Saturday, 3 December 2016

K. V. DOMINIC'S POEM 'COCONUT PALM'


Coconut Palm
K. V. Dominic


Tall and majestic coconut palm
shot like a rocket to the sky

with a brilliant view of 
sparkling leaves and alluring nuts.
Best friend of human beings;
foot to tips not any inch useless.
Standing erect on lean tall foot
and growing up to hundred feet
bearing tones of leaves and fruits.
A marvel to all architects.
No human hand can build
such a parallel pillar.
Kudos to the Architect of architects!

© K. V. Dominic. From my poetry book Write Son, Write published by Authorspress, New Delhi in 2011
Le Cocotier
K. V. Dominic

Grand et majestueux cocotier
Fusée élancée vers le ciel
Splendide image
De feuilles vernissées et de noix séductrices.
Notre meilleur ami ;
De la tête au pied pas une once inutile.
Debout sur ton maigre tronc
Jusqu'à trente mètres
Aux couleurs des feuilles et des fruits.
Merveilleuse architecture.
Aucune main humaine n’aurait pu imaginer un tel pilier.
Gloire à l'architecte du monde!
(FRENCH TRANSLATION BY MS. DOMINIQUE DEMISCAULT)

Friday, 25 November 2016

K. V. Dominic's Poetic Tribute to Mahasweta Devi







A Poetic Tribute to Mahasweta Devi

K. V. Dominic

Mahasweta Devi literally means Goddess Saraswati
Her mother’s name Dharithri meaning Earth
Yes, Mahasweta Devi who departed us on 28th July
was Saraswati to millions of tribals, dalits and marginalized
who were lifted from doom and  darkness to resurgent light
She was indeed proud daughter of Mother Earth
committed to protect Earth and her inhabitants
from all kinds of exploitations and maternal assaults
Didi, you were the loving compassionate sister as well as
mother of the millions of helpless miserable fellow beings
Even at ninety you were eager to fly to wipe out tears
You could hear the scream of tortured people and
neither health nor distance could stop your incessant flights
Didi, you were the crusader of the downtrodden,
tribals, dalits, women, landless, migrants, prostitutes
You were savior of denotified tribes Lodha and Shabar
You were their mouthpiece—spoke for them, raised funds for them
legally fought for them, and organized them to fight for their rights
Didi, you are role model to all writers in the world
Unlike others writing from mansions full of luxury
and shedding crocodile tears at the plight of the poor
you lived among them, ate from their plates and
braved all dangers supporting their noble survival cause
Gandhi and Mother Teresa influenced you a lot
Practised in your life what you wrote and preached
And your social life and literary life merged into one
Your writings created an Everest in literary world
More than hundred novels and over twenty books
of short fiction all dealing with human sufferings
And your priority was for content than to form
Didi, you wanted to work for ever for your people
And hence told “I don’t want to die. I want to live forever.”
Only your body has departed and your spirit remains immortal
And like the mahuva tree which grows on your grave
the values and messages you have sown in the minds
will germinate and spread all over the world and
bower aching minds from terrible burning issues



Thursday, 24 November 2016

K V Dominic's Poem "Dogs’ Curse on Human Beings"



Dogs’ Curse on Human Beings
K. V. Dominic


Curse upon you human beings
You are the most selfish
ungrateful and cruelest 
of all creations on this planet
Irrespective of your ruthless
cold-blooded callous nature
we love you and serve you
better than your family inmates
As reward for our service
you dispose our dear puppies 
road sides. They run starving
across dashing vehicles
Some are dead while others
live on littered wastes
you throw after use
Cruelty thy name is man!
You have made your pets
stray dogs struggling for life
Your throw out culture
throwing kitchen wastes of 
meat and fish on road sides
turned some carnivores who
are violent than the herbivores
Famished, a few become violent
and prey upon pedestrians
And you start massacre
killing all stray dogs labeling 
violent or man-eaters
Compared to our violators
multitudinous are your 
criminals and murderers 
Do you kill them all 
as you mercilessly butcher
roads after roads?
Mind you, this world is 
not your grandpas’
We too have a right 
as all other animals have
to live and share 
its sustaining wealth.
© K. V. Dominic

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Report of the 5th National Level Two day Literary Festival of GIEWEC in Collaboration with the Department of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on 11th and 12th November 2016

