Snippets: Miracles happen this way

A passage from one of my favorite poets in Bengali, Purnendu Potri, titled “Oloukik (Miracle)“:

Shedin Muktor moton goriye ele amar hate
Omni bodle galo drissho
Amar daan dike chilo meghla din
Hoye galo dalim-phatano rod
Ar badike chilo eeter panja
Hoye galo laal talir daakbungalow
Oloukik eibhabe ghote.

Here is my poor attempt to translate it:

The day you rolled in my palm like a pearl
the scene changed instantly:
Cloudy day on my right side
Turned into rock-splitting Sun-
Heap of red bricks on my left side
Turned into red tiled cottage-
Miracles happen this way.


One thought on “Snippets: Miracles happen this way

  1. I love my India
    15 Aug 2012

    Dear dr Malay,

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    Best wishes and regards
    Chandan Banerjee
    Senior Mining Consultant

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