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Book Review: Pluto Poems, by Gulzar

For me, poetry is something that’s more than a form of writing. It is expression. It is rhyme. It is breathing. It is life. Sometimes, it’s the short verse that expresses more than the long one. Couplets, haiku, cinquains, even a small five line free verse; it expresses in brevity a whole story. One poet who I admire is the great Gulzar. It was recently that I saw one of his new books had come out. I didn’t wait. I added it to my shelf. Continue reading “Book Review: Pluto Poems, by Gulzar”

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Book Review: Green Poems, by Gulzar

“On the branches of these wild plants
Some words occasionally sprout
But never a full poem . . .”

It’s not that hard to imagine a poem sprouting on the branch of a plant actually. Nature has been, is and will continue to be inspiration for poetry; the connection that a poet feels with it is at times indescribable. I’ve been a fan of the brilliant Gulzar and his poetry for quite a while now, and the way he looks at things is quite different, quite profound. With this collection, Green Poems, he puts that different viewpoint of his on nature. His original verse in Hindi is accompanied by Pavan K Varma’s translations. Continue reading “Book Review: Green Poems, by Gulzar”

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Book Review: Selected Poems, by Gulzar

The beauty of a poem is not only with the poet but with the reader. The reader’s imagination completes it, and it is truer for a poem than a fiction I feel. I have never been a connoisseur of Hindi poetry, but when it comes to the genius of Gulzar, I have, most of the time, made an exception. To review a poem is difficult. To review a poem is something I cannot do, but I shall share my thoughts. Continue reading “Book Review: Selected Poems, by Gulzar”