Taslima Nasrin
A Letter To My Mother by Taslima Nasrin

A Letter To My Mother by Taslima Nasrin

How are youMany days, many thousand of days I don't see you ma,Many thousand of days I don't hear your voice, Many thousand of days I don't feel your touch. You were here, but ...

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You Go Girl ! by Taslima Nasrin

You Go Girl ! by Taslima Nasrin

They said—take it easy… Said—calm down… Said—stop talkin'…Said—shut up….They said—sit down…. Said—bow your head… Said—keep on cryin', let the tears roll… What should you do in ...

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Women And Poems by Taslima Nasrin

Women And Poems by Taslima Nasrin

With as much pain as a human being becomes a woman,That much pain makes a woman a poet. A word takes a long year to be made,a poem an entire life. When woman becomes a poet, she ...

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For Some Years Now by Taslima Nasrin

For Some Years Now by Taslima Nasrin

For some years now, I have been standing quite close to death, almost face to face,Standing dumb before my mother, my father, some dear people,For some years now.For some years ...

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Girl From Switzerland by Taslima Nasrin

Girl From Switzerland by Taslima Nasrin

At the dinner party everyone Held a glass of champagne or White wine in their hand. All in a row, the big guys came upTo shake my hand and greet me. Some came to hear about my ...

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Happy Marriage by Taslima Nasrin

Happy Marriage by Taslima Nasrin

My life, like a sandbar, has been taken over by a monster of a manwho wants my body under his controlso that, if he wishes, he can spit in my face, slap me on the cheek,pinch ...

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Border by Taslima Nasrin

Border by Taslima Nasrin

I'm going to move ahead.Behind me my whole family is calling,My child is pulling my sari-end,My husband stands blocking the door, But I will go. There's nothing ahead but a ...

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Eve, Oh Eve by Taslima Nasrin

Eve, Oh Eve by Taslima Nasrin

Why wouldn't Eve have eaten of the fruit?Didn't she have a hand to reach out with,Fingers with which to make a fist?Didn't Eve have a stomach for feeling hunger, A tongue for ...

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Garment Girls by Taslima Nasrin

Garment Girls by Taslima Nasrin

The garment girls, walking together,look like hundreds of birds flying in Bangladesh's sky.Garments girls, returning to their slums at midnight,are met by street-vagabonds who ...

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Another Life by Taslima Nasrin

Another Life by Taslima Nasrin

Women spend the afternoon squatting on the porch, picking lice from each other's hair.They spend the evening feeding the little ones, lulling ...

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তালাকনামা by Taslima Nasrin

তালাকনামা by Taslima Nasrin

যে কোনও দূরত্বে গেলে তুমি আর আমার থাকো নাতুমি হও যার-তার খেলুড়ে পুরুষ।যে কোনও শরীরে গিয়েশকুনের মতো খুঁটে খুঁটে রূপ ও মাংস তুমি আহার করোগণিকা ও প্রেমিকার শরীরে কোনও পার্থক্য বোঝো ...

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Can’T I Have A Homeland To Call My Own? by Taslima Nasrin

Can’T I Have A Homeland To Call My Own? by Taslima Nasrin

Am I so dangerous a criminal, so vicious an enemy of humanity,Such a traitor to my country that I can't have a homeland to call my own? So that my land will snatch away from the ...

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Freedom by Taslima Nasrin

Freedom by Taslima Nasrin

Let all of you together find a fault with me,at least a fault you all jointly work out,or else, a harm shall befall you.Let you all combine speak out why you've sent me in ...

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India by Taslima Nasrin

India by Taslima Nasrin

(to Sumit Chakrabarty) India is not just India, even from before I was born,India has been my history.My history, carved into two by daggers of animosity and hatred, running ...

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Character by Taslima Nasrin

Character by Taslima Nasrin

You're a girl and you'd better not forget that when you cross the threshold of your house ...

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The Female by Taslima Nasrin

The Female by Taslima Nasrin

BIRTH In the instinct of no-creature-of-Naturethe birth of a female is considered undesirable.Only humans consider it strange.CHILDHOOD Since she has been born, let her stay in an ...

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Masturbation by Taslima Nasrin

Masturbation by Taslima Nasrin

(A woman without man is like a fish without a bicycle.) A woman can't live without a man? Ha, what logic, the logic of a ghost! Bah bah!Throw the ball, Don't let orchids embrace ...

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You Go Girl ! by Taslima Nasrin

You Go Girl ! by Taslima Nasrin

They said—take it easy… Said—calm down… Said—stop talkin'…Said—shut up….They said—sit down…. Said—bow your head… Said—keep on cryin', let the tears roll… What should you do in ...

