TREMENDOUS TREAT!

METVERSE MUSE IV cover-June 2019 issue.

Here is  a very interesting Sunday story this week for our esteemed viewers- which deals with one of the leading poetry journals  in the world being regularly published from Visakhapatnam-Andhra Pradesh.

To edit and publish FABULOUS FIFTY SIX English Poetry Journals over a period of considerable time is indeed a Himalayan achievement   and rightly HIMALAYAN ACHIEVEMENT has been made by an EIGHTY TWO YEAR OLD LADY poet from Vishakhapatnam! Yes the journal is METVERSE MUSE and the Poet Editor is DR. H. TULSI who has taken us TOWARDS THE SUMMIT through her JUNE 2019 issue!

This issue presents more than three hundred and fifty poems from around 45 countries! I am a long time enjoyer of this treat and a life member too, contributing my poems regularly. Recent addition is one S. Nivetha a III year BCA student from one of the leading women’s colleges in Chennai- National Book of Records for Children holder for having been a poet delegate in an International Multi Lingual Poets Meet -held in Vijayawada  in 2016 at the age of 18- my granddaughter. Her acrostic poem METVERSE MUSE MY POETRY PET and my translation of 10 couplets of Tamil magnum opus TIRUKKURAL written more than two thousand years ago  find a place in this issue.

Only those who have experience of an Editor-Publisher can appreciate such a venture in the literary world! There was a poet who edited and published a monthly poetic journal for more than fifty years continuously without break and on his death at ninety two, others could not continue and the journal is gone. Journal was named POET and its Editor-Publisher was Dr. Krishna Srinivas from Chennai.

Since not much of recognition was extended to youngsters, inspired by Dr. Krishna Srinivas I started a quarterly journal by name YOUNG POET – by definition only the poems of those less than 25 years of age were published in Young Poet. It was started in 2000 and came to an end by 2011!

Such being the conditions prevailing in the poetry journal world, one has to appreciate the tenacity of purpose of 82 year old Poetess Dr. H Tulsi!  We the poets all over the world only pray God Almighty to give health and strength of mind to continue this great literary service for the present up to her age 100 and thereafter beyond!

Madam Tulsi is very particular about Metrical Verse if the poems are strictly not, they will not find  a place in the journal!

MUSE is one of the nine Goddesses inspiring learning and arts.

Muse also means ‘be lost in thoughts’ –a ‘state of musing’.

Yes METVERSE MUSE inspires the readers to learn the art and science of poetry writing! As we read issue after issue we are sent to MUSE and we are lost in thoughts in a state of musing!!!!

Coming to the current issue June 2019, it is 54th to 56th Triple issue! Taking the readers TOWARDS THE SUMMIT! ( A Roundel in Hexameter)   

On receipt of the journal, I rush to see whether my photo has come under any head!!!!Photos of the individuals a special feature of every issue-very logical and very systematic!

Lot of important and significant notifications another regular feature that gives awareness of many happenings.

Readers psychology is unique. Some are vocal and some are silent. Those who are local they express themselves in so many words  definitely pleasant to the Editor and team.

When they are published as READERS RESPONSE, they feel elated to see their names in print!!! In that way about HUNDRED readers responses in different categories adorn this issue!

Mr. Bernard M. Jackson, U. K. has aligned himself so much inextricably with METVERSE MUSE that every issue carries his highly intellectual articles and Book Reviews.

82 year old Editor Dr. Thulasi’s  history is something really inspiring:

To my esteemed viewers Dr. Thulasi’s background will  be quite inspiring.  Her name is in circulation as the Editor-Publisher of the admirably acclaimed poetry journal Metverse  Muse. She herself has authored more than ten poetry collections.

The academic aspect of Dr. Tulsi’s life had to ply a path strewn not with roses! Due to several reasons, her formal education ceased with the sixth standard  in school at Hyderabad. Thereafter playing dual role of the teacher and taught, she completed her Matriculation, Intermediate and degree B A English Lit.

Harmony University of California based on her first three poetry collections conferred Doctorate on her. Over a score of Awards, Honors and Medals adorn her for her contribution to Literature.

Several of her po0ems have been translated into a dozen other languages including five of India.

She had rich experience as Andhra Pradesh State Secretariat and Lok Sabha Secretariat.  She had the honor og being the First lady reporter in the Indian Parliament.

Besides her literary talents, Fabric painting, Oragami,  Veena  playing  were her forte. She was an Doordarshan artist also.

It is a great gesture on the part of Ms. Sandhya V. Kode  (Editor’s brother’s daughter ) to have sponsored this issue!

