Author: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Hardcover: 100 pages
Readers in India
I was browsing in a second-hand book shop when I came across this book. The author, Bharat Ratna A.P.J. Kalam is perhaps one of the best President our country India had ever had and is one person whom I would love to meet and talk to. So far I had never read a complete poetry book, but after I leafed its pages I could not resist buying it.
This excellently produced book,embellished with beautiful contemporary paintings by Manav Gupta, is a collection of 26 short poems reflecting the musings of the poet Kalam on various subjects like - Youth, Life, Harmony, Happiness, Nature, God, Mother, Dreams , Patriotism etc. For each poem , Kalam also gives a brief background on how the poem was conceived and written.
The poems are in free verse and read more like a prose. While I don't see a great literary merit in the poems, what makes them endearing to me is the simplicity of the language and the sincerity and the good intentions with which they are written. This touches you and strikes a chord.
A good read for all Kalam admirers !
Previews and Links to Some Poems
- Song of Youth - "As a young citizen of India, armed with technology, knowledge and love for my nation, I realize, small aim is a crime......" . Read the Complete Poem.
- The Life Tree - "O my human race, How were we born, In the universe of near infinity, Are we alone?......" Read the Complete Poem.
- Rock Walls - " Some build rock walls all their lives, When they die miles of walls divide them.Others build rock walls, one rock on another, And: then build a terrace, where they pray for love......." Read the Complete Poem.