Report of the 5th National Level Two day Literary Festival of GIEWEC in Collaboration with the Department of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on 11th and 12th November 2016

Dr. K. V. Dominic

Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics (GIEWEC) in collaboration with Department of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh conducted its fifth two day national level literary festival at JKC College on 11h and 12th November 2016. The topic for the festival was "Multiculturalism, Human Values and Language and Literature."
In the inaugural session at 10.30 am on 11th November, Prof. T. V. Reddy, President of the GIEWEC was the Chairperson. Prof. P. Gopichand, Associate Professor of English as well as Organizing Secretary welcomed the guests and audience. After the lighting of the lamp Dr K. Basavapunnaiah, President of J. K. C. College, made the inaugural address. It was followed by messages from J. Murali Mohan, Secretary and Correspondent of J. K. C. College, SRK Prasad, Director of PG Courses of J. K. C. College and Dr. I. Nageswararao, Principal of J. K. C. College. They all thanked GIEWEC for the collaboration. They also praised Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela for their meritorious service to the college and to the writers in India and abroad by conducting nine international poetry festivals annually. Prof. T. V. Reddy then made a brief speech on multiculturalism. Dr. K. V. Dominic expressed deep gratitude to the management of J K C College as well as to the organizing secretaries Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela. He also thanked the faculty and students of the Department of English as well as all participants of the festival. The proceedings book of the festival was launched by Dr K. Basavapunnaiah, President of J. K. C. College. Prof. P. Nagasuseela, Associate Professor of English as well as Organizing Secretary delivered the vote of thanks and thus the inaugural session ended at 11.30 am.
In the book launching ceremony that followed nearly twenty new books of the participants were launched. The authors include Dr. T. V. Reddy (Tirupati), Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi (Kolkata), Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee (Kolkata), Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ (Ahmadabad), Profs. P. Gopichand & P. Nagasuseela (Guntur), Dr. S. Kumaran (Salem),  Dr. Pamela Jeyaraju (Pondicherry), Dr. S. Ayyappa Raja (Chidambaram, T.N.), Dr. Molly Joseph (Kerala), Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya (Kolkata), Ms. Reema Das (Assam) and Dr. K. V. Dominic (Kerala).
In the plenary session at 12 noon, Prof. T. V. Reddy, Dr. K. V. Dominic, Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi, Fr. Varghese Paul, Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya presented their papers. After lunch, there was poetry reading session chaired by Prof. T. V. Reddy. Fifteen poets read their poems on various themes.
In the paper presentation sessions that followed Dr. S. Kumaran, Dr. S. Ayyappa Raja, Dr.  Joji John Panicker and Dr. Pamela Jeyaraju chaired as well as presented their papers. More than twenty participants presented their papers. From 9 pm to 10 pm there was a cultural programme of the students of J K C College which entertained the participants.  
GIEWEC’s General Body Meeting was conducted at 10.30 pm. In the election to the executive committee of GIEWEC, the twelve member committee was unanimously elected. The following are the new office bearers and committee members:
President – Prof. T. V. Reddy
Secretary – Dr. K. V. Dominic
Vice President – Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi
Vice President – Prof. P. Gopichand
Joint Secretary – Dr. Joji John Panicker
Treasurer – Dr. S. Kumaran
Members of the Executive Committee
Dr. Poonam Nigam Sahay
Dr. Ketaki Datta
Prof. P. Nagasuseela
Dr. S. Ayyappa Raja
Dr. Pamela Jeyaraju
Prof. Sibasis Jana
      On 12h November, Saturday, at 9.30 am there was the valedictory function. Prof. P. Nagasuseela welcomed the chief guests and audience. On the Dias were Dr. T. V. Reddy, Dr. K. V. Dominic, and Prof. P. Gopichand. After brief addresses by the dignitaries, merit certificates and certificates of excellence were awarded to the students of JKC College. Cash Prizes of Rs. 5000 were given to the best performers as well as to the entire group. The chairpersons of the paper presentation and poetry reading sessions were honoured with mementos. Shri Sudarshan Kcherry, the founder member of GIEWEC as well as publisher of Authorspress, New Delhi, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya, Dr. K. V. Dominic and Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi were honoured with mementos by the local organizing secretaries.  The festival ended with Prof. P. Gopichand’s vote of thanks.
Overall, the festival was a grand success. The credit goes to the Secretaries of the Organising Committee, Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela who took the initiative several months before and got GIEWEC’s proposal sanctioned by the college management. They worked really hard for several days and nights and could very well coordinate their colleagues and students for the great outcome. GIEWEC’s bouquet of gratitude to them!