On the whole here is a great treasure of English poetry for those who love – indeed a great and sumptuous treat!

On 10th- yesterday a gala function was organized by the IPC-INDIA POETRY CIRCLE -in connection with the release of CONFLUENCE III an anthology of collabarative poems by Shri Jayaram Seshadri. There was a challenge for the young ones-from class V to Class XII students from Chennai city -a competition for writing a poetry in one hour. A warm reference was made to METVERSE MUSE in the course of the deliberations.

I am sure  the Sunday story should have been of great interest for the connoisseurs of the poetry loving! We shall  meet tomorrow -Monday morning with our normal feature on yet another interesting post.Till then GOOD BYE!

METVERSE MUSE carries the following poems of the Blogger and S.Nivetha:

N V Subbaraman, India
Chapter Fourteen
ON GOOD CHARACTER
1.
Character exalts
Sure to be nursed more than life
Decorum promotes!                                          (Kural 131)
2.
Good conduct the best
Among all virtues observed
It’ indeed a test!                                                (Kural 132)
3.
Conduct takes him high
Sans worse than the sinners low
To be nurtured tight!                                         (Kural 133)
4.
Lost the learnt, recall
The learned lose character
Never to regain!                                               (Kural134)
5.
The jealous loses
All that he amassed – he sans
Good conduct, faces!                                         (Kural 135)
6.
Those who know it great
Strays not from good character
Tigers eat not grass!                                           (Kural 136)
7.
Character abound
He prospers now and later
Lest, he falls aground!                                       (Kural 137)
8.
Men with right conduct
Sow the seeds for life noble
Bad ones breed evils!                                         (Kural 138)
9.
Men with decorum
Even by slip, speak not bad
In any forum!                                                      (Kural 139)
10.
Learning, no avail
When the learned learns not how
With the world to prevail!                                (Kural 140)

The above are English translation of ten couplets in the Tamil magnum opus THIRUKKURAL written by  Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar 2000 years ago. Translations are strictly in HAIKU format (5-7-5 syllables with first and third lines rhyming.

Bio data in brief:
79 year old bilingual poet, writer, communicator, trainer Dr. N V Subbaraman is a well-known person from 12/1045, Jeevan Bima Nagar, Chennai,Tamilnadu in thev literary world.. He has 44 awards for his literary contributions and 38 books authored and published. He is Asia Pacific Book of Records holder for his Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com which has been viewed by more than  1, 92, 000 from more than 210 countries. World Records Univer5sity in UK has offered hon. Ph.d .  He is a retired Deputy Zonal Manager, Life Insurance Corporation of India. Contact numbers 044 26544950/9840477552

  1. S.NIvetha, Chennai, India

METVERSE MUSE MY POETRY PET!

Metverse Muse my poetry pet more than three years
Effectively  it  improves my poetic skills nice
Thanks to Madam Doctor Tulsi at age Eighty Two,
Very much learned and experienced in this field
Encourages young budding poets like me –a shield
Respected and regarded by poets young and old
Surely an inspiration for poetry lovers
Ever loving Poet madam to all like  showers!

Matters dealt in the poems are very interesting
Understandable for youngsters like me -inspiring
Surely makes the poetry journal quite unique
Expecting always for the next issue enlighten!

Meaning full, thoughtful poetic forms very grand
Youngsters like me feel it is our Poetry teacher great!

Poets are made by Madam Editor for long
Opportunities provided for all very strong
Engaging youngsters like me in useful work
Thank you very much Madam Editor for great work!
Regular writing poems increases my skill
You are my Master and the pet is my dear friend.

Poetry work needs a lot of patient thinking
Ever I will now and in future to improve writing
Thank you readers and bless me for my success!

( I tried my favorite acrostic style and the above is METVERSE MUSE MY POETRY PET)

Short Bio data:

Nivetha S is a second year BCA student of Ethiraj College for Women, in Chennai, Tamilnadu. She loves writing English poems, articles, drawing cartoons, marathon running, playing co-co. She is  a India Book of Records for children holder for having participated as the youngest poet delegate in International Multi Lingual Poets Meet at Vijayawada I 2016. She was born on 23rd October 1998. She has one published Book to her credit “FLY,FLY, FLY”. She is a member of Chennai Poets’ Circle.

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RUPA GOSWAMI – IS 9

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RUPA GOSWAMI (1489–1564)

Rupa-Goswami took avathar in fourteen hundred and eighty nine
Attained samadhi in fifteen hundred and sixty four a devotional
Teacher deemed Guru, poet and philosopher of Gaudiya Vaishnava
Tradition.senior goswami of Vrindavan-connected to Chaitanya mahaprabhu.