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প্রত্যাশা by Taslima Nasrin

প্রত্যাশা by Taslima Nasrin

কারুকে দিয়েছ অকাতরে সব ঢেলেসেও অন্তত কিছু দেবে ভেবেছিলে।অথচ ফক্কা, শূন্যতা নিয়ে একাপড়ে থাকো আর দ্রুত সে পালায় দূরেভালবেসে কিছু প্রত্যাশা করা ভুল।আলোকিত ঘর হারিয়ে ধরেছ ...

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Noorjahan by Taslima Nasrin

Noorjahan by Taslima Nasrin

They have made Noorjahan stand in a hole in the courtyard. There she stands submerged to her waist, her head hanging. They're throwing stones at Noorjahan, stones that are ...

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Not My City by Taslima Nasrin

Not My City by Taslima Nasrin

This isn't the kind of city,Once I called my own.The city belongs to foxy politicians,Unscrupulous traders, flesh racketeers, pimps, loompens, rapists,But this cannot be my ...

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Interned by Taslima Nasrin

Interned by Taslima Nasrin

Think of me, if you're ever interned,If your legs are ever chained.If ever someone goes awayHaving locked the room in which you areFrom outside, not within, think of me.There's ...

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Granary by Taslima Nasrin

Granary by Taslima Nasrin

You are my love's granary, I pour out my water-steeped fertility unstintingly, to stop does nor occur to me. Suddenly I see you've slipped away, I search for you, my ...

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Mosque, Temple by Taslima Nasrin

Mosque, Temple by Taslima Nasrin

Let the pavilions of religion be ground to bits, let the bricks of temples, mosques, guruduaras, churches be burned in blind fire, and upon those heaps of destructionlet ...

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Things Cheaply Had by Taslima Nasrin

Things Cheaply Had by Taslima Nasrin

In the market nothing can be had as cheaply as women.If they get a small bottle of colour for their feet, they spend their nights sleepless for sheer joy; If ...

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We! by Taslima Nasrin

We! by Taslima Nasrin

Last night a lizard sprang up from nowhere and landed upon me. It squirmed along my arm and then climbed upon my shoulder before inching toward my head and hiding itself into the ...

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দ্বিখন্ডিত by Taslima Nasrin

দ্বিখন্ডিত by Taslima Nasrin

সে তোমার বাবা, আসলে সে তোমার কেউ নয়সে তোমার ভাই, আসলে সে তোমার কেউ নয়সে তোমার বোন, আসলে সে তোমার কেউ নয়সে তোমার মা, আসলে সে তোমার কেউ নয় ।তুমি একাযে তোমাকে বন্ধু বলে, সেও ...

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ব্যস্ততা by Taslima Nasrin

ব্যস্ততা by Taslima Nasrin

তোমাকে বিশ্বাস করেছিলাম, যা কিছু নিজের ছিল দিয়েছিলাম,যা কিছুই অর্জন-উপার্জন !এখন দেখ না ভিখিরির মতো কেমন বসে থাকি !কেউ ফিরে তাকায় না।তোমার কেন সময় হবে তাকাবার ! কত রকম কাজ ...

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At The Back Of Progress by Taslima Nasrin

At The Back Of Progress by Taslima Nasrin

The fellow who sits in the air-conditioned office is the one who in his youth raped a dozen or so young girls, and, at cocktail parties, is secretly ...

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Aggression by Taslima Nasrin

Aggression by Taslima Nasrin

Human nature is such That if you sit, they'll say, 'No, don't sit.'If you stand, 'What's the matter? Walk!And if you walk, 'Shame on you, sit down.! If you so much as lie ...

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The Woman Breaking Bricks by Taslima Nasrin

The Woman Breaking Bricks by Taslima Nasrin

The woman, breaking bricks and sitting on a sidewalk,wears a red sari as she breaks the bricks, under the burning sun, breaks the bricks, the bronze coloured woman breaks the ...

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দুঃখবতী মা by Taslima Nasrin

দুঃখবতী মা by Taslima Nasrin

মা'র দুঃখগুলোর ওপর গোলাপ-জল ছিটিয়ে দেওয়ার ইচ্ছে ছিল,যেন দুঃখগুলো সুগন্ধ পেতে পেতে ঘুমিয়ে পড়ে কোথাওঘুমটি ঘরের বারান্দায়, কুয়োর পাড়ে কিম্বা কড়ইতলায়।সন্ধেবেলায় আলতো করে ...

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A Letter To My Mother by Taslima Nasrin

A Letter To My Mother by Taslima Nasrin

How are youMany days, many thousand of days I don't see you ma,Many thousand of days I don't hear your voice, Many thousand of days I don't feel your touch. You were here, but ...

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A Query by Taslima Nasrin

A Query by Taslima Nasrin

When I die, leave my corpse there.There where they vivisect dead bodies,In the mortuary of the Medical College.For I've vowed to donate my mortal frame there.So leave me after ...

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Women And Poems by Taslima Nasrin

Women And Poems by Taslima Nasrin

With as much pain as a human being becomes a woman,That much pain makes a woman a poet. A word takes a long year to be made,a poem an entire life. When woman becomes a poet, she ...

