Vignettes of a South African Township called Mdantsane

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ma Ngobo's Place at Scenery Park


ma ngobo lives in the far stretches
of scenery park
a tiny house amidst shacks and shanties
seems to challenge still
an unburnt sky
lush greenery in abundance
has taken over the tiredness
of old thoughts
flaming tyres around necks
and a flaming jungle
are as remote
as long lost anc promises
i often drink here to
the laughter of myths
a rebellion of conscience
seems so far.

Poem and Watercolor by Amitabh Mitra


  1. Amithabh, I'm a total fan of your paintings.. They're so vivid and reflect the colors of Africa.

  2. Thanks a lot Alaka
    Your paintings are beautiful and u have an eye for photography

  3. this is so beautiful. alakaline and i are both your fans. one day, you will probably say what you just said to her about me as well. :-)

  4. The humane Africa very few people could see like amitabh...and render it in pulsating colours and lines deep.

  5. Amitabh Mitra,you rock.This is by far the clearest painting of yours.Somehow I love to analyse the reasons!!This one is in fact as clear as your pen and ink art.And your poems too.I love the sanctuary that ma ngobo offers where the rebellion of conscience can be abated for a while.Wah ustad,wah!(the anc needs to be edited)

  6. Thanks Ushaji
    This is the way it looks at our black townships.

  7. Thanks, Shree
    Your work obviously surpasses