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.

Mum Gouna, Dev is now 76.
He still misses you
As much as the little boy of 10
Who followed your coffin to the graveyard.

Li ti fek gagn sez an …
Ti finn ler pou marye,
So paran ti deside.
Sa ki lavi!

Ramdass ti sorti dan bon fami Telgou;
Ti Frer ti sant dan so gamat maryaz;
Tou bann notab Kartie Militer
Ti prezan dan selebrasion.
Sa ki lavi!

Enn an pli tar, Dev ti ne;
Apre Raj ti vini;
Apre ti ena Nila, Swatee, Vimla, Devi, Santa;
Detrwa lane apre so maryaz,
Gouna ti mor ler li ti donn nesans so witiem zanfan.
Sa ki lavi?

Enn zoli lavi ti gaspiye.
‘Ma Gouna,
Damilie bann lane 1930,
To ti pas Siziem
Ar sertifika MERIT.
To ti kalifie pou vinn
Profeser lekol, ners, ousa fonksioner.
Me tradision ti pans enn lot manier.
Sa ki lavi?

O Bondie, finn ena ase Gouna Trazik!
Nou priye ki zordi
Bann Anushka, Melanie ek Nargis
Pou kapav souy larm dan lizie Gouna.

‘Ma Gouna, zordi Dev ena 76 an.
Li touzour pe rod twa
Parey kouma sa ti garson 10 an
Ki ti swiv to serkey ziska simitier.

30.06.2018

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