Literary Magazine

Sundry Notes | Sneha Subramanian Kanta

Since epochs, a secondhand book brought
from a book-fair lays in my purse

of an ivory blue cover and faded hardbound,
titled, “An Introduction to Gaelic”.
These books of wild-forest smell I hold close,
for the endangered languages they preserve
and for the plethora words cannot explain.

One morning with the sunlit world still asleep,
on a blank paper I wrote “mo chridhe,”
addressed to him through the illumination.
This note still sleeps somewhere, deep in
its valleys of silence. In articulate ladders of
time, even two points would be unable to
travel the distance and explain the meaning
of how life is a chain awoken by love.


Sneha Subramanian Kanta will begin her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom this autumn after having received the prestigious GREAT scholarship. She believes in the sounds of silence and scents of forgotten vocabularies. Postcolonial literature and literary theory and criticism are her areas of research interest. Her work has appeared or will appear in Anti-Heroin Chic, Epigraph Magazine, NEW QUEST, Kitaab, Silhouette Magazine, Chitralipi journal and in poetry anthologies such as Dance of the Peacock, Suvarnarekha and elsewhere.