Indira Goswami (Assamese: ইন্দিৰা গোস্বামী, Hindi: इन्दिरा गोस्वामी, Tamil: இந்திரா கோஸ்வாமி), known by her pen name Mamoni Raisom Goswami and popularly as Mamoni Baideo, was an Assamese editor, poet, professor, scholar and writer.
She was the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award (1983), the Jnanpith Award (2001) and Principal Prince Claus Laureate (2008).
A celebrated writer of contemporary Indian literature, many of her works have been translated into English from her native Assamese which include The Moth Eaten Howdah of the Tusker, Pages Stained With Blood and The Man from Chinnamasta.
She was also well known for her attempts to structure social change, both ... more »
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Indira Goswami Poems
Oh Pakistan, celestial land! Give us your heart! And take our heart in return! Once we shared the same sky!
Ode to a Whore
People say that I excel in making wine. I can turn the wine which is brewed today
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Oh Pakistan, celestial land!
Give us your heart!
And take our heart in return!
Once we shared the same sky!
Sky with the same sun!
We shared the same pain like twins on the battlefield
to remove the dust.
Now our flesh is ripped apart
By that meandering barbed-wire fence!
Oh they have drawn that
dividing line on a flimsy paper!
That line of agony and tears
Can anyone draw that line
In our raw flesh, inside our heart?
Friends! Be happy where you
Memory never fades, poets say
distance only purifies it…
We sat under the ...