In our town
there are different places of worship
for people of different religions
but there is only one whorehouse
for people of all religions-
No problem at all.
(Translated from Bengali by Niral Kanti Bhattächargee)
Ranajit Das is an eminent Bengali poet. He has published ten books of poems, two collections of literary essays and one novel. His poetry-collections include Amader Lajuk Kabita, Ishwarer Chokh, Sandhyar Pagol, and Asamapto Alingan. A collection of his poems in English translation, A Summer Nightmare and Other Poems, published by Rupa & Co in 2011. He is a recipient of various awards, including Birendra Chattopadhyay Smriti Puraskar, Paschimbanga Bangla Academy Award and Rabindra Puraskar.