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|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
Lallan Prasad, Evening Delights, Partridge India, 2014
Evening delights are not the same for every one, at every age and every frame of mind. The title is enticing and at the same intriguing. Vajpayee’s remark carried on the blurb speaks about the poet’s poetry both in Hindi and English too. A good poem makes one think, look within and look around afresh. Poet Lallan Prasad retired from the University of Delhi, Department of Business Economics which he started. His poems are those of a very experienced, serious minded senior citizen. There are poems on nature, rivers, mountains, trees, birds besides human nature in its multiplexity. One of the earlier poems in the collection sets the tone and tenor of the poet’s thought and expression. The evening delights in this book are those of a very profound man in ripe fruition.
The very first poem is a look nature ward – on the tree, titled ‘Rooted Deep in the Soil’.
One very attractive quality in the collection is the brevity of the poems: the best being in just four or six lines.
A few lines suffice this poet to put across a nice and new idea:
The journey of the paper could be delectable though made of the thing thrown into the dustbin and made into pulp and paper:
The poet is fond of the tree. I remember a poet in Telugu, late Ismail, who is fondly called and remembered as ‘chettu kavi’, Poet of the Tree.
The poet has a strange prayer to the Poetic Muse:
There are some very sensitive and delicate love poems because it is one sensibility, the feeling of sweetness, that has no aging:
And then, there is very intimate physical sensitivity, not very coy or demure, too:
There is the Festival of Colours and the festival of love too:
Lallan Prasad is contemplative and philosophical. He looks at nature, man and things with sensibility, understanding and basic goodness of the heart.
The awareness and knowledge of the quality and power of time is not always there in every one. Only the wise and imaginative have sagacity like the poet who wrote:
The contemplative mood of the poet is distinct in some of the poems:
There are poems revealing intense cerebration on Buddha, Jesus and Gandhi. He feels sorry for the way things came to be:
Only the inner voice can help thoughtful man if God gives him the chance:
The poet becomes sadder and wiser and explains to us his concept of the waves of time:
Some general remarks are necessary. Proof reading is not everybody’s cup of tea and certainly not of the original writer. The lapse in proof reading does not harm the beauty of the poems. There is no copy-editing at all in the publishing industry in our country. One has to grin and bear the printer’s devils.
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