Considered to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna and revered as such
During the annual Rath Yathra Rupa Goswami composed a
Mystical  verse that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu requested him
To read to his most intimate associates. Upon hearing this verse.

All  praised Rupa Goswami for his outstanding composition
Filled with deep devotion.  Rupa Goswami was proclaimed
To be  very embodiment of Chaitanya’ Mahaprabhu’s
esoteric teachings of divine mellows among  the gaudiya vaisnavas
Rupa respected to be the greatest follower of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
and those that strictly follow in his preceptoral line are known as Rupanugas

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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Rupa Goswami.

TAGORE’S DAY May 7th.

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In the wonderful world of India our Motherland great creation
Of the Almighty- WEST BENGAL is quite unique needs veneration!
The State gave birth to great and noble people many many in number
One indeed is immortal Nobel Laureate great Rabindranath Tagore!

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti hundred and fifty eight birth anniversary
Was on May Seventh-Tues day We Remember ‘Gurudev’ and his works and quotes
Wrote ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the national anthem for India, ‘Amar SonarBangla’,
The national anthem for Bangladesh and ‘Nama Nama Sri Lanka Mata’, in Bengali,
For Sri Lanka.one poet writing National Anthem for three Nations
A prolific writer with works poetry and songs,short stories and plays.
A multifaceted personality, began writing poetry when he was only eight years
‘Bhanusimha’ pseudo name was just sixteen to release first volume of poems!

Stressed compassion and living in the way for the benefit of others
Created Shanti Niketan based on practical activities.Great write was GITANJALI
Translated by me in Tamil with interpretation -honored I am
Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in Nineteen Thirteen!

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March 21st- A DIFFERENT “EARTH” HERE TODAY!

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Robert Browning who wrote GRAMMARIAN’S FUNERAL

 

Robert Browning and his Grammarian’s funeral are indeed great
“On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven, a perfect round.”
The line I like most as it has given me the vision for life.
” AIM HIGH, ACHIEVE HIGH” I used this thousands of time to motivate all!

The POET says:

That low man seeks a little thing to do,
Sees it and does it.
This high man, with a great thing to pursue,
Dies ere he knows it.

That low man goes on adding one to one,—
His hundred’s soon hit;
This high man, aiming at a million,
Misses an unit.
That has the world here—should he need the next,
Let the world mind him!
This throws himself on God, and unperplexed
Seeking shall find him.

Let us aim at a million- no matter we miss by an unit
A place in heaven is sure for me as my aim was high
ON THE EARTH THE BROKEN ARCS; IN THE HEAVEN A PERFECT ROUND
‘Aiming high and missing’ better than ‘aiming low and achieving’-joy unbound!

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LITERARY DOYEN IN GOD’S COMPANY.

 

Shri Dev Bharadwaj, Director IICCA, delivering Welcome address.

DEV BHARADWAJ of Chandigarh

India that is Bharath my motherland indeed is a holy land that has produced men of great literary caliber and one such was DEV BHARADWAJ of Chandigar .

Shri  DEv Bharadwaj-Editor of KAFLA INTERCONTINENTAL who organized 10th International Festival of Poets, Writers, and Scholars in Trivandrum on 27th and 28th December 2014 at Gandhi Bhavan Thiruvananthapuram which I attended and presented my poem on International Peace and my 3 and a half page report on the Festival was published in the KICSummer Issue 2015. He at the age of 70 passed away on 10th and funeral is taking place today at Chandigarh. May his soul rest in peace.
My books GIFT OF LIFE and my translation of Daisaku Ikeda’s poems to Tamil were released and I presented my paper on TRANSLATION LITERATUR.

On return I prepared a Report on the Festival and the same was published in his prestigious magazine which is  reproduced here for the benefit of rereading of thye same on tis sad occasion.

It was indeed a great delight to receive the letter dated 19th October 2014 from Shri Dev Bhardwaj, Director, India Inter –continental Cultural Association, Chandigarh, inviting me to participate in the 10th International Writers Festival, India (an International conference of poets, writers and scholars) scheduled for 27-28, December 2014 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It was all the more fascinating to me as I do not consider myself fit to be called as a poet, writer and/or scholar! Venue was announced as GANDHI BHAVAN, Thiruvananthapuram –the God’s own land, and the theme of the conference was to be Literature and World Peace with special focus on VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM- all very dear to my heart. Hence I decided to attend the Festival.

