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In this collection of poems, author Bimal Ghosh muses over a wide range of topics in a lucid, reader friendly, and alliterative but unconventional style of his own.
Rich in diversity, the themes presented in five clusters relate to: a self portrait in the twilight of life, human frailty and farewell to earth; grieving over the loss of the loved ones; yearnings for a better world -- revolt against repression, injustice and invasive leadership; beauty of never-ending changes and anniversary wishes from a caring father.
The tone of the poems chimes with the topics and creates an enjoyable symphony, as it takes its turns to be delicate and subtle, or sad and pensive; spurring, and rebellious or cheerful and rhapsodic.
Intensely personal, yet undoubtedly universal, the poems touch the chord of common human feelings of sadness and joy, despair and ecstasy, anger and empathy. All this makes this small collection of poems both distinctive and a delightful read.
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Bimal Ghosh has a long and distinguished career alternating between academia and international organizations. Author of more than a dozen widely acclaimed books and numerous articles and newspaper columns on global issues, he has lived and worked in all the major regions of the world and has been awarded prestigious national honors and academic awards for his work in the field of development and international cooperation.
He started writing poems at the age of fifteen and published a series of them in a local Bengali weekly, Saptak, in India. Although these were well received, he stopped writing poems for many years and resumed doing so in English in the late 1980s. He has since presented and published some of them mainly for poetry societies and groups of poetry lovers. This has won him both prizes and admirers. Even so, until now he had regarded poetry writing mostly as a private domain. This is the first published collection of a selection of his poems for a wider audience.
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