Wednesday, 28 January 2015

K. V. Dominic's Multicultural Symphony (A Collection of Poems)

Multicultural Harmony
Siachen Tragedy
Global Warming’s Real Culprits
Cohabitance on the Planet
Multicultural Kerala
On Conservation
Charles Darwin, Patron Saint of Animals
Elephant Mania
India, Number One!
Child Labour
Caste Lunatics
Bulbul’s Nest
Beena’s Shattered Dreams
Mullaperiyar Dam
I Wish I could Fly Back
Pearl’s Harbour
Dignity of Labour
Drowned Dreams
Hungry Mouths
Ananthu and the Wretched Kite
A Spider in My Bathroom
Fruit of Labour
Sail of Life
Valueless Education
Musings on My Shoes
Multilingual Black Drongo
Mukesh’s Destiny
Lottery Ticket Sellers
Mahi’s Fourth Birthday
Who am I?
Bathroom Monologues
Martyrs at the Borders
Mother’s Love
Tears of a World Champion
Thodupuzha Municipal Park
Why is Fate So Cruel to the Poor?
Women’s Cricket World Cup 2013
ACTS--Saviors on the Roads
Beach Beauticians
A Tribute to Sakuntala Devi
Celebration of Girl-Child’s Birth
Where shall I Flee from This Fretful Land?
Homage to Swami Vivekananda
Agitation through Farming
An Ideal Festival
Protest against Sand Mafia

K. V. Dominic's New Edited Book--Multicultural Literature of India: A Critical Evaluation of Contemporary Regional Literatures

Contemporary Hindi Literature from Himachal--An Overview (A Secular and Universal Approach to Life)
--P C K Prem
Regionalism and Cultural Specificity: A Study of Mahasweta Devi’s Short Stories
--Trayee Sinha
Mahasweta Devi’s Mother of 1084: A Saga of the Naxalite Movement
 --Aju Mukhopadhyay
Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay: A Writer of the Masses
--Bhaskar Roy Barman
From ‘Nothing’ to ‘Something’: Bengali Dalit Literature Today
--Jaydeep Sarangi
Interview with Swati Guha
--Jaydeep Sarangi
Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyaya: Life and Literature Weaved into One
--Aju Mukhopadhyay
Unveiling the Soulful Songs of A. Ayyappan
--Latha Nair R.
M. T. Vasudevan Nair’s Mist: A Narrative through the Long Winter Seasons of Loneliness
--Jubimol K. G.
Exorcizing the Voiceless to Voice: K. J. Baby’s Nadugadhika as an Apt Dramatization of the Marginalized Tribal Community

--Kavitha Gopalakrishnan
Sagas of Insensitivity: A Reading of Vaikom Muhammed Basheer’s “Birthday” and Munshi Premchand’s “The Shroud”
Vani. K
(St)Uttering Caste in Another Tongue: A Critique of volte-face in Sundaram’s Poetic and Political Ideologies
--Hemang Desai
‘Transnational Connections’: The Nature of Indian Nationhood in the Novels of Jayanti M. Dalal
--Jayashree Palit
The Making of a Terrorist: Regional Crisis and International Exigencies in Jayanti M. Dalal’s Bleeding Heights of Kargil
--Rajshree Parthivv Trivedi
Experience of Discrimination and Dalit Identity as Reflected in the Dalit Autobiography of Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan
--Grishma Manikrao Khobragade
The Realm of Women’s World in the Stories of Sarojini Sahoo
--Prameela K. P.
Dalit Feminist Perspective of Bama's Karukku and Sangati
--J. Jaya Parveen & V. Rajesh
Democratic Multiculturalism in David Davidar’s The House of Blue Mangoes
--Y. Vidya
Deliberation and Discernment: A Study of Mridula Garg’s Anitya: Halfway to Nowhere
--V. V. B. Rama Rao
Beyond and Above Culture and Cultures
--V. V. B. Rama Rao
Feminism to Humanism:  Reflections of Contemporary Hindi Verse
--Prameela K. P.
Our Esteemed Contributors

