POEMS OVER 50 YEARS – Book review on “Maruteeyam”

The book is an anthology of poems penned by eminent writer, actor and litterateur Gollapudi Maruthi Rao over fifty years. In varied moods, flavours and moments, they capture the poets’ mindset. Being familiar with almost all the literary genres and cultural trends, Maruthi Rao is uniquely positioned to comment on society and life in contemporary society. Though Telugu people have long been familiar with Maruthi Rao as a playwright, dialogue writer and scriptwriter for films, columnist, television show host, this book introduces readers to the poet in him. The poems reflect his democratic and humanist leanings, as well as his love for Telugu culture. Take for instance his poem Sampadakuniko lekha , in which the poet writes to an editor seeking his help in tracing out the missing young girl ‘Vibhava’ (name of the year) who may have got lost in the concrete jungle and cannot find her way back as she cant see any of the familiar signs and landmarks –mango trees, the muggu in front of the houses! The collection poems on Love, Hospitals, Spring, Ugadi, Freedom, Flowers, Songs. Maruthi Rao has also attempted some Haikus.

-The Hindu, 15th Mar 2013

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Introduction to book “Poems to Note”

Poems to Note” is written by Dr. Velchala Kondala Rao. The author, in his foreword, says the following about the book:

“These poems are composed, taking the contemporary context of men, matters, systems, practices, cultures and institutions mostly relevant to India, but also relevant to a large extent to the entire world.
There are poems of general and universal nature and also poems which are location-specific, time-specific, culture and civilization specific. They are all composed in four lines akin to the poems composed in Telugu by the famous poet “Vemana”.
Some of them may even appear and sound almost identical to what he has rendered, but so do many other compositions of many other authors of universal intent and content. Thoughts and ideas on values and virtues mostly appear and sound alike when they are dealt with by many an author with identical sense, sensibility and sensitivity. They may almost coincide both in norm as well as the form, but for that reason not the same, the very same.
The compositions are mostly in the genre of free verse, where deviations from the normal rules and regulations of poetics are more in vogue for various reasons. That does not mean that one can be was licencious in deviating but rather has to be frugal as I was in doing resorting to them only in a dire exigency and emergency, when either the theme was at stake or the rhythm.”

Read some of his poems here:

Why spend so much on the statues of the dead?
Of what use is that when their values are forgotten, the virtues?
The words are forgotten, the deeds
Can that help you in any way, say, Prema?

You may win a point but may lose a friend arguing hot,
Of what use is that winning a point , losing a friend?
Hence first befriend, then mend or amend
That is the right way to blend, tend, Prema.

However much you may concentrate
On matter and material, read, research ,
You will neither get the real wealth of peace nor the myth of truth.
Seek not with the mind but with the heart, you will get them, in truth, Prema.

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Translated poems

The book is a compilation of profiles and poems of Nobel Prize winning poets from 1901 onwards. Translated into Telugu from English translations of the poems that were originally written in various American, European and Asian Languages, the poems are accompanied by brief biographical sketched of the poets including their association with India, if any. While the editor Mukunda Rama Rao claims that the universality of emotions like love, affection, greed, jealousy etc render translation easy, he also admits that it was very difficult to find English translations of the poems from each poet’s vast poetic output. The book not only opens up doors to world poetry, but will also serve to broaden vision of Telugu poets.

Friday Review, The Hindu, 26 July 2013

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Introducing book “Farmland Fragrance”

Farmland Fragrance is a collection of translated poems in English. The original poems were written in Telugu by Annavaram Devender. The poems were rendered in English by P. Jayalakshmi.

This book contains the best poems from among his five published Telugu anthologies – Thovva (2001), Nadaka (2003), Mankamma Thota Labour Adda (2005), Budda Parkalu (2006) and Boddumalle Chettu (2008).

The poems selected represent variety of theme, tone and mood. They shift from celebration, admiration and fondness for native culture to despair over its loss of identity to anger and protest to a fervent revolutionary call to its people to be vigilant.

“To read Annavaram Devender’s poetry is to smell thefragrance of Telangana farmland in all its varied hues and to bring out hidden poetry in the marginalized lives of the region. Farmers, carpenters, weavers, ironsmiths potters, etc. all find mention as his pen wanders through the villages of Telangana covering aspects of their life and culture extensively discussed and debated in recent times. For him politics and social discrimination of his region and globalization have impacted their lives bringing on dry, withered and parched conditions that verge on the tragic sapping all energy, vitality and fertility. Political reasons aside, causes for the loss are also seen to lie in nature’s relentless fury coming on as scorching summers, draught, famine, loss of crops due to supply of spurious seeds and torrential rains, hunger and poverty, farmer suicides that have left farmers, weavers, potters high and dry and carpenters out of work. He rues the passing away of days of plentiful abundance, reduced now to mere memories tucked away in the secret chambers as of a treasure chest on the attic to be fondly remembered now and then.” states the translator.

Here are the glimpses of few poems from the book.

Like a goblet shaped artistically
a slipper fashioned skillfully
as a sari woven beautifully,
I watch as I weave.

Speech in full flow will do
for rhyme and meter to fall in tune.
If raise the voice in clamour
angry rhythmic sound of sentences.

