Voices Within: Basab Mondal

Basab Mondal, is a teacher by profession. He is from Kolkata. He is a bilingual poet and columnist who writes in English as well as Bengali. His poems, stories and translations have appeared in several anthologies and literary magazines. He writes to gratify his own inner self and the world around him serves as the cue.


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Buy your dreams
in black and white
and send the exchange value
in the virtual.

Illustrations galore,
vivid and variant-
inscribed like inhouse litigants
they unfasten 
to fasten you into a web-
a web of uncertainty.

Like a bathing scarecrow,
amidst the greenery,
bare yourself
matching to the demands
wearing out from inside.

Until then
respond to the flashing light
and get decoded.
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Night

As soon as I
switch off my bedroom light
the opaque dungeon
that lie inside
open up
like eerie-glowed phosphorus.

Nights are 
like multiple choice questions 
and the answers-
 range from
 life here to life hereafter.
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