Authored By: Raj Sharma
Year of Publication: 2018
|Pages: 148||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 206.50||Price in (USA) $. 29.95|
The poems here touch upon a wide range of themes, from secular to religious, mundane to mystical. The poet, widely travelled, celebrates the beauty of both Indian (“To Gangtok”) and American landscapes (“The Moon over the Prairie,” “Rock Cut Park, Illinois”). Such varied scenes stir memories, create resonances (“On Havelock Island”). Seasons often mesh with the moods of protagonists (“Vrindavan”), but there are dissonances as well, suggesting that Nature and Man might sometimes work at cross-purposes (“The Rain”).
Ironies, disruptions abound, for life is often a cheat. Man has no choice then, but to develop strategies for survival in an enigmatic universe. And the poet, always resourceful and resilient, manages still to find moments of truth and beauty in our brief and fleeting human existence (“Summerwards,” “After the Frosts”). Hence, while acknowledging the areas of darkness in human experience, the final note is one of affirmation (“The River”, “The City Sleeps”).
Dr. Raj Sharma was associated with teaching of English language and literature for forty years, heading the Department of English at Govt Postgraduate College, Indore. He (Ph.D. 1965) also headed the research faculty of Devi Ahilya University, Indore where he supervised research for Ph.D. and M.Phil.
He was a Visiting Professor at University of Florida, Gainesville, USAfora semester and at University of Basra, Iraq for 3 years.
Published work includes a collection of short stories, IN MY ARMS (Writers Workshop, Calcutta) and a chapbook of poems, “April in the Alleghenies” (Red Ochre Press, USA).
In addition, forty poems and short stories have appeared in US magazines like SN Review, The Monarch Review, Grey Sparrow, Folly, South Jersey Underground, JD Review, The Fine Line, TWJ Magazine, The Missing Slate, Exercise Bowler, Rock and Sling, Ascent Aspirations (Canada), Dr TJ Eclkeburg Review, New Mercury Magazine, The American Aestheticetc.
Over adozen short stories have also appeared in Indian magazines like Femina, Eve’s Weekly, Woman’s Era, Alive, Youth Times etc.