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Friday, 4 December 2015

God In Colours

Its always nice to talk to a Poet who goes by the Nomenclature of Dr Bhupati Kumar Das and he has a penned a book of poems which is aptly titled " God in Colours" which is quite relevant at all times.

Below is a conversation with him where i had a few questions and he patiently answered it!!! and if you want to know more you could always click on the hyperlink below



1. “God in Colours” is a very profound name. How did you come up with a name like this?

In this book ‘God in Colours’, I wanted to explore the various facets of God – the various nuances,

the oft- changing flavours, the evolving images and the conflicting interpretations. The Vedanta

wisdom which says, ‘You are the cloud, You are the rain, You are the healer, You are the pain’, has

influenced and overwhelmed me regarding the concept of God quite early in my life. I feel one must

have faith on a power superior to human spirit and endeavour so as to make the process of

journeying through life work. The image of my God takes root in this context. God is one and above

all. Only the interpretations vary. God to me is benign, benevolent and beneficent who, in the

ultimate sense, symbolizes the powers of love, peace, happiness and bliss. I like to visualise God as a

good human being. He is supreme and yet has feelings like love, hope, anger, alienation, sympathy

etc. More importantly, my God also fails sometimes. This image of God helps me keep faith in

humanity. So I thought how do I name the book of poems which reflects all these varied emotions. I

toyed with the idea of naming the book, ‘glimpses of god’, but ultimately, on deeper thought, settled

on the name,‘ god in colours’.

2. What do your poems deal with?

From my childhood, I was comfortable in creating pictures of moods and sensations in simple English

words. My random thoughts and feelings have often found expression in the form of poetry as I feel

the overwhelming urge to capture them in words. More than two decades ago when I wrote my

early poems, the perennial theme in my work were love and life. Love is a universal feeling which

gives a person strength to face ups and downs in life. Life is interesting and exciting because of the

rewarding relationships formed during the journey of life – no matter whether it relates to a

relationship of ‘a mother and a child’ or ‘a girl and a boy’ or ‘a wife and a husband’. I have examined

and dealt with various forms of love in my poetry – love for the country, love for the parent, love for

the son, love for the beloved, love for God, love all encompassing. Then as I matured over time, my

poems started capturing a whole range of emotions in life – hope, frustration, anger, love,

spirituality -  as well  as various facets, manifestations and ambiguities of mystical nature. My poems,

therefore, depict various visuals of human life and living and carries soft notes of love- waves.

However, I am little uneasy with close rhymes in tight structure. So my poems are free flowing, open

and very often without rhymes though a central thread of rhythm runs through them always.

3. One notices a lot of pathos and angst in your poems? What is the reason for it?

As I live life deeply, emotions and feelings have a permanent role in my psyche. The rat- race to

achieve the best in the school and colleges that I went through, considered to be amongst the best

and subsequent high pressure life in the upper echelons of corporate world only heightened these

feelings of restlessness and frustrations and left an indelible mark. My humble creative urges arising

out of these experiences found expression in the form of poetry which refreshed my soul in times of

despair and from which I derive great peace of mind. For me, poetry works both as an artistic outlet

and a therapeutic medium.

For me, life is a voyage to be experienced in totality. Life has so many different facets, so many

different ways of driving home a message. To live a healthy and enriching life, one has to be capable

of tasting life in full – through ups and downs in all its contours of hard emotions and stark realities. I

am quite philosophical about life and death. To me the concept of death resides in the very basis of

living. Therefore, one must have faith on a power  superior to human spirit and endeavour so as to

make living meaningful.

In reality, I am an eternal optimist though at times the optimism is tinged with melancholy,

disappointment and despair. I strongly believe that one should never give up hope in life. In fact, one

of my earliest poems is on ‘hope’. It goes like this – i wait for / the tomorrow / that would bring /

hope and laughter / to me / when that tomorrow / turns today / the illusion called hope / runs away

/ i would run after it / stumbling but not falling / someday i would run faster / and catch it / the


For me, life has a fair share of disappointments, frustrations, agony and sadness. So, unless a person

is inspired by something beyond the boundaries of everyday -living, life may degenerate into a

mechanical walk-across from birth to death. I believe, living life is much more than that as it

normally celebrates the triumph of human intellect and spirit.

So my poems reflect the emotions experienced through this entire process of living life. Writing

poetry has been a rewarding experience for me. For, it has provided me a medium for sharing my

feelings, inner thoughts and general life perspectives.

4. One notices that you have written a poem on the September 11 Bombing. One line lingers

“tragedy and sorrow have no nationality and no colour”. Tell us about it.

I wrote the poem “September 11, 2001” on the very night the twin- tower terror attack took place.

The poem was published on the cover page of English Daily, “Sentinel” on September 13, 2001. My

wife was travelling in USA that time. When I saw the pictures of deaths and destruction on the twin

towers of New York in the TV that evening, I was worried, angry and sad. While waiting for the news

of the well-being of my wife, I did not realize how the night had passed and in those agonizing

moments, I penned the poem.So I know how much people suffer on such instances of mindless

terror. Pain is experienced in the body and sufferings in the heart. And body and heart are same for

everybody irrespective of caste, creed and colour. Tragedy and sorrow have no nationality and no

colour as tear tastes the same and sweats of fear smell the same of all the people in the world.

