Monday, 5 January 2009


Women in purdah
Await the train from north:

One, a monument,
Fingers locked, meditating;
The other,
Scanning the page in vogue
Through her black veil.

The rails stretch silver
In the dawning light.



balachandran v said...

it is a beautiful image - one can meditate on it!

P. Venugopal said...

An early morning scene on Platform No.3 at Kannur railway station the other day. In black purdah the women were of indeterminate age and looked the same, but one was the mother and the other the daughter...The train was late by one hour.

Hafiz said...

wonderful! And amazingly simple too.. I liked it

Paul said...

Hey! I have an inkling the one scanning the page in vogue is a man, disguised!