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Time by Taslima Nasrin

Time by Taslima Nasrin

I'm no longer annoyed when I wake up at three in the night,If you don't have a good night's sleep, the day doesn't go well, people say.How does it matter if the day doesn't go ...

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অভিমান by Taslima Nasrin

অভিমান by Taslima Nasrin

কাছে যতটুকু পেরেছি আসতে, জেনোদূরে যেতে আমি তারো চেয়ে বেশী পারি।ভালোবাসা আমি যতটা নিয়েছি লুফেতারো চেয়ে পারি গোগ্রাসে নিতে ভালোবাসা হীনতাও।জন্মের দায়, প্রতিভার পাপ নিয়েনিত্য ...

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The Room In Which I Am Forced . . . by Taslima Nasrin

The Room In Which I Am Forced . . . by Taslima Nasrin

The room in which I now live has a closed window,A window that I cannot open at will.The window's covered with a heavy curtain that I cannot move at will.I live in a room ...

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যদি মানুষ হয়ে না পারি, পাখি হয়েও ফিরব একদিন by Taslima Nasrin

যদি মানুষ হয়ে না পারি, পাখি হয়েও ফিরব একদিন by Taslima Nasrin

আমার জন্য অপেক্ষা করো মধুপুর নেত্রকোনাঅপেক্ষা করো জয়দেবপুরের চৌরাস্তাআমি ফিরব। ফিরব ভিড়ে হট্টগোল, খরায় বন্যায়অপেক্ষা করো চৌচালা ঘর, উঠোন, লেবুতলা, গোল্লাছুটের মাঠআমি ফিরব। ...

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Ccu To Ccu (Coronary Care Unit To Calcutta) by Taslima Nasrin

Ccu To Ccu (Coronary Care Unit To Calcutta) by Taslima Nasrin

Away from home,Away from my dear cat, my books and papers, my friends,Away from my life,With my face and head covered in a quilt stinking of uncertainty,Lying for days on endLying ...

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Acquaintance by Taslima Nasrin

Acquaintance by Taslima Nasrin

As much as I had thought of him to be a male, That much he is not;Half-neutered he is,Half a male. A life goes by, And you may sit and lie with a man, but how much can you ...

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হাত by Taslima Nasrin

হাত by Taslima Nasrin

আবার আমি তোমার হাতে রাখবো বলে হাতগুছিয়ে নিয়ে জীবনখানি উজান ডিঙি বেয়েএসেছি সেই উঠোনটিতে গভীর করে রাতদেখছ না কি চাঁদের নীচে দাঁড়িয়ে কাঁদি দুঃখবতী মেয়ে !আঙুলগুলো কাঁপছে দেখ, ...

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What A Country! by Taslima Nasrin

What A Country! by Taslima Nasrin

For more than an era,my Country relished the pains I suffer,watching my banishment in alien lands.When the vision is blurred by distance,they spy me through the hole of a ...

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Terror by Taslima Nasrin

Terror by Taslima Nasrin

Soldiers, rifles in hand, stalk about, all around.I stand in their midst, unarmed.The soldiers don't know me, they stare at the unarmed woman from time to time, with a strange ...

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The Game In Reverse by Taslima Nasrin

The Game In Reverse by Taslima Nasrin

The other day in Ramna park I saw a boy buying a girl. I‘d really like to buy a boy for five or ten taka, a clean-shaven boy, with a fresh shirt, combed and parted hair, a boy on ...

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প্রেম করছো, করো by Taslima Nasrin

প্রেম করছো, করো by Taslima Nasrin

ভীষণ ঠাণ্ডা, বরফের চেয়েও ভীষণ,নক্ষত্রহীন অন্ধকারে মৃত কিছুর চোখের মতো জগত।আকাশ বলে কিছু নেই, মানুষের মুখে আর মানুষের মুখ নেই,খুলে খুলে ছিঁড়ে ছিঁড়ে বিষতীর ছুড়ে নিজের জীবনকে ...

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Run! Run! by Taslima Nasrin

Run! Run! by Taslima Nasrin

A pack of dogs is after you. Remember, rabies. A pack of men is after you. Remember, syphilis.

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Mother’s Story by Taslima Nasrin

Mother’s Story by Taslima Nasrin

1My mother's eyes became yellowish, egg-yoke like.Her belly swelled out rapidly like an overly full water tankready to burst at any moment. No longer able to stand up, or sit ...

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No Man’s Land by Taslima Nasrin

No Man’s Land by Taslima Nasrin

If your homeland does not give you home,Then tell me what land in the world will give you home.After all, all the lands are more or less the same kind,The rulers have the same ...

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So Let Them Rule The World! by Taslima Nasrin

So Let Them Rule The World! by Taslima Nasrin

Just let them be free to do as they please…Let all the doors of the world's arsenals swing open for them…Let them wield their swords and hang rifles from their waists…Let them ...

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