I love train travel and in fact when I visited TRIVANDRUM (as called in those days) couple of decades ago, I travelled by train-around sixteen hour travel from Chennai and I wrote a 64 line poem in English titled “DELIGHT INDEED IS TRAIN TRAVEL” which was greatly appreciated by the readers. But then my affectionate sons felt that sixteen hour train journey will be taxing their 74 year old father and organized my air travel-to and fro hardly taking 75 minutes by flight!

Since it was a couple of years, I visited air port- last was my air travel to Goa to attend the annual convention of the Authors’ Guild Of India” where I submitted a paper on “READING CULTURE IN INDIA” and presented a poem on “WORLD PEACE”-of course both were well received by the scholarly delegates, I agreed with their suggestion of air travel to the festival. Indigo flight took off at Chennai on Friday the 26th December at 16.10 hours and reached Trivandrum at 17.20 hours. Aircraft was full –all the 180 seats occupied. Seated along with me on the right of 18th row were Shri K P Radhakrishnan, a former MLA , Tamilnadu and a Tamil Scholar to attend the Festival and Smt. Ranjani Ranganathan- a student of journalism in Orissa, married in Delhi and hailing from Kerala! In seventy minutes, discussion on varied topics took place! Frills free flight-pay for water or snacks if you need! My sons paid two hundred and fifty rupees in addition to the ticket fares and that fetched me four slices of bread sandwich-tomato, cucumber, lettuce and cheese along with 250 ml of coke! Extra five hundred for both ways!!

Though the organizers arranged accommodation who have opted for the same in JAS Hotel and Hotel B G PLaza , nearer to the Festival venue, viz Gandhi Bhavan , Thycaud, Trivandrum, I chose to stay in the Guest House of Life Insurance Corporation of India whose employee was I for a little more than four decades! That beautiful and comfortable Guest House was six kilometers away in Pattom.

On that day to nourish, Saturday the December 27th, first day of the Festival, I reached the venue around eight in the morning (though the Conference was scheduled to commence only at 10.30 hrs.) in an auto driven by an honest driver who did not claim a rupee more than the meter rate, rare to come across in my place in these days!

“Gandhi Bhavan” Thycaud, venue of the Festival
“Gandhi Bhavan” Thycaud, venue of the Festival
Festival poster at the venue.
Festival poster at the venue.

The venue “Gandhi Smarak Nidhi”, Gandhi Bhavan, in Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram was located in calm and serene location. Though I was there two and a half hours ahead of the schedule, a nice Gandhi an, clad in saffron khadhi dhoti and pyjama, brightly bearded Secretary of the Bhavan Shri K G Jagadeesan received with love and respect. The building was sanctified by great personalities as Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India and Shri Lalbahadur Shastri, former Prime Minister in connection with foundation stone laying ceremony or inauguration of the building. A beautiful burst size statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of our Nation blesses us as we enter the main building.

The 10th International Writers’ Festival was organized by India Inter-Continental Cultural Association, Chandigarh. Co-organisers were Indian Ruminations, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and Shruti-the School of Music, Guwahati (Assam) and supported by Writers Club, Chandigarh and International Poets Society, Nellore (Andhra Pradesh). This was the 10th Festival organized by Kafla International- the first nine were held in Chandigarh (2004), Kurukshetra(2006), Agra(2007), Ambala Cantonment(2008), Jaipur(2009), Chennai((2010), Wardha(2011), Bhubaneswar((2012) and Nellore(2013).

This conference was attended by about thirty delegates from the countries like Bangladesh ((9), Croatia ((1), Kazakhstan (1), South Africa (1), Sudan (2), UK (1), USA (1), Uzbekistan (13), Brunei Darussalam(1) and Iran(1).

About 96 Indian delegates attended. Andhra Pradesh(3), Assam(1), Bihar(1), Chandigarh(10), Chhattisgarh(3), Gujarat(6), Haryana(2), Jharkhand(2), Karnataka(6), Kerala(15), Madhya Pradesh(3), Maharashtra(4), Meghalaya(1), Mizoram(1), Odisha(2), Puduchery(2), Punjab(6), Rajasthan(1), Tamilnadu((14), Telengana(7), Tripura(1), Uttar Pradesh(2) and West Bengal(3).

A beautifully designed booklet was brought out by the organizers providing all the details of the Festival along with the extracts of the papers to be submitted and poems to be presented-indeed a great guide to the delegates.

First session of the Festival on 27th was opening Ceremony and Welcome Speeches and release of Books as is usual with such conferences.
Shri Dev Bharadwaj, Director, IICCA welcomed the gathering.

