CL Khatri. Ripples within the Lake. Bareilly: Prakash Guide Depot, 2006, pages 72, Value Rs. 60 / -. ISBN 81-7977-164-4
CL Khatri has been a dedicated promoter of latest Indian English skills as editor, critic, reviewer, and scholar. I recognize him for successfully utilizing his Cyber Literature, a biannual journal of English research, to herald the limelight a number of artistic names from Bihar and Jharkhand. Kargil (2000), his maiden assortment of 42 poems, additional established his fame as an Indian English poet.
Ripples within the Lake is Khatri's second assortment with 54 poems. It’s outstanding for a uncommon maturity in his voice: "I’ll stroll on the freeway / bare as a babe with the spring in my soul." One can really feel the irony in his articulation and selection of expression in poems reminiscent of' Pitrivin ',' Brahm-bhoj ', Brindawan', 'Summer time', 'Professor Saheb', 'Winter', 'Bapu', 'Perpetrator', and 'Service Crow'. His native sensibility defies solutions to the questions haunting him poem after poem. He voices the sensation of insecurity for everybody:
"Each morning once I exit
I pray to Dashanan to lend one in every of his heads
As a spare half
If I’m beheaded, I'll use it.
If I escape I'll return it. "
Khatri could sound "loopy" in his depiction of the infamous politics of backwardness of Bihar, however he’s not a defeatist, sporting a "spring masks". He’s rooted within the soil, assured, and difficult, when he invitations detractors and critics to expertise the essential humanity of the individuals:
"You are feeling pity on ous to see.
Our buffalo rides, rising cow-dust
On our return dwelling with the retreating solar
Semi-nude, haphazard hair
Rustic tongue, dwelling replete with
Scattered grains, straws, lifeless leaves …
Don't shut your nostrils with perfumed hanky
Let your nostril odor them. You'll really feel higher
They’re the feathers of our life. "
He sounds practically legendary, evoking the significance of Gaya (?) For redemption of sins and ultimate liberation:
"While you don't get 4 shoulders
To hold a physique to the cremation floor
Flip to us, to relaxation on our shoulders. "
In his 'Hangover' I hear the echoes of OP Bhatnagar in a postmodernist vein. He seems, like everybody, tolerant of "hawalas" and "ghotalas" he hears or examine every day:
"The cries nonetheless cross via my veins–
chilly stolid stones
I am going on with my morning ritual. "
CL Khatri's new assortment continues the mindset of Kargil with elements of inauspicious life within the nation right this moment: pure calamities ('Life and Dying', 'Bhuj'), poverty and political immorality ('Mirage', 'Mom's Cry', Bapu ', 'Tears'), environmental air pollution ('Perpetrator', 'Bus Experience'), superstitions and prejudices ('Tabij'), politics of terrorism ('English Ghost', 'Karbala in Grief') and so on., however right here the poet is extra form-conscious. A few of his poems don’t learn as naturally as others. At instances I think he didn’t want to make use of so many Hindi phrases simply as he may have prevented utilizing the French elan important in
'Teddy Bear'. But the poet's poems pave the way in which for Khatri 'to turn into a potent voice of the 21st century. Ripples within the Lake may be very readable and inexpensive.