Report of the 5th National Level Two day Literary Festival of GIEWEC in Collaboration with the Department of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on 11th and 12th November 2016

Report of the 5th National Level Two day Literary Festival of GIEWEC in Collaboration with the Department of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on 11th and 12th November 2016

Dr. K. V. Dominic

Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics (GIEWEC) in collaboration with Department of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh conducted its fifth two day national level literary festival at JKC College on 11h and 12th November 2016. The topic for the festival was "Multiculturalism, Human Values and Language and Literature."
In the inaugural session at 10.30 am on 11th November, Prof. T. V. Reddy, President of the GIEWEC was the Chairperson. Prof. P. Gopichand, Associate Professor of English as well as Organizing Secretary welcomed the guests and audience. After the lighting of the lamp Dr K. Basavapunnaiah, President of J. K. C. College, made the inaugural address. It was followed by messages from J. Murali Mohan, Secretary and Correspondent of J. K. C. College, SRK Prasad, Director of PG Courses of J. K. C. College and Dr. I. Nageswararao, Principal of J. K. C. College. They all thanked GIEWEC for the collaboration. They also praised Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela for their meritorious service to the college and to the writers in India and abroad by conducting nine international poetry festivals annually. Prof. T. V. Reddy then made a brief speech on multiculturalism. Dr. K. V. Dominic expressed deep gratitude to the management of J K C College as well as to the organizing secretaries Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela. He also thanked the faculty and students of the Department of English as well as all participants of the festival. The proceedings book of the festival was launched by Dr K. Basavapunnaiah, President of J. K. C. College. Prof. P. Nagasuseela, Associate Professor of English as well as Organizing Secretary delivered the vote of thanks and thus the inaugural session ended at 11.30 am.
In the book launching ceremony that followed nearly twenty new books of the participants were launched. The authors include Dr. T. V. Reddy (Tirupati), Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi (Kolkata), Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee (Kolkata), Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ (Ahmadabad), Profs. P. Gopichand & P. Nagasuseela (Guntur), Dr. S. Kumaran (Salem),  Dr. Pamela Jeyaraju (Pondicherry), Dr. S. Ayyappa Raja (Chidambaram, T.N.), Dr. Molly Joseph (Kerala), Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya (Kolkata), Ms. Reema Das (Assam) and Dr. K. V. Dominic (Kerala).
In the plenary session at 12 noon, Prof. T. V. Reddy, Dr. K. V. Dominic, Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi, Fr. Varghese Paul, Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya presented their papers. After lunch, there was poetry reading session chaired by Prof. T. V. Reddy. Fifteen poets read their poems on various themes.
In the paper presentation sessions that followed Dr. S. Kumaran, Dr. S. Ayyappa Raja, Dr.  Joji John Panicker and Dr. Pamela Jeyaraju chaired as well as presented their papers. More than twenty participants presented their papers. From 9 pm to 10 pm there was a cultural programme of the students of J K C College which entertained the participants.  
GIEWEC’s General Body Meeting was conducted at 10.30 pm. In the election to the executive committee of GIEWEC, the twelve member committee was unanimously elected. The following are the new office bearers and committee members:
President – Prof. T. V. Reddy
Secretary – Dr. K. V. Dominic
Vice President – Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi
Vice President – Prof. P. Gopichand
Joint Secretary – Dr. Joji John Panicker
Treasurer – Dr. S. Kumaran
Members of the Executive Committee
Dr. Poonam Nigam Sahay
Dr. Ketaki Datta
Prof. P. Nagasuseela
Dr. S. Ayyappa Raja
Dr. Pamela Jeyaraju
Prof. Sibasis Jana
      On 12h November, Saturday, at 9.30 am there was the valedictory function. Prof. P. Nagasuseela welcomed the chief guests and audience. On the Dias were Dr. T. V. Reddy, Dr. K. V. Dominic, and Prof. P. Gopichand. After brief addresses by the dignitaries, merit certificates and certificates of excellence were awarded to the students of JKC College. Cash Prizes of Rs. 5000 were given to the best performers as well as to the entire group. The chairpersons of the paper presentation and poetry reading sessions were honoured with mementos. Shri Sudarshan Kcherry, the founder member of GIEWEC as well as publisher of Authorspress, New Delhi, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya, Dr. K. V. Dominic and Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi were honoured with mementos by the local organizing secretaries.  The festival ended with Prof. P. Gopichand’s vote of thanks.
Overall, the festival was a grand success. The credit goes to the Secretaries of the Organising Committee, Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela who took the initiative several months before and got GIEWEC’s proposal sanctioned by the college management. They worked really hard for several days and nights and could very well coordinate their colleagues and students for the great outcome. GIEWEC’s bouquet of gratitude to them!