The New Sunday Express, Thiruvananthapuram dated 28th December reported thus:

LITERARY FETE BEGINS
T.Puram: The two day 10th International Literary Meet and the Indian ruminations literary Festival began here on Saturday. Thomas Isaac MLA, who presided over the inaugural function, called for a radical shift in attitudes so as to facilitate the expansion of cultural activities in the country. “This is very much needed if the future generations are not to abandon art and culture and blindly follow the culture of consumerism,” he added. He said that capitalism would “force to convert” leisure time for promoting production. “Here we have a system that breeds greed. One should strive for a society that promotes sustainable development”, he said.

Poet Pudussery Ramachandran inaugurated the meet. He said that Mahatma Gandhi keenly worked for unity of people belonging to different groups. Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi Chairman N. Radhakrishnan, who spoke at the programme, said that the writers have become “change agents” of the society. Writers have the responsibility in molding the future generations, he said. Asror allayarov, a writer and journalist from Uzbekistan, poet Jacob Issac, and Laltluanglina khiangte, who received Padma Shree Award for literature and education in 2006, were also present at the inaugural function of the meet.

The meet held at Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi premises is being jointly organized by Indian Inter-Continental Cultural Association, Indian Ruminations, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi and Shruthi School of Music.”

Dr. N Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council for Gandhian Studies(New Delhi) Working Chairman Kerala Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, and Secretary General: Writers Forum for Harmony(New Delhi) addressed and his presidential address of KAFLA INTERCONTINENTAL”S 10th International writers Festival on the theme “THE IDEAL OF VASUDEIVA KUTUMBAKAM in RAJA RAO’S KANTHAPURA and the GREAT INDIAN WAY, distributed to all delegates proves a wonderful reading.

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After the addresses, a number of new books were released including this writer’s (N V Subbaramana’s) two books- his book of English poems titled “GIFT OF LIFE” translated into Telugu by the poet SRIRAGI, titled “BRATHUKU VARM” was received by PERUGU RAMAKRISHNAN, noted Telugu poet and writer, “THANNIR ALAI” in Tamil translated work of English poems of Japanese poet and the founder of Soka Gokai International, Japan, Daisaku Ikeda by N V Subbaraman was received by Pudussery Ramachandran.

In the two days of conference in all 36 papers by the Indian delegates and five papers of delegates from abroad were presented on different subjects keeping the focus on the main theme of the Conferences including my paper on “TRANSLATION LITERATURE”. Most of the papers were in English and a few in Hindi. All the scholarly papers were well received.

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In all 68 poems in English, Hindi, Malayalam were presented including my 30 line poem in English – “WORLD PEACE- THE NECTAR” and needless to say all were well received.

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Mr. Thomas Isaac MLA, and former Finance Minister, Kerala delivering address.
Mr. Thomas Isaac MLA, and former Finance Minister, Kerala delivering address.

In the evenings, songs were rendered in various languages – Hindi, Guajarati, Assamese, Punjabi and Malayalam proving that some of the poets can be great singers too!
On the whole several sessions of Paper submission, poems presentation and singing of songs in the evenings/nights were all well received.
On 27th night there was a candle light procession by the delegates for world peace and harmony and the candles were kept at the feet of Mahatma invoking his blessings and guidance. It was indeed a grand sight to witness!
Hospitality in the form of lunch and dinner was excellent. Typical Kerala food-raw rice, boiled rice, chapathi/roti, dhal, poriyal, sambar, rasam, curd, pappad, payasam , aviyal, raitha and so on- served with love and affection, regard and respect- a great experience indeed!
Timely tea and biscuits served as a great booster to the ‘at- times- tired- minds.’
Certificates were presented, merit awards were given, and mementos were presented to the organizers by the Kerala delegates.
Profuse vote of thanks was proposed by Sandhya and Parinita Goswami.

Pair behind the show!-Madam Sandhya and Parinita Goswami
Pair behind the show!-Madam Sandhya and Parinita Goswami

It was announced by Prof. Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh that they will be hosting the eleventh International Literary Festival at Dhaka in Bangladesh sometime in September / October 2015.

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Quite a number of delegates went on a picnic tour to Kanyakumari, Southern most point of India that is Bharath on Monday the 29th December 2014.

Organizing such a conference successfully is not an ordinary achievement. Lot of efforts has gone in for days and weeks together to make this festival a memorable one in life time.

Patron Mr. Jacob Isaac, a poet of international eminence and author of several books living in Kerala and South Africa and Mr. Perugu Ramakrishna, a poet and convener, International Poets Society, Nellore (AP) made significant contribution for the success of the conference.

