Approaching Fifty

In unwiped bathroom mirrors,
He sees all three faces
Looking at him:

His own,
The grey-haired man's
Whose life policy has matured,
And the mocking youth's
Who paid the first premium. 

from The Transfiguring Places (Ravi Dayal, 1998), © Arvind Krishna Mehrotra 1998, used by permission of the author


Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Arvind Mehrotra Reading from his Poems

1The Sale



4Canticle for my Son

5The Roys

6Engraving of a Bison on Stone

7Distance in Statute Miles

8Two Lakes

9Where Will the Next One Come From?

10Company Period

11On the Death of a Sunday Painter

12After Maluk

13Bhojpuri Descant

14Approaching Fifty



17Locking Up

18I Cannot Live here All my Life

19Dream-figures in Sunlight

20Bharati Bhavan Library Chowk Allahabad

21Ironing Lady

22Death in an Art Deco House

23The Fracture

24Herodotus, My Mother, and Civets

25The Meal

26Summer Break

27Paradise Flycatcher

28Picking Pole

29Hedge Scissors 30Hoopoe 31Seven Sisters 32Looking Out

Books by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra