Oi Ashe Oi Oti Bhairob Horoshe | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 10, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:06 AM, June 10, 2017

Oi Ashe Oi Oti Bhairob Horoshe

Translated by Fakrul Alam

There, there they come— monsoonal clouds—

Exhilarating, awesome, moisture-laden,

Fragrant, earth-soaked, dense, rejuvenated

Dark-hued, somber, glorious— ready to burst!

Their deep rumblings quiver dark-blue forests

Tense peacocks out on strolls cry out

The whole world is thrilled, overwhelmed. 

Intense, amazing—monsoon is on its way!

Where are you, oh young and old belles of pathways? 

Where are you, oh brides of darting, fluttering eyes? 

Where are you, oh female gardeners and dear nursemaids?  

Where could you be, oh women all set for assignations?

Come to deep forest shades and yield to deep blue desire

Let honeyed tongues peal in gorgeous dances 

Bring forth the mind-entrancing veena!

Where are you love-sick ones, all you seekers of love?

Bring forth the tom-tom, the tabor, the melodious pipe

Blow the conch and ululate, oh you brides all—

Dearly loved partaker of all our delight, 

Monsoon, you're here, flaming passions anew.

With brooding eyes, on the birch leaves of arbors

You compose brand new tunes,

Based on the cloud-induced Meghmallar raga.

Monsoon is here, flaming passions anew!


Apply the fragrance of the ketoki flower on your hair

String Korobi flowers and wear them around your slender waist  

Lay out Kadamba pollens on your bed

Daub your eyes with soothing eye-salves! 

Clink your twin bracelets rhythmically

Make your peacocks dance in tune 

Weave a warm welcome

Lay out Kadamba pollens on your bed!

Monsoon is here; rejuvenated monsoon is here!

Suffusing the sky and filling the world with desire

The wind susurrates through forests, making trees sway

Plants and creepers lilt rhythmically to its tune,

Poets of all ages meet in the heavens

Making the heady wind resonate tunefully

With lyrics that transcend time

Till hundreds of melodies resound in forest paths.    

Fakrul Alam is professor of English at the University of Dhaka

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