22, Lansdowne Road

It’s a 45-minute bus ride.
Once I get off at the Lansdowne Market stop,
I walk for about twenty minutes.
I know the turn because I have memorized the red wall
That screams out political slogans, obscenities, proclamations of anonymous love.
I walk with my finger tips touching the curves, the dents and the angles of these letters
That make turns to form words
To form memories that they are unaware of.
In my twelve-year-old mind,
The city is building its first impressions
That change pattern with time.


When I walk up the winded iron stairs,
My world is being painted by the dark grey of the iron,
The moss-covered greenness of the old, wooden door,
The dark, narrow alley that I am never allowed to tread
And the doorway that gives me glimpses of a world
Where only my imagination has been invited.

I reach my aunt’s house.
22, Lansdowne Road.
I tell my friends,
“It’s so big and old,
you will think it’s a palace!”
The friends share the wonder.
It seems.
The colours are melting.
The lights are diffusing in the narrow alleys of memory.
But the wonder travels through the time
Left behind by this body.
Long ago.
In that alley.


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Sukanya Thumbnail I am an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre and Dance, San Francisco State University. I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. My training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.


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