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|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
Basically a person of soft and imaginative temperament and professionally an academic, the Himalayan poet D.C.Chambial has already published nine collections of poetry. Hour of Antipathy is his latest collection published in September 2014. Here is the full blossoming of the poet’s creative imagination. The poems in this book are short, cerebral and serious minded most of the time. What shook the poet has been the way of the world he has seen, experienced and suffered too at times. His dislike for the way the world goes on causes flashes of his imaginative expression. He wishes for harmony to emerge like a flood and spread its love over the world. The trope needs to be taken only with regard to love with power and vigor. The first poem in this collection is ‘Temple’. The shine is a memento to memoirs. ‘Escapade’ reads like a story-poem. The rope gives way but the boy on the swing is saved and the heavens are thought of. ‘The Bliss’ is about the tale of Manmadha, our God of Love, receiving the Supreme Being’s ire. The tough soil of the mountain is hard to penetrate and the kitchen garden needs what the human being needs too.
‘Levitation” is about a trance
The hour of antipathy is brought out in the poem ‘Clouds in the Sky’
Delicate sensibility and sparkling brevity of imaginative expression are the sleight of this poet’s hand. There are poems of the hard actuality around in poems like ‘Panic’ and ‘Smoking Sounds’. Degeneration in society raises panic in the intellectuals. There is a storm within and without. Then comes the savior Anna Hazare, people rejoice in His victory. But the poet wonders whether the rats stop to nibble, running blindly in the labyrinth. The poet is pained that burnt stub, desiderated life, desolate desert surround smoky sounds of treason. There is the single syllable that gives solace. Here is the poem in its entirety.
When one is in devout thought, the Supreme Being unveils the beauties of the world:
The hour of apathy is best treated along with thoughts of the Master, His compassion and His concern.
The key words in the poems reveal the poet’s mood in the hour antipathy. ‘Wizened’, ‘simmering’, ‘chase’, ‘smoky’ ‘shades’ ‘remorse’ ‘thunder’ ‘stunned’ ‘tsunami’ and ‘trials’ are some. The hardened, hateful and disgusting ideas are a pain in the neck to the sensitive poet. We feel this expressed in a poem where the country is referred to as mother.
The poet ruminates about solitude in its shapes and shades, a pool of water, serendipity, birds, and mountains.
‘Women in Kitty’ is half-serious and half-humorous - both ways it makes the reader think of kitty parties. The lines about remorse are about the speaker of the poem or the poetic self.
The poet’s bitterness experienced is expressed in disgust thus:
There are many ways to get rich by digging or filling sacks. Rag pickers survive. Some even become multi-millionaires. The poet is disgusted with the despicable greed of people expressed thus:
There is scathing criticism of evil living and soulless bodies:
The poet chose the metrical form of Villanelle to sing his praise of the country. The word means a rustic or peasant. It is a composition with six stanzas of three lines with the last having four lines. Here are two stanzas out of the six:
The poet Chambial doesn’t leave anything for imagination – adds in a foot note ‘coal scan during UPA II’. He has a flair for encapsulating his poems in brief stories. One such is the piece written long-after visiting the North-Bay Island, Andamans. The narrative is about feeding the poor kids with tasty Paranthas. The conclusion reveals the fine sensibility of the poet:
Many of the poems, ‘Melee of Memories’, ‘Pan-Historic Eons’, ‘Down the Valleys’, are records of intimate personal feelings with the heart in the right place. Readers remember long the last two lines of the last poem in the collection and think of the poet Chambial with affection and reverential admiration:
Chambial, D.C. Hour of Antipathy, Poetcrit, Maranda, Sept 2014
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