Tuesday, 13 April 2021

POPE FRANCIS’ ENCYLICAL LETTER: “FRATELLI TUTTI”--REVIEW BY FR. VARGHESE PAUL, SJ

 

Dear friends,

Let me share with you Fr. Varghese Paul’s last article in English which he wrote and sent to me a month back on my humble request to him to draft a review paper on Pope Francis’ latest encyclical letter “Fratella Tuti” for the 11.2 July 2021 issue of our International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML). He has been suffering from urinary problems for more than a year and it was with much difficulty he completed his assignment. I feel extremely sad that he is not with us to see the paper published. He departed us on 10th April 2021at Baroda inflicted by coronavirus.

 

POPE FRANCIS’ ENCYLICAL LETTER: “FRATELLI TUTTI”

Encyclical Letter on Fraternity and Social Friendship

Fr Varghese Paul, SJ


 

“Fratelli Tutti” is the third Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis. “The Joy of Gospel”, 24 November 2013, and “Laudato Si”, 24 May 2015 are the other two. Significantly “Fratelli Tutti’ was signed at Assisi on October 3, 2020 and released on the feast of Francis Assisi on October 4. “Fratelli Tutti” like “Laudato Si” is addressed not only to Christians but to all people of good will irrespective of religion and culture. And the whole world has taken note of “Fratelli Tutti”.

          Fratelli Tutti, the two Italian words means brothers and sisters all. St Francis used to address his brothers, sisters all with those simple, affectionate words. When George Cardinal Borgolio assumed the spiritual head of Roman Catholic Church as Pope, he took the name of the medieval saint, St Francis imitating and appreciating his affection and love for all creations. The use of Fratelli Tutti proclaims that Pope himself wants to follow the footsteps of the saint. Obviously, Pope Francis wants to speak about world fraternal friendship through his encyclical letter.

          In the first chapter Dark clouds over a close world Pope Francis has highlighted most problems of the world. Reports from around the world indicate that people are listening to the Pontiff.

Here a communist leader and member of Rajya Sabha, Binoy Viswam’s words are worth recalling. In an article under the title ‘POPE AND THE COMMUNIST’ in Indian Express, November 5, 2020 he writes: “The world has been observing the words and deeds of Pope Francis since he occupied the Holy See of the Catholic Faith in 2013. His concern for an equitable and just society is palpable. Whatever may be the outlook and philosophy of those who desire a better world, he opens up possibilities of consensus.”         

          As Viswam notes, from the beginning of Pope Francis’ pontificate the whole world is keenly observing Pope Francis’ every word and action. His concern for equality and just society is obvious and very clear. Let others’ philosophy and life view of a better world and of welfare state be what they may be but Francis offers common path acceptable to all.

          For instance, as in the New Testament, fraternal love is highlighted with many examples from the Bible in chapter two A stranger on the road. Giving the story of Good Samaritan, the man abandoned on the way side, Pope Francis articulate, “Love enables us to create one great family, where all of us feel at home.”  

          Pope Francis holds that the resources of the earth belong to the entire humanity and that the rich have no special ownership or authority over them. Pope Francis believes in a borderless world as St Francis did. St Francis in his time overcoming all difficulties of wars, languages, culture and religion visited Sultan Malik-el-Kamil, in Egypt. Similarly Pope Francis went to meet the Sultan with same attitude that he instilled in his disciplines. 

          Recalling the event of eight hundred years ago “Fratelli Tutti” says, Francis did not wage a war of words aimed imposing doctrines; he simply spread the love of God. He understood that “God is love and those who abide in love abide in God” (1 John 4: 16). Here the importance given to family is very clear. Families are the first place where values of love and fraternity, togetherness and sharing, concern and care for others are lived out and handed on.

          Pope Francis speaks on a person’s spirituality and boarderless families in chapter three Envisaging and engendering an open world. He says a person’s s spirituality is seen in his love. The spiritual stature of a person’s life is measured by love which always takes first place and leads us to seek better for the life of the other, far from selfishness.

