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Poem about tangra

Here is a poem i found online written by one of the talented youngster in tangra . Nice job !!

TANGRA

I STAND AND STARE AT MY DESERTED TOWN
CHILDHOOD MEMORIES FLASH BY TO HOLD ME ON.
THE RUMBLING MACHINES HAVE NOW DIED DOWN…
ITS LIKE A WESTERN GHOST TOWN NOW,
GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN CHILDREN RUN..
ALL THAT MATTERS NOW IS THE SETTING SUN.
THE OLD SCHOOL IS AT THE TRESHOLD OF CLOSING
IT’S NOW LIKE AN OLD MODEL POSING!!
THE CHIMNEY’S SMOKE IS SEEN NO MORE….
TANGRA NOW IS NOT AS BEFORE….
TANNERIES ARE NOW BEEN SOLD AT HASTE
NEW NEIGHBOURS COMES IN WITH A DARKER FACE…
PEOPLE NOW MOVE TO THE OTHER WORLD
ONLY LEAVING BACK THEIR ” UNDESERVING OLD”
LANGUAGE AND TRADITIONS ARE FADING OUT
WESTERN CULTURE IS IN AND THAT’S NO DOUBT.
THE COLOURED DRAINAGE STILL FLOWS ON;
SO DOES THE ELDER’S STORIES STILL LIVES ON…
THE FAMOUS WOMEN GOSSIPS ARE FADING DOWN…
BUT NOW….ITS’ REBIRTHING IN THE FOREIGN TOWN!!

SETTING SUN= SHUTTING DOWN OF TANNERIES
OLD SCHOOL= PEI MOI
DARKER FACE= NON CHINESE (WUU QUI!!)

By,
Benjamin Kuo
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Comments

  1. Benjamin says:

    Hey Leon, Thanks for uploading my poem.. this is Benjamin here.. was suprised to see it!! Appreciate it πŸ™‚

  2. leon says:

    Hi Benjamin, nice to have you here. wish to see more of your wonderful poem here πŸ˜‰

  3. doro says:

    hey benny…ur poem is fab….keep it coming…and leon thanks for upload ben’s poem…

  4. JB says:

    I am based in San Diego, USA, I was searching for tanneries in Kolkata and stumbled up on this site….liked it very much
    Can some one send me a list of tanneries (with their e-mail) in Kolkata, please,
    JB

  5. sarah says:

    heyy benjamin ..the poem is fantabolous ..!!!!

  6. Izhar Hamza says:

    It was a surprise to see a website by the name “Dhapa”.I am from Calcutta now settled in Dongguan China.It is really nice to be able to update myself with whats happening in Dhapa thru this website….wish you all the luck

    1. leon says:

      thanks .. so howz life in Dongguan ? is it the industrial city of China ?

  7. Ying L says:

    Great poem! Very well-written! Keep up the good work!!!
    I left Calcutta in 1981 and it is sad to see what has happened to Tangra. Your poem’s description is poignant and accurate…

  8. Ying C. L. says:

    Great poem….superb website! Brings back the ‘OLD Calcutta’ fond memories. We left Calcuta back in 1977 and settled in the US, did not visit Calcutta again. Getting all my news about Calcutta from my friends and relatives settled in Canada.
    Appreciate all the efforts you guys put in for hosting such a fantastic website and keeping all the Oversea Chinese well informed. I will browse the website more often now. Thank you!

    1. leon says:

      Calcutta is DIFFERENT now .. if you get a chance do come back for the Chinese New Year 2009 … and see a new cal .. by the way welcome abroad πŸ™‚

    2. leon says:

      we are building a system for newsletters where you would be notified when the blog is updated.

  9. hakawala says:

    Hi Ben, you dont like “Wuu-Qui” ? Why not after all they are half to blame for the status we are in, the other half is the Communist Chinese. Bless any one that is living in exile like me. I can live any where I like to as long as it is challenging ! Where I am living now is too “quiet” I like ‘action’ as it was in Dhapa Calcutta way back in the early 60’s. May God bless you all who ever is reading this paragraph.