5. Your poems reflect what society is going through!

I believe literature including poetry can mould the society. ‘Literature is a mirror of Society’. A poet’s

or a writer’s dreams, ideals, hopes and aspirations, thoughts and feelings, experiences of life – all

these put together, when articulated, make literature. And hence it mirrors what is happening in the

society or in the civilization. As someone said, ‘no man is an island’. The air he breathes, the sound

he hears, the ambience, the voices, the dreams he has – all are linked to society and finally all these

produce literature either in prose or in poetry form. So the input or the raw material is society and

the output is literature. In that context, my poetry also becomes a faithful mirror of life which

reflects the concerns and thinking of contemporary social milieu. I only hope my poetry would bring

back the new generations to written work of poetry and prose who, as someone said, are paralysed

for words without the comfort of a keyboard, to appreciate the beauty of love, life and nature.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Spectre....and the lack of it

James Bond - I have come to kill you
Villain - I thought you have come to die
James Bond - it's a matter of perception

Everything has a sell by date .. But James Bond.. It's a matter of perception and that's what was running in my mind through a blocked nose and a noisy neighbour who was munching on her Black Forest cake ..she was bribed by her mom so that big momma could watch Daniel Craig strut his stuff in sharp tailored suits. Bond movies are all about moments and one expects the start to set the pattern but it just didn't work for me .. The sound track overlapped the opening sequence and it just didn't provide the thrill which earlier bond avatars provided. The topography of the locales were top notch but then if you are going for a bond movie .. You expect the best and some semblance of a story . The story attempts too many things and one finds mention of characters of previous movies in this spectre which is not a bad thing but it also takes focus out of the primary plot . I was looking out for Monica bellucii and her appearance was like that kiss which could have lingered a little bit longer if bond was not in a hurry to put his best foot forward and jump onto another continent ." M " has a pained expression throughout this movie and "Q" with his sardonic lines and his penchant for creating all things fast and furious creates the car which can go for 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and I was thinking of a Suzuki shogun which could do the same in our Indian roads . Speed thrills but the car chase sequence .. fell flat. One of the villains who looked like a machine dressed in pin stripes for a strange reason reminded me of Big Arun Lal ( yeah that cricketer who was stuck in a time warp and could not do " the back to the future journey " ) and that hand to hand combat between him and Mr Bond in the middle of the train journey was like a drum roll for WWE minus the hyperbole.

The second heroine who went by the moniker of Madeleine Swan had a thing for glitter and for a doctor she had a glum expression throughout this ordeal ..I would have loved to see more scenes of bond with Money Penny and she was right on the penny with her colour coordinated outfits . This movie could have been much more but alas .. And now that man - christoph waltz who can charm you into drinking milk   Was a match for Bond but it left a lot to be desired . He could waltz his way to your heart with his diction and impeccable dialogue delivery but his screen time was blown to smithereens literarily , figuratively and metaphorically

This bond movie could have been much better ...Its time for the original Caveman in a suit to brush up his act and save the world and it's adopted brother again

Mr bond it's been nice knowing you .. I will see you when I see you

Sunday, 15 March 2015

What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger or stranger !!

What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger or stranger !!!

An eye for an eye makes the world blind ..so said a kind gentleman who knew a thing or two about non violence and the art of law. NH 10 is that kind of hell's highway you wouldn't want to drive in any season or for any reason .The credit lines of this raw visceral movie starts with the backdrop of the murky Gurgaon skyline interspersed with the kind of intimate conversation one has with a loved one . The two key protagonist who go with the nomenclature of Meera and Arjun are the kind of individuals one would warm up to quite instantly .. Meera read -ambitious , knows her numbers well can pack a punch in her presentations and doesn't take no for an answer while Arjun is a charmer who does take some time in apologising ,is affable and impulsive with an ego to boot which leads to a situation in this flick where there is no going back .This slick thriller takes up the issue of honour killings and binds a taut crisply edited story around it. There is violence and loads of it in this brave venture and all kinds of blunt instruments are used to good effect. Jaisi karni waisi bharni takes a totally different meaning in this dark and gory nightmare. The grasslands of Gurgaon look like badlands and the houses there though large have a very eerie like existence and you identify with the lead characters from the word " go". Anushka Sharma brings gravitas , intensity and just that kind of ballsy attitude which can make one fidget with a pen nervously ( watch out for that scene between her and a cop travelling in the middle of a night and that aforementioned pen ) . She is brave , courageous showcasing her survival instincts to the "T" in her role which is the most promising and one can't help holding her , hugging her during her moments of despair and sheer helplessness. Deepti Naval has a small role and it's quite dissimilar to her chamko act in one of her retro movies .. Yeah she plays a Sarpanch who is hard of hearing and it shows. The supporting cast of actors do a good job as you start hating their very existence as the movie progresses

This movie is a thriller to the core and let's just say .. It's shot really well in locations one can sense and smell and it doesn't leave a good after taste as,it reflects the world around us and you don't really know who is stuck in a limbo .. The cities or the villages .. More power to Anushka Sharma to co produce a movie of this nature .. It requires more than just financial muscle to make something of this nature ...Yeah like I said an eye for an eye makes the world blind ..it's worth a Dekkho and much more than that