Synopsis: In this reversal of Henry Purcell's famous 1689 aria, 'Dido's Lament,' Queen Dido kills Aeneas by biting him to death, instead of killing herself, as Virgil would have it. Here, Queen Dido is an opera singer from Trinidad who is inspired by the post-coital cannibalism of praying mantises. She sings the famous lament to lure Aeneas, a New York graffiti artist, to her industrial boudoir. Once Aeneas arrives, he is summoned by a strange, giggling and sleepy guard who instructs him to lay down on the Shag Carpet of Death. Aeneas awaits his doom, almost desiring it. When Queen Dido arrives they begin to have sex, an enjoyment that ends in tragedy as Queen Dido carries out her insect-inspired desire.
15 min

I wish it were a joke.

But it's the truth. Accept it.

Are you nervous? Is that it?


...it's not that.

It's just that...

I've changed.

A lot of things have changed.

For me, it's all about travel,

business, meetings.

It'll be tough on you.

What's changed? I haven't changed.

That's just it.

You're still the same.

I've changed. Try and understand.

I'm not doing this for myself, you

know. It'll be tough on you too.

Now what? What do I do?

I go home...and tell Mom-dad what?

Have you told your parents?

Yeah, they know.

And what did they say?

They understood. I told them.

This is best for both of us.

It's okay. It happens.

It happens quite often.

I think...you've

found someone else.

Nothing like that.

There's no one else.

I'm just being practical.

Listen, you'll have your pick

from Rajori your type of a guy.

You'll be very happy. I know.

And we'll be friends too.

I'm not abandoning you.

We'll be in touch.

Talk to my parents.

Tell them what you have to say.

Don't talk to me.

What happened? What did he say?

Why are you crying?


Vijay...don't end it like this.

I'll do whatever you want.

Don't do this here. Don't cry.

When I tell my father,

he'll have a heart attack.

Nothing like that will happen.

I beg you. Please marry me.

Who will marry me now?

Don't create a scene.

It's a coffee shop.

Everything's all set

for the wedding.

Just let's go through with it.

Then we can sort it out.

- I'll call you. You go now.

- How do I go home?

Goddamnit, people are staring.

What are you up to?

You'll call?

I swear. I'll call you.

Go. I'll call.

Chintu is watching.

And these people. I'll call you.

I'll call you. Go.

"I've found my love"

"My love, my lost love"

"My love, my lost love"

"You are my love, my sorrow"

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