It would be good to end the poetry writing month at least with one poem. I don't hail from any native Hindi Speaking region. Apart from learning the Hindi Alphabets sometime in Class VI, Bollywood has been my Hindi Pathsaala. This is my attempt at translating one of my poems into Hindi. This poem originally … Continue reading sweet absence
Haldhar Nag : Ordinary Villager – Extraordinary Poet
To see a World in a Grain of SandAnd a Heaven in a Wild FlowerHold Infinity in the palm of your handAnd Eternity in an hour The above lines of William Blake could be used to describe one of the functions of poetry as well. The poet makes us see the world in a grain … Continue reading Haldhar Nag : Ordinary Villager – Extraordinary Poet
pass me the pillow
In this month of poetry something is better than nothing. Scribbled this one the other day in response to the prompt given by the yourquote app.
Upendra Bhanja : the emperor of Odia Poetry
April is a wake up call for laid back poets as the 'National Poetry Writing Month' virus goes global. According to some poets, poetry writing is not like erecting a building. For building construction you have a plan and then there is a time schedule based on which you work everyday whether you have inspiration … Continue reading Upendra Bhanja : the emperor of Odia Poetry
Love in the Age of Market Economy
To associate love with sacrifice is sublime. To mix love with pleasure is human. And to make business out of love is American. According to the Greeting Card Association of America 25% of all cards sent are valentines. Of course, now cards have replaced diamonds. Well, love is in the air. In India it is … Continue reading Love in the Age of Market Economy
love is the way
Late nineteen eighties. Just when we thought we were out of our teenage hangovers and stupidities, and the advent of TV and DVD players would sound the death knell for Bollywood, a spate of romantic films ruled the box office. These movies also launched the career of a lot of stars: the innocent looking Juhi … Continue reading love is the way
one life is not enough – the paradox
One life is not enough, yet for now, this moment is full in itself. One life is not enough, yet for now this moment is enough unto itself. The statement may seem to be a paradox, self contradictory, and outright goobledygook. However, it is not when you see different parts of the statement from different … Continue reading one life is not enough – the paradox
one life is not enough – the philosophy
Each role has been like a life. The transition of roles have been Smooth sometimes. Sometimes as painful as Death imagined. A student's life, a teacher's life A son's life, a father's life A spoilt life, a disciplined life A civilian's life, a soldier's life A villager's life, a small town life, a big … Continue reading one life is not enough – the philosophy
‘Teach Me To Dream’ – Book Review
My illustrator friend Sailaja Anand ( who is also an eternal optimist) has put up her perceptions of my poems on her blog.
‘Teach Me To Dream’ has been written by Mr. Durga Prasad Dash whose work I always have admired. It is an anthology of poems that celebrate life in its myriads of aspects: love, longing, pain, illusion,beauty and ugliness, freedom, bondage, war, politics, enlightenment.There is no sphere of life that is left un touched by the author. Each emotion is conveyed beautifully and every reality is expressed with conviction. Each stanza is a beautiful piece in itself, touching the deep core.
In part I, the way the author has connected seasons and emotions with his web of words is so heartening.
”there is a rhythm in the sun,
melody in air, and
dance in water”
Through words the author is indeed celebrating the nature with beautiful expression.
In poem ‘your sweet absense’
In the following lines
“In my lack of discretion
hoping to rise with you
I fall again and again”
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Let the Gregorian New Year make us more Gracious
As one of the blogger friends has mentioned in the comments of the previous post, this time around the wish was not a simple new year. Some wished a great English New Year, Some a great Christian New Year, and some a prosperous Gregorain New Year. In fact, in my previous post, I myself was … Continue reading Let the Gregorian New Year make us more Gracious