          Pope does not string from addressing world problems like immigration, problems of persecution, immoral trafficking, and natural calamities. In chapter four A heart open to the whole world, such topics are addressed with a sense of fraternal concern and social commitment.  Pope Francis clearly states his conviction. He writes that “A country that moves forward while remaining solidly grounded in its original cultural substratum is a treasure for the whole humanity. We need to develop the awareness that nowadays we are either all saved together or no one is saved.”

          As Pope Francis points out in chapter five we need A better kind of politics centred on human dignity and subjected to finance because market place alone cannot resolve every problem. Pope says Good politics will seek ways of including communities at every level of social life in order to recalibrate and reorient globalization.

          Pope Francis believes “The market place by itself cannot resolve every problem, however much we are asked to believe this dogma of neoliberal  faith.”

          In chapter six Dialogue and friendship in society Pope Francis says that authentic social dialogue involves the ability to respect the other’s point of view and to admit that it may include legitimate convictions and concerns. Pope Francis says, in a pluralistic society, dialogue is the best way to realize what ought always to be affirmed and respected apart from any ephemeral consensus.  He reminds us that no one can possess the whole truth or satisfy his or her every desire, since that pretention would lead to nullifying others by denying their rights.

          In chapter seven Paths of renewed encounter Pope tells us clearly that peace is connected to truth, justice and mercy. True encounter is pro active and aims at forming a society based on services to others. Quoting the Bishops of South Korea, Pope says that true peace can be achieved only when we strive for justice through dialogue, pursuing reconciliation and mutual development.

          Here Pope’s quotation from the Latin American Bishop is significant. “Only the closeness that makes us friends can enable us to appreciate deeply the value of the poor today, their legitimate desires, and their own manner of living the faith. The option for the poor should lead us to friendship with the poor.”

Pope Francis is very articulate about true love and forgiveness. He says, “We are called to love everyone, without exception; at the same time, loving an oppressor does not mean allowing him to keep oppressing us, or let him think what he does is acceptable. On the contrary, true love for an oppressor means seeking ways to make him cease his oppression; it means stripping of a power that he does not know how to use, that diminishes his own humanity and that of others”.

Pope Francis is deadly against two things, war and death penalty. In the past, war has been justified as lesser evil against defeating greater evil. He wants the money for the production of war materials should be spent for alleviation of hunger and poverty in the world. Similarly Pope Francis opposes death penalty as no one has the authority or right to take life of another person.

In the chapter 8 on Religions at the service of Fraternity in our world Pope Francis appeals the world fraternity for defending justice in the society. Referring to a statement of Indian Bishops Pope Francis says “The goal of dialogue is to establish friendship, peace and harmony, and to share spiritual and moral values and experiences in a spirit of truth and love”.

Concluding his appeal Pope Francis recalls some great men and saints from different religions like Saint Francis Assisi, Martin Luther Desmond Tutu, Mahatma Ghandhi and many others. Blessed Charles de Foucauld is specially mentioned in the list.  Pope Francis ends the encyclical letter with two short prayers: (1) A Prayer to the Creator and (2) An Ecumenical Christian Prayer. 

People who have read the Encyclical say that “Fratelli Tutti” is worth not just reading but medicating the text with your heart. I totally agree. (1315 words) 


Fr. Varghese Paul, Chollamadam, SJ, departed us at 7.30 am today (10th April 2021) at Baroda. He was 77. He is a native of Avoly village, Ernakulam District, Kerala. He has been serving as the Executive Committee Member of GIEWEC. Fr. Varghese is a renowned multilingual writer. He has published 54 books of which 46 are in Gujarati and the rest are in other Indian languages and English. Fr. Varghese was the founder-director and chief editor of South Asian Religious News (SAR News) at New Delhi. He has been serving as the Chairman of Gujarati Lekhak Mandal (Writers’ Association), a secular organization registered as Charitable Trust and also as a Trade Union of Gujarati writers. Fr Varghese has extensively travelled in India and abroad for studies and international conferences of writers visiting 35 countries. He has won national and international awards for his writings including an award from Gujarati Sahitya Academy. GIEWEC pays tearful adieu to its beloved senior member.                                                     

