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Publisher: Scansion Publishers, 10 Gandhi Market, Minto Road, New Delhi- 110 012
Author: M.K. Raina Ratnakar, IBS,
About the book by O.N.Kaul (KAS Ret.) Expert History Culture, Tourism
urreal Moments is a book of superb verses and fine art work, the first book of its kind, in which
Many books have been written on the exiled Pandit exodus, driven out by killing and burning their houses but this is the only book in which burning of their hearts has been depicted. The flames of his heart are rising from varied directions, and spread the effect in all directions.
It starts with prayers to the supreme father of light and life with the prayer, “Teach me how to calm life’s storms”, as he feels helpless due to shock of being exiled. Such a state of mind causing many diseases and lack of confidence has been established by the research conducted by one of the most popular Kashmiri Doctors, Dr. K.L. Choudhry. He was moved by observing misery of Kashmri Pandits to the extent that he started a free hospital with the help of his colleagues called Free Shri Bhat Hospital where even medicines are also distributed free to patients.
Similarly, the poet feels terrified in his subconscious mind. In the poem titled ‘Sleeping Bones’, his subconscious mind is reminded of dreadful silence of graveyard where bones of those who once enjoyed delightful life and umpteenth spring seasons are found beneath the soil. The Poet says “the greatest of the great have found place underneath this earth leaving room for shallows to know and understand”.
The poet thereafter gives out a poem of a beggar woman who is weak, crippled and lonely. All passers by move on without showing any sympathy for the dying beggar. The beggar woman is responsible herself for her plight. Whosoever is responsible for his or her plight, even the thrown away paper plate shows no concern.
It is followed by the poem ‘Illusion’.
The poet questions; Is life an illusion which includes the visible and invisible things seen and felt by us?. The concept of life is deduced as dream in a dream! This is what our upnishads explain very lucidly. The artwork illustrates it with a semi nude lady lying down. Trekkers trekking, Castles standing, Bin Laden and eleven September incident, people and buildings falling like ninepins and two lions pouncing over a nude lying lady. The author asks - do you mean that life is a dream in a dream? Poet makes us to feel that every thing what ever is witnessed by us is simply an illusion and there is some supreme Power which makes us to play the game of life in this universe. He has total control over us. Whatever is done by any body, it is not he who does it but, it is He(God).
The poem ‘Other Self’ is illustrated with attractive females and male watching with watchful eyes. This confirms to us that every one of us as felt by the poet is having two personalities. One which he proclaims and the other which he keeps hidden – the other self.
The author has been able to surface the hidden personality of men. Further a lady on roof top during midnight pining for someone in the other verse is mentioned by the poet as strange desires at untimely times. The poet here has been able to peep in the minds of the fairer sex in a way that at the time when she ought to have been in the bed room with her husband, she is at the roof top to make her genuine desires surface in her mind, but due to non availability of space in the single bed room in which all the family members sleep, she has no room to make a room for her. Her genuine desires have become her strange desires.
In the poem ‘love’ poet says love is a natural phenomena and adds that we are born to love, so we must enjoy loving. But, he strikes a sad note that it is God who makes us to play love game and finally culminates in death. The suffering mind of the poet does not get out from the trauma even in the love game. Similar thoughts have been expressed by a great Kashmiri poet – Rahman Dar. He says that he ran after love which shall always remain in this world but, Rahman, shall be no more.
Saddened mind of the poet is reminded of another tragic event in his subconscious mind about, ‘Killer Tsunami’. He is reminded of tragic drama of death where even children, houses, property, boats along with dreams of people got washed away in sea and sand. The paintings add to the sad effect of the poem on the mind. The poet though melancholic by death feels that death is what every one of us has to face one day but aspires for the wanting dreams which he had weaved in the sea and sand, but were washed away.
‘My road and me’ is the title of another poem. He mentions that his road and he himself are partners of life and he treads on it with a hope of better future. He feels that his road is lonely without him and no one else can be its partner. The poem is illustrated in one of the beautiful art work which leads him to a wavy road full of obstacles. In between, his supposed to be destination and the half tread road is a beautiful spot where he wants to take rest, but feels that the path has to be tread without any stoppage any where and definitely every new day should bring new enthusiasm in him.
In the poem ‘Avouchment’, the poet says religion is exaltation of self through transformation. It is spiritual discovery. In genuine religious experience one feels presence of God in every thing and hatred and shallowness of mind disappear. The art work exalts the poets’ ideas.
I whole heartedly appreciate the work of Mr.M.K. Raina Ratnakar and the Artists who have worked for the verses of Ratnakar to give us a blend of the work of art and literature – ‘Surreal Moments’ in the true sense to be appreciated by all men of intellect.
The book is available from Scansion Publishers and can be had from the poet as well. The same is only a telephonic call away.
|About the Author: M.K.Raina Ratnakar
*M.K.Raina Ratnakar is an Indian Broadcasting Service Officer, an Educationist and a Media expert.In the realm of education ,his guidance on the matters of education for women and children is highly valued.As a brodcaster he has made striking achievements in making his listeners see through the most delicate experiences and experiments he has made in the field of communication.His gifts of observation with the magical abilities of a timely trained educationist and a communicator have been exhibited by him in the organisations of his work.
He has authored a number of books,the best sellers of which have been:- * Intruded Moorings- the Kashmir perespective.,**An Intelligent Parent's/ Teacher's Guide To Success and Achievement of the Child., ***Spoken English Skills. His latest book titled as Surreal Moments will soon be available on the stalls. He is working as Senior Director in in the office of Directorate General ,Doordarshan.
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Surreal Moments is an eye opener for Indians.The statements of Kashmiri Muslim leaders are totally false and baseless. I have paid Rs 100 for purchase of each loaf of bread in Amarnath Yatra . Shame on the Muslim community of Kashmir.An unimaginable amount has been paid by me for hiring of tent & horses. On the other hand subsidy tickets to Haj Yatra and arrangements for their stay in various parts of India are made.
Added By Vinod Sharma
The book of Mr M.K.Raina Ratnakar should go to every home of a real Indian.The book has exposed the muslim psyche.Today also on one hand the militants who are generally of the same faith make bomb blasts and on the other they say that we are helpful to other communities.You can never trust them
Added By Parvesh Bansal
Book of Ratnakar should be read by every Indian Politician and leave their differences aside to rise to the occasion to fight terrorism and extremism. if they do not open their eyes now, it is sure that we will be ruled by a person like Sultan Sikander , Mohd Gauri nad the like. Our achievements will go down the drain.
Added By Parveen Bisla