Bijay Kant Dubey


The Birthplace of George Orwell


Just we know it that George Orwell,
The writer of Animal Farm,1984, Burmese Days
Was born here,
In India-Bihar’s Motihari,
A small impoverished town of the then times
Just with a villagerly background
But tuned to
As per opium and indigo plantations
Which the Bihar govt. and the India govt. too
Could not dwell it upon
That their caretaker was born here in India.

His father who was an opium agent was not
Definitely well-paid,
But the colonial divide, the ego of the ruler
And the racial gap,
The linguistic disparity
Could not prepare the background
As many of them failed to understand
His writings and conditions.

Despite the hazards and hurdles of living
In India,
Bearing the brunt
Of exotic and ethnic India, vast and varied,
Bearing the heat and humid conditions,
Many lived on,
Many perished in their journeys
To the land of unknown destinations.

Had the people not renewed their interests,
Searching out of curiosity
The house of Orwell,
Everything would have lost in the mire of history,
The dilapidate house too would have turned
Into an animal farm.

George Orwell who was born on June 25,1903
In Bihar’s Motihari
Had been connected with,
Served in Burma,
Left the job,
Went on hand to mouth,
Doing even menial jobs
To be a broadcaster,
But cut short in life.

Submitted: Friday, March 28, 2014
Edited: Friday, March 28, 2014

Topic of this poem: Art


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