 

 

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML) Volume 11, Number 1, January 2021--Contents

 


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CONTENTS

Preface 5

RESEARCH ARTICLES

1. A Discourse Analysis of the Use of Code-switching

in the Novels The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho 11

Albatool Abalkheel and Razia Sultana

2. Woman and Nature: An Ecofeminist Study of

Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island 19

Vikash Gope

3. Contextualizing Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Tagore’s

Novel The Wreck 27

Monali Chatterjee

4. East-West Encounter in Ramesh K. Srivastava’s Short Stories 37

Leela Kanal

5. Symbolism in Ramesh K. Srivastava’s Cooperative Colony: Stories

and Masks and Men: Stories 44

Barinder K. Sharma

BOOK REVIEWS

1. William B. Irvine’s the Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to

Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient 50

Gopinath Khutia

2. Rain Reveries of Recent Parlance: A Review of

Asim Kumar Paul’s Chap Book of Poetry Rain 53

Gagana Bihari Purohit

HOMAGES TO PROF. T. V. REDDY

1. Elegy on Professor T V Reddy 58

K. V. Dominic

2. In Memoriam 61

D. C. Chambial

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3. Counting Your Absences 64

Jaydeep Sarangi

4. Unforgettable Moments with Prof. T. V. Reddy 66

P C K Prem

5. Prof. T. V. Reddy: A Poet-Friend Par Excellence 68

Manas Bakshi

6. Tribute to T. V. Reddy 72

Sibasis Jana

7. Dr T. V. Reddy in West Bengal, the Land of Rabindranath Tagore 74

Rita De

8. Explication of T. Vasudava Reddy’s Light Eternal—A Spiritual Epic 78

Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya

SHORT STORIES

1. A Man of Gold 81

Ramesh K. Srivastava

2. Around the Death of a Poet 88

Bhaskar Roy Barman

3. Seetha’s Resolve 93

K. V. Dominic

POEMS

1. Sita’s Sisters 100

Sanjukta Dasgupta

2. Dhoti Dance 101

Sanjukta Dasgupta

3. The Path-Finder 102

Sanjukta Dasgupta

4. Hell with You, Corona 104

D. C. Chambial

5. Thank You Corona 105

D. C. Chambial

6. Surrogacy 107

Sagar Mal Gupta

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7. Poetry is Ubiquitous 109

Sagar Mal Gupta

8. Whither Heavenly Gaze? 110

S. L. Peeran

9. Dominance of Myths and Superstitions 112

S. L. Peeran

10. Where Gods Clash 113

S. L. Peeran

11. Life During Unlock-5 114

Asim Kumar Paul

12. For You, Sara Gilbert 117

Subodh Sarkar

13. A Piece of Bread 118

Subodh Sarkar

14. Relocation 119

Gopal Lahiri

15. Two Worlds 120

Gopal Lahiri

16. Femininity Unrivaled 121

Tangirala Sree Latha

17. Watan ki Mitti (Dirt-Earth of Your Homeland) 123

Anita Nahal

18. Know Your Wheel, Homo Sapiens 125

Anita Nahal

19. 50 Shades of Feminism 127

Adaa Dev

20. Traffic Lights 128

Adaa Dev

21. Chameleons or Humans 130

V. Meenashy

22. Shades Of Love 131

V. Meenashy

23. The Stream of Thought 132

Rita De

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24. Needle 132

Rita De

25. Aim 133

Dimple B Theophilose

26. What’s Me? 134

Dimple B Theophilose

27. Once the Hush Called Me 135

Dimple B Theophilose

28. b e i n g and beyonding … 136

Sudarshan Kcherry

Sunday, 7 February 2021


 CONTENTS OF IJML VOLUME 10 (JAN & JUL) 2020
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Preface 3

