Alolika Dutta is a poet based in Bombay, India. Her work has appeared in The Penguin Book of Indian Poets, Berfrois, The Indian Quarterly, The Boston Globe, Indian Cultural Forum, Quarterly West, among others, and is forthcoming in The Helter Skelter Anthology of New Writing, Muse India, and Race Today. Apart from writing, Alolika paints and photographs, too. Her paintings have been published in Aainanagar, and were displayed at the Hum Sab Sahmat: Reclaiming the Nation for its Citizens exhibition organised by SAHMAT in New Delhi. Her photographs hang on the walls of Seagull Books, Kolkata.
To wake to the sound of Marwa seeping through the bowl of a sarod / That rests over the limbs of a woman in the balcony—or not. / To follow the melody across rooms, beyond the descending sun, /. Into the kitchen—or not. A call and response—or not.