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Whispering Waves: Refreshing waves of poetry
|by U Atreya Sarma|
K Pankajam | Whispering Waves | Writers Workshop. 2013| ISBN 978-93-5045-067-3 | Pages 70| Rs 150 (HB)
Poetry runs through the veins of K Pankajam; so it would be a sheer delight to plunge into it. A bilingual writer, she has published four volumes of poems: Look Beyond (Yeti Books), Echoes (Window Publishers), Whispering Waves (Writers Workshop), and Sum and Substance (Authors Press); three novels The Quest, Beads of Memories, and Karmakshetra - Land of Karma; and one work of fiction in Malayalam Ormakalude Thiranottam. She also translates from Malayalam into English.
Rain being enlivening and life-saving, everyone in India, especially children and farmers wholeheartedly welcome it. Pankajam continues the spirit even into the concluding lines –
and goes on singing the rest of the 46 poems also with an equal élan.
While many have perorated on the ravages of war, Pankajam muses over its binary effects – positive on some and negative on some others –
Lulled by the rejuvenating effect of the night, she casts a somnolent spell on the readers, while singing paeans to it –
A poet with a facet of social consciousness, Pankajam speaks out her angst –
And she expects the “Society to wake up and act,” and to release, imbibe and disseminate “Our values locked up in vaults” (Vengeance).
Isn’t this a sound warning to those groups of bullying students who take the law into their hands and want to be their own teachers, management, syndicate, senate and government? The academic portals where such rebellious students stalk – haven’t they turned into dens of one-sided militant trade unions rather than being temples of learning, how they ought to be?
In an increasingly disconcerting atmosphere of cacophonous, cynical, motivated, self-righteous and unduly self-flagellating criticism of everything Indian by certain cabals of Indian chatterati and intellectuals, the sane voice of Pankajam rises with a robust and infectious optimism –
In the same spirit, she salutes the national tricolour and pays tribute to our freedom fighters –
The tongue-in-cheek Pankajam animates things like a cursor, a feather, a perfume and an ant in the bread and makes them narrate their petite, light-hearted autobiographic tales in her ‘First Person Talks’ –
Among her ‘Short Verses’ the one on her womanly multitasking is endearing –
The poem ‘A Green Galore’ expresses the role of a mother in preserving and continuing the traditional values. Armed with mother’s advice and her own faith and devotion, the writer grows strong in spirit. In the process, she doesn’t mind the ‘barefoot walk on the rutted lane’ and the ‘bruises on feet do not hurt’ –
Everyone of us, one time or the other, and across every eon, is baffled out of wits while thinking a little deeper of the phenomenon of creation and its cause. And so is our probing writer after exploring the depths of the earth and touching the limits of the sky, but only to get back to square one –
And what more befitting conclusion could be there than quoting the concluding prayerful poem in the book that mirrors the poet’s eclectic, syncretic and universal spirit –
It would be an unforgettable treat to feast on the poems in Whispering Waves which are certain to tickle us as by whiffs of zephyr and besprinkle us as by monsoon showers cool and gentle.
(A condensed version of this review was published in The Hans India daily, June 28, 2015)
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