RESEARCH ARTICLES

S. Chelliah

The Fictional Forte and Evolution of Social Vision as

Projected in the Fictional and Non-Fictional Works of V.S. Naipaul:

A Brief Analysis 9

Satyam S. Moorty

John Keats’s Letters: Dialogue between Self and Soul 17

K. Balachandran

K. V. Dominic’s “God’s Tribunal” as the Departure from the Reality 22

Richa Bhardwaj

Community, Solidarity and Perseverance in the Times of Epidemic:

Albert Camus’s The Plague 29

C. Ramya

Sri Aurobindo as ‘The Pioneer of the New Age and

the Spokesman of the New Truth’: An Appraisal 36

J. Kavithanjali

Swami Vivekananda’s Religion as Man-making and

Spiritual Vision as Prophetic Tool Touching all Shores of

Human Life: An Appraisal 45

BOOK REVIEWS

Kh. Kunjo Singh

Dr. K. Balachandran’s For Whom Does It Rain? 52

Neelanjana Pathak

A Critical Appraisal of Ishika Bansal’s Threads of Life &

My Diary and Other Poems 57

ESSAYS ON COVID-19

Stephen Gill

Lockdowns Cannot Suppress the Spirit of Poets 61

Mousumi Ghosh

Ogress Karkati of Yogavasistha Ramayana and the Coronavirus 65

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SHORT STORIES

Ramesh K. Srivastava

The Reconciliator 69

T. Vasudeva Reddy

His Last Journey 75

Ketaki Datta

Kanhaiya’s Ordeal 82

Padmini Viswanathan

All for a Lark 87

POEMS

P C K Prem

1. Edgy Times 93

Laksmisee Banerjee

1. Corona Times 96

2. Migrant Crowds in Covid Times 98

D. C. Chambial

1. I Know Not 99

2. EMS 100

3. Birds of Peace 101

Jaydeep Sarangi

1. Dancing the Light 102

2. In My Home Town 103

Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya

1. Om Tat Sat 104

2. Global Family 105

Artha Perla

1. Untitled Deliberation… 106

2. Musings at an Uncertain time… 107

Asim Kumar Paul

1. Selection is Stalled 109

Barathi S.

