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Review of C.L. Khatri's


C.L. Khatri : Two Minute Silence, New Dehli : Authorpress 2014 pp 181, Rs.195/-

                                                                          Dr. Sanjay Sharma


Two Minute Silence is the latest poetic collection the noted Scholar-Poet C.L. Khatri who is also the editor of the famous reputed literary journal Cyber Literature.His earlier collection Kargil had already established him as a poet of merit and promise. The poems of this collection deal with the new human condition which baffles as well as provokes the readers. These poems come straight from the poet's heart and a more methodical
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Review of C.L. Khatri's "Two Minute Silence" by Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi

C. L, Khatri. TWO-MINUTE SILENCE, Authors Press, Q -2 A Hauz Khas Enclave New Delhi, 2014. ISBN 978-81-7273-920-1  Pp 81, Rs 195/


Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi

       Assistant Professor in English

                                         University School of Humanities and Social Sciences

                                   Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi


C. L. Khatri is a perceptive critic, editor and bilingual poet writing in both Hindi and English. Two Minute Silence is Khatri’s third poetry collection after Kargil(2000) and Ripples in the Lake (2006). It won’t be hyperbolical
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Review of Ramesh K. Srivastava’s "Read, Write and Teach: Essays on Learning to Live Together" by Prof Pashupati Jha


Srivastava, Ramesh K. Read, Write and Teach: Essays on Learning to Live Together. New Delhi: Authorspress. 2014. Pp.237+ vii. Price (Hard Cover) Rs.700/

Ramesh K. Srivastava does not need any introduction because he has an established reputation as an academic, creative writer, and critic. The present collection of essays, dealing with diverse aspects of life, literature, and education, is meant to enhance and enrich the range of reader’s ideas and experience, which this volume does admirably well. The mark of author’s vast experience as a student and teacher of literature as
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Review of Ramesh K. Srivastava’s

Ramesh K. Srivastava. Read, Write and Teach: Essays on Learning to Live Together. New Delhi: Authorspress, 2014.Pp.237, Rs.700/- / $18

Dr Atma Ram, Dharamsala (H.P.)

   Interesting and Invigorating

Prof. Ramesh Kumar Srivastava, a well-known creative and critical writer, collects here his 35 essays, which earlier appeared in prominent magazines and  newspapers, such as, The Sunday Tribune (Chandigarh), University News ( New Delhi), Indian Book Chronicle (Jaipur) and Indian Express (Chandigarh). These incor­porate the author's views on a variety of subjects—reading, teaching, writing, administration as also on general topics and day-today
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Ramesh K. Srivastava’s Read, Write and Teach: Essays on Learning to Live Together by Anupama Chowdhury

The book under review consists of 35 amazingly well written essays on a wide variety of subjects. It presents a. gallery of prismatic experiences culled from various fields: reading, writing, teaching and administration. Indeed, here is God's plenty! A reputed scholar and an academic, Ramesh K Srivastava is also well known   for  his  creative  and critical writings in English. His painstaking but powerful   handling   of the genre  is   clearly  perceptible  in  his   wide selection of these topics. Srivastava's versatile genius is manifested in his originality as is evident from his narration and from the apt examples he cites
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Book Review of Rob Harle's "Voices Across Generations: Voices Across Generations"

I found out quite by accident that my great grandmother was not only an artist but also a poet. Most of her work was written in the late 1800s in England.

Some of her poems are of a green activist theme, highly unusual at that time, especially as she was a well-to-do English woman and wife of a highly respected doctor and scientist. Some of her poems lament the terrible living conditions then and the children dying from polluted air and water. England glossed
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Book Review of Gopal Lahiri & Kiriti Sengupta's

Scaling Heights: An Anthological

Milestone of the Contemporary

Indian English Writings/ Authorspress

Scaling Heights is a representative anthology of contemporary English poetry dealing with a vast gamut of themes. Well edited by Gopal Lahiri and Kiriti Sengupta, the anthology has a short but beautiful foreword by Anna Sujata Mathai who underlines that “poetry is the language of intimate soul, the secret language of the heart, the language of relationship” where “the self may discover itself”. Scaling Heights is indeed a literary "platform for young, unheard, promising poets from diverse backgrounds and established poets" showcasing
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Book Review of Jayanta Mahapatra's "Land" by Lakshmi Kannan

History, an incurable migraine

Jayanta Mahapatra’s poems reveal his vexed equation with his land.

Jayanta Mahapatra can plumb the depths of his memory — personal, historical and cultural — to create seamless poems that evoke an answering ache and a shock of recognition in a reader. For this, he has to face himself unflinchingly and that must have been unnerving.

Land is a slim book that is packed with some of Mahapatra’s finest poems that read like they are interconnected, validating the painful truth of Oscar Wilde’s epigraph: “The artistic life
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Book Review of Jayanta Mahapatra "The Lie Of Dawns Poems 1974-2008" by Himanshu Mohapatra

Layered with Meaning

Jayanta Mahapatra's poetry unfolds into the landscape of Indian writing…

His verse, silent, subtle and intense, truly becomes him. For years he has ‘purified the dialect of the tribe' with his poetry of teasing indirection, sensuous suggestiveness and metaphoric interiority delivered in an idiom of enviable precision. Few poets have been able to do what Jayanta Mahapatra has done, turning poetry away from statements towards a delicately layered utterance and effecting thereby a noiseless rupture with the dominant tradition of Indian English poetry with the metropolis as its source and
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Gopikrishnan Kottoor's "The Coloured Yolk of Love Vrindavan" by Shreekumar Varma

Where the Mind is Without Rein

Kottoor's latest poetry collection treads the path of Jayadeva.

“Drops of rain/play upon me/the stops of your flute…”

Moonlit night and it is raas-leela in the secret groves of Vrindavan. There’s a new bard at hand, watching and recording. Gopikrishnan Kottoor’s latest poetry collection treads the path of Jayadeva’s  Geeta Govindam,  the  ashtapati. Lush nature, sly mischief, pouting plaints, deep yearning and the movement towards fulfilment/realisation are the landmarks on this path.

Kottoor becomes Radha, a gopi, a comforting observer, and provides conciliatory replies from Krishna
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