Author: Kailash Vajpeyi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171674305
This volume brings together the best of Hindi poetry to a worldwide readership.
Hindi, since its inception has been the language of revolt. It emerged as a powerful tool of expression around AD 750 when Sarahapa, a Buddhist monk during his stay at the Nalanda University, composed couplets denouncing traditional beliefs prevalent among the masses. Similarly Gorakhnath, a poet reformer, through his mystic writings propagated the idea of a classless society through self-discipline. The writings of Sarahapa, Gorakhnath and Kabir are essentially sectarian and underline the importance of universal oneness.
From then, up to independence, Hindi poetry has crossed many bridges, Nirala, the propounder of nai kavita, not only lived an unusual life but also experimented with various poetic techniques which have inspired several generations of poets.
This anthology brings together five generations of Hindi poets, whose talents have been acknowledged through several awards and citations.
This book is a commendable effort that it compiles a wide range of poetry from over five generations of poets whose talents have been acknowledged through several awards. The scope is awesome and the results praiseworthy. - First City
The editor has done a good job by bringing tout such a superb collection of poems written in Hindi by a galaxy of poets. - Sunday Tribune