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Sagar Mal Gupta: Songs of India and the World
|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
The Songs of India and the World, by Sagar Mal Gupta,
The blurb makes us know the poet’s education and achievements as an ELT expert. Educated at Edinburgh University (UK). He explains the title: “The word song literally means a composition that is sung to the accompaniment of a musical instrument. But here the word has been used in a general sense that is a creation that has the rhythm of feelings, emotions and sentiments, the rhythm of ideas, thoughts and unique experiences, the rhythm of meaning and the rhythm of figures of speech and new and startling expressions.”
Now aged four score and upwards, as a reviewer I began to look up ‘laughter’. I remembered my English Professor who suggested that I read English Idioms by James Main Dixon. What I wanted to know about is laughter. Once I remembered - -one who laughs, lasts. There is more to than one thinks, or remembers. Sagar Lal Gupta is nearly eight years senior to me, nearing ninety. His book The Songs… and the world made me think deeply about songs and more about laughter. Fun and frolic keep minds smiling, laughing and cajoling.
The first poem ‘India’s Identity…’ starting about Columbus. I quote
Now, my friends read and enjoy the fun and frolic. I promise, I don’t bother you long.
The poem does not end here. I leave the poem here for the reader to get further fulfilment.
Wall of Tears begins with the tears of the girl’s parental house. See the ending and take your hanky out wipe your tears and ends:
The poet helps the reader with a note at the end about Hawaii.
Now, there is the camel festival of Bikaner. The camel festival is in Rajasthan from 11th to 13th Jan.
The place is famous for namkeens, and rasagulla (p14)
Then, there is a poem about a kite festival. We are told about the pigeon being stalked by disaster – with sharp hundred poisonous fangs, its wings being severed.
Our poet flies abroad, to Brazil now. The reader is told about the Ibis Egyptian god of birds and the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Then there is a poem about a knife day. Japanese have many kinds of knives!!! (p,22)
All our readers would be surprised to know about dine-dashers. Reader would enjoy reading of slinks.
Here are parts of a poem – space is important –
The poem- called a prose poem - on poverty festival is funny. But more laughable is the statement about politicians.
There is a poem on slum children:
We are not ashamed
There is a poem on the will God.
Humour is the poet’s mint house. There is a poem A Cockroach in a State of Trance.
For days together
Humour is manifold just as laughter is multi-faceted. The Rat’s Tale is such.
We are told in a note that the poet is grateful to the Odia poet Sachi Rot (sic) Roy. The poet also remembered Shelley’s Wasteland.
On Friendship Day described how people celebrate friendship days.
You are intelligent enough to understand the irony of the clever poet.
There is a children’s poem titled Who is Superior. The end is Water deserves to be worshipped. (48)
A Tree’s Agony is funny. See the first line I aspired to be as tall as the Eiffel Tower. Read what happened to the feet of the kid run over by a motorist. The last lines are But the motorist slunk away without any regrets. (p. 48
Mutuvan People of Kerala has these lines too:
The most loveable, affectionate poems of Gupta’s is F-A-T-H-E-R. WE must all adore it.
This is the most serious, lovable poem from Guptaji’s mind and heart
Increasing Insensitivity is about three young men who hit a truck and one died instantly. The following is a thought-provoking question. I copy it full for your understanding and positive action.
The poet goes to discuss violence and all sensible readers must read and think about the judgements.
For some reason Haikus are widely written and lovingly practised. Our friend ends his book with a Haiku.
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