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|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
Pankajam.K “Salutations”,Authors Press, New Delhi, 2016,
‘Salutations’, published in 2016 is dedicated by the poet Pankajam to her teachers. Indian tradition is to worship teachers, for our salutations is to mother, father, and acharya, the teacher, in that order in the trinity. The book is offered in eleven sections.
The first section is “gurudakshina’ an offering of coins in gratitude to the teacher, the preceptor. The poet’s eyes brimmed with tears:
The poet feels that the teacher’s delight is immense when his/her student scales great heights. When a student reaches a summit, the teacher realizes with a kind of glee
There is a poem in this section about a salutation offered in deep devotion. The teacher is the ladder, the tool to go climb high.
‘Kid’s Corner’ is an appreciation of the young one with a sense of joy beyond measure:
Here is another poem which makes the parent sad, his age shrinks. The little one remembers seeing the local brand Barbie doll he was presented by his dad:
Here is a poem which makes the reader smile for long:
The section ‘You in Me’ is about love at its zenith:
In this section there is a poem that is makes us think deep about life and living:
Resonance is a section with poems about hope, premonition, loneliness and some other human qualities.
Animals have premonitions and anticipating high tides they move to highlands. The poet says:
The, there is a poem about a belief in folklore. Folklore is a treasure trove and lots of work can still be done in that area. It has deep significance since it contains ancient thinking, belief and faith. The tree is believed to be an abode for evil spirits in some places in the distant past:
The section “Today’ has an epigraph from Jose Andres Puerto: ‘The modernity of yesterday is the tradition of today and modernity of today will be tradition tomorrow.’ Some aspects of modernity are here:
Love of motherland is a trait of modern poetic expression. Pankajam offers a salutation to the patriots and expresses a devout wish for the success of their action:
The poet has this to give expression to make-up materials:
The section ‘Stigma’ has a telling epigraph, the saying of Jimi Hendrix: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know piece.” The poet loves simple, unpretentious, natural life and living. She reminds us of Khalil Gibran taking his words as an epigraph o the section ‘In Nature’s Lap’. The section ‘I, Me, Mine’ has these words as her wish and desire:
The poet has belief, faith and wisdom that the world would be ideal if it is motherly and allowed to be motherly. To bolster her faith and belief she takes a sentence from B. R. Ambedkar: “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.’(p.107) Ideals and aspirations of high living are revealed in the poet’s collection of epigraphs:
Pankajam has already carved a niche for herself in the Parthenon of poets of intense and understanding femininity and this book has placed her on a still higher pinnacle.
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