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College principal's work features in UN anthology of poems

 

The sleepy town of Badlapur has got a feather in its cap. Bharat College principal Dr Sunil Sharma's poem has been included in the United Nations Anthology of Poems released on International Day of Happiness.

The sleepy town of Badlapur has got a feather in its cap. Bharat College principal Dr Sunil Sharma's poem has been included in the United Nations Anthology of Poems released on International Day of Happiness.

On March 19, the United Nation's SRC Society of Writers launched Happiness - The Delight tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry. The book launch was done on March 20.

"My poem 'The flower pot' has featured in this anthology," said Dr Sharma, a Kalyan resident. A renowned contemporary poet, Dr Sharma has 11 published titles to his credit. "Some six to seven months back, I got an invitation from the SRC to write a poem for this happiness project," he added.

The anthology, edited by Bhikshuni Weisbrot, has a collection of poems from across 56 nations. Besides being in English, it is also available in 30 other languages.

"In fact, I was surprised when they located me in a suburb of Thane district. They said they had checked my credentials," said Dr Sharma.

Sharma has three collection of poems published by Author's Press, Delhi, and a novel, 'The Minotaur'. The novel is prescribed for post-colonial study students at Clayton University, Georgia, Atlanta. Till date, more than 1,000 poems of Dr Sharma have been published.

The theme of Dr Sharma's work is urbanisation and the total human disconnect springing from it. "My stories deal with contradictions of urbanised India, social inequality, marginalised community, the underdog and how nature has been destroyed in the name of urbanisation," he said adding, "The urban middle class is isolated, the neighborhood is dead and we have lost empathy for the poor. We have become unidimensional. Today, '50 Shades of Grey' and 'Hunger Games', which depict dysfunctional behaviour, are idolised. We have become dehumanised and de-radicalised," he added.

In 2012, he was the recipient of United Nation's Destiny Poets' Award.

 

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