K. V. Dominic's New Edited Book--World English Fiction: Bridging Oneness


A Quest for ‘the Otherness’ at the Crossroads of African Culture:  A Study of Achebe’ Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God
--Monir A Choudhury
The Helpless Male: Breaking with the Traditional Male/Female Roles in C. J. Cherryh’s Pride of Chanur and Foreigner 
--Krunslav Mikulan
Patriarchy and Racial Vulnerability: Love and Hate in Toni Morrison’s Love
--Mahboobeh Khaleghi
“Without Contraries Is No Progression”: Pictures from Italy (1846) by Charles Dickens
--Elisabetta Marino
Dialectical Exhumation of the Past in Keki Daruwalla’s For Pepper and Christ
--Asha Viswas
R. K. Narayan’s The Dark Room: A Twist to Conventional Notions of Feminism
--Ketaki Datta
The Place of Women in an Ecological Dystopia: A Revisit to Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
--Jubimol K. G.
Contemporary Resonance in the Select Novels of Amitav Ghosh and Rohinton Mistry
--Chikkala Swathi
Between Two Worlds: Reading Diaspora in Kavita Daswani’s The Village Bride of Beverly Hills
--Charulatha Ravi
The Vision of Freedom in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and Rabindranath Tagore’s Farewell My Friend
--Y. Vidya
Concerns within the Multicultural Mosaic: Henry Hwang’s F.O.B. as a Representative Chinese American Play
--Kavitha Gopalakrishnan
Love and Music: The Universal Emotion and Expression in Vikram Seth’s An Equal Music
--T. Ganga Parameswari
The Footsteps are Lost but Experiences Remain: A Critical Exposition of Silviu Craciunas’s The Lost Footsteps
--Aju Mukhopadhyay

Alienation and Mother Fixation in Stephen Gill’s Coexistence

 --Rupal Amyn Farista

Indian Omnipresence in Global Literature: Textualising the Diasporic Metaphors in K. S. Maniam’s The Return and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake

--Soumya Jose and Sony Jalarajan Raj

Silence and Words as Means of Resistance: A Reading of Resistance to Subalternity in Leopoldo Lugones’ “Yzur” Using Western and Indian Aesthetic Theories
--Vani. K
Discourse in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Sister of My Heart
--V. Rajesh & J. Jaya Parveen
Journey from Self-alienation to Self-identification as Reflected in Shashi Deshpande’s The Dark Holds No Terrors
--Grishma Manikrao Khobragade
Exploring the Feminine Psyche--A comparative study of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes were Watching God and Shashi Deshpande’s Roots and Shadows
--S. Ambika
Gora: Tagore’s Formulation of the Spiritual Domain of Indian Nationalism
--Banibrata Goswami
Post Independence Political Scene as Presented in the Nigerian/African Novel
--Kiran Thakur
Emotional Crisis in Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House
--K. Rajaraman
Githa Hariharan’s The Thousand Faces of Night: Resistance to Patriarchy
--Sandhya Singh
Our Esteemed Contributors