1. Ode to my beloved Child 111

Bharati Nayak

1. If I can turn into a Poem 112

2. A Cracked Letter 114

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Bhaskar Roy Barman

1. The Crown 115

Biswanath Kundu

1. We shall overcome 117

2. Earth after Rebirth 119

Kasturi Siva Prasad

1. The Gift in Return 120

2. An Anathema 121

3. Now I Realise 121

A. Kayalvizhi

1. O My Gracious God! 122

2. Patriarchal Pitfalls 123

3. Thank You Corona! 124

P. V. Krishnamacharyulu

1. Covid Blues 125

2. Boomerang 126

Leena Rajan

1. Pristine Ambience 127

2. Planet Earth is closed for Repair 129

Naheed Akhtar

1. On Nature’s Calamity 130

2. The White Pigeon 131

Omkar Arunkumar Kundu

1. I Changed the Fact 132

S. Padmapriya

1. Our Own, Failed Us 133

Parthajit Ghosh

1. Carnivalesque 136

Pijush Kanti Maiti

1. Returning to The Land 138

2. Belongingness 139

3. Migrants 139

Rajiv Khandelwal

1. Covid Poem 1 140

2. Covid Poem 2 141

3. Covid Poem 3 141

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N. Ramamani Sampath

1. The Pandemic 142

Rita De

1. Waking Dream 144

2. Flapping 145

3. The Janus Mind 145

4. The Quest 145

Runjhun Kapoor

1. Let the Time Fade Away 146

Sabita Chakraborty

1. Globalisation of Love 147

2. Strange 148

Samridh Rela

1. The Epitome of Sacrifice 149

2. The Daunting Army 150

Shephali Chitre

1. Devil’s Fear 151

Sooshilla Gopaul

1. An Introspect 153

P. L. Sreedharan Parokode

1. The Interview Missed 154

2. The Evening Walk 156

Stephen Deepak

1. Corona Virus in India 157

2. What we couldn’t, the CORONA did 158

Taniya Chakraborty

1. Quarantine 160

2. Purification 161

Vignesh Thangavel

1. Haloed be thy Name 162

2. A River Called Love 163

3. The Judgment Predicament 164

V. Varsha Shree

1. My School – ‘BRV’! 165

Sudarshan Kcherry

1. Being & Beyonding 167

K. V. Dominic

1. Coronavirus, Mightiest Wizard of all Times 170


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RESEARCH ARTICLES

The Concept of a free democratic world and optimistic

vision of a perfect future as the essence of Whitman’s

Poetry: An Appraisal 07

- S. Chelliah

Subalternizing Nature Towards Ecological Crisis in the

Andamans: Reading Pankaj Sekhsaria’s

The Last Wave: An Island Novel 13

- Shruti Das

A Poet, Compassionate and Sensitive: An Evaluation of K. V.

Dominic’s Poetry 23

- Poonam Nigam Sahay

Brij Bhalla’s The Cosmic Dance Waltz in Spheres of

Divinity and Humanity 35

- Poonam Dwivedi

Human Rights and South African Literature 43

- M. Prabhakar & K. Ram Mohan

Sri Aurobindo’s Poetic Capability to Arrive at a Knowledge of

Secret Things and Potentialities of Nature through the Spiritual

Language of Poetry: An Appraisal 52

- C. Ramya

Nissim Ezekiel: An Insightful Analysis of Poetry-Philosophy

Interface 58

- Kanchan Mehta

Interpretation of O. Henry’s Short Story,

‘The Gift of the Magi’ Using Linguistic Approach 67

- B. Sushma

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History, Order and Transgression in Roy’s

The God of Small Things 72

- Kirtika Singh

Dream and Reality in Ramesh K. Srivastava’s

“Road Not Taken” 80

- Gurdeep Tripathi

Love and Gender Politics in As You Like It 86

- Rupesh Singh

When Love Plays Foul: A Feminist Perspective of

Toni Morrison’s Love 95

- Sebin Justine

Timeless Women in Kavery Nambisan’s The Scent of Pepper 103

- Veena. K. G

REVIEW ARTICLES

S. Kumaran’s Philosophical Musings for a Meaningful Life:

An Analysis of K V Dominic’s Poems—A Critical Appraisal 110

- Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya

T. Vasudeva Reddy’s Farewell Ring and Other Stories—

Stories Based on Real Incidents 115

- D. C. Chambial

BOOK REVIEWS

K. V. Dominic’s Sanchita Karma and Other Tales of Ethics

and Choice from India 120

- D. C. Chambial

Mai Van Phan’s Tinh Lang (Silence) 125

- Manas Bakshi

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POEM REVIEW

Review of K. V. Dominic’s “I can’t Count My country Free” 130

- Greshma Clement

SHORT STORIES

EXPIATION 133

- Ramesh K. Srivastava

World Environment Day 140

- K. V. Dominic

THEFT 144

- Manas Bakshi

CANCER 146

- Sabita Chakraborty

POETRY

THE FRIVOLOUS WHIMS 57

- D. C. Chambial

FLOWER AND BEE 151

- D. C. Chambial

WHEN OTHERS FAIL 152

- D. C. Chambial

Godavary River in Floods 153

- Satyam S. Moorty

Godavary River in Summer 154

- Satyam S. Moorty

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Sailing from Athens to Greek Islands 34

