Posts by Mrinal Kalita

An Ode to Parting

There was a monsoon the last time I left home, the treacherous gale swayed branches and rivers lapped onto the topmost step where a lone bum once slept under the

Arms of Her Dreams

She walked across the beach slowly, barefeet, with the wet sand oozing in between her toes. It was drizzling and it drove most of the people to shelter. But she

Letters at Day’s End #2

Maitrey, there is a sadness that stops by every night and asks me of you, of your sudden white smile and your sweaty groin that I’ve never smelled like pages

Letters at Day’s End #1

Maitrey, our days have come to an end and your words will soon trail away following your footsteps to a faraway place, distant from our small, sluggish city where the


I want life to be a world of colours, a spectrum of diverse backdrops, an outrageous chemical mixture, an art in itself. I want it all coloured on my body

Demon Diaries

And then one day, I jump into black holes like they were television shows in hazy hours with hazier hearts, and I’m losing my sanity like sand grains through tight

Distance and Lovers

In this moment, you and I are cities, vessels of longing and fuming passions. In this moment, I am counting the minutes to your next phone call, the hours to

Death Notes

i.   Today, the earth shook beneath our feet and I remembered a crazy traveller who once told me earthquakes and heartbreaks transpired with tectonic plates moving inside in deformed

The Final Wish

Even when the doctor announced my father’s terminal cancer, his impassive expressions did not die. He had always been a stern man with few words and fewer affections, his cigarettes

Candlelight Poetry

The light is out tonight. The wind brought down the electric poles and put half the city to sleep. The other half, the horny, depressed and in love find shelter