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|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
Chitra Lele, Divine Decorations, Authorspress, New Delhi, 2016, Pages 103, Paper Back, Price Rs 250/- $12/-
Faith is devotion and devotion faith – this is all there is to learn and realize. Meadows and shadows are just meant for reference only. The two may be the two sides of the same coin, if understood deeply. We are not unaware of child prodigies and kids who were born devotees like Prahlada, the son of King Hiranyakasipu. Young poets are known to have scaled great heights of both imagination and expression. There is a saying in Telugu – The flower exudes its fragrance the moment it blossoms. The book of poems under review is by Chitra Lele, a very young woman. The book is best opened on page 31 for judging the poet personally. The basic theme of this work is expressed in the poet’s dictum in the epigraph above. There is a saying in Sanskrit: baalaadapi subhashitam. Wise words can come even from children (and such words should be accepted). This poet is young but her thoughts and words are great.
Says then the poet
Peace and bliss are everywhere for the saintly mind. This understanding leads mysticism. The poet is deeply thoughtful and attains realization which dispelled her nostalgia and hardships. “Let Nature be your teacher’ is the outcome of intellectuality. Dreams can make or mar fine feelings and sweet experiences. For this poet,
The second part Beyond Borders is about the sublime ideal – about the world as one single family. Seeking universal brotherhood is the loftiest of ideals. In ‘Seamless Cohesion’ the poet says:
At the end she says this:
There is a goal which we have to reach immediately:
This poet sees through blood stained windows vistas of hope and says
She says with ecstatic passion:
The third part Sacred Sanctum has a solid, well-intentioned piece of solemn advice: ‘Experience new flavours of the inner essence.’ The poet speaks of her inner sphere and says
In ‘Wholeness of the Wheel’, she says that the wholeness is surreal.
SShe speaks of an aura too. In ‘Sweet Chrysalis she says:
The fourth part Treasure Mines of the Mind there is the belief that that only through realms of the mind the treasures can be dug. It is the only way to taste the manna. ‘Sunny Thoughts’ are full of fertile and fecund hope.
The poet also speaks of the long journey, an odyssey:
The last and the fifth part Live Life with a High Five ccontains an advice that life has to be experienced in all its ups and downs. We are told:
And there is more:
Then there is about the target:
Only intellectuality enriches devotion and fortifies faith. Chitra Lele’s poems are illuminating, inspiring, faith giving and devotion sustaining. This book is for the people of serene and sublime thinking and high living.
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