Gita Viswanath is the author of two novels – Twice it Happened, (2019) and A Journey Gone Wrong (2022), a non-fiction book, The ‘Nation’ in War: A Study of Military Literature and Hindi War Cinema (2014)and a children’s book, Chidiya. Her poems, essays and short stories have been published in several print and online journals. Her short films “Family Across the Atlantic” and “Safezonerz” are available on YouTube. She is also the co-founder of an online film club called Talking Films Online
Numbers vs Words
Except for the number one, that pioneer and its offspring four and seven that stretch to infinity all else are tightly closed into circles; or semicircles poised to close in. Their exactness petrifies me. I avoid them like the bug. They give me no breathing space. Instead hold me tight in their fists to strangle me to death. From my hands they wriggle and escape Into a world that only confounds. I fall for the seductiveness of words unlimited, non-repetitive, dynamic I float on the surface of their emptiness And sink into the depth of their semantics I walk through their openness And scratch my head over their ambiguity While dancing to their cadences. I use words to my convenience Twist them if the need arises For anything from admire to zoom via despise, love, placate, seduce, or yearn.