Tabish Khair Poems
- Rumi And The Reed Listen to the song of the reed flute: ...
- Almost Sonnet At one instant it seemed to be within my ...
- Prayer Grant me a little child I can hide When the mullahs ...
- Homily She knows it's neither strange nor hard To raise ...
- Nurse's Tales, Retold ecause the east wind bears the semen ...
- Immigrant It hurts to walk on new legs: The curse of ...
- The Soldier Home From Iraq What could I do being what I ...
Tabish Khair (Hindi: ताबिश खैर) is an Indian English author and associate professor in the Department of English, University of Aarhus in Denmark.
His books include Babu Fictions (2001), The Bus Stopped (2004), which was shortlisted for the Encore Award (UK) and The Thing About Thugs (2010), which has been shortlisted for a number of prizes, including the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Man Asian Literary Prize.
Birth and Early Life
Khair was born in Ranchi (then part of Bihar, now the capital of Jharkhand) and grew up in his hometown, Gaya, a small but historically-significant town in Bihar, India.
Khair finished secondary school ... more »
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Rumi And The Reed
Listen to the song of the reed flute:
It sings of separation.
Torn from the leaf-layered, wind-voiced
Banks of the pond,
It is joined to sorrow and joy
By a slender sound.
Who, asked Rumi, can understand
The reed's longing to return?
Let its raw lips rest then;
Let all words be brief then.
And I, O Believers, cried Rumi
(Having lost the man he loved),
I who am not of the East
Nor of the ...