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Sony Dalia's Graceful Green
|by Dr. Shamenaz Sheikh|
“Writing poetry is a fascination for some, a passion for some others while it is a religion for many. A poet does not demand rewards or awards. A word of appreciation fills his hungry heart with manna” says Sonia Dalia, a former Professor of English. He is also a poet, translator and critic and was Visiting Fellow at Nagaland University in Nov 2005.
This is the feeling of not of the poet only but of each and every individual who welcomes monsoon after dreadful summer. In the poem he has created a beautiful mystic atmosphere which has been carried on in other poems also. In the poem, ‘Succour’, he describes the rare friendship which is exists in nature, while in ‘Roots’ he shows his curiosity to know about his ancestors, as the lines indicates:
He has also further expressed his views regarding the significance of knowing one’s own ancestors in the poem.
He has shown his deep love and concern for his country in many poems.India is a land of festivals and he has described about one of the important festivals of this country, Holi in poem, ‘Spirit of Holi.’ Holi, which is the festival of colour, has been described very beautifully by the poet as:
There is an increase in terrorism, which is the greatest threat for humanity. this is amplified by poet and he has expressed his concern in poems like, ‘Terminator’, ‘Retribution’ and ‘India 7/9/11.’ In all these poems, he has tried to show the disastrous consequences of terrorism. The poem, ‘Mera Bharat Mahan!’ expresses his deep respect for the women of his country. He has tried to highlight all the good qualities of the women of his country by comparing them with natural objects. The best example is when he has compared them with Mother Earth, as he says:
In this way, he has not only praised women of his country but has also shown his gratitude towards his motherland. In ‘Song that Stirred’, through describing lines of patriotic songs like Tagore’s ‘Where the mind is without fear’ and ‘Jana gana mana’ he has extensively praised his motherland.
Then in ‘Come Back Again’, he urges Mahatma Gandhi to come back again on this earth to rescue our country from the state of miseries as he has rescued us from British Raj. He expresses his wish in the following lines:
As Sony Dalia belongs to the city of Hyderabad which is known for its culture and rich heritage, these aspects are artistically described by him in the poem, ‘Hello, Hyderabad.’ He has described each and every aspect of the city. We can trace his love in all the lines of it. And in ‘Hail the Heroes’ he is congratulating the heroes of Team India for their emphatic win in the Cricket World cup. In ‘Cataclysm’ he has shown his faith towards his country by praising it whole-heartedly.
It is very pathetic to see the present condition of society, where feelings of love, friendship and kinship are fading away. In the same poem, poet has used the symbol ‘Cacti’ to show the barren feeling of people. He thinks that human heart is becoming like cactus, as the plant is known for its toughness and hardness so as humans are becoming. In this way, he has taken the help of nature to portray the feelings of humanity. He conveys his thoughts:
Here, he seems to be agreeing with the views of Mathew Arnold in his famous book of criticism, The Study of Poetry. Poetry according to Matthew Arnold is criticism of life. And this he interprets as the application of ideas -grand ideas- to life. In the same manner in ‘Intolerance’, Sony Dalia focuses on increase of intolerance and loss of faith.
Realizing the importance of ‘water’ in any individual’s life and its its power, he has dedicated ‘Whose Right? Who’s Right?’ to it. There are other poems which are dedicated to some great personality whom he respects a lot viz ‘Sublime life’ to M. S. Subbulakshmi and ‘Diminution’ to Prof C. D. Narasimhaiah.
Graceful Green by Sony Dalia.
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