LIFE IS A CONTRADICTION

LIFE IS A CONTRADICTION

150 years ago, a great man looked at our language
Differently.
His name was Charles Baissac.
The science of language has much evolved since.
Yet some people, who know better of course,
Refuse change and evolution.
50 years ago, some people,
Who thought they knew better,
Refused freedom from foreign rule.
Today, these very same wise guys
Together with certain have been champions of freedom,
Now deny the need for change.
Nation building is a lunatic dream!
Mauritius is Petite France, FULL STOP!
Mauritius is Little India, FULL STOP!
Mauritius, a creole island? COME OFF IT!
English, a creole language? DON’T BE STUPID!

Those early nitwits who study, write on and write in
Mauritian
Will soon be gone
But efforts to build a nation
With a national language,
A national culture
And a national purpose
Will resist backward-looking fanatics.

And the fight will go on
Between opposites
For life is a contradiction.

Date: 01.09.18

OH, HAPPY DAYS! / SA KI LAVI!

OH, HAPPY DAYS! / SA KI LAVI!

 

She was just sixteen…
Ready for marriage,
Her parents decided.
Oh, happy days!

Ramdass was a true-blue Telgu lad;
Tifrer sang at her wedding gamat;
All the village notables of Quartier Militaire
Attended the wedding feast.
Oh, happy days!

A year later, Dev was born;
Then came Raj, followed by
Nila, Swatee, Vimla, Devi, Santa
And a few years after her marriage
Gouna died giving birth to her 8th child.
Oh, happy days?

A beautiful life was wasted.
Mum Gouna,
In the mid 1930’s
You passed the Primary School Certificate
With MERIT.
You could have been
A school teacher, a nurse or a civil servant
BUT traditions decided otherwise.
Oh, happy days?

Dear Lord, we no more want Tragic Gounas.
Let us pray that today’s
Anushkas, Melanies and Nargises
Will succeed in wiping off Gouna’s tears.

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