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


What happens to this city?

Either there is ash or smoke.

Why doesn't anyone say anything?

Why do they tolerate

this smoke quietly?

It's the limit to tolerance.

Let douse cigarettes and cigars.

There is ban on smoking

on public places.

You've to pay fine for it.

Neither smoking nor

let others smoking.

Smoking costs dearly.

Everyone desires happiness.

But at what cost?

Smoking costs dearly.

Smoking is injurious

to your health..

...to your loves ones too.

You've to pay dearly for smoking.

Who is going to select

the jewellery mom?

I have a performance

in the evening.

So shall I inform the newspapers?

That step from the Bollywood

movie "Cocktail"

Come on, Aunty, all together now.

Move it, move it.

No, you have to come. I insist.

Just call for some more beers.

Granny, I'm off to get

my hands painted with henna.

You come too!

And who's going to rehearse?

Is it that song from the film

"Cocktail"? I also want to learn.

Whatever you want to do,

do it on your honeymoon.

Open a couple of beers

and send them over here.

I can't believe it.

I'm getting married.

I'm so nervous.

It all feels like a dream.

Where's Sonal?

They've started the henna ceremony

and she should be here, dancing.

We danced so much at her wedding.

I think Dad's back from the shop.

Dad has done up his sweet

shop as if it were a bride.

Mummy said she'd put on

a sari but she's not changed.

I gave my mobile to Chintu

to take pictures. Where is he?

This is an important time for me.

I want to upload them on Facebook.

Vijay is back from London.

He's looking very handsome.

Put on some weight

but in the right places.

Uff, my wedding night.

In two days, I hope it goes well.

Dear God, if it goes well,

I'll come on a pilgrimage.

There goes the electricity.

It's gone again.

On, off. On, off.

Didn't you check

before bringing it?

"Girl, you're done for"

"Girl, you're single no more"

"You were free as a kite"

"So bright and so light"

"You don't walk, you reel"

"You've slapped the war paint on"

"You learnt to speak the lingo"

"Now you can't stop talking"

"You're no less

than Queen Victoria"

"You're our own Big Ben"

"When you begin to sway,

all London sways with you"

"Off you go to London,

Love, you score ten on 10"

"That transparent shirt"

"Leaves nothing to the imagination"

"And now you've got a guy

who defies definition"

"Heavens above!"

"From the speakers, Madonna

And tells us she's a virgin"

"Like the pigeons in Trafalgar,

You coo and you woo"

"While white women

swarm all around you"

"Those wicked shades of pink"

"Might drive you to drink.

Watch your step, my boy"

"You're going to love Southhall.

No place better in the world"

"You're our own Big Ben"

"And when you begin to sway,

all London sways with you"

"You're our own Big Ben

and when you sway"

"All London sways your way"

"Put the glass on your head"

"Shake it, London"

"In high Punjabi style"

"Shake it London"

"Shake it,

break it, shake it, London"

"Shake it,

shake it, shake it, London"

"Take it away"

Get you something?

No, thanks. What are you doing

here one day before our wedding?

How many times you called!

Do you know how difficult

it was for me to come away?

Everyone at home was asking.

They say it's bad luck if boy and

girl meeting before the wedding.

You couldn't even

wait one more day?

As I was coming, I saw the

decorators at work. They had a board

"Rani weds Vijay". So lovely,

it was picked out in gold.

Rani, I can't marry you.


I really can't marry you.

I'm sorry.

You're joking, right?

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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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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