  10. Moi says:

    to: hakawala

    Hope you will find happiness and prosperity in the country where you now reside – whether you call it home or second home. Always be ready to meet up the life challenges however small or big they may be.

    The word “exile” does not seem the appropriate word to describe your situation unless you do not have the choice to live wherever you would like to.

    Wuu Qui is something given to us naturally by our birth right. I do not see why we should blame the Communist China either.

    Life is beautiful. Let’s embrace it with a positive thinking.

    Good luck to you in your endeavour.

  11. Hakawala Laswala says:

    to:MOI
    wrong on 2 topics and right on one. “exile” to almost all Dhapa Chinese had they given chances to live, and the communists iron fist rules at the time forced many to flee (like my grandfather) what do you know about the history of Tangra people? tried to challenge the facts or merely just to bite all those former Dhapa residents. Yes ‘wuuqui’ was the word I used when I was 4 years old in Dhapa and for many more years that follow…The curent 3rd home is like Dharamsala, quiet and peaceful, the first one was Meixian which we visited many times and the 2nd was Dhapa, which by no means less better than the other 2. Dhapa will always remain in our minds and I have 4000 pictures of it to prove.

    Former DhapaWala.

  12. Moi says:

    To: Hakawala Laswala

    If you were one of those who suffered the direct persecution from Indians who threw you out to “exile” during the 1962 era, then I salute you for being outspoken to spill out the word “exile”. Other than those who suffered directly or indirectly then, the exodus of Indian Chinese was more for economic rather than political reasons, when Indians started to create roadblocks for Chinese to make ends meet, to making a living very difficult with hardships.

    Let’s have more deepen facts about history of Tangra people. Yes, many or most left Moi Yuan during the Communist regime overthrowing Koumingtang. However, prior to that, many Chinese already fled during the Second World War time to Calcutta – to save their lives from the Japanese occupation. Other than that, they were also merchants who came out to trade and settled down. During the heyday, there was once a large trade and thriving commerce.

    We cannot change history. What our ancestors or forefathers encountered & suffered were passed down on to us naturally.

    My affection and passion for Calcutta, being my place of birth and the city of my youth, are no less than yours. I don’t need any tangibles to substantiate them.

    So be it !

  13. kushan Saha says:

    TO : Moi

    Sounds like you are a new kid in Tangra although born and brought up in Dhapa, and trying to show off that you know the history of Tangra Chinese ? Check with some of the older folks that are still alive, you will know what you have just said, simply because you dont like the exodus of most of your brothers that are making a better living elsewhere in the west. The Chinese that left India dont have any remorse for those who are still living in Tangra, and still have deep effection for those left behind. As a matter of fact a huge contingent of former Dhapawalas will make a trip for the 80th anniversary of PeiMay high school, thats my old school! Until then I will sit and pray in Dharamsala and wish them a happy reunion next year. Thats a positive thinking. Dhapawala stops here (in Dharamsala).

  14. Moi says:

    To: kushan Saha – who is the same person as Dhapawala and Dhapawala Laswala

    Not matter what & where you veiled yourself, it doesn’t bother me. You may have even chanted the highest mantra in Dharamsala, it does not and will not bring peace upon this world – let alone the cleansing of immortal souls as intended by religious leader Dalai Lama for those who live in the tranquility of the haven.

    Never attempt to try to outsmart people. In the first place, none of the facts you’ve written is correct.

    Firstly, I am not a new kid in Tangra. Am is a present tense. So far, I have not and, going forward, will not show off. What for and why ?

    Secondly, how many old folks in Tangra do you know ? Apparently, you only know those who happened to survive the odds and still remain alive in the said period of time of your reference, i.e. fleeing Communist regime era.

    Thirdly, I’ve left India for decades and needless to say – am one of those you referred to as making a better living elsewhere. In fact, better than “better”. So, why should there be jealousy of the same kind. To me, this prompted a higher sense of humblings towards our brothers and sisters still remaining in India. Regretably, I read that you seem not to be bothered with their well-being rather than have that “effection” instead of “affection”. I am not sure what you are trying to effect upon them.

