The River of My Life by Sachidananda S. Kore, Buhvneshwar:The Home of Letters, 2007, pages 63, Price 100/-

Sachidananda S. Kore’s The River of My Life is his third collection of 57 miscellaneous poems in English written in the form of blank verse on various themes ‘that were choked from the long bed river of’ the poet’s life in its following flux’ while the previous ones My Heart is An Urn, the collection of love poems and The Rainbow the collection of nature poem were mostly circling around some particular themes. The third one is the mixed beg in which diverse poems are written on diverse themes. In the words of the poet:

 The ideals are idols, the dignitaries and luminaries in different fields of activities, the perverse and petty ironies of life and the important and unimportant accidents and incidents that touched the very bedrock, my life became in turn the sundry subjects of my poems which are verily my own choice. (‘Preface’)

          Many poems of the collection are poetic offerings to the great personages like ‘William Shakespeare’, ‘Mahatma Ghandhi’, ‘Lord Krishna’s Flute’, ‘Panditraj Jagannath’, ‘In The Loving Remembrance of Rafee’, ‘In The Praise of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan’, ‘My English Teacher’ and ‘To My Parents’ and ‘To My Students’.

The mode and manner of the poet is idealistic. His poems are didactic in nature but they also mirror the bare realities of life. The very first poem ‘Great Man And Mankind’, bemoans the fate of the great persons who like Jesus are crucified on the holy cross, life Socrates made drink hemlock, like Mahatma Gandhi assassinated or life Joan of Arc incinerated alive. And he sings woefully:

“This is the way they honour humanity’s

Greatest guides and teachers who love

Mankind since they cannot help it ever

As the sun shine since he cannot help it.”(P., 1)

Many poems of the collection are written on the eternal themes of life, death, love, time, silence and eternal human values. The poems of the collection carry the quality of aphorism for they are replete with practical wisdom for example:

“Men may come and men may go from

This world but man does remain.

Life is a short sojourn in this world

Hence better it is to travel light.” (P., 5)

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“Methinks it is only time and it

Is procrastination which is the thief

Of time and it is man’s tendency

To delay and defer an action.” (P., 19)

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                             “the greatest gift of

Life truly is the dream of higher

Life for he does desire to rise

Above the level stands upon.” (P., 24)

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“Do not bite your mother or father with the

Venomous young of ingratitude but do serve them best

In their helpless and inevitable dotage which

Is verily man’s second childhood in this world.” (P., 4)

This poet with the medium of his verses wishes to dispel the darkness of ignorance. He himself questions:   

“What is the root of all evil?” (P., 9)

And answers:

“The root of all evil is ignorance.” (Ibid)

And he adds:

“Man need not indulge in ignorance

Since it is not his special and

Singularly significant prerogative

That is why the wise exhort us;

Know thyself, know thyself man.” (P., 9)

According to the poet it is knowledge which makes a man perfect. He asserts:

“What makes man a paragon of perfection?

Certainly it is knowledge which does make

Him a paragon of perfection on our planet

On which mutability is the law of life verily.” (P.,11)

Since the mind of the poet is in the ever ascending flame of creative aspiration, he is simply evolving and breathing the joys of creation, sharing fullness and liberating our mind from the ignorance. The poetry of Sachidananda S. Kore is concise, colourful, meaningful and a fine mixture of world nature and his hidden-self. His poems share variety of moods of love, compassion, lust, hope, wonder, wistfulness, pathos, frivolity, irony, humour, acceptance, humility, serenity, life, death, paradox etc. that became the whys and wherefores of his poetry. Again the book deserves hearty congratulations and encouragements of the critics as well as the readers.  

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