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

CONTENTS OF 6.2 SEPTEMBER 2016 ISSUE OF WEC DEDICATED TO MAHASWETA DEVI

Contents of WEC 6.2 September 2016
A Poetic Tribute to Mahasweta Devi
--K. V. Dominic
PAPERS AND POEM ON MAHASWETA DEVI
Mahasweta Devi:  Death cannot Claim a Valiant Soul
--Ketaki Datta
Mahasweta Devi:  Fourth World Literature for Indigenous People--An Obituary
--Ratan Bhattacharjee
Charting the ‘Subaltern’ Terrain--The Outsider-Insider: Mahashweta Devi’s “Pterodactyl” in Perspective
--Poonam  Sahay
Aarti to Maha Shakthi
--P. Gopichand & P. Nagasuseela

Mahasweta Devi: Voice of the Deprived Millions
--Manas Bakshi
The Mourners of Mahasweta Devi: A Critical Analysis of Rudali
--J. Pamela
The Subaltern Woman and Woman as Subaltern: A Study of Selected Works of Mahasweta Devi
--Anisha Ghosh (Paul)
A Critical Analysis of Mahasweta Devi’s “Bharsaa”
--Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya
The Plight of Tribal People in Mahasweta Devi’s “Shishu” (Children)
 --P. Senthilkumaran & S. Kumaran
 Mahasweta Devi: An Unending Legend (an Obituary)
--Reema Das
CRITICAL/RESEARCH ARTICLES
K. V. Dominic’s Winged Reason: A Portrait of Social Realism
--D. C. Chambial
Italian Women’s Archives: Their Origin, Development, and American Connections
--Elisabetta Marino
Chetan Bhagat’s Fiction: A Clarion Call for Restructuring the Canon of Indian Fictional Writing
--Kavitha Gopalakrishnan
Playing God: Robin Cook’s ‘Mutation’ as a Reworking of the Frankenstein Theme of the Creator Pitted against the Creation

--Lekshmi R. Nair
Quest for Identity and Female Iconoclasm in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland
--Mohd Faiez
History Community and Identity: Reading M. G. Vassanji’s The Magic of Saida
--Siddhartha Singh
The State of Emergency and the Loss of Identity in  Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance

--A. Sulochana & S. Kumaran

Shakespeare’s Conception of Insomnia and Somnambulism in Macbeth
--Deen Dayal

REVIEW ARTICLES
A Philosophic Voyage through K. V. Dominic’s Poetry
--S. Barathi
The Circle of Life: A Critical Evaluation of Chandramoni Narayanaswamy’s Houseful.
--Kavitha Gopalakrishnan
BOOK REVIEWS
T. V. Reddy’s A Critical Survey of Indo-English Poetry
--K. V. Dominic
I. K.  Sharma’s  A Treasure Island of Letters
--Kavitha Gopalakrishnan
Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya’s Write My Son, Write--Text and Interpretation: An Exercise in Close Reading
--S. Barathi
T. V. Reddy’s Thousand Haiku Pearls
--Patricia Prime
S. Kumaran’s (ed) Philosophical Musings for a Meaningful Life:  An Analysis of K. V. Dominic’s Poems
--Elisabetta Marino
Dr. Molly Joseph’s Autumn Leaves
--Sugandha Agarwal
SHORT STORIES
Niyog—the Authorization
--Ramesh K. Srivastava
Strange Equation
--Manas Bakshi
An Elephantine Memory
--Chandramony Narayanaswami
Guilty Conscience
Jayanti M. Dalal (Trans.  Himmatsingh Waghela)
POETRY
What a Justice!
--D. C. Chambial
Woman is a Woman
--D. C. Chambial
Blue Bells       
--D. C. Chambial
Pain and Laughter 
--D. C. Chambial
Rivers of Happiness   
--D. C. Chambial
Unseen Hands
--Manas Bakshi
Changing Fate
--Manas Bakshi
Where was the Sun?
--Jayanti M. Dalal  (Trans. Pavankumar Jain)
They Decide
--O. P. Arora
Peace
--O. P. Arora
Union
--Sibasis Jana
Rhythms of Clouds
--Sibasis Jana
Lines
--Molly Joseph
Dream-call
--Ram Sharma
Ganga Maiyya
--Ram Sharma
Morning 
--Ram Sharma
O! God Who Are Thou
--Ram Sharma
O Globetrotter
--Sugandha Agarwal
Ideology  
--Vijay Kumar Roy
The Earth Orbits
--Parthajit Ghosh
Contributors
Brochure of GIEWEC’s Collaborative Festival
at JKC College Guntur


