Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Egypt, Mubarak, and the United States
Another of our Favorite Goons Facing Loss of Power
It's incredible, really. The president of the United States can't bring himself to talk about democracy in the Middle East. He can dance around it, use euphemisms, throw out words like "freedom" and "tolerance" and "non-violent" and especially "reform," but he can't say the one word that really matters: democracy.
You tell yourself I'll be gone
To some other land, some other sea,
to a city lovelier far than this
Could ever have been or hoped to be--
Where every step now tightens the noose:
A heart in a body buried and out of use;
How long, how long must I be here
Confined among these dreary purlieus
Of the common mind? Wherever now I look
Black ruins of my life rise into view.
So many years have I been here
Spending and squandering and nothing gained.
There's no new land, my friend, no
New sea; for the city will follow you,
In the same streets you'll wander endlessly,
The same mental suburbs slip from youth to age,
In the same house go white at last--
The city is a cage.
No other places, always this
Your earthly landfall, and no ship exists.
C.P. Cavafy --translated by Lawrence Durrell
I stumbled on to your comment about Sanyal Brothers in Jamshedpur. This really brings back so much memories.
Regal, Natraj, Karim
I was a frequent visitor to Jamshedpur in the 70s...I grew up in Rourkela just 100 miles away.
Is Sanyal Bros still there ? Do you still visit Jamshedpur ? I'd love to get in touch.
The last time I was in Jamshedpur was 1984. There are some former residents of Jamshedpur who live in the San Francisco Bay area. According to them, Sanyal Bros is still there. Good, if true. Let us hope that books and book stores will survive in this age of high tech.
Thanks for visiting.