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Publisher: Prakash Book Depot. Bareilly, U.P.
Pages: 88
Price Rs.180/-
ISBN No.978-81-7977-521-9

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About the Author:

Aju Mukhopadhyay is a multiple award winning poet. This is his eighth book of poems in English. He is known for his poems on Nature reflecting spiritual sense. His spiritual poems are mingled with Nature. He writes rants going straight from his heart. His poems, simple yet philosophic, full of reasons, transcend the immediate surroundings to take the reader to another world; intimate and poetic. His poetry has been displayed in different sites like boards and exhibition hall, websites, e-zines and print journals throughout the world. He is a haijin too writing the Japanese verses.

Words of praise  from the book cover:

“Your unique way of describing the phenomenon of nature and particularly the very sensitive and keen observation of birds, insects, worms and animals, I think- this is a rare element- in the very writing of poetry- in any language so far. You have certainly become pioneer and path finder in this special aspect of minute observation of nature and the non human life around us. You have touched greater peaks in this respect- than Wordsworth, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, etc.”

(Professor Emeritus, Dr. Syed Ameeruddin, Founder President-International Poets Academy, Chennai, India)

Romantic in spirit, formidable in his defence of true ecological ethics, and a profound lover of Nature, the remarkable outpourings of the widely acclaimed Aju Mukhopadhyay are simply pregnant with yearnings for a better world, a world where peace, fellowship and justice can be universally established, and where Man shall realize his designated stewardship within the natural order of Creation. During my many years of interaction and closeness of association with a rapidly expanding Indian-English small press poetry network across the major extent of such a vast sub-continent, it is hardly surprising that the works of this enigmatic, forceful writer had not previously been known to me, but of a certainty, here is an Indian thinker of high-mindedness and integrity, a poet whose philosophical utterances not only have international appeal and relevance, but exude also an enlightened resolve to be heard and duly responded to . . . .  There is music, too, within Mukhopadhyay’s poetry besides the lyrical quality of his work in general. . . . Aju Mukhopadhyay is an excellent poet of profound didactic capabilities. His philosophy of life is distinctly morally sound and, from a literary point of view, really quite admirable. It is greatly to be hoped that this fine opus will soon be acquired and absorbed by many like-minded readers, litterateurs and fellow poets.

(Bernard M Jackson, Poet and critic of international repute, England)

It seems that Mukhopadhyay’s relation with this tradition is probably that of Rama’s relation to Dasaratha or Puru’s to Yayati. This is actually a reaffirmation of the merits of the tradition notwithstanding serious interrogations into the past. What the Upanishads reiterated, Ramprasad said, or Aurobindo philosophized, Mukhopadhyay also writes With equal force, he can write about structural violence, about the problems of the Adivasis, comment on terrorism, and debunk the ideologies of the fundamentalists.

Mukhopadhyay is true to the kindred points of heaven and home. He is writing about the body while writing about the soul and vice versa. He stands with essence while speaking for existence and vice versa. He is a lover of mankind who is empathetically related with nature and vice versa.

(Professor Santanu Banerjee, scholar and critic, India)

A literary mastermind, a devout poet and truth-seeker. . . . Aju Mukhopadhyay is in his heights to go beyond materialistic vision in his writings. 

(Dr.Bhavna Srivastava,  scholar and Critic, India)

All these poems are not just a panorama that touches our heart but a cadence that modifies our behavior. It is as if the poet is filled with an aura of spiritual enlightenment while watching the chasm of nature with proximity and so his other poems seem harsh as they lash out on the so-called uncivilized people who are, according to him, the most civilized ones.

(Dr. Shubha Mukherjee, scholar and critic, India)

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