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Rajiv Khandelwal: Dwelling with Denial
|by Prof. R. K. Bhushan|
Dwelling with Denial by Rajiv Khandelwal
Rajiv Khandelwal is a well-educated and truly educated Indian English Poet, an engineer and a flourishing businessman, has created an enviable space in the Modern Indian English Poetry and he has been well-received and well-read and well-reviewed by the general readers and the eminent scholars here and there. His poems in all his collections weave a pattern of beautiful diverse images, comparisons, similes, metaphors for the lively and interesting expression of his genuine love for humanity engaged in daily life. The poet has not used any mark of punctuation anywhere in his poems from the beginning to the end, of course consciously, and that is a poetic symbol of the ceaseless and unobstructed flow of Life in the abundant wealth of diversity of his poetic world. This is conscious experiment in the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” or an engineer-poet’s play with the language of poetry to be a trend-setter, is difficult to say but, surely, it is sophistication of the sophisticated in Rajiv Khandelwal who fondly enjoys the sophistication of life with an appreciable liberality. This is added beauty of the content and spirit of his poetry well-crafted on personal, social, political, economic, romantic and literary issues in celebration and all wrapped in universality with love and aesthetics inimitably touched by humor, sympathy, satirical digs and hits free from ill-will and malice, human passion and compassion to convince that poetry is meant for the bliss and beauty of life.
However, the reader may not be despaired with this intellectual roughness devoid of emotions as there are very many poems that soothe and solace us to smile at and with the beauty and tenderness of daily life, we all live through. Rajiv is tenderly sensitive to love, happiness, sadness, sorrow, pain and suffering, sympathy and empathy, and he does his artistic best to create the poetic environment for celebration with his humanity. We appreciate his wide awareness of the needs, desires, happenings and events on the infinite canvas of LIFE! Petition, Puja, To the Pilots Who Visited Balakot, Thank You, Wandering Thoughts, Critical Comments, Pleasure, Destination etc.- awaken the reader to his interest. In some of these poems, Rajiv uses an admirable poetic tact of giving a frank expression to his genuine emotions like religious rituals for business, military warfare, medical failure, existing without political shelter, his turns and twists to the happenings from home to the national borders and everyday movement of life in family, business and politics with subtle strokes. “Honey, I am Dead”, “The Debt” also rouse our interest.
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