Marrying the Road

My essay on the call of the road as revealed by The Motorcycle Diaries and On the Road, two modern road-trip classics. In DNA.

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8 thoughts on “Marrying the Road

  1. THE CALL OF THE FAR

    Ever I am restless
    I am athirst for the far.
    My time passes by
    And in an absent mind
    I keep waiting at my window
    Hoping and hoping you will come.
    O how my entire being
    Is eager for your intimate touch!
    O you far, O you boundless far
    So irresistible is the call of your flute
    But I forget I have no wings
    I am bound to one place.
    I am listless, I am indifferent.
    At the sun-tinged lazy midday
    Among the rustling of the trees
    In the play of light and shade
    In the blue of the sky
    I get a glimpse of your fugitive form.
    O you far, O you boundless far
    So irresistible is the call of your flute
    But I forget my doors are barred.
    ————
    Transcreation of perhaps the most romantic song – Ami chanchal he, ami sudurer piyasi – by Rabindranath Tagore. Best recording of this song is by Debabrata Biswas.
    Compare poem 5 of The Gardener.

  2. Kumud Biswas, thank you for this beautiful transcreation! The spirit of the original song is intact in your translation. Thanks for sharing.

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