Friday, June 24, 2011

Bishnu's three strides

Release of Bishnu N. Mohapatra’s collection of Poems at IIC Annexe yesterday turned an occasion for contemplation on ontology. Musing on the title of the book, Mu Jebe Nathibi, G.K. Das recalled Sartre’s Being and Nothingness as well as Derrida’s notion of absence/presence. Further delineations on Time touched Dickens, Tagore, and also J.P.Das who happened to be in the chair. Kapila Vatsyayan added her familiar inscrutable two cents while pouring sympathy profusely upon the poet. Hindi translations of three pieces read out by Rajendra Prasad Mishra evoked ready appreciation. [TNM55]

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