Denim Daughters, Modern Daughters by Iftekhar Sayeed

Denims are in demand
among girls

The denim craze
explains itself

Denim conceals the pre-modern.

We are a pre-modern people, faking modernity, and the easiest recourse is to clothe ourselves otherwise. We are ruled by a dynasty, we live in a fake nation-state, we pretend to love the chasha-bhusha*, the Volk, we despise (the chasha-bhusha who furnished the very stuff of nations in Europe), we are ashamed of our lack of English…need I go on?


Denim! Denim! Denim!

* illiterate farmers 

Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English. He was born and lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has contributed to The Danforth Review, Axis of Logic, Enter Text, Postcolonial Text, Southern Cross Review,, Left Curve, Mobius, Erbacce, Down In The Dirt, The Fear of Monkeys and other publications.

Somewhat influenced by DHL, he likes to write about the pong of society, as well as its deodorant: He’s tempted at times to describe himself as, and feels himself to be, a pongographer. He is also a freelance journalist. He and his wife love to travel.

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