Glowing Embers by Supriya Bhandari, Ludhiana: Aesthetics Publications, 2009, pages 64, Price-100/- Reviewed by Dr. Shaleen Kumar Singh

Supriya Bhandari’s Glowing Embers is her maiden collection of 26 poems chiefly romantic in nature. Being a young but promising voice, Surpriya has tried to record her kaleidoscopic ‘experiences of life’ in this small collection of her poems. She has felt poetry both as a sensitive voice ‘from the soul’ that ‘wishes to sensitize the readers’ as subjective and as ‘means of escapism’ as well as a genuine cry of social, moral, political or philosophical poems as objective. But in fact Supriya’s poetry is chiefly a ‘dialogue between two lovers’, who suffer the pangs of separation at one time while celebrate the joys of meeting on the other. Supriya learned basic lessons of writing from the Romantics, yet developed her own distinct flair of writing poetry. ‘I decided to express my modest quota of experience in my own way.’ (Preface) And thus she raises some ‘restless questions’ to her readers that she inherited as Sanskars in her poetic personality unconsciously form Matthew Arnold and later on articulated them in her verses naturally. And again one can find both love and moral surging equally in the poems of Supriya.

The collection carries several beautiful poems like ‘Mother’, ‘Partition’, ‘Nature’, ‘My Fear’, ‘Cactus’ and ‘Our Meeting’ which are of mixed tastes and hint at the promising talent of the poet. The language and diction of the poet is simple and unpretentious and the style and manner is impressive and direct. At times the poet has used fine similes and metaphor to highlight the effect but mostly the poet has been simple and logical in her expressions.

Young poets in Indian English Poetry have to go a long way and establish their vibrant presence among serious writings of the world so they have to deeply meditate on Lord Buddha’s dictum ‘App Deepo Bhav’ (Be your own light) without any ‘mentor’ or ‘promoter’ outward except their own selves that always inspire them to pen irresistibly, naturally and even forcibly. So Supriya must believe in her own God-gifted talent that will immortalize her in the future if she ultimately realizes the importance of self-realization. I wish Supriya all the best for her successive creative future.

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