K. V. Dominic's New Edited Book--Indian Literatures in English: New Directions, Newer Possibilities

Indian Writing in English: New Introductions
--Murali Sivaramakrishnan
Voicing Eco-Critical Concerns: Water in Indian Women’s Oral Narrations and Eco-Spirituality
--Usha V. T.
Jayanta Mahapatra’s Poetry: Transcending the Regional
--Ratan Bhattacharjee
The Wheel that Turned: Manoranjan Byapari Writes back in Itibritte Chandal Jiban
--Jaydeep Sarangi
Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali: A Microcosm of Life
--P. Gopichand & P. Nagasuseela
A Reading of Jaal in the Light of Campbell's The Hero with A Thousand Faces
--Lata Mishra
The Philosophic Enlightenment in Rabindranath Tagore’s Poetry
--Bhaskar Roy Barman
R. K. Narayan’s The Dark Room: A Twist to Conventional Notions of Feminism
--Ketaki Datta    
Enlightening Earth Consciousness and Affirming Self-Realization: A Comparative Deep-Ecological Study of Sri Aurobindo and Jayanta Mahapatra’s Poetry
--Sibasis Jana
Family as a Metaphor: A Study of Women and Superstitions in Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey
--Akula Sreenivasulu & A. Kiranmayee
Voiceless Voice, Songs of Fakir Lalon Shah: A Short Discourse on Lalon Geete and the Position of Women in Baul Community
--Anirban Mondal 
The Relation between God, Nature and Man: A Study of K. V. Dominic’s Poems in Advaita Vedanta Lines
--Anisha Ghosh
Stephen Gill’s The Flame: A Saga of World Peace
--Anne Dominic
Confrontations and Negotiations: Marriage and Motherhood in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland
--Ashwathi Purushothaman
Poetry that Pricks: Social Concerns in the Poetry of K. V. Dominic
--S. Barathi
Girls of the Past: Children’s Historical Fiction and the Construction of Indian Girlhood in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Victory Song and Anu Kumar’s Girls of India: A Chola Adventure
--Finitha Jose
Odishan Landscape in Jayanta Mahapatra’s Land: A Study
--Gagan Bihari Purohit
Gendering of Desire: Critical Perspectives on Indian English Poetry
--Indrani Das Gupta & Pratibha Biswas
Narrative Reinhabitation: Reading Sarah Joseph’s Gift in Green from a Bioregional Perspective
--Joji John Panicker    
Behind the Mask: Mahesh Dattani’s Final Solutions and Consolidations of Hindu Hegemony
--Joshma Chathoth Thazha     
Husband­-Wife Alienation in Nayantara Sahgal’s Novels
--G. Kamatchi  
Cycles of Nature and Thought Process in Asha Viswas’ The Rainbow Cave and Other Poems
--S. Kumaran
Voices of Women Consciousness in Mamta Kalia’s Tribute to Papa
--K. Mangayarkarasi
The Big Fat Indian Wedding: A Reading of Karnad’s Wedding Album
--Namratha Manoharan
Countering Brahminical Orthodoxy: An Analysis of Girish Karnad’s The Fire and the Rain
--Nandhakumar K
The Bildungsroman strain in Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia
--J. Pamela
Time’s Sovereignty: A Study on Aju Mukhopadhyay’s Selected Poems from The Paper Boat
--Praseeda P. Nair
Breaking the Tinted Glass: A Study of Homoeroticism and Homosexuality in Ruskin Bond’s Delhi is not Far and Mahesh Dattani’s Bravely Fought the Queen
--Pritha Chakraborty   
Piece de Resistance: A Study of Nalini Jameela’s The Autobiography of a Sex Worker
--Prudha S. Raja
A Comparative Study of Pradip Chattopadyay  and Jaydeep Sarangi
--Radhamani Sarma
T. V. Reddy’s Echoes: A Relentless Battle against Corruption
--Rincy Mol Sebastian
Myth: Functional or Ornamental in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide and Tilottama Majumder’s Rajpaat
--Santanu Basak
From Endless Female Hunger to the Purity of Soul: Poetry of Kamala Das
--Santhosh Kumar Padhy
Body, Sex, Identity: Socio-Political Agenda in Jaishree Misra’s Ancient Promises
--Seena N.
Rewriting Mythology in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions
--Sreeja Nair
An Ecofeminist Reading of Kamala Das’s Poetry
--M. Subbiah
Behind the Beauties: Politics Explored and Exploded in      Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance    
--Syndhya J.        
The Bi-Lingualism of Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Tamal Guha
Struggling Within, Yet . . . : A Feminist Study on Selected Online Short Stories
--Tharun Kurian Alex
Exploring Shillong: A study of Anjum Hasan’s novel Lunatic in My Head
--Wandiphranglin W.  Diengdoh
Passion, Protest and Hope: A Reading of Irom Chanu Sharmila’s Fragrance of Peace
--I Watitula Longkumer
Our Esteemed Contributors 

Wednesday, 7 January 2015


A Foucauldian Study of Women in Vishal Bharadwaj's Film Adaptations of Three Shakespearean Tragedies
--Lata Mishra
Historicizing Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: A Critique of King Leopold II's Colonial Rule