    I am happy to learn about the alumni tentative gathering of Pei May to celebrate the 80th anniversary. Looks like with the present mindset of yours, your mantra will not work. God help those who help themselves first.

    Have a Great Day!

  15. Kushan Saha says:

    Hi Hsiao Moimoi: didnt mean to escalate the situation to such level as you continue to question and answer all by yourself as if you have nobody else in your neighbourhood to face off with a sharp tongue. Come to my Dhapa and you ‘ll find a lot of these challenges, in the meantime lets all enjoy the poem by Ben Kou for the residents of Dhapa and all former colleagues from PeiMay. Saha Hakawala.

  16. ycl1688 says:

    Kushan Shah,

    What ever your ids, we do not tolerate your unconstructive remark here, if someone mistreated you keep it to yourself. This board has a higher standard.

  17. Moi says:

    To: Kushan Saha

    You thought you’ve got it right ? I’m “Tai Moimoi”. Much stronger than you imagine. So you now know that you’ve somehow down-graded the standard of this community blog ?

    Why “my Dhapa” ? Do you hold patents to it ?

    Lastly, let there be peace with you, brother. You shall have the last word.

    Fold up your legs and maintain that position as you chant your mantras away.

  18. Alex says:

    Hi, Tai Moimoi.
    Liked your imagination, poor kushan must be in a bad shape by now, i wonder anyone tried doing that, im sure god will listen to his prayer first : ) really enjoyed this folding leg prayers.

  19. Alexis says:

    Hi Alex,

    Welcome aboard to join the sing-song of Poem about Tangra by Benjamin Kuo with Hakawala, Hakawala Laswala, Kushan Saha, Moi, Taimoimoi and ycl688.

    No wonder Robert from the Indian Chinese Association is struggling to come up with a seminar to broaden the outlook and career prospects of the youths…….low taste.

  20. ycl1688 says:

    Alexis,

    What is your intention to write on Robert low taste, he has the ablity and talent to organize something good, more power to him. What do you mean by low taste ?

    Here in this forum we are here to help each other and write constructively. This is the starting point.

    Let this be clear every idiotic writing will be challenged.

  21. Alexis says:

    ycl688,

    You’ve misread the comment and wrongly directed it towards Robert. Please read again.

    Robert’s efforts are unmistakably appreciated with 100% support from me.

    I’m fully aware that he is doing his best to roll the career seminar out which is beyond the call of his duty – as he is already very consumed with working late hours in his own professional job and being a non-Tangra resident.

  22. Belinda says:

    WAAAH WAAAH WAAAH WHAT A POEM BEN… lol… Keep it up man!!!! and keep TANGRA ALIVE FOR US WHO WOULD BE GOING BACK πŸ˜€

  23. hakawala says:

    to: belinda

    when are you coming back to tangra. ben will be posting another romeo and juliet peom for you to enjoy.

    st james school boys wish loreto girls a belated happy india independence day.

    take care.

  24. tercel says:

    Hi Belinda,

    Remember me from St James School. When are you going back to to Tangra.

  25. Belinda says:

    Whats ur actual/Real name???

    I dunno when wud I go back thoh!!!…. still planning …..
    Thanks n happy belated indi day

  26. sara says:

    to: benjamin kuo

    with the closure (death) of pei may school in tangra, can you write a fantabulous poem about the history of it from start to finish.

    it would be a good memory recall for all its past students and hakka community.

  27. ycl1688 says:

    Ben,

    Congrats to you on the early prediction of sudden death of the school, you are as accurate as the oracle octopus paul
    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/kolkata-crafts-paul-the-octopus-in-22k-gold-45750

    yes, the community needs talent like yourself.

  28. sanjeevkumarjha says:

    nice poem!

  29. Chandan Sen Gupta says:

    Hi can anyone tell me how Tangra got its name? Is it derived from Tang-ren meaning people of the Tang dynasty?
    Cheers,
    Chandan