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Mahim Bora's 'The Fish'

On his death anniversary, we look at some of the best that he has offered to the pantheon of Assames Poetry - and how versatile it has been to be translated in English too. Born on the 6th of July, 1924, and unfortunately having passed away on the 5th of August, 2016 he was an Assamese writer and education.

Mahim Bora was elected as President of the Assam Sahitya Sabha held in 1989 at Doomdooma. Awarded with most notably with the Padma Shri in 2011, the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2001 and the Assam Valley Literary Award in 1998. Assam Sahitya Sabha conferred its highest honorary title Sahityacharyya on him in 2007.



The Fish | Mahim Bora | trans. Hirendranath Dutta


Golden and silver fish,blue and violet Millions and millions of shining pieces of Diamond passion-hued A razor-sharp motion cutting the sea Into two halves, Invincible you.

Covering the vast length of the sea With your finns You outdo the tides That kiss the hill-tops Your eyes overflow with gusts of dreams Touching the farthest horizon The first child of creation- The everlasting dazzle of undying passion. Golden and silver fish,blue and violet Shining with colour of births With the colour of countless deaths, Death’s contretemps-the many fishing traps And nets big and small Are spread out In the yon Ghiladhari river; Immortal you are still, Fish ,oh everlasting fish!




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