Bijay Kant Dubey


My Hindustani English, Understand You, Said I In The Class/ My English Is But Indian English Whatever Say You About That I'm An Englishman, Not An Indiaman - Poem by Bijay Kant Dubey

My English is Indian English
Whatever say you about,
My English is but Indian English,
Nothing like Indian,
But Bihari English,
In Bihar too
That of an Angika dialect speaker,
Whatever talk give I,
I am but a simple man
Speaking simply
And frankly,
To be frank with you,
With you, say I,
But am I not so frank
Like the Europeans,
I am but an Asiatic man,
From India,
An India-man,
A Hidustani,
But not from Delhite
And Punjabi areas
Or Haryanvi belts.

My English is Hindustani English,
Understand you,
Said I
In the class,
My English,
Frankly speaking, call I myself
A professor of English,
I am actually not
a professor,
But a rustic professor
Of English
As know I not English
So well,
Just have learnt by rote,
Laboriously,
Talking with the students,
Teaching them
As they know it not
So they take me for an Englishman
But am not,
As no European,
No White man am I,
No Englishman,
An Indian I,
An Indiaman I am.

Topic(s) of this poem: art


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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 23, 2015



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