Souren Mondal

Gold Star - 31,439 Points (10th November 1991 / Chandannagar)

Love At The Time Of Terrorism Part 1 - Poem by Souren Mondal

On a lovely morning of November
He went out wearing a jacket
with a bomb strong enough to blow up about a few

On his way,
walking across the flower shop,
He saw an old lady who greets everyone she sees with a

'Have a nice day'

He did not say anything but gave her a mean stare
like the ones he had given for the last one month
And she returned it with the same graceful smile


So much injustice had been done to him and his likes
His seven year old cousin had lost her leg
and the other one, younger than his sister, died like a dog.




As he crossed 392/2 STREET he saw an immodest
woman kissing a man in public.

His blood boiled as he imagined her
doing IT against the will of GOD

He knew she was not a virgin
None of these infidel women are.


He would sacrifice himself today for the injustices,
He would sacrifice himself to punish the sinners
He would sacrifice himself for the VIRGINS
and to punish the WHORES.


He finally came to the place where he was supposed to blow himself up
in thirty mintues.....

'I am sorry', she said as she bumped into him.

He stared at her for long and felt something in
his heart beneath the jacket where the explosives were

Souren Mondal
December 2,2015

Topic(s) of this poem: love, narrative, terrorism

Form: Narrative

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I plan to write this as a nine part poem, depending heavily on how you feel about this... Please leave your comments and feedbacks about this kindly if go through the pains of reading this...

Thank you,
Souren Mondal

Comments about Love At The Time Of Terrorism Part 1 by Souren Mondal

  • Nosheen Irfan (2/18/2016 7:57:00 PM)

    The psyche of a suicide bomber explored deeply. What propels a man to blow himself up n take so many lives is described with great skill. And the touch of humor at the end is really a great idea. The absurdity of terrorism put into words like a true artist. Great work. (Report) Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (2/10/2016 10:54:00 PM)

    It's really great, a great work, a great description, a great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (1/27/2016 11:45:00 AM)

    I just discovered this poem; I missed it earlier when I came to your site. I just finished reading Part 1 twice through: You capture so well the over-stimulated brain of a terrorist with his one-track thinking that makes him murder women he considers whores even as he anticipates cavorting with virgins in paradise. You aptly capitalized certain thoughts that keep his resolve to kill fixed. It's as if there are these terrorist messages that are drowning out any message that might calm him down. Until that quietest of moments when a woman's apology pierces his armor and reaches his heart. It's breath-taking. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Mayo (12/13/2015 7:29:00 AM)

    I'm going to read part 2 now. Before I leave, let me just say... this is EXCELLENT! (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal (12/14/2015 10:17:00 PM)

    Thank you very much Brian.. Sorry, that I replied late. Had a little tough time of late...

  • Kelly Kurt (12/2/2015 3:20:00 PM)

    Keep it going, Souren. Only if the absurdity is realized will this even have a chance of being ended. I look forward to the rest.
    I do take issue with your comment to our mutual friend, Mohammed. I am not versed on many of the non-Abrahamic religions but the major 3 ones quite emphatically expound violence in many deliberate and explicit verses. Yes, they also have advice on how to be moral (Which is just common sense) but the old testament (Which I am more familiar with than the Koran or Talmud) Is full of the most horrifically detailed accounts of how one should maim, kill, torture, enslave and otherwise mistreat in the name of religion and god.
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    Souren Mondal (12/2/2015 8:41:00 PM)

    I agree with you Kelly, and like you had seen I am against Religion coming around ANYWHERE in socio-political economical places.. No ways.. Religion is supposed to be personal.. And you are right about Islam a good deal, the Quran has many verses that are extremely violent but that is why I believe a lot of people turned to Sufism... There is always a choice - God - He doesn't exist outside our consciousness, so we need to have a clear conscience. Our choice. We have a choice. And besides, that is religious extremism.. I have many friends who are religious but they are SENSIBLE enough to not get 'offended' with my atheism and I don't take offence with their religion. As long as no one is shoving religion down my throat I am okay... Fanatics are what I am totally against. And of course, organised religion of any kind whatsoever...

  • Valsa George (12/2/2015 3:17:00 AM)

    Often innocents are brainwashed into becoming suicide bombers! The bitter experiences through which one passes also shape one's psyche. When one who had been earlier tortured or tormented by another is tutored in the lessons of avenging the wrongs he suffered in life, he becomes a rebel and even a terrorist. When there is justification for every act when done in the name of God, it is easier to lure young minds into terrorist acts. But even they can be touched by a kind soul! Great write Souren! As Asim has written, I too wait for the remaining parts! (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal (12/2/2015 4:45:00 AM)

    Thank you ma'am.. You absolutely correct. Nothing is more pathetic and saddening than seeing people being turned into 'weapons' - live bombs! - terrorists? ? The war is often targetted against terroists, while it should be against terrorism.. The twisted, diabolic, pathetic 'ideology' (if we call it so) is absolutely disgusting and has very little to do with the ACTUAL concept of God or religion... Twisting these philosophical ideas to propogate terror, bloodshed, and create a hostile environment for humans is simply disgusting...

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/2/2015 1:28:00 AM)

    Souren, your first part deals with a situation where young minds are brainwashed to take up this cowardly act in the name of Almighty God, the misinterpretation of message is very pertinent and you made it very clear with different scenes (Imagery) how a person who is brainwashed and motivated to blowup the infidels thinks about the surroundings with biased mind, Please continue with part 2 and I sure it will unfold many chapters of human feelings on what is happening around us from the poet's view point.......I really liked it, and waiting for all nine parts to slowly and gradually unveil the bitter truth prevailing in our modern society.10 for this work. (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal (12/2/2015 2:02:00 AM)

    Thank you Asim.. No one, and I can scream this at the top of my lungs till I may go mute, is born a terrorist.. We have to understand the so-called terrorists coming from Middle East are CREATED. They are forced... The living conditions are disgusting, they are BRAINWASHED as you said... Religion is twisted.. I am an atheist, but I belong to a Hindu family.. It makes me sick when I see my Muslim brothers and sisters being adressed as 'terrorists' or 'anti-national'.. And vice-versa.. Javed Akhtar saheb said a wonderful thing that 'Nine out of ten people are atheists' - Each one would claim there God is the ONLY God and say the other one is an INFIDEL... What? ? As a man who has read theology a great deal, I can say it with full belief that no religion preaches violence.. It is how some sick people twist it.. We should all forget about these things and be united as humans... That is the biggest religion...

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/2/2015 1:11:00 AM)

    Lovely morning of November is definitely remembered well with graceful time. A thought provoking and thrill giving poem shared definitely. Amazing.10 (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal (12/2/2015 4:48:00 AM)

    Thanks Kumarmani...

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