It is no doubt a team work; yet particular compliments should have to be offered to sarva Shri Dev Bharadwaj Director IICCA, Chandigarh, Sandhya, Managing Editor and the Chief Programme Coordinator, Thiruvananthapuram, KG jagadeesan, Secretary, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Prof. J T jayasingh, Chief Editor, Indian Ruminations, and coordinator, and Associates Dr. Babitha Marine Justine, Philipose Thathampally, P L Sreedharan Parokode, Sham Singh and Sathi Balwinder Singh.

Yes; with a little more cooperation from the delegates, time could have been better managed. Planting of a sampling in the Gandhi Bhavan in commemoration would have been ideal.

With happy memories of the tenth international writers’ Festival, delegates returned to their headquarters with a firm resolve to pursue world peace and harmony, treating the entire world as one family through literary activities. I, N V Subbaraman, am not an exception!

Yes; those are the “DAYS TO NOURISH AND THOUGHTS TO CHERISH”!

Jai jegath!

NIGHTINGALE OF INDIA BIRTH DAY 13th February

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INDIA -my holy Motherland is the home of great women poets
Thirteenth February today is a great day in the poetry world
Birthday of India’s freedom fighter and poet Sarojini Naidu
In Eighteen Hundred Seventy Nine-National Women Day -kudos!

Sarojini Naidu actively participated in the Indian National
Movement for our freedom. great poet nicknamed’Nightingale of India.’
Sarojini Naidu a freedom fighter, the first woman governor of United Provinces,
Present Uttar Pradesh.day marks development of women in our Motherland!

Part of independence struggle, traveled all over the country, delivered lectures
To create social welfare. awarded the  Kaisar-i-Hind Medal for her work during
Plague epidemic She advocated women’s empowerment and established WIA
Author of famous works:re The Golden Threshold, The Bird of Time: Songs of Life,
Spring, The Magic tree, The Indian Weavers, The Broken Wing: Songs of Love,
We celebrate Women’s day today with hands folded in respect!

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IN AND OUT OF THE NOBLE CIRCLE!

Chennai Poets’ Circle is not new to my esteemed viewers as several references have been made earlier in this Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com – an elite group of poets budding and renowned and I must admit it is purely HIS will that I have been a part of this set up for quite a few years. This Sunday story is an attempt to give a fair report on the CPC’s ANNUAL SEMINAR on ENGLISH POETRY IN INDIA nicely organized and well attended by poets from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu.on 20th January at the World University Service Center in Chetpat, Chennai.
Let me share with my viewers with the feedback received by some of the poets who participated in the Seminar on their getting back to their places.

Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy, Vijayawada
Sun, Jan 20, 8:19 PM (3 days ago)
Respected Dr. Kannan,
Thank you so much for your mail CPC is one of the most looked-forward-to event for me as it so well and seamlessly organized by you and the CPC team, packing in a highly enlightening guest lectures in the inaugural session, illuminating paper readings and truly engaging poetry readings from CPC’s excellently put together annual poetry anthology Efflorescence by poets from across India and overseas! For me, as I keep saying CPC is second home.

SARANYA FRANCIS, Bangalore
Dear Mr Kannan
I truly appreciate your leadership and vision for CPC. The annual seminar is an exclusive event that focuses on poetry alone and avoids unnecessary frills. The event was well organised. Kudos to all your efforts. Hema, Jairam, Dr. Tirumeni, and rest of CPC core members. May your tribe increase.
Regards
Thank you all, Dr Tirumeni Sir, Hema, Jairam and you Dr Kannan Sir and Team CPC, for providing a memorable and poetically enriching experience every year!
Warm and respectful regards.

Vidya Shankar
Sun, Jan 20, 10:14 PM (3 days ago)
Dear Mr Kannan,
What I truly loved about today’s meet was the genuineness of the platform. It was authentic poetry in all its humility and grace. My husband and I feel so privileged to have been a part of it. Thank you for giving both of us the opportunity.
Please find below the google drive link to download the photos of the CPC meet held on 20-01-2019 at WUSC, Chennai.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1erLSjGIfIKQeS3_pUYLiun73RhhEXAar?usp=sharing
Thanks once again,
Vidya Shankar

Kannan Srinivas
Sun, Jan 20, 10:27 PM (3 days ago)
Dear Madam Vidya Shankar,
Greetings.
Mr.Shankar has done a highly commendable and selfless service in covering the entire proceedings of the Seminar.
He took countless photos with a smiling face and cheerful gentleness.
Our grateful thanks are due to him.
We at CPC are very much delighted to see both of you so much involved and dedicated towards the cause of Poetry .
With renewed thanks and kind regards
Dr S Kannan

