The Directors

Original Poem in Maithili by Gajendra Thakur Translated into English by Jyoti Jha Chaudhary

Gajendra Thakur (b. 1971) is the editor of Maithili ejournal “Videha” that can be viewed at http://www.videha.co.in/ . His poem, story, novel, research articles, epic – all in Maithili language are lying scattered and is in print in single volume by the title “KurukShetram.” He can be reached at his email: ggajendra@airtelmail.in





The theory of Economics makes a company survive
And a survival (human) depressed
Relish of the hatred and relishing the hatred
The world of prostitution
Is not limited to the dancers’ house
Has entered into
The politics, the economy and
The tourism industry!
Amrapali drives the vehicles wearing glasses
The character of Mrichchakatik is in the hotel business
The scholar of the new caste system-
Aamrapali became Shakuntala in the new degrading society
Conversation ended, diversity raised
Hence the village-life is the same
Widows, depressed classes, poverty – all the same
The amber and red
Flashing lights at junctions
Rushing towards, cleaning window screens
Selling newspapers and magazines
The depressed class of the new caste system
The queue of children
The destitute eyes
A young beggar holding a baby in her arms
With broken legs
Forwarding with broken legs
But in the junction
The children begging in groups with attitude
Alms for blessing
If money is donated then fine
Maligning otherwise
In the field of other industries too
The black smoke from the coal furnace
Labourers turned to black ghosts
They are also in depressed class
Of the new caste system
The houses of the owners of the cottage industries
As luxurious as the king’s palace
Drunk and insane
But the government is determined
To support the small industries
Supporting the small industries or their directors?
Establish company with the federal loan
Wound up the company
He is the director not the owner
If the company occurs loss
Workers suffer
No harm to the directors
The company dies
The theory of Economics makes a company survive
And a survival (human) depressed
In the market of Delhi and Mumbai
In the fish market and the vegetable market
Cook in the hotel
Caste is ignored in son’s and daughter’s marriages
The widow marriage is acceptable
But when they visit native villages
By whitening the thoughts with blue of conservativeness
The scheduled caste of the new caste system
Resumes the old system of castes
The green grocers become jaybars (lower Brahmins)
And the black figures of industrial area
After applying soaps
Become the bhalmanush (the good Brahmins) of the village
The cooks of the hotels turn into soit (the best Brahmins)
The sardars turn into kayastha
And Paswanji chooses depressed caste
In the journey to return to cities
They will mix the old and the new caste systems
The trains witness the game of the castes
The dark circles of eyes of the victims of the system
The sting of white sari of a young widow
The Amrapali and the characters of Mrichchakatik-
Charudatta and Vasantsena
Relish of the hatred and relishing the hatred
The world of prostitution
Is not limited to the dancers’ house
Has entered into
The politics, the economy and
The tourism industry!

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