In prison, waiting is a habit turning slowly into addiction: Varavara Rao’s older prison diaries
Scroll.in / by Varavara Rao
An excerpt from Varavara Rao’s ‘Captive Imagination: Letters from Prison’, published in 2010.
A day without toil
A night without love
A waiting on the shores of history…
Of the four days of life for which we have begged, two are lost in hope and the rest in waiting, said Bahadur Shah Zafar. In life outside, there is action to separate the hope from the waiting. Action could, of course, lead you to more hope and more waiting. But, lost in activity, time seems to slip through your fingers, your toes, from before your very eyes. Life in prison is not like that.
Also read: FRAME UP OF INDIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS REVEALED – New Edition of COLORS OF THE CAGE by Rao’s co-accused human rights activist Arun Ferreira (Feb 2021)