Ravi Ranganathan
Mon, Jan 21, 10:46 AM (2 days ago)
Dear Dr.Kannan,
As you rightly mentioned the function yesterday was truly a remarkable national event of which all of us can be really proud of. I liked your significant remark about presentation of more papers as was done in earlier years. I am sure in future, a great deal of thought would be given to this aspect.This would really set us apart .
I went back with happy memories of the event. Thank you and all in the team who made it happen.
Regard

Madhu mathi
Jan 21, 2019, 5:41 PM (2 days ago)
Dear Mr.Kannan,
It was a fruitful experience, taking part in the CPC event, and meeting many beautiful creative minds. Felt very happy, and blessed to be a part of it.
Much grateful to you, Jairam Seshadri Sir, Hema Ravi Ma’m, and to the entire team for organising and making this event a memorable one for all.
Being my first time at the CPC event, felt very happy to meet so many poets; inspired by the Kaleidoscope of thoughts and emotions flowing through words from each one of them.
The chief guests’ speech too were interesting, and thought-provoking.
Wishing each and everyone in the CPC family, many many journeys of sowing poetry in the universe…
Warm regards,
Madhumathi.H

Given below is the newspaper coverage of the event as an example:
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Anthology ‘Efflorescence 2018′ released at Chennai Poets’ Circle seminar
Posted on January 21, 2019 by NT Bureau

Chennai: Age is no bar for creativity: You would not think this is a tired cliche if you had attended the annual seminar of Chennai Poets’ Circle (CPC) on Sunday, 20 January, at the World University Service Centre, Chetpet. The highlight of this year’s seminar was the contribution of poets aged 11 years to 87 years.
The CPC is a non-profit, non-sectarian, literary body of academicians, professionals, students and homemakers interested in poetry writing in English, and sharing such creativity with like-minded personalities; over the years, the CPC has spread its wings nationally and internationally.
The local members of CPC meet once a month to recite and discuss poetic views. At the annual seminar, distinguished guest speakers share their views on poetry, member-poets present academic papers on Indian English writing and recite their poems in front of a distinguished gathering of poets, special invitees and the public. Amateur guest poets are encouraged to recite their poems.
During the seminar on Sunday, the anthology ‘Efflorescence 2018’, a collection of poems written by its members, was released.
The chief guest on the occasion was Dr C N Srinath, director, Dhvanyaloka Centre for Indian Studies, Mysuru, and the guest of honour was Dr V Rajagopalan, retired HOD, English, MCC College, Chennai.
Dr Thirumeni, chairman, welcomed the gathering, and Dr Kannan traced the achievements of the CPC in the last few years. Hema Ravi, secretary, anchored the poetry reading session in the forenoon, while Jairam Seshadri compered the proceedings in the afternoon session.
The paper presentations were chaired by Dr T V Reddy, Dr Biplab Chakraborty and Dr Kannan. Sharing their erudition with the audience, the speakers spoke about the contribution of great poets, emphasising that the poet is a ‘seer’ and poetry is the encounter with the impossible.
Quoting a renowned poet, one of the speakers said, “Like a piece of ice on a hot stove, the poem must ride on its own melting.” The role of poets in ‘digital detoxification’ was also stressed upon.
The highlight of this year’s seminar was the contribution of poets aged 11 years to 87 years and paper presentations by academicians from Sastra University. Eminent writer, poet and media personality, Andal Priyadarshini, who has been awarded the Kalaimamani award by the Tamilnadu government, was among the audience as a contributing poet.
Poets had come from Tirupati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Puducherry and Tiruchi. Two budding poets, aged seven and ten, wards of member-poets recited their verses confidently in front of the gathering.
For details, contact secretary, Hema Ravi, at 9841003201.

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I am sure my esteemed viewers have received a fairly a good report on the event.

The said Anthology carries the following Poems by me and Miss. S Nivetha one of the EIGHT young poets who contributed their creations to the Anthology.
Dr. V. Rajagopalan, Guest of Honor who was the Principal and Head of the English Department quoted a few lines from the Book FLY,FLY,FLY published by S > NIVETHA (released in the last Seminar in 2018) and commended the imagination and expression of the young poet and wished her every success.
Following is Nivetha’s poem in the Anthology released on this occasion:
CHENNAI POETS’ CIRCLE

Chennai Chennai Poets’ Circle my literary home
Heartily I pray for its noble service-dome!
Elder poets are there to guide me ever nice
Naturally it is my literary home twice
Never can I leave my noble home I enjoy
Advising me how to write poetry with joy
Influenced me a lot in my thoughts and words!

