Being a democratic asset
Have a Midas touch (pg 37)
From "Soothing Serenades" his first collection of poems to "Two Indias" his second poem book, Bhaskaranand has gone a long way to metamorphose himself from an introvert love-seeking youthful creature to a tough minded, environment-conscious, social man who thinks minutely about every phenomenon around him. Bhaskaranand is a prodigy and has been bestowed upon with several gifts by God. He is a good poet in English, Maithili and Hindi. He has been a remarkable blogger on Maithili Cinema and had been running a flagship blog in the domain. Possessing a very pleasant personality he is very soft-spoken and affable man who is he is a well-acclaimed blooming poet on the horizon of Indian English poetry.
His present book deals with a motley of different burning issues focusing primarily on political and social issues. The atrocities faced by the fair sex in particular and the whole society in general make him unrest and he opts not to flinch from expressing his uncomfortable musical notes of his psyche.
Taking a bird's eye view the poet is able to see that the nation is infested with a whole host of menaces and the most glaring among them is communal disharmony. The loving heart knows the language - only of compassion where caste, creed and religion has no role to play. A poetic mind is always rebellious on these diversionary turfs.
In utter pain and deep anguish
Though the poet has presented the picture of 1947 riots, it is needless to say how relevant even on this day.
And in this most unfortunate scenario he presents the feelings of Bharat Mata (Mother India) who says with a whine -
O My warring children
Stop spitting venom
On each other
As verbal flares roast me
bruising my soul (pg51)
And surprisingly he is not a fanatic one even about his secularism as well -
Exchange of heated words
In the name of so-called secularism
Socially flares up the fire of volatile communalism (p65)
The disenchantment of the poet from the socio-political fabric of the nation even after the independence of 72 years is quite obvious-
Surprisingly this man of immense energy and talent has no high-ambitious for himself. Whatever he wants to achieve is just to give back to the society.
Bhaskar keep a vigil over all the happenings in the country either good or evil and never minces his words over it. In the post-independence scenario of our country whosoever got the throne behaved autocratically to some extent or more.
The best become the worst of all
The blue sea water under the canopy
Hands that Ties Rakhi
And the hero of the sullen epoch of the society can only be a cunning one joining hands with some unscrupulous powerful personality -
Of the demagogues
Seem scented serpentine
They can make a fuss
Kiss the powerful hands
At the right time (pg61)
In an intercourse with vitiating time (pg93)
And it is because of the fruits of the unmindful decisions of those erring people that -
The goblet of grief flows
Handful gains heaped up
Hearts have deadly blows (pg71)
I have already mentioned that this poet is keenly watchful on each and every dimensions of the life nowadays. The root of poet belongs to Mithila and that is why he identifies himself by a person born in the land of Sita and he is amazed that she even though been a pious and sacrificing lady of her time has been forgotten by now and the adoration has now been shifted to Radha keeping in tune of national trend-
Who laid her modest life
To teach her husband a lesson of repentance
Defeated in her own lad of birth
By Radha, a trespasser from a distant land (pg73-74)
And we must know that though only those who keep a watch over, mourn over all the gloomy scenario around him and yet remain hopeful for the better are good poets and Bhaskar is one of them. The poet is of the belief that the killers will not survive as they are been cursed by the peace -
Those who stab
Into the back of humanity
will no longer survive
in the world
for peace curses them
One of the most prominent dilemma of modern development is that the villages are forced to cuddle a town culture losing their quintessence. The weakening social cohesion is diminishing fast in the village-
Village life rolls on the booze
Mutual relations lie low and sight high
Down the discordant alleys of drifting rifts (pg89)
I have no qualms in saying that at far as this book is concerned the author has tapped more of his mental faculty than the forceful waves of his heart -
In week psyches of human beings
A superstitious worm makes
A dent and long niche
Weaving its cobweb
Where His greatness grows
In dead darkness (pg96)
Religiousness is worthless unless we take it in it's real sense. On each Dussehara, the Ravana is killed but really? He says-
And Demon is reborn
Each time we think ill of others (pg105)
In a system marred by nepotism and corruption the success in career is neither a function of merit nor of one's own effort. It is in fact the heavyweight personalities in power who dispenses the success and failure as per his whimsical choice. Very adeptly the poet is producing a running commentary of the crowd rushing into the train -
Some successfully do get in
Some are forced inside
While some fall in the senseless line
Only to be thrown outside
Or get crushed under the wheel
Of speeding time! (pg109)
Mob lynching is the most heinous crime in the history of humanity and surprisingly there are approvers of it living on this earth in the open sun unscathed untouched. But a person who has a heart and a poet who has a higher lever of sensitivity cannot bear this. The cows are not only those milk-giving animals but also are those men who posses a heart like a cow.
A Cow by heart is moved
At Donkey's rumour
On reading the whole book would So succinctly it can be said that the vision of Bhaskaranand is very wide and he transpires the whole crux of the matter with his 360 degree vision. The reader is also expected to be as well adept of the national and global scenario the poet had dealt with in his poems.
For coming out of the fortified walls of youth age romance and entering deep into the harsh realities of the environment around him is a matter of wholehearted appreciation and it is a great relief for the common mass readers of that there is still at least a poet known to him who has girdled up his loins to take on all the anomalies, disparities and injustice for them.
Name of the book - Two Indians and other poems
Author of the book - Bhaskaranand Jha 'Bhaskar'
Publisher of the book - Authors Press, New Delhi
Price of the book - Rs. 295/=
Review by - Hemant Das 'Him
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