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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Nandini Sen nowadays lives in Edinburgh, Scotland though she is originally from Calcutta, India. Nandini Sen is an anthropologist by profession who runs the virtual book club ReadinGLa(d)sses where readers and authors share their creativity, artistic and literary journeys. She was one of the storytellers for UNESCO, Edinburgh City of Literature's Story Shop 2016 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and had an article 'Women and Gender in Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthropological Introspection on Kinship and Family published in the ''Anthropological Journal of European Cultures' in November 2016. Her poem 'With a different stroke' was published in an Edinburgh based journal ' The Ogilvie, Edinburgh Creative Review' in 2016. Her anthropological experience/book on the waste pickers ' Urban Marginalisation in South Asia: Waste Pickers in Calcutta' was published by Routledge in 2018.

Nandini Sen

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The Ritual Called Cleansing

'Don't look in the sink for happiness.'
Even the shiniest sink can stink.
Her house looks like a war zone,
there are packing boxes not necessary
with blue jeans, black slacks and the matching cardigans;
They must go for recycling.

She unlearns English.
immerses herself in oblivion.
Calendar, and the clock stop.
She gives away her plastic card and pin code to strangers.
They buy her vodka and wine bottles.
She mumbles an undiscernible language
She looks at the warzone with her tired eyes.