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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Nandini Sen nowadays lives in Edinburgh, Scotland though she is originally from Calcutta, India. Nandini Sen is an anthropologist by profession who runs the virtual book club ReadinGLa(d)sses where readers and authors share their creativity, artistic and literary journeys. She was one of the storytellers for UNESCO, Edinburgh City of Literature's Story Shop 2016 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and had an article 'Women and Gender in Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthropological Introspection on Kinship and Family published in the ''Anthropological Journal of European Cultures' in November 2016. Her poem 'With a different stroke' was published in an Edinburgh based journal ' The Ogilvie, Edinburgh Creative Review' in 2016. Her anthropological experience/book on the waste pickers ' Urban Marginalisation in South Asia: Waste Pickers in Calcutta' was published by Routledge in 2018.

Nandini Sen

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My room is flooded,
is calm and cold like death.
I freeze as my friend everyday freezes early in the morning.
I try to be a bird, a drunken bird on the vulnerable wall fence.
I could fall anytime through the slit of the broken bricks.
I gasp for the missing air,
waiting for a helicopter to take me to the open air,
The huge, utopian beetle never comes for me.
I know it will never come to take me
to the submarine deep inside the Ocean.
Instead I would have my usual slumber to celebrate my sorrow.
Sherry, veg broth and the best vodka in that skull
Sinks inside the whole grain blood arteries.