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Spring 2007, vol 5 no 1


Bay of Bengal
A. Thiagarajan


It was raining for almost a week in Chennai. Some of the residential colonies got flooded, water entering the ground floor and rising. Residents of the flats climbed up to the higher floors, the residents of which accommodated the families so dishoused. It took three days for the waters to recede and for people to come down to their homes. Things from inside were lying all over, in the passages and in the playground within the building compound—everything muddy. It was the first day of sunshine, and through a window the sun was peeping in.

single sunray—
smiling in the slush
a Barbie doll

A. Thiagarajan A postgraduate in English, A. Thiagarajan taught in colleges in India, before joining the the finance sector. He has been writing in English and Tamil since college days. His work (poems, haiku, short stories and articles) has appeared in Subtle Tea, Poetic Diversity, A Little Poetry, Poetry Canada,Ygdrasil, Lililitreview, SAWF, Tinywords, pwreview, poetrysuperhighway, betterkarma, DNA, NDTV, Indolink, The Heron's Nest, Haiku Harvest, Cloudspeak, Velvetillusion,, Meghdulam, and Mainichi. Nuances of relationship between individuals, mental pain and cruelty we inflict on each other and ourselves are his obsession. Interests include finance, Sri Aurobindo and mythology. He lives in Mumbai, India with his wife, Rama. His only child, Ganesh, studies in the USA.