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Chandrakant Shah


The Piano

One piano
Two light blue jeans
Three oíclock show
Four main characters
Five dollars per person
Six-cinema multiplex
Seven M&M candies
Eight ounces of diet soda
Nine hundred popcorn, fresh butter with salt

In the darkness
All that is played by lips on the keyboard is the piano
All that is told by the eyes is the story
All that happens in the 35 mm frame of two seats is the movie

Translated by Naushil Mehta and Arundhathi Subramaniam


Kabir

Come! Let us bring genes out of the closet
Let us reach them to other lands, argots and worlds

What are jeans if not bobbins brimming with language?
A vocabulary of 68,800 Gujarati words makes life routine
Manís bond with jeans Ė is it authorised or unauthorised?

Come! Let us bring genes out of the closet

Having travelled far and wide, we return to Kabirís handloom
The wet fabric of jeans reveals the source of all knowledge
Bury a full-blown life with jeans and engorge the grave with jeans

Come! Let us bring genes out of the closet

Translated by Naushil Mehta and Arundhathi Subramaniam

[
Translatorís Note: Kabir :  medieval Indian mystic, a weaver by profession. ]

 
 








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