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Book Review: Kavya Kislay by Prafulla Kumar Tripathi

Kavya Kislay is a Hindi collection of poems by Prafulla Kumar Tripathi. The book offers around 113 poems from various sub genres of the Hindi poetry. This is neither a shallow nor an easy collection; probably, people with discerning taste in the Hindi literature can comply with the brilliance of the book. From language to metaphor to allegory and all – it is a book with different intensity and essence.

The book is visibly divided into all sorts of poetry sections, for instance there are poems for children, on nationalism, poems of vivid imagination, and satire in the end.

The poems are intense and reflect the mirror of our society as a whole. Well, but the poems on India are superb and eulogize our country from all perspectives. This is also so as the poet has lost a son while on a duty protecting the mother India. Some of the poems spiral from his life’s experience, depicting his wisdom via life cycle and stages. Poems on his native city Lucknow are also worth reading. However, through the poems on Covid, he warns us that we should not take nature and humanity for granted. Corona pandemic poems were sarcastic yet relevant to the current time.

Though the collection is written in Hindi, while reading one can feel the juice and perfect rhyming scaffold of the poetry! Prafulla Kumar Tripathi was writing poems since early days, thus, he managed to get a forward from Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, which he used in this book. He worked with All India Radio, so it is likely that you will find many poems that were recited on radio programs from time and again. It’s evident that the poet has ingrained deep and rich taste in Hindi literature; subsequently his work will impress the hardcore Hindi poetry readers.

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About the Author:

Mr. Prafulla Kumar Tripathi was born on 1st September 1953 in a reputed Saryuparin Brahmin family in Tehsil Khajani, in Gorakhpur. He completed his higher education from Upadhyay Gorakhpur University. After completing education, he started his career in All India Radio from the year 1977.

Before coming to this service, he has been writing for various magazines and he also had enough experience in journalism. For the first time for his university, he is credited with editing the “Students Union Patrika”, he was also associated with fortnightly “Sahi Samachar”, daily “Hindi Dainik” etc. as co-editor.


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