The author has taken diametrically opposite stances at different
times, which are difficult to conjoin, making it a complex book.
Since he has dwelled on apparently unrelated subjects, the
intricacy has got further magnified.
particularly brim with poignant sorrow and loneliness caused by
the crumbling of a world of values. These are written in the
haiku style and many of them are difficult to understand in the
first reading. The restlessness of the author in coming to terms
with life is clearly reflected. The poems that he has selected
to illustrate his understanding of the complexity of human
relationships are all full of melancholy. For instance, "Lagta
nahin hai ji mera ujde dayar mein …", the legendary
lament of Bahadur Shah Zafar, is translated by the author thus:
Incarcerated in a
Amidst a crescendo
sings her seasonal song
Unmindful of the
pain I bear.
She serenades her
In the blossoming
bough to bough above
As my mind wanders
from heath to heath.
The author has
tried to deeply examine the eternal questions of life, like what
is the purpose of an individual’s terrestrial sojourn. The
conclusion he has drawn for making sense of this convolution is
equally ancient: to accept reality as it is and adopt a
non-judgemental attitude. No wonder, there are liberal
references to religious texts and to the Shastras, Upnishads,
Vedic literature, moksha, tyaga and dharma.
At the same time,
he examines the difference between western classicism and the
high points of artistic expression in India. Condemnation of
violence in any form is pivotal to the author’s intellectual
The book contains