- Satyam S. Moorty

Fear in My Palm! 155

- Satyam S. Moorty

A Hamlet of Brahmin Widows 79

- Satyam S. Moorty

Breakdance of Democracy 109

- Manas Bakshi

All That’s Needed 124

- Manas Bakshi

Empty Lives... 156

- Neha Motwani

Interrogation: an Existential Enquiry 157

- Neha Motwani

Practice the ‘Pause’ 158

- Neha Motwani

I folded my Hands 159

- Omkar Kundu

Bharathiar’s Poem – “Nirpadhuve Nadapadhuve”

(To be or not to be) A Transcreation 160

- A. Vanitha

List of Contributors 162


CONTENTS OF IJML 9.1 JANUARY 2019

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RESEARCH / CRITICAL ARTICLES

Shakespeare and Modern Times of Interdisciplinary Studies 07

- Mateti Prabhakar

Rewriting History in Poetry: a Study of Mary Oliver’s 16

“The Lost Children”

- Diwakar Regmi

Elemental Identities: Subservience, Resistance and Recasting 26

of the Subaltern Existence in Anand Neelakantan’s Vanara

- Lekshmi R. Nair

Spiritual Humanism in the Selected Poems of 33

Tagore and Devkota

- Khum Prasad Sharma

Exodus in the Dust Bowl Series of John Steinbeck 43

- J. Beaulah Joseline

Deliberate Self Harm: An Insight into Stephenie 49

Meyer’s New Moon

- S. B. Chandhini Priyadharshini

Eco-economy as a Solution to the Crisis Caused by 55

Globalization in Jeanette Armstrong’s Whispering in Shadows

- Gowri Priya Aanand & D. E. Benet

Portrayal of Social Life in the Novels of John Updike 63

- Mehrunnisa M. Yunus

Cow—A Wealth in the Ancient Indian Literature and 70

Archetypal in Present Indian Literature

- Mousumi Ghosh

Some Noble Thoughts on Ancient Classical Greek Tragedy 76

- S. Moorty

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Vraisemblablisation Initiates Restrained Performance: 81

An Analysis of Bollywood Tawaifs as Subalterns

- Sabita S Babu

Beauty and Delight: Sri Aurobindo and Romantic Poets 91

Towards Future Poetry

- Santanu Basak

Bioregionalism in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide 99

- J. Thamaraiselvi

Scripting the Self: Traversing the Parallel Worlds in 105

Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin

- A. Vanitha

REVIEW ARTICLES

Multicultural Symphony with Four Cords: K.V. Dominic’s 113

A Clarion Call of Conscience

- Poonam Dwivedi

Cultural Displacement and Identity Crisis in Diasporas 119

and Dilemmas: The Voice of an Exile

- G. Loganayaki

BOOK REVIEW

Ramesh K. Srivastava’s “Different from Others” in K. V. Dominic’s

(ed.) A Journey from Within to Beyond: A Bunch of Short Stories

Culled from Different Cultures 124

- Sabita Chakraborty

EXPLICATION OF THE POEM

K. V. Dominic’s “Salute to Farmers” 126

- Nandita Bhattacharya

GENERAL ESSAY

Education Scenario in India: A Few Limitations and their 130

Probable Solutions

- Ch. Swathi & Srivatsan Ramesh

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TRAVELOGUE

The Great Hospitality, Scientific Advancement and

Culture of China—A Travelogue 136

- Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya

INTERVIEW

The Unheard Voice of the Sylvan Children:

An Interview with Tribals of Villupuram District 140

- G. Loganayaki

SHORT STORY

Mother Tongue Impact 143

- K. V. Dominic

POETRY

In the Vision of a Child 150

- Manas Bakshi

A Wanderer’s Silhouette 151

- Manas Bakshi

Wither My Mother Tongue, Telugu!!! 152

- S. S. Moorty

Life!!! 69

- S. S. Moorty

Walking Together 123

- Biswanath Kundu

Every Time is the Right Time 142

- Biswanath Kundu

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Contact versus Connection 129