--Isam M. Shihada
(En)Gendering Translation: Understanding Feminist Politics and Praxis
--Hemang Desai
Vasudaiva Kutumbakam:  Cognizance and Significance in the Present World
--K. V. Dominic
Allegory of Displacement: Studying Grace Nichols’ “Waterpot” and
Langston Hughes’ “Ballad of the Landlord”
--Bibhudutt Dash
Conceptualizing the self and Paradox of motherhood in Margaret Laurence’s The Fire Dwellers
--Prithiviraj Singh Chauhan
Effective Use of Simple Language and Flawless Style in Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar in A Sieve and A Handful of Rice: A Brief Analysis                                                                       
--S. Chelliah
The Theme of Spiritual Isolation in Carson McCullers’ “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Common Cultural Traits of Man-Woman Relationship in Markandaya’s Nectar in a Sieve and Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
--Smita Das
Subject to Male Gaze: Studying the Representation of Heroines in Twenty First Century Bollywood Cinema
--Bhawana Pillai
Subversion of power structures and assertion of self: A reading of Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”
--Sona George
Betrayal vs. Loyalty in Graham Greene’s The Man Within
--Dhruv Shankar
The Different Perceptions of Working Class in the Alan Sillitoe’s  Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Birthday
--Mohammed Wayez
Exploring the Parent-Child Relationship in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland
--Neha Motwani
Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance: A Postcolonial Novel of Crass Imbalance
--Sebin Justine
Identity in the poems of Mamta Kalia, Kamala Das and Sujata Bhatt
--Shruti Singh
Existential Images in the American Based Novels of Jhabvala
--Smitha S.
Silver Lining
--Ramesh K. Srivastava
False Confession
--Pronab Kumar Majumder

The Fag End
--Hazara Singh

March of Life
--Hazara Singh
Lord! Bless Them Too
--Hazara Singh
--Hazara Singh
Puri Sea Beach
--Pronab Kumar Majumder
Darkness Again
--Manas Bakshi
Accept It or Not
--Manas Bakshi
Child Labourer
--Sangeeta Mahesh
Celestial Love
--Anisha Ghosh Pal
The City Never Sleeps
--Anisha Ghosh Pal
The Collage
--Soumyodeep Pal
I See
--Soumyodeep Pal
--Rajiv Khandelwal
Washing on Sunday
--Rajiv Khandelwal
--B. V. Siva Prasad
--Vishakham Joseph
K. V. Dominic’s Sarojini Sahoo’s Feminine Reflections
--Kavitha Gopalakrishnan
Jaydeep Sarangi’s A Door-Somewhere? (Poems)
--Marta Pikor-Niedziałek
Sangeeta Mahesh’s Ocean Of Thoughts: Poems about Social Issues and Human Values
--Rob Harle
Our Esteemed Contributors

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Multicultural Symphony (A Collection of Poems) - Review by Patricia Prime

Book Review
K. V. Dominic’s Multicultural Symphony: A Collection of Poems. New Delhi: Gnosis, 2014. Pb. 82 pp. Price: 195 Rs. / $8.
ISBN: 978-93-81030-42-4.
Patricia Prime

Multicultural Symphony is Professor K. V. Dominic’s third collection of poems after Winged Reason (2010) and Write Son, Write (2011). Written in free verse, the 47 poems in this collection are on a variety of topics ranging from multiculturalism, global warming, conservation, poverty and unemployment and there are a variety of other themes in the collection, relating to the human and natural worlds. In this volume K. V. Dominic combines some big hard truths on social, spiritual, political and environmental issues with poems that manage a celebration of passed friends while avoiding the clichés of one big happy multicultural melting pot. In no way are the poems sentimental nor didactic, and never taking refuge in cynicism.
K. V. Dominic’s Multicultural Symphony is not an easy book to get a handle on as he convincingly moves from one bold issue to another innovative area. These mostly short poems are set in the Indian landscape which K. V. Dominic knows so well and is a part of, and indeed these poems seem to be themselves a part of a darkening and disintegrating landscape, a landscape in flux and peopled by those themselves in flux, marginalised, on the edge, often addressed by the poet, as we see in the lengthy opening poem, “Multicultural Harmony,” which is in six parts. This is a supremely controlled account of the way in which, with chilling inevitability, the diverse nature of human society makes bedfellows of us all:
Multiplicity and diversity
essence of universe
From atom to the heavens
multiculturalism reigns
This unity in diversity
makes beauty of universe.
The cadences of this poem only make it more poignant. The poem has a sadness to which many people will relate.
K. V. Dominic’s is a restless poetry, expressing the angst contemporary men and women experience within a context of environmental issues and subjective matters that feature strongly in his poems. Yet there is also a need to try and anchor himself, as he describes the place in which he lives:
My native State Kerala
blessed with equable climate
and alluring landscape
crowned by the Sahyas
she lies on the lap of the Arabian Sea

