Quintet (Clerihew)

Another interesting prompt–Clerihew. It’s a whimsical, four-line biographical poem. So, as a Bengali and as Indian we have few colorful characters. I’m taking my takes on four such personalities and a popular animated character to write clerihews on. I’ve also attached few line bio on each character to know them better along with events or facts that I’ve referred to in my clerihew on them for your, my reader, conveniences. 


rabindranath-tagore-in-cherish-moodRabindranath Tagore

Amongst Bengali a name of valor

Whom he loved or who loved him matter of question

But w’ever it is all lent a shade to poems of him out of question



ritwik_ghatakRitwick Ghatak

Our own indigenous Cap’n Haddock

All his movies are treated as trash, flop,

Posthumously e’one take a ride on the flop



uttam-kumarOur mothers crooned on the persona of Uttam Kumar

He had changed the Bengali movies at its grammar

Did he love Mrs. Sen, shhh, never says that never ask that

Did he teach us to love, ooh yeah, you can ask w’out hesitation that



jnehruThe first Prime Minister he was, Jawaharlal Nehru

His birthday is Childrens’ Day, e’one lovingly call him Chacha Nehru

He had an affair with Lady Mountbatten…oh you are talking shit…I heard saying

He had a role in the plane crash of …oh you are on again…I heard                                            follow by whispering



46029287He is you, he is me, he is the Common Man

Clad in dhoti and a plaid jacket, he look like any other man

He is silent observer to many events, a lot of things

                                        When he speak don’t say you said it (so take care of your deeds and sayings)


#1 Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali icon as well a well known and respected at the same time a persona who reshaped the Bengali literature. He had a lot of affairs which we Bengali talk with valor and at the same time hesitate to talk on.

#2 Ritwick Ghatak was the prolific filmmaker who depicts the social picture of the aftermath of Bengal Partition. He was contemporary of Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen whose movies doesn’t get noticed and most of the time overshadowed by others during his lifetime. He has been notoriously remembered for his drinking habit also.

#3 Arun Kumar Chatterjee better known as Uttam Kumar was another Bengali icon well known for his movies as the actor. He had been active for three decades–1950s to 1970s. He is considered as the Matinee Idol of Bengali movies of that era and women used to go weak at their knees, a popular woman lore, whenever he came to the scene. It was and is the debatable topic of his relationship with his co-star Aparna Sen.

#4 Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, had many debatable and discussed stories attached to him. Like an affair with Lady Mountbatten, participation in the assassination of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and its cover-up, etc. All these speak with great care and under the breath for their sensibility in terms of political as well as cultural aspects.

#5 The Common Man is a cartoon character created by Indian author and cartoonist R.K. Laxman (1921-2016) for the comic strip “You Said It” in 1951 for The Times of India. Through the character, R.K. Laxman used to take his picks on the social-political scenarios of the passing time in a comical satirical manner.


Shorthand Used: 

#1 w’ever–whatever

#2 e’one–everyone

#3 w’out–without

National Poetry Writing Month Day#14: Clerihew

A-Z Challenge Letter L–L for Legend

15 responses to “Quintet (Clerihew)”

  1. Bravo👍
    Absolutely awesome Sangbad!


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