                                                                       








Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Dr. Ketaki Datta's Review of Prof. Dr. K. V. Dominic & Dr. Mahboobeh's (eds) Multicultural Studies on Three Nobel Laureates: Rabindranath Tagore,Toni Morrison and Alice Munro

Prof. Dr. K.V. Dominic & Dr. MahboobehKhalegi, eds. Multicultural Studies on Three Nobel Laureates: Rabindranath Tagore, Toni Morrison & Alice Munro. New Delhi: Authorspress, 2016, 327 pp. Price: Rs. 1200, $ 60. HB. ISBN: 978-93-5207-217-0.
Dr. Ketaki Datta

This book is a novel attempt in the arena of ‘criticism’, focusing on the works of three Nobel Laureates like Rabindranath Tagore, Toni Morrison and Alice Munro at one go. Tagore’s versatility and his contribution to various genres of literature stands unquestioned, is beyond doubt. And again, the critical domain is swamped by numerous articles on his multifaceted talents. Tagore winning Nobel Prize in 1913 was not just a matter of pride for Bengal or India as a nation or Asia, by and large, but, his literature and philosophy, his poetry and music stand unique with universal appeal till date.
          This book contains eight thought-provoking research articles on Tagore [1861-1941] making us think anew about his multifarious creations. All articles are unique in their own way but Nalini Nambiar’s “Rabindranath Tagore, the Transcendental Ecologist,”   “Classic Representatives of Womanhood: A Critical Examination of Tagore’s Heroines in Short Stories” by K. V. Dominic, one of the editors of the book, are quite contemporary in their dealing with the topic, as modern tools of critical theory like Ecocriticism and Feminism came handy for them. Six other articles are also good, no doubt.
          Writing on Toni Morrison [born 1931], a Nobel Laureate in 1993, is not at all easy as  the ‘black identity’ which she emphasizes in her novels and short stories lies embedded in her growing-up years in rural belt of Ohio. The local touch of the soil, the conceit of the ‘colour of skin’ all find considerable place in her writings. Apart from Nobel Prize, she had also bagged Pulitzer Prize, American Book Award and Presidential Medal of Freedom at different times. Thus, to justify critical analyses of her works, it is essential to have a thorough knowledge of the deprivation of the Afro-Americans in those times, role of a ‘black’ woman writer to raise her voice in protest against all inequalities based on race, identity and colour. Eleven papers on Morrison are there in this volume and five of them are on The Bluest Eye, the most widely read novel by her, which already has been able to carve a niche in the syllabus of Afro-American studies in quite a few universities, here and abroad. And all these five essays judge the novel from five different thought-provoking angles. Though the six other essays are no less scholarly in merit, Swati Samantaray’s “The Search for Identity: An Appraisal of Toni Morrison’s Novels” and Mohammad Roshan’s “Postcolonialism and Identity Crisis in Toni Morrison’s Beloved” embrace wider aspects in respective fields of discussion and analysis.
          Alice Munro’s [born 1931] short stories are read widely in the West, but in India, she is not yet so popular among the literature-lovers. Naturally, all the four essayists have done a commendable job by highlighting different perspectives of Munro’s writing. J. Pamela’s “Elective  Solitariness in Alice Munro’s Dear Life” is a pleasant read apart from its scholarly appeal.

          One must read the book thoroughly to get a solid taste of literary articles  on three Nobel Laureates  from three different parts  of the globe. Kudos to Dr. K. V. Dominic and Dr. Mahboobeh Khalegi for their untiring effort to make this joint editorial endeavour a success. The publisher has brought out the book in a smart jacket and legible fonts.