            (“Multicultural Kerala”)
K. V. Dominic is at home with the rhythms and diction of everyday life, as we can see in the poem “On Conservation”:
Hey poet, kindly heed to my plea
before you thrust your pen
into my bleeding heart
Though I am a passive sheet of paper
I have a soul as vibrant as yours
The need for stability in the changing world, and the unreliability of change seems to be what impels him to record these poems. “Child Labour,” for example explicates the life of a young girl forced to enter the slave labour market:
Her parents sick and poor
fail to feed their children
Crying hungry mouths
Forced the wretched parents
to sell the eldest lass
But alongside his camera’s eye, and insightful analysis, there is extreme depth of feeling, as in “Caste Lunatics”: “My country, the greatest democracy, / when will it be freed from / lunatics and religion?” Again, when describing the tragedy of a girl who ended her life in the poem “Beena’s Shattered Dreams,” we see the plight of parents forced to witness a daughter’s suicide:
            Unbearable to look at
            their darling daughter’s still body
parents fell unconscious
Beena’s corpse was brought from Mumbai
accompanied by her roommates.
“Pearl’s Harbour” is a lonesomely sad poem, and so in a different way is the poem “Dignity of Labour” where the poet’s countrymen mimic others they think are better than themselves:
Imitating the Whites
fashionable to the Blacks
particularly to my countrymen
Mimic dress, hairstyle
food, drinks and all
such sensory pleasures
In K. V. Dominic’s work he is essentially the observer of human frailty, and the feeling and nightmarish qualities with which he imbues some of these poems are part of the poetic journey he has undertaken. The visionary quality in these poems can seem astonishing in its range. The rootedness in the local landscape is no limitation at all, as its connectedness to all humanity, runs through these poems, as we see in the poem “Ananthu and the Wretched Kite,” reminding us of the cruelty waged by human beings on other creatures that are unable to protect themselves:
When will we begin to love
kites, eagles, bats, owls
as we long for parrots, cuckoos,
skylarks and nightingales?
When will we stop the massacre
of animals, birds and fish
and learn to respect
other beings and their right to live?
Sometimes the emotion becomes simpler and calmer, the poet’s feelings for the landscape break clear of the disintegration and are articulated as love, as in the poem “Mother’s Love”:
Maternal love, love sublime
Inexplicable, unfathomable
Noblest of all emotions
Visible both on human beings
and other beings
Both on domestic animals
and wild animals
But the pain is there in love, and the darkness, the overwhelming sense of despair that pervades the poems. In the poem “A Tribute to Sakuntala Devi,” who was an Indian writer and mental calculator from Bangalore popularly known as the “human computer,” the difficult final journey into the afterlife is mapped with infinite tenderness:
            Marvel to the East and the West
her loss is literally irreplaceable
Praise to the Almighty
For His revelation through a human brain!
“Where shall I Flee from this Fretful Land” is an honest, unsentimental poem, working well on many levels and eliciting a variety of emotions in the reader:
Once fertile land for free and secular thoughts
People lived in multicultural harmony
Hindus, Muslims, Christians lived as brothers and sisters
respected each other and their religious views
Now hell of intolerance and religious fundamentalism
So where shall I flee from this fretful land?
The sharp details of the poem illustrate K. V. Dominic’s respect for humanity and the natural world.
The final poem in the collection, “Protest against Sand Mafia” has a passion that is central to the poet’s life: that of pursuing, with direct knowledge, the ills of his country:
New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar
Haven of Satyagraha strikers
Thirty-one year-old Jeessra
with her three little kids
The youngest boy only two
Tented on the footpath
Staying on a cot under plastic sheet
Neither torrid heat of summer
nor freezing cold of winter
can defeat her will power
Protest against sand mafia
looting thousands of tones
from northern beaches of Kerala
Multicultural Symphony is a book one constantly wants to return to. I believe it provides greater challenges and is more rewarding than K. V. Dominic’s previous two collections. The poetry in this collection appeals to readers who do not seek voyeuristic identification or confirmation of what they already feel, but rather enlightens the reader with its messages on a variety of social ills. To all those interested in poetry that does not compartmentalize its various elements and subjects but lets them commingle and enlighten with their thoughts and beliefs, Multicultural Symphony can be wholeheartedly recommended.

Dr. Patricia Prime, Reputed English poet, critic, short story writer and reviewer is from Auckland, New Zealand. She has published innumerable reviews in international journals and authored several books.