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Poem seeking the writer...

There are Yoga experts who talk of virtues of celibacy. There are writers who talk of looking within for inspiration. There are economists who talk of finding solutions through internal restructuring. Then there is Dhananjaya Kumar, a poet, a writer, a Yoga expert, a former World Bank official. He reveals his secrets here to ZIYA US SALAM...


SEX SELLS. Now, so does celibacy. It has its virtues. Beyond the burgeoning population. It leaves you feeling good, looking great and smelling just fine. It gives you glowing skin, contented soul. And shall we say it... leads to greater vitality! Products of sex may have been there for all to see all these years, now so are virtues of abstinence.

The virtues, which have found plenty of takers in Uncle Sam's land, war or no war, Americans are not making love. Or at least shouldn't be. Just ask Dhananjaya Kumar who spent 25 years with the World Bank before discovering that there is more to life than just financial amelioration. Kumar has just produced a series on Yoga System in the U.S. and has received encouraging response from men who matter, and men whose mind prevails over the middle.

However, that is not the reason we are talking about this Varanasi guy. Okay he has made his share of waves in America, but there is much more to this seasoned man than just Yoga and the virtues of internal cleaning, self-massage, and relaxed breathing. He has been on the ball for longer than people have played ball. A playwright who loves to pen Hindi poetry and manages to find time to adapt Mohan Rakesh's "Lehron Ke Rajhans" as "In The Shadow of the Buddha", Kumar is a prolific and candid man who reserves his best when quite stirred. Having released his collection of Hindi poems, "Barf Ke Deewaar" and edited "Dishantar", he is ready to share a thing about his works. "Barf Ki Deewaar and all other literary offerings are manifestations of inner reality. "Whenever I have attempted to write, nothing useful has come out. I just have to experience, witness, and wait for an expression to surface. And initially all expressions are non-mental, hence non-linguistic and probably not different from the source of any other creativity. Giving words to those expressions is where the writer's skill comes in," says Kumar.


Writing is a patient, painstaking exercise. Says he, "This does not allow me to follow any literary convention or metaphor, because I cannot fit or tailor my writing into an existing form and shape. Except for music I find rhythm and music in the whole creation, and anything that comes out of me naturally adopts a musical pattern. I have no urge to write for the sake filling pages, publishing, or seeking fame. I do not simply describe objects in flowery language, or try to