– So, Sarada. What’s that all about, then?
– It’s my pen name
– I know. Where did it come from? D’ya make it up?
– No. It’s another name for Saraswati
– Saraswati. She’s a Hindu goddess
– Ah. One in the Hindu pantechnicon
– Pentheon, you twerp!
– No: pantechnicon. Why? Because the Hindu gods and goddesses have been exported wholesale.
– Oh, very clever. But they probably should hav used a jagganath – or, as we call it, a juggernaut. Don’t you think?
– Ha, ha. So we’re even now, are we?
– Spose so
– Mi caro?
– Spose so.
Published by Sarada Gray
I started my first novel, aged 8, in a draughty vicarage, finishing it 14 years later. My first poem emerged on a Sussex beach in 1965, but I didn’t return to poetry until 2007: I’m still trying to find out why.
I have published short stories, poems and reviews and am a recognised performance poet. I’ve been married 21 years and have two children, Holly, 20 and Daniel, 17; but my husband now wants to be known as female. My struggles with this and its effects on my writing, are the springboard for short stories and a radio play.
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