjacketed forms of citizenship. They speak a language that, for all its historical cargo, never quite belongs to any country. It is a language of a parallel world and yet never alienated from this one; a language that resists paraphrase even while it is viscerally understood; a language that often stays mysterious even when immediately recognized.

The poems in this anthology are not presented in chronological order. The book offers instead a non-linear path across generation and style in a manner that will be familiar to readers of poetry (who almost never read books of verse sequentially from the first page to the last). Does it represent the best work of each poet? Not necessarily.

To any genuinely interested reader-one who is willing to be surprised , one who reads poetry for enchantment, insight, stillness, the sudden start of recognition – it is evident that this is a scene of considerable vibrancy.

It is clear that English is employed here not as a language on loan, but as the rich, spluttering resource of the marrow and the bloodstream. It is just as clear that the formal poise of the best of this verse is not the result of soulless craft, but of the ongoing struggle to wrest the magical out of the mundane.

It is equally clear that in their most interesting work, these poets aren’t trying to be Indian or contemporary or cutting-edge or postcolonial in any trite or self-conscious way.



Foreword by Agrahara Krishna Murthy
Introduction by Arundhathi Subramaniam

Agha Shahid Ali
A Lost Memory of Delhi
The Dacca Gauzes

Nissim Ezekiel
Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher
A Morning Walk
Love Sonnet

Arun Kolatkar
The Priest
A Butterfly
Bon Appetit

Tabish Khair
Nurse’s Tales, Retold

Kamala Das
The Looking Glass
The Stone Age

E.V. Ramakrishnan
Mending Shoes
Falling Figures

Adil Jussawala
Nine Poems on Arrival
Color Problems in the Family

Imtiaz Dharker
At the Lahore Karhai
They’ll Say: She Must Be from Another Country

Kersy Katrak
From Malabar Hill (4, 6)

G.S. Sharat Chandra
Consistently Ignored

Rukmini Bhaya Nair

Gieve Patel
The Ambiguous Fate of Gieve Patel, He Being neither Muslim nor Hindu in India
It Makes

Ranjit Hoskote
Landscape with Saints
Bihzad Closes His Eyes

Suniti Namjoshi
The Handkerchief Tree

Dom Moraes
Typed with One Finger

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrib
When the Prime Minister Visit Shillong the Bamboos Watch in Silence

Smita Agarwal
Sarojini Naidu and She
Man on the Make

Vijay Seshadri
The Long Meadow

Srinivas Rayaprol
I Like the American Face

Anna Sujatha Mathai
Goddess without Arms

Eunice de Souza
Catholic Mother
For S who wonders if I Get Much Joy Out of Life
Learn from the Almond Leaf
II Koel

Vivek Narayanan
MGR Meets God in Person
No More Indian Women

Vikram Seth
All You Who Sleep Tonight
The Stray Cat

Jeet Thayil
The Shapeshifter’s Inventory

Menka Shivdasani
Bass Notes

Dilip Chitre
The First Breakfast: Objects
The Eleventh Breakfast: Eclipses

Meena Alexander
Bengali Market

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
The Fracture
To a Unborn Daughter

Bibbu Padhi
The Garden
A Gift of Stories

Anjum Hasan
To the Chinese Restaurant
Coming of Age in a Convent School

Lowrence Bantleman
In Uttar Pradesh

Keri N. Daruwalla

Sujata Bhatt
White Asparagus
The Pope, Tito and the WHO

H Masud Taj

Prabhanjan Mishra

Meena Kandasamy
Becoming a Brahmin

C.P. Surendran
The Family Court

Vilas Sarang
Homage to Jim Corbett

Ruth Vanita

Vinay Dharwadker
Milk and Honey

Reetika Vazirani
It’s Me, I’m Not Home

Jayanta Mahapatra
Declining Gods

Mamang Dai
Prayer Flags-2

Gopal Honnalgere
How to Tame a New Pair of Chappals

Sudesh Mishra
The Loving Song of R.J. Tangaya

Charmayne D’Souza
I Would Like to Have a Movie Cowboy for a Husband

Vijay Nambisan
Madras Central
Reflections on May Day

Anand Thakore
Nineteen Forty-Two
Steam Bath

Marilyn Noronha
Jambul Tree

Randhir Khare
From the Proud North

Leela Gandhi
Homage to Emily Dickinson, after Pain

Jerry Pinto
The Quiet Rebellion of Paper

Manohar Shetty
The Strangeness

Gayatri Majumdar
Come Sunday

Saleem Peeradina
Field Day

Jane Bhandari
The Exiles

Sudeep Sen
Translating Poetry

Deepankar Khiwani
Packing Up
This is the Way

Revathy Gopal
Family Secrets

Sridala Swami
Quantify My Love

Tenzin Tsundue
The Tibetan in Mumbai

Mukta Sambrani
What the Postman Might Translate

Tishani Doshi
At the Rodin Museum

Bhisham Bherwani
The Dancing Girl

Sampurna Chattarji
Dogs, Mobs and Rock Concerts

Mamta Kalia
Sheer Good Luck
After Eight Years of Marriage

Melanie Silgardo

Ravi Shankar
How the Search Ended
The Three Christs

GJV Prasad
Desperately Seeking India

Priya Sarukkai Chabria
The Rolling Cheeses

R. Parthasarathy
From Homecoming
Remembered Village

Arriving Shortly

Mani Rao
Father’s Day

Shanta Acharya
Dear Customer

Hoshang Merchant

Karthika Nair

Robin Ngangom
Middle-Class Blues

Amit Chaudhuri
From St Cyril Road Sequence (2. Sunday)

Mona Zote
What Poetry Means to Ernestina in Peril

AK Ramanujan
Conventions of Despair
Fear No Fall

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