Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Which Language should I Speak?: Arun Kamble

Arun Kamble

Which Language should I Speak?

Chewing totters in the badlands
My grandapa,
The permanent resident of my body,
The household of tradition heaped on his back,
Hollers at me,
‘you whore-son, talk like we do. Talk, I tell you!’

picking through the Vedas
his top-knot well-oiled with ghee,
my Brahmin teacher tells me,
‘you idiot, use the language correctly!’
now I ask you, which language should I speak?

Translated by Priya Adarkar