Authored By: Alex Kandathil
Year of Publication: 2017
|Pages: 26||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 175.00||Price in (USA) $. 14|
"... Mahakavi Kumaran Asan continues to exert a pull on his discerning readers of several generations, like the moon on the ocean. And this translator happily succumbed to the pull with total dedication to complete these two laudable translations. Malayalam literature, rich as it is, remains to be discovered by the readers the world over. What Alex has accomplished is a matter of great pride as it introduces the reader to the fascinatingly verdant landscape of Malayalam poetry and to one of its greatest poets."
- K. Jayakumar, Malayalam Poet, Translator, Vice Chancellor, Thunchath Ezuthachan Malayalam University.
" We are lucky to have the fruits of Alex's passion and determination, his love of the metaphysical and lyric heritage of Malayalam poetry, the imagery that helps us think more deeply on our lives and how our lives might be meaningful...He worked with humility and joy—a translator's two greatest boons and energies—to bring A Fallen Flower [Veena Poovu] and Sita: Her Untold Story [Chinthavishtayaya Sita] to readers in English... I hope Alex will continue to translate poetry from Malayalam...Our literature stands to be all the richer."
- Erin Moure, Canadian Poet, Translator & 1988 Winner of Governor General's Award for Poetry.
Alex is a Canadian citizen of Indian birth whose ancestry traces back to a traditional conservative Christian family from the State of Kerala, located near the southwest coast by the Western Ghats. Alex acquired a passion for Asan's poetry from his late father, Mr. K. C Eapen and his late uncle, Mr. K.C. Abraham who was an accomplished Aksharaslokist, the art of traditional chanting of Malayalam poetry with the strictest of rules for poetry recitation. Over the past few decades Alex studied Asan's poems with certain fervour and intensity. He was inspired by the deftness of Asan's pen, his ability to draw natural imagery to expound his philosophy of life.
As you will see, this poem is a philosophical juxtaposition of the life of a flower to that of a dazzling queen; both ultimately faces death and turns to dust, sooner or later. Asan cleverly uses his analogy as a stark reminder to all those who signify beauty, authority, power and dominance.
I would like to dedicate this book to my dear sister Sara, whose journey was very much on my mind as I embarked on this adventure several years ago. Fighting terminal cancer, with little hope for a meaningful recovery, her life in many ways resembled that of the flower portrayed by Asan in this poem. Alex currently lives in Edmonton Canada with his wife Maya and two children Rebekah and Benjamin.