Uncle Mohan Singh
1930. The people of Nakodar are wonderstruck tonight.
In the tent a silent film is being shown
and my chacha uncle Mohan Singh plays the harmonium.
A window illuminates the wall of darkness.
The actors move their lips voiceless.
A flower blossoms, silently.
In the film when they walk it seems they are running.
People watch their dream and laugh their hearts out.
Uncle Mohan Singh is accompanying them with his harmonium
and making the flowers blossom.
Tonight the people of Nakodar are dreaming together
© Amarjit Chandan translated by Julie Casterton and Stephen Watts