Poetry, the soul of my family members
Offers opportunities for the young ones too
Ever I will remain grateful to my elders
Thanking them for all their kindness shown to me
Several great minds and hearts are there to help and guide!

Circle with long radius has lot of members
In Chennai and outside-deem it as a prestige
Reading and writing poems of their choice willing
Caring the young ones like me giving good training
Lot of opportunities to present in meets
Every month which I am not able to avail.

Members discuss art and science of writing poems
Young ones can learn a lot from the experienced.

Literary talents I would like to develop
Inside my home with others to guide
Trained poet can be more effective than others
Enthusiasm injected by all members
Remember I will- all through my life happily
Along with others I also write usefully
Rectification of any error-I get
Yearly once the Anthology blossoms bright!

Home is where I get food for literary thought
Opportunities provided by my beloved home
Many more I have to try and create shortly
Ever increasing thirst I have for poetry!

An acrostic poem –“CHENNAI POETS’ CIRCLE –MY LITERARY HOME”.

S.Nivetha an upcoming young poet aged 19, is studying in the second
year of Degree course in Chennai. India. She was the youngest poet
delegate in the International Multilingual Poets Meet held in
Vijayawada on 13 and14th November in 2016 and again the youngest delegate inthe Annual Poetry Seminar organized by Chennai Poets’ Circle in January 2017. She is well anthologized. She writes prose and verse, a good painter and cartoonist. Nivetha finds a place of pride in the INDIAN BOOK OF RECORDS FOR CHILDREN for having participated in the Vijayawada Meet as the youngest poet.
S.Nivetha.
12/2045,Jeevan Bima Nagar,
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Phone: +919840477552, 044-26544950

My poem published in the EFFLORESCENCE 2018

TIRUKKURAL
GLORY OF GOD

1. “A” leads the language
The Lord Almighty protects
Like peacock’s plumage!
2. Learning lacks meaning
If the learner believes not
In Him – protecting!
3 He surely lives long
Who seeks the feet of the Lord
To whom the noble throng!
4. To the one who clings
To HIM beyond likes-dislikes
No woes the life brings!
5. Who sings in HIS praise
Seeking HIS love and grace
Freed from the sins nice!
6. For long he lives for sure
Who treads HIS path sans desires
In this world – pure!
7. Who seeks not HIM whose
Compassion beyond compare
Never free from worry’s woes!
8. He can’t cross the sea
Of sins if he thinks not HIM
Indeed Virtues Sea!
9. Those heads that pray not
The God of eight virtues sure
Have eyes and ears just dot(s)!
10. Those who pray the Lord
Nicely cross the sea of birth
Others don’t – face woes!

These ten couplets are my translation of the Magnum Opus Thirukkural by Thiruvalluvar written about 2000 years ago in Tamil into English. The chapter 1 of the 133, speaks about the Glory of God.

N V Subbaraman, a bilingual poet is the Asia -Pacific Book of Records holder for his Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS n https://nvsr.wordpress.com.
He has participated in many poetry festivals of which he holds International Multilingual Poets Meet held in November 2016 at Vijayawada and the Seminar organized by Chennai Poet’s Circle in January 2018 high in his mind. He is a haikuist with more than 1000 haiku to his credit and he is a Member of the American Haiku Society. He has published 38 books in English and Tamil. He is retired Deputy Zonal Manager of Life insurance Corporation of India.
N V Subbaraman
12/1045, Jeevan Bima Nagar,
Chennai 600101.
044/26544950;9840477552
nvsubbaraman@gmail.com

Indeed the day was a very memorable one for all the poets present in the Seminar.
Dr.C. Thirumeni, Chairman of CPS extended a very warm welcome which was very chill outside due to mid-winter season, Dr.S.Kannan President of CPC, delivered his Presidential Address, followed by the launch of the Anthology by Dr. Prof. C N Srinath, Chairman, Bhavanyaloka Center for Indian Studies, Mysore..Dr. V.Rajagopalan addressed the gathering of Poets. Annual Report was presented by Shri Jairam Seshadri, Treasurer. Poetry presentation first session started.
After delicious lunch, poetry session continued and two papers were presented by two academicians. Vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs.Hema Ravi. After National Anthem, poet delegates returned carrying the great memories “IN AND OUT OF THE NOBLE CIRCLE”.
Thus we end our this week’s Sunday story and the week to follow as usual. Till then GOOD BYE!