Bengali Women wear kohl- sometimes to decorate their eyes, but most of the time to hide the black bruises of their lives. Women can hide pain under the shades of their eyes for a long time like shadows; eye shadows.
Sometimes those shadows are longer than trees. Those shadow-strewn paths are longer than the paths of their own lives.
It’s not just the bruises under her eyes that a Bengali woman must hide, but also the whip marks on her back, under blouse folds and skin, where no one else can see.
Kalyani Rama is a Bangladesh-born Bilingual author. She has seven published books in Bengali. Kalyani has written for the newspaper ‘The Wisconsin State Journal’, and other literary magazines.
Kalyani loves listening to people, animals, and trees.