What is a paper anyway?
Rejected molecules of the plant ecosphere.
When the Prime Minister announced demonetization
we roamed the streets, Jadavpur to Tollygunge through
high on MDMA.
<Hello, Bastar.> MDMA on top of the red font on top of a
picture of a woman with militant jungle outfit.
Lines on every ATM
we lick the bitter crystals
over and over again
till we reach the film festival
with 'Guest Passes' which provide
us balcony seats and we watch
a Greek movie, American Square
about a racist, a tattoo artist,
and migrants flowing through Athens
but the ATM lines don't get any shorter even after week.
At 12 midnight, walking through the streets, the ATMs
are still crowded, lines of thirty-forty people.
"Don't blow into the crystal powders."
The streets are deserted,
a huge screen displays videos, movies
outside the state film center
and underneath it a body sleeps with
a cloth wrapped all over in the chilling wind.
The shopkeepers keep pondering about the change
contra e-commerce and malls
and people stock up food
vegetables and grains
while we count the crystal pieces
and provide tentative calculations in milligrams
so as to not reach the level of OD.