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Dervishes Dance by Madan Gopal Gandhi
|by Nalini Priyadarshni|
It’s not every day that you find a book of poems that fills you with wonder the moment you start reading it and continues to enthrall it long after you have put it down. As an avid reader who often reads at least four books simultaneously, I find Dervishes Dance by Poet Laureate Madan Gopal Gandhi extremely enchanting for various reasons. Page after page filled with lush tapestry of intricately woven rhythm and metaphor that uplift spirits until you find yourself whirling away from mundane towards the ecstasy of lightness of being. Like true mystic and poet, Dr. Gandhi does not distinguish between earthly or divine love and poems in Dervishes Dance celebrate all kinds of love with same gusto.
A poet and critic from Serbia aptly remarked:
However, this book is more than a collection of beautifully worded poems but an outcome and extension of Dr. Gandhi’s life which has been marked with love and compassion for his fellow beings. Whether it’s his relentless struggle for freedom and education of poor children languishing as bonded labourers that made him confront brick kiln owners or his lifelong mission to uplift and restore the dignity of girl child in society, Dr. Gandhi has lived his life in accordance with his convictions that ring out clean and clear in several poems of this book.
Message of love and compassion encapsulated so wonderfully in the poems in this book are not meant for any particular race, gender or age group; rather it has a universal appeal.
I won’t be exaggerating if I say that Dervishes Dance is a book that our world needs today more than anything else for its message of universal love.
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