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A new mom, with next to no experience with a new baby... what is the stuff of her nightmares that may wake her up?
A new mom, with next to no experience with a new baby… what is the stuff of her nightmares that may wake her up?
It is the dead of night
I awaken in dread
on my chest
what was it?
what is it?
why am I wet?
a mewling next to my stiff right arm
It is my new baby
I must feed her
no instinct clicks
just bleary-eyed darkness
I tug at the zipper
of my gown
try to position baby’s hungry mouth
but her head doesn’t come closer
I lift my head off
to check what’s wrong
she’s on her tummy
how is that even possible?
full of guilt
I sit up as per the doctor’s
instruction – always feed
the baby upright
now I know why.
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I recommend reading Manjiri Indurkar's Origami Aai alongside her memoir to have a fulfilling and enriching experience of telling one's story with grace.
It’s All In Your Head, M famed author Manjiri Indurkar’s debut poetry collection, Origami Aai, is independent and yet an extension of her memoir in which she speaks with utmost grace about all forms of abuses that she has survived. In this book of intriguing and evocative poems, the poet weaves words to form images of the everyday life of her middle-class family, love found and lost, trauma, and healing.
The collection is divided into four segments, beginning with the family, slowly moving towards the world, and finally colliding them together.
We aren’t in mourning, but we are creatures of habit.
So we talk of each one who died of drowning,
and I listen to her stories with the patience
of a chronicler.
– Funereal Stories
Indian students dream of studying abroad, but these deaths and the racism we feel ask the question - are we travelling there to only lose our lives?
Trigger warning: This speaks of racism and death of Indian students, and may be triggering to survivors.
Today morning while I was on my way to the office, I was scrolling Instagram and immediately my eyes got stuck on a post having the headline, “US Policeman ran over an Indian Student in Seattle”. Jaahnavi Kandula, a 23-year-old Northeast University Graduate student from Andhra Pradesh was struck and killed in January this year by a Seattle cop, Kevin Dave, while driving 74 mph on the way to a report of an overdose call.”
Further, I read that the investigating agency while watching the body-worn camera that captured the whole incident, were laughing and joking about the death and commented that her life had “limited value”. If the deceased had been a US citizen, would they have behaved in the similar way, I feel not?
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