January 18, 2021

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India: Lamentations of a Debonair Poet

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The life of Adil Jussawalla and the despair of poetry in India: Open

adil.jussawalaThree writers go to a nursing home to visit an ageing unwell poet. They find him jumping from subject to subject and exhibiting signs of delusion—sometimes he thinks he is in the offices of PEN, the writers’ organisation of which he used to be secretary, and there is a lecture going on nearby. However, they also find him kind and considerate, especially towards his roommate, a giant of a man who keeps coming in and out. One of the three writes about the encounter in a column.

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