Supurna Dasgupta‘s translation of Bijoya Mukhopadhyay’s poem: Sangee – The Companion (Bengali to English)

The Companion

The one with whom we constantly live 

is not love, but anxiety. 

Love enters sometimes like a guest 

smiling softly 

and leaving its memories all over the house, 


After that it’s always 

one of us and anxiety. 

Some of us and anxiety 

live night to day, 

day to night.

Supurna Dasgupta is a PhD scholar at the University of Chicago in the department of South Asian Languages and Civilisations. In her spare time, she translates, embroiders, makes wishful travel plans, and teaches imaginary courses.

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