Guillotine (2008)

"The mind is a drunken monkey"
-M.K.Gandhi.
At about half-past midnight, with the rusty voice of a dead man
singing romance into my ears,
I decided it was time to start dying 
since living had gone out of style.

And so...I said to the monkey,

"start dyin' your dudeness, coz livin's gone outta style, 
when the lifeworld gets bureaucratized, you are nothing but information
on a file, or a floppy, and your existence gets carbonized
to a copy of a copy of a copy."

Skipping corporeal milestones, leapfroging from one body to another, cutting himself free from the viscous web of failed relationships, the monkey seeks salvation in the cluttered nothingness of hostel rooms; nothingness punctuated by Marx, Foucault, Bhagat and Sartre, Ethnoscapes of a student life glowing in the golden dampness of the dim table-lamp light, de-amplifying darkness and mediating memory through forgotten tunes, flowing along the moist edges of beer mugs. Lifelines, dotted with two beds and two tables, an old computer, some dusty books, half a pack of marlboro reds... and some half-burnt fragments of a third-world life lying stubbed face-down,in the forced ashcan, colonised and re-colonised by the assembly line of the empire. and in the midst of the assorted existential crises, the monkey stays drunk....on romance mostly, watering tiny revolutions with glittering idealisms. and then wails watching them burn down to ashes against the simmering winds of time It consumes Palestine, Darfur, Iraq, New orleans, Gujjars, Gorkhas and Monks, smokes up with nicotine the lefts taken by the right and the rights crushed by the left... and seeking purpose in its refusal to barter magic for fact, the monkey floats down the undepths of nihilism, asserting the annihilation of the self as the ultimate expression of existence..

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