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Soothing Serenades: Straight from the Heart
|by Mamta Pathak|
Soothing Serenades: Straight from the Heart ( A Collection of Love Poems),Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar, Authorspress, New Delhi, 2018, Pages 114, Price Rs. 250/- $12
Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar’s "Soothing Serenades: Straight from the Heart" depicts the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the heart. It renders the flow of myriad impressions- visual, auditory, physical, associative and subliminal that impinges on the consciousness of an individual.
His love doesn't talk only about an intense feeling of deep affection but also defines the ultimate truth of reality and tells us that love is also about great interest and pleasure in something. Thus, this profound belief of his compels him to write about 'platonic love' and 'cosmic world' where love meets and become one.
Bhaskar Jha further talks about the four 'purusharthas ' and finds the path towards the metaphysical through the physical world.
He further talks about "Happy moments of togetherness":
The poet evokes the imaginative world of readers with various terminologies and figure of speeches. His poetry is his expression with emotive imagery drawn from the world of nature too. He has a unique style of his own. His words convey deep meanings underlying in them which comes from the depth of his heart.
The words depict sensuousness and at the same time present imaginative calibre of the poet. But the love is pure and meant to be forever. The poet feels love of his love even from a distance and further implies strong belief that love remains unaffected in all conditions. He gets that soothing pleasure even when he watches her doing any work. He becomes a "Voyeur" :
The poet feels his love so deep that even in his thought if she appears alone, he becomes sad.
Bhaskar Jha is definitely a love poet but his love hails in the biggest sphere being philosophical and spiritual. When in grief, the imaginative feel of his love soothes mind and soul. His love embraces his soul in the world of violence, hatred and jealousy. He finds love as an eternal source of joy which is more ecstatic than being desirous. He calls love the "Ventilation" through which he breathes new life.
Bhaskar Jha pours his heart through the words whose rhythm and melody compels the readers to get mesmerized and dive into the pond of aesthetic pleasure. Charles Dickens says , "A loving heart is the truest wisdom". His heart is a loving heart indeed and has the poetic sensibilities as well. He reveals this himself in his one poetic note :
His lines in "I Am" even reminds of Wordsworth's quote:
When he says,
Bhaskar Jha's love is pure essence of agape love. His "Definition Of Love" is not stuck with suppressed or repressed emoticons, rather is a bliss which dwells in the union divine. It is clear in these lines:
The same reflection can be seen when we go through these lines:
Bhaskar Jha further says:
He shows his 'unflinching faith' for his 'her' in eternity of love that he has between the obstinate thoughts and undying feelings. He then turns towards 'Eternal Love' calling his love as Venus, Cupid, Aphrodite, Eros, Aurora whose 'pristine beauty' glows on spiritual throne and is as divine as Christ.
He sometimes feels suffocated, frustrated, neglected and dejected in the earthly sheath of monotonous moments. He then calls his eternal Love for the ultimate peace in metaphysical existence:
Bhaskar Jha's love can never meet its end as it is beyond the horizon of territorial desert. He is highly imaginative and thinks beyond time and space. His love is not for a short period of time. It is beyond the earthly lust that's why he considers being a metaphysical lover.
The poet reaches to the point where he admits the truth that his Valentine exists in him only.
Thus it can be well said that Bhaskar Jha is a man with extraordinary insights and creates fusion with effortless ease. His images are striking and evocative which creates a world for readers to feel the ecstatic experience of divine pleasure. His vocabulary speaks high of his mastery over diction. The poetic journey with Mr. Jha through his well articulated vision will definitely give the warmth of love to readers. The book is a treasure of excellent poems, an unconventional take on love straight from the heart.
Soothing Serenades perhaps is
The book is recommended for all the common readers, students and those who wish to learn writing love poetry. Happy reading..!
Abridged version published in LangLit, 2018
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