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Paddy's P-En-Chants; Really Enchants
|by Pankajam K|
P-En-Chants by Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy. Cyberwit.net, Allahabad.
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for an echo, said Don Marquis. Padmaja Iyengar’s maiden volume of poetry with the exhilarating title P-En-Chants stands out with assurance and elan and makes the above adage misplace its denotation.
All of us have been to the dentist some time or other, but the way the poetess explains it makes a mundane experience a memorable one in poems ‘Helplessness’ and ‘Dentistricks’. To express an experience in a memorable way is a skill to be perfected and Padmaja amply displays it.
The scornful humour of the poetess highlights the appalling situation in today’s world in poem titled ‘What a Life!’ which concludes as follows:
There are quite a few poems that ease your nerves in this section and I wish the readers to fully capture the thrill and enjoyment without losing the newness in a pre-read and hence cross over to the next section.
Poem titled ‘Chennai City, Jai Ho’ is a fine piece of work which extols organ donation and is based on a real incident happened in Chennai , transporting the freshly harvested heart from the brain dead donor reaching the recipient in a record time, thanks to the cohesive efforts of various concerned departments. Padmaja puts her admiration in her poem like this;
The heart-wrenching end of Baby Falak makes the readers restless. The pain and anguish of the poetess reflects in the following lines;
Padmaja is full of gratitude to her son Hemant, who has ever been her inspiration. The conviction of the poetess here is infectious.
The third section ‘Some stories’ comparatively shorter with eight poems deals with various social issues in a narrative style, making the readers genuinely engrossed and forcing them to tread along the mindscapes of the poetess. Poem titled ‘All About a (Non) Mover & (Non) Shaker’ talks about the extra-ordinary grit and steadfastness of the protagonist, I quote a sample stanza alone here for brevity though I want to quote more;
The fourth section ‘Some Management Mumbo Jumbo’, as the title indicates focuses on some management subjects and principles like six thinking hats, Warren Buffet Mantras, Communication, among a few others. The Poem on Risk Taking is a lesson for all times. I quote it in full.
(The last stanza is a quote from annonymous) (Page 109)
There are quite a lot of Movie Reviews in the fifth section including the one on Mary Kom. The last section P-En-Chants is comparatively longer with 50 poems, many of them short poems.
Her passion for writing is clearly spelt out in poem titled ‘’Patient(ly), Heal Thyself!’ which concludes like this:
Her London experience is reflected in the poem ‘Namastey London’ , where the author wants people to exchange at least a smile or make an eye contact while they meet which will stay with both for long and bring happy surprises. Being a short one, I quote it in full.
Poem titled ‘Riya’s Two Front Teeth Gone..’ is a work not with words, but with a heart full of love towards her grand-daughter Riya. I am sure the readers would visualize or imagine how they would have/would be expressing their love on a similar occasion. The innocence of the kid is finely captured in the following lines:
The magnanimous mind-set of the poetess with regard to organ donation is reflected in the poem titled ‘One Last Wish’;
A remarkable quality of the author displayed throughout this collection of poems is her sense of humour, besides deftness to handle English language, rhyming, and her acumen in handling any subjects with ease. Though many poems touch social evils and contemporary issues nailing them straight, the author has not tried to moralize or preach too much.
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