My friend Jane (Jane Dougherty) had introduced me to writing Ghazals in English some time back. Growing up in India, I was quite familiar to listening to ghazals but never knew that ghazals were also written in English. During last few months, I tried my hand writing a few pieces. I either write in my mother tongue, Assamese ( Axomiya), and then translate to English or vice versa. Last week, like a fool, I prompted Jane to write a ghazal as she had not posted a ghazal for quite some time. She turned the table on me as she promptly wrote one and posted (Rain) and challenged me to write one. I find it very hard to follow rules while writing poetry and ghazals do have some strict rules. I am not professing that I have followed all the rules but here is my try. My apologies to all the purist who follow strict rules. I plead guilty to breaking the rules.
I wrote the following piece in English first and then translated to Assamese. Posting it in the same sequence.
I Search in Vain