Tuesday 7 October 2014

Green Poems by Gulzar

Name of the Book – Green Poems
Author – Gulzar
Translated by – Pavan. K. Varma
Published by – Penguin Books India

About the Author – Gulzar is an Indian director, lyricist, writer and poet. Popularly known as Gulzar, his real name is actually Sampooran Singh Kalra. He was born on 18th August 1934 in the Jhelum district of British India. This famous person writes in Urdu and Punjabi as well as several dialects of Hindi. The poetry that he writes is in the Triveni type of stanza. He has been recognized for his great work and has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Sahitya Academy Award as well as the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Apart from these prestigious awards, Gulzar, has several Indian National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, an Academy Award and even a Grammy Award to his credit.

Green Poems – As the name suggests, the collection of poems in this book are about nature – forests, rivers, rain, clouds and the Earth. Some of the poems also talk about his travels to places that have left an indelible mark on his mind and heart. The poems are thought-provoking and so well-written that you cannot help but immerse yourself in them!

The Reasons I liked the Book – I grew up reading poems, some of them were in the text books prescribed while my mother recited some of her favorite ones to me. This interest in listening to poems and reading them culminated into a strong urge to use the same medium to express myself.

My favorite poem in the book is “The River,” a poem in which Gulzar has used imagery very well to explain something that we have seen so often, but hardly spoken about. Green Poems is a must read if you like reading his stories, watching his movies and love listening to the meaningful songs that he has written!

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1 comment:

  1. Beautiful review and an ode to the legend, Gulzar Saab. Would love to read it:)