• Apar Sansar by Ramprasad Sen
    The great sage and mystic poet Ramprasad Sen composed many gems in the eighteenth century that are popular to this day in Bengal. In fact there is a special category called “Ramprasadi”, attributed to him, which falls under the broader Bhakti or devotional genre of music. The song Apar Sansar¶, , or fathomless Sansar, the […]
  • Hot chocolate
      Hot chocolate by Mystic Wanderer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Hot chocolate runs down my gut. My mind at ease, shapes the thoughts as they emerge, flowing freely, as words from pen onto paper. Tinkling spoons, the sibilant coffee machine, barista calls – “Tall mocha”! or “Grande caramel latte”! […]
  • Amalkanti wanted to be sunshine by Nirendranath Chakraborty
    Nirendranath Chakraborty was a noted Bengali poet from India, recipient of Sahitya Akademi award, India’s National Academy of letters. This is a translation of his Bengali poem, অমলকান্তি রোদ্দুর হতে চেয়েছিল, which literally means – Amalkanti wanted to be sunshine Translated by Mystic Wanderer Amalkanti wanted to be sunshine by Mystic Wanderer is licensed under […]
  • বল মা কি আচারে, রামপ্রসাদ সেন
    Following my previous post on the translation, here is the original Bengali poem by  Sri Ramprasad Sen. বল মা কি আচারে   রামপ্রসাদ সেন বল মা কি আচারে কি মন্ত্র বিচারে কোন উপচারে পূজিব মা   কি নামে ডাকিব কি মন্ত্র পাঠিব কি দিয়ে গঠিব তোমার প্রতিমা   শুনেছি পুরানে বেদাগামতন্ত্রে জীত্শক্তি  মা তুমি জীব দেহযন্ত্রে মা তুমি জাগিবে কোন উদ্বোধন মন্ত্রে […]
  • How to call you, Mother? A translation of a song by Ramprasad Sen
    Bengal, despite its current state of dilapidation, has produced some towering saints in its rich history. Ramprasad Sen can surely be counted among them. A great eighteenth century mystic and Kali devotee, he was also a gifted poet and singer. His songs are popular to this day. Paramahansa Yogananda was a great admirer of Sri Ramprasad, his […]
  • Auld Lang Syne
    Wishing all who enter this blog, by design or accident, a year of great cheer and reading!   Three six five and more of fleeting days of yore have lapsed, o’ believe since first keystrokes of me. Dormant mask I wore through most this year; remorse I now feel slightly. Future be more sprightly . […]
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth: A verse in its honour
    Here’s rhyme dedicated to Vikram Seth’s mangum opus that I recently concluded. Honestly, the last three lines are more for the sake of the poem and do not refelct my actual feelings. Though managing such a bulky(and mine was hard-bound) book is irksome(just think of carrying around outdoors), one does get used to it. A […]

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