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Positive Sutra: Life says, 'Never give up'!
|by Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar|
‘Positive Sutra: Life says, “Never give up!!!’ is the debut book of Rashmi Malapur Jaswal, an outstanding blogger turned poet and author. Dedicated to her parents who have been a constant source of inspiration for her, the book is succour to ‘the people suffering from depression and negativity in life’. As the encapsulating Preface says –‘The book will serve as a “travel guide” to those who are navigating through a period of depression through their life”. Divided into three sections the book opens with the writer’s interaction with the readers. She explains her motif and purpose of writing the book: “I took to writing this book with the aim of reaching out to people who have faced depression or immense emotional challenges. We often get hovered by spiral of negative thoughts to get pulled into depression. The force of negativity kills energy within us and replaces it with mental lethargy. Sometimes even walking a few steps to pick up a glass of water or grab a newspaper becomes a herculean task. Our will power is weak and we only see the negative aspect of life.” As a matter of fact, she is subjective, introspective and reflective in her poetic expressions. Her poetry abounds in feelings, emotions, sentiments, reveries, memories, nostalgia and above all, motivational and inspiration approach to life.
This apart, the poems as showcased in this book fall into two categories: Aikya- Oneness or Unity and Smaran- Fragrance of times. The section" Aikya-Unity" comprises of some of beautiful, motivation, encouraging and inspiring poems written as a responses to critical circumstances to soothe a restless heart. It reflects the poet’s reflections and musings over dreams, submission, love, journey, memories, miseries, spirituality, peace, and nature, to mention a few. The poet believes in the present moments. She encourages us to ‘Embrace the moment and challenge the day’ because ‘Today is your day,/Tomorrow is elusive,’. She exhorts her readers to
Her ‘Sharing “is a beautiful poem pleading to surrender oneself in order to ‘selflessly immerse in you”. Symbolically, here “you” stands for the ocean of divine love. In another poem “Today’s share” She expresses her wish to “dance in the joy of trying to fathom the depth of desires. “Dreams” creates a dreamy atmosphere where she compares heart as a ‘blossomed flower’ and her love as ‘a constant source of power.’ In fact, her love is a physical reflection of eternal entity that she carries on in her life. “Surrender” is a fine poem soaked in Sufism. Her love comforts her, thus making her strong to sail across as she is so submissive in love that she has made it the captain of her ship.
Smile is very essential to love. It fetches joy, peace and bliss. She observes loving pairs hand in hand on the roadside and their intense love for each other and her feelings take a shape. She thus reveals hidden power of love in the poem “LOVE - by the roadside”
She wants to contribute to the cosmic painting of God. She yearns, in her poem, to paint ‘an unexplored landscape’ of life. Loneliness is very painful. Devoid of any soothing, comforting company, a person feels the pangs of despondency. It becomes hard to forget the intriguing moments’. She affirms it her poem “Departed”:
In the absence of her love she feels let down, downcast ‘in this boundless sky of loneliness. “Goodbye” gives a befitting response to her in solitude. She musters courage and marches on, undeterred. She says:
“Destination” is a powerful poem reflecting her killer instincts to fight both the aspects of existence- internal and externals. She is optimistic bent of mind and hence she makes reconciliation to transcend the fetters of grief. Using a wonderful metaphor he proclaims:
Love is the only destination she seeks because she says- ‘every time you leave, it is nothing but a departure destined to end in each other’s arms.
‘He lives in me” is one of the best poems of Rashmi who expresses the most in the least words. Her love is source of everything, be it happiness, faith and life. She declares:
In this way we see the poet helps us out of the thorny situations of life with positive approach, rejecting negative aspects. Many of her poems are filled with unbridled optimism and positive attitude.
She is a lover of nature. The world of nature fascinates her to the extent of gazing at the beauty of the sky and the lush green grass. “Solitude’ captures this thought and mood of hers. She writes:
“My being” is one of the most powerful and emotive poems. It probes into her mind, her feeling. Like a common being, she is also swayed away emotionally by the turbulent times but with a strong conviction she comes to terms with the stern reality and successfully breaks free the shackles of grief, and depression. She boldly proclaims:
Surrender - devotional and spiritual - is a spiritual and devotional way that leads one to salvation- redemption of soul. She is suggestive in the poem “Salvation” as she echoes the divine words:
Her perspective on life is brilliant. On the one hand, she wants to live the life with all its sweet and bitter moments; she has also the realization that whatever pertains to life is temporal, transient and futile as it has no realistic permanence. “Illusion- part 2” is a metaphoric poem in which she makes it evident:
She believes in precious value of each and every moment, hence she wishes to live her life, come what may- ‘A flame that kindled a desire,/To live a life without fear’. “My Path” is a suggestive poem that she seems to have composed just to make herself realise the value of life. The poet addresses her own self to take a lesson:
In the poem “Presence” she validates the existence of divine being in the core of human being. She says: “Your existence is undeniable,/The fact that I breathe, is a proof that you dwell within me./My existence is temporal, but you are the eternal truth, who makes my living meaningful.” “Coming back” is a heart wrenching description of a beloved who is critical yet seeks love. The description is full of pathos. She gives a vivid account:
As is evident in the foregoing analysis of her poems, the poet gives preponderance over the power of silence which is essential to deep introspection. She is of the opinion that silence creates a very conducive inner atmosphere wherein one can get connected with one’s true Self. In the poem “Silence” she says:
Metaphysical search she carries on in some of her poems. She says-An eternal existence that abodes me with happiness./Now I search for him in the moment that slipped but yet stays eternally.’ In the poem “Immersed in oneness”, she says:
The poet tends to explore the source of peace in the beauty and serenity of nature. Supreme beauty, in particular, is fascinates her poetic soul. She expresses her perpetual longing for the ultimate peace as well. The poem “Peace” is an expression of this yearning of hers:
In another poem “Circle of life” she also makes it clear that she is in search of peace that enables a soul for divine communion and union:
She explores certain metaphysical questions in her poems such as philosophical issues of life, death and suffering, of self and the Supreme. Her creative mind turns inward to introspect, to understand the meaning of the reality- the divine union:
To sum up, Rashmi Malapur presents in her poems a melody of romance, spiritual, metaphysical and familial, tender love - romantic and divine. Her poetry also offers a totally new and fresh perspective on life. Celebration of togetherness, memories, dreams, dejection, reconciling of dichotomy between positive and negative aspects of life, mundane and divine, attraction and repulsion followed by reflection on the way of the world are some of most important and recurring themes of her poetry. Some poems are terse and pithy and express more in a few words, while some are suggestive and didactic in tone. Indeed, her collage of lofty ideas and uplifting thoughts is brilliant with sublime, purifying flow of love and romantic sentiments. She, through her poetry, tells us to both banish negative thoughts and develop perpetual positivity to live a better life. In this way we see that the book under review is remarkable for presenting the poems of hope and resilience, of positivity and vitality, and inspiration and motivation.
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