- Biswanath Kundu

Petition 153

- Rajiv Khandelwal

Mother in Our Joint Family 154

- Rajiv Khandelwal

That is Me 32

- Rita De

Beyond 15

- Rita De

A Glass Case of Emotions 155

- Tanuja Patil

The Proper Lady 90

- Tanuja Patil

Broken Mirror 156

- Tanuja Patil

The Tattoo Story 157

- Ansulika Paul

A Fallen Piece of Paper 158

- Ansulika Paul

My Soul 159

- Omkar A Kundu

A Day on a Beach 149

- Ishika Bansal

Dawn Time 42

- Ishika Bansal

List of Contributors 161

 

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Elegy on Professor T. V. Reddy

 Elegy on Professor T V Reddy

K. V. Dominic
Lord Venkateswara,
why have you called back
your dear bard so soon?
The spiritual epic, his masterpiece
turned out to be his swan song
It came out of the press just a few months back
Couldn’t you grant him some more time
to get feedback of this sublime book?
Gentle breeze would have brought to your feet
more rhapsodies from his lips
Renowned poet Professor T V Reddy,
you were our dearest President
Elder brother and mentor
Your departure without any notice
drowned us in the ocean of grief
Time can’t fill the chasm
Irreplaceable is your absence
Started your career as Lecturer of English
Proved eminent Professor, Principal, Emeritus Fellow
Author of 21 books--poet, novelist,
short story writer, critic, grammarian
Your distinct poetic style
meeting point of past and present
Combination of beautiful structured rhymed
poetry and well crafted unrhymed free verse
Rhythm as musical as ripples of brook
A rural muse of Tirupati, portrayed
beauties of landscapes, flora, fauna,
poor people, animals and birds
Sorrows and tragedies of people around
brimmed your eyes and flowed to paper
Exploitation and corruption of politicians
hurt your mind and composed
excellent lampoons and satires
Spiritual and pious to the core
superb philosophical, metaphysical
poems flowed from your pen
Professor Reddy, how humble and simple you were
Never showy, preferred to be mute in assemblies
Gentle and loving to anyone who meets
Inspired and guided younger poets and critics
Your talk on English poetry enlightened the audience
Lord Venkateswara,
don’t you see your bard
shooting rays on you like a star?
Still your bard is yet to be
prescribed in universities’ syllabuses
Don’t you want to spread your message
every nook and corner of the world?
Professor Reddy glitters like a gem
among sparkling poets of the world
As sun can’t be hidden by moon
we are sure, Professor Reddy
can’t be ignored by universities for long

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

K V Dominic's Haiku on Covid-19

 

Haiku on Covid-19

K V Dominic

 

Congregation prays:

God save us from the pandemic

God: I am helpless

 

Man: Aren’t we your dearest?

God: It’s your ego tells you so

All my creations darling to me

 

Man complains to God:

Are we fated to live with mask?

God: Enough you polluted air

 

Dawn now echoes birds’ chirps:

Thank you, thank you, thank you God

For restoring our rights

 

Coronavirus to man:

A lesson for your conceit

Be humble and kind

 

Man to coronavirus:

What harm have we done to you?

Virus: you called us

 

Earth to human beings:

Except you all are happy now

Reward for your crimes

 

God to human beings:

Mask you wear is punishment

For masking in your lives

 

Little boy to mom:

You punished for using cell phone

Now force for online classes

 

Earth to human beings:

You wash your hands for survival

Crimes’ blood still remains

 

Infants wail to guilty adults:

Pandemic is your own product

We are drowned in it

 

Animals warn humans:

Exploit more you perish more

Creator protects us

 

Mother Earth to quarryman:

How ruthless you dynamite

Mother’s breasts that fed you!

 

River to her mother sea:

Man raped and stabbed head to foot

Threw his waste on me

 

Plight of human being:

Social being now antisocial

Result of his karma

 

Members of same group

Bound to keep distance each other:

Reward of leagued crimes

 

Animals to humans:

You are caged and we are free

Tit for tat, mind you!

© K V DOMINIC