A Conversation with Jayanta Mahapatra

At the age of almost 40, poet Jayanta Mahapatra conquered the world with his poetry. A combination of brevity and sharpness that he derived from physics (his subject) and the gift of a strong vocabulary took this poet to places and stages one can only imagine. His poems have been silent protests and an eye-opener for many. Our conversation with the legendary poet’s life, lessons and poetry …

जोखनी की माँ

‘जोखनी की माँ’ दरअसल हमारे घर की ‘आपातकालीन सुविधा’ थी जो हमारी कामवाली बाई के अचानक काम पर न आने से चार बच्चों वाले घर में मची अफ़रातफ़री को कम करने में अम्मी का हाथ बँटा देती थी । वो मुझे और मेरी बहनों को ‘मईयाँ’ कहती थी। …