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“My nerves are bad to-night. Yes, bad. Stay with me.
“Speak to me. Why do you never speak. Speak.
“What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?
“I never know what you are thinking. Think.”

I think we are in rats’ alley
Where the dead men lost their bones.

“What is that noise?”
The wind under the door.
“What is that noise now? What is the wind doing?”
Nothing again nothing.
“Do
“You know nothing? Do you see nothing? Do you remember
“Nothing?”

I remember
Those are pearls that were his eyes.
“Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head?”

The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot.
These are the lines I relate to know…
I still remember the day when they dragged me out of my room. I cried out for help but it went in vain. It was the two of us who lived happily in the house. My baby and I.
Oh let me introduce you to my baby Murphy. Yeah, she had been living with me since I moved in to my Park Avenue house 4 years ago. Well, yeah for those getting confused my baby was a cat.

While they dragged me out I shouted in the hope that at least somebody would listen.
I cried, “Please, Take care of my baby.”
As the on lookers watched….
I again cried out, this time in desperation, “Please take care of my baby. I am the only one she has.”

It’s been 5 years since then.  I have been living in exile.
In this foreign land, the only kind of exposure I get is the street that I see from my window.
Lately, I haven’t been doing well on the health front.
So, before I take my last breath in a foreign land away from home.

All I want to say is..
“Oh, My Country I hope you are doing well. Coz I am not.
Some call me traitors, some extremists and what not.
A few, who did not like my views, chained me down and cut my wings of creativity.
They just could not stand take it.

 

Some of the Greatest people who lived in Exile. For what they thought was either ahead of the times or different from what the rest thought.

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  1. Dante- Poet-politician Dante was exiled from Florence for supporting the Holy Roman Emperor (White      Guelphs) over the Papacy (Black Guelphs). The banishment lasted Dante’s entire life, but influenced his masterpiece  The Divine Comedy, which clearly expresses a parallel to his real-life experiences of wandering through “hell”  seeking protection.

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  1. Voltaire- François-Marie Arouet didn’t adopt the name Voltaire until his second imprisonment in France’s famous fortress, the Bastille. He’d already had a history of attacking the royals and writing controversial critiques against the French church (religious fanaticism especially irked him), but after arguing with a nobleman his fate was sealed. He left for London in exile and returned home three years later having penned Letters Concerning the English Nation — his views on the British monarch, literature, and religion. English ways seemed more tolerant and liberal to him, which caused another controversy, and he went into seclusion. He never retracted his criticisms and was later refused a Christian burial, but friends actually smuggled his corpse into the Abbey of Scellières in Champagne for a proper funeral.

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  1. Oscar Wilde-“Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life’s lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile.”

The story of Wilde’s exile is heartbreaking. The Irish writer and poet was imprisoned for sodomy and gross indecency, and his health rapidly declined. Upon his release, he left England broke and in exile, changing his name to Sebastian Melmoth — after the Christian martyr and saint, and a character in his great-uncle’s gothic novel, Melmoth the Wanderer. While in Paris, he briefly returned to work, even publishing his play The Importance of Being Earnest, but quickly gave up. “I can write, but have lost the joy of writing,” he remarked before dying five years later.

September 1958:  Portrait of American-born poet TS Eliot (1888 - 1965) sitting with a book and reading eyeglasses, around the time of his seventieth birthday.  (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)

  1. T.S. Eliot-“Every country is home to one man, and exile to another.”

Born in the States, a 20-something Eliot left his New England home for the UK in 1914. It was a decision that often left him feeling estranged and torn. (Just reread The Wasteland, and you’ll see what we mean.) He tried to balance his sense of obligation and intellectual curiosity for the U.S. and a religious, political, and literary commitment to the English community. The move proved crucial for his career, as his friendship with fellow poet and expatriate Ezra Pound helped introduce him to the British literary scene and inspired his work.

 

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  1. Salman Rushdie-“Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.”

Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie published The Satanic Verses in 1988. The magical realist work was considered blasphemous by conservative Muslims for its perceived negative allusions against Muhammad. It was banned and burned at demonstrations, bookstores were bombed, riots ensued, and several of the book’s translators were murdered while others suffered attempts on their lives. Rushdie was put under police protection by the British government after Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him. The writer later came out of exile after a court battle and seems to be enjoying his recent days in New York City.

 

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  1. Taslima Nasrin- She is a Bangladeshi author and former physician who has lived in exile since 1994. From a literary profile as a poet in the late 1980s, she rose to global attention by the end of the 20th century owing to her essays and novels with feminist views and severe criticism of Islam.

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I love people who get their fiction & Bollywood allusions right, but apart from that, I am a relatively normal person with happy feet attracting good vibes from everyone I meet. Loves reading Non-Fiction.
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