April is the cruelest month

The Burial of the Dead

Ganges in Prayagraj Wikkicomons|April
The river Ganga in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh Photo Wikicommons

The Burial of the Dead

April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring
                         –The Waste Land by TS Eliot

Such are the Wazes of the world!
a CIU to investigate from far and NIA –
Lord have Mercedes on us.
Send us machines – to count our
                 –Deepak Manchanda 5 April 2021

Often one thinks of taking inventory
and too often in terms of the financial year
the hopes of a new beginning.
The need to speak, to cry to be heard

So fortunate over the past 13 months quarreling
about the GDP. And how our industry escaped,
hoping some of the good luck rubs off
on us, even as we bury our heads

The second wave rumbling in darkness, luck
is running out. Humility in the face of nature,
the feverish Ganges, Our foolishness secret
by the unmourning water. After the first death,
there is no other.
                  – Naresh Khanna editor@ippgroup.in

(With apologies to TS Eliot, Deepak Manchanda and Dylan Thomas. Editorial republished from the April issue of Packaging South Asia.)

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


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