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Nilanjana  In Arizona most of the time. I write on music and film and teach at ASU. I take pictures on the sly.

Rabindranath Tagore’s 1923 play Red Oleander (রক্তকরবী) would have taken a different turn in my backyard, where it grows wild. “(NANDINI and KISHOR, a digger boy, come in.) KISHOR।
Have you enough flowers, Nandini? Here, I have brought some more.
NANDINI:
Run away, Kishor, do, back to your work, quick! You'll be late again.
KISHOR।
I must steal some time from my digging and digging of nuggets to bring out flowers to you.
NANDINI।
But they'll punish you, my boy, if they know.
KISHOR।
You said you must have red oleanders. I am glad they're hard to find in this place, Only one tree I discovered after days of search, nearly hidden away behind a rubbish heap.
NANDINI।
Show it me. I'll go and gather the flowers myself.
KISHOR।
Don't be cruel, Nandini. This tree is my one secret which none shall know. I've always envied Bishu, he can sing to you songs that are his own. From now I shall have flowers which you'll have to take only from my hands.
NANDINI।
But it breaks my heart to know that those brutes punish you.
KISHOR।
It makes these flowers all the more preciously mine. They come from my pain.
NANDINI।
It pains me to accept anything which brings you hurt.
KISHOR।
I dream of dying one day for your sake, Nandini.
NANDINI।
Is there nothing I can give you in return?
KISHOR।
Promise that you will accept flowers only from me every morning.
NANDINI।
I will. But do be careful.
KISHOR।
No, no, I shall be rash and defy their blows. My homage shall be my daily triumph.”

This morning.

Decades of orientalist references to geishas and cherry blossoms and East coast chauvinism have so convinced me that Japan lies to the east of the US that I still struggle to grasp that I actually fly west to go there.

The blooming of the palo verdes and bougainvilleas on our campus always signals the start of the end of the academic year. We have one more week of classes. #flowerreport

A jingle dancer performed before the fashion show.

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