My poetry is the full-blown corncob’s head silk,
ripe ear of paddy
marshy farmland fragrance
spring’s spouting water it is.

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Poems to Note

“Poems to Note” is a compilation of beautiful poems by Dr. V. Kondala Rao.

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These poems are composed, taking the contemporary context of men, matters, systems, practises, cultures and institutions mostly relevant to India, but also relevant to a large extent to the entire world.

There are poems of general and universal nature and also poems which are location-specific, time-specific, culture and civilization specific.

They are all composed in four lines akin to the poems composed in Telugu by the famous poet “Vemana”.

Some of them may even appear and sound almost identical to what he has rendered, but so do many other compositions of many other authors of universal intent and content. Thoughts and ideas on values and virtues mostly appear and sound alike when they are dealt with by many an author with identical sense, sensibility and sensitivity. They may almost coincide both in norm as well as the form, but for that reason not the same, the very same.

The compositions are mostly in the genre of free verse, where deviations from the normal rules and regulations of poetics are more in vogue for various reasons. That does not mean that one can be was licencious in deviating but rather has to be frugal as I was in doing resorting to them only in a dire exigency and emergency, when either the theme was at stake or the rythm.

Dr.V.Kondala Rao

Glimpses from the book

God would lend his ear only to them who talk less, do more,
Not to them ,who talk tall but do small,
For, he likes the doers most
But not the boasters, the braggers, the talkers, Prema.

Goodness can come only by godliness,
Goodness in essence is nothing but godliness
In all that one feels, says and acts,
For, godliness itself is nothing but goodness in truth, Prema.

Religion is a boon and a bane.
Religion can make a man a deity, demon,
Sensible or senseless, rational or irrational.
Depends upon how it is practiced, preached, Prema.

All religions are the same though called by many a name
As God though one is called by many a name.
Religions differ in rites and rituals, not in philosophies and faiths,
Like many the rivers and branches merging into an ocean, Prema.

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Introducing the book “Nakshatra Darshanam” (నక్షత్ర దర్శనం)

Nakshatra Darshanam is an anthology of poems written by eminent actor and poet Mr. Tanikella Bharani. In this book, the poet wrote about the current and yesteryears stalwarts of film industry, and other prominent people of different fields in the society. He wrote on people who influenced him and the persons he liked most.

While writing on NT Rama Rao, the poet mentions the early rising habit of NTR and his discipline. The poet equates the voice of S.V. Ranga Rao with that of gushing river Godavari and his acting skill with the vastness of Indian Ocean. The poet says that the great actress Savitri is eternal and is the female personification of Nataraja.

While talking of Bhanumati, the poet says that though she appears as aggressive as Bhadrakali, she was equally pacific as Bharati. He also says that she was a lady hero. While writing about M. S. Subbulakshmi, he gives a different denotation to the acronyms of M.S. He says that M. S. means Mangala Swaram, M. S. means mesmerism. No one can contradict this statement.

The poet compares both Viswanatha and SriSri and concludes those both were great and pays respects to both of them with folded hands. Though their paths are different, both were truly scholars. “While playing violin he goes into a trance, and we unite with the violin” says Bharani about Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu.

“If Srirangam Srinivasa Rao is Sri Sri, Gudipati Venkatachalam is Stree Stree” says the poet humorously. While mentioning about Dasarathi, the poet says that his pen not only writes classical songs, but also can fire whenever required. The poet laments that Dasarathi did not get the prestigious Jnanapith Award.

The poet depicts the way Akkineni Nageswara Rao raised up in the film industry very well. He says that the hard work is essential for success.

Bharani wrote small, but beautiful poems on Chiranjeevi, Brahmanandam, Rekha, Charlie Chaplin, Gurudutt, Relangi, Allu Ramalingiah, Suryakantham, Ramana Reddy, Raghavendra Rao, Jandhyala, Ghantasala, P. Suseela, Jesudas, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, and other personalities of movie industry.

In one of the poem, the poet compares Bapuji (Mahatma Gandhi) with Bapu (Movie Director).

Bharani also wrote about the eminent artists like Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Kannakudi Vaidyanathan and paid his respects for their talent.

The poet portrayed the greatness of authors and literary personalities like Devulapalli Krishna Sastri, Sri Sri, Arudra, Veturi Sunadara Rammurthi, Jaaladi, C. Narayana Reddy, Paruchuri Brothers etc. in his verses.

Reading about their greatness inspires us to achieve something our chosen fields.

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Manchi pustakam – ‘Kotaiah Kattina Illu’ Book introduction

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This colorful book ‘Kotaiah kattina illu’ contains 16 pages with beautiful pictures and beautiful Telugu rhyming words. It is specially designed by ‘Manchi pustakam’ for 0-6 years kids. This book is inspired by  ‘This is  the house that Jack built’ .This book is now available on Kinige only for 30Rs.

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MO’s ‘Nishadam’ Telugu Poetry book introduction

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‘Nishadam’ book is a collection of poems written by famous Telugu poet Mohan Prasad Vegunta popularly known as ‘MO’ This book is now available on kinige. These poems are popular and appeared in many magazines, news-papers and won awards.

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