(A Quarterly International Peer-reviewed Refereed e-Journal
Devoted to English Language and Literature)
In this letter, Mulk Raj Anand appreciates Dr. Satish Kumar’s A Survey of Indian English Novel. The Managing Director, Prakash Book Depot, Bareilly, U.P. was so much impressed that he took care in improving the printing quality and made it suitable for international circulation.
This letter reminds one the tradition of the letter writing which used to reveal the contemporary social, political and literary scenario. Here Dr. Shukla writes candidly about the future of Indian Poetry in English and the politics that lies therein.
Ram Ganga Vihar
Dear Shri PCK Prem
A person devoid of bureaucratic arrogance, I consider you a great human being who does not hesitate in imparting significance even for a small poet like me. Your devotion to literature and your endeavour to bring out the envisaged anthology speak vociferously of the beauty of your mind. The credit of my kinship with you goes to Dr. Dalip Khetrapal of Ambala. Dr. Khetrapal has known me for about three decades and his intellectual probity makes him think about me as few think about others these days.
As desired by you, I am sending to you two poems each (photo copies) from all the ten collections of my poetry published so far. I am also sending you one copy of my last publication titled Ponderings III.
Collections of my Poetry
The three chief subjects of my poetry are:
I very humbly separate myself from the strongly established Indian English poets like Ezekiel, Mahapatra, Shiv K. Kumar and A.K. Ramanujan. These poets came into eminence not because there is much worth in their poetry but because of their high connections. The above mentioned poets and the repeated names in great magazines like KAVYA BHARTI and CHANDRABHAGI reached heights chiefly on account of their links, less on account of the worth in their poetry. If I am allowed to commend these poets have written in an oddly abstract manner, have used high sounding words. The readers are compelled to conclude that it is probably difficult poetry which should be kept in the category of great poetry.
Which is great poetry indeed? Great poetry springs from great minds, meditative minds possessed by Milton and Eliot and in India—possessed by Toru Dutt, Tagore and Kamala Das. Great poetry may be full of webs of imagery but it is never unintelligible. One thing more great poetry sublimates. It ennobles it purifies. It is a sort of medicine for intellectual ills.
As a poet I have worked with a clear conscience. I have regretted every type of hypocrisy. I have tried to watch even the most dry leaf of a tree as attentively as the rosy cheeks of a beautiful maiden. For me a funeral procession is not less important than a marriage procession. An enlightened poet regularly moves between the two poles of Raag and Vairagya.
Kindly evaluate my poetry in the light of arguments as advanced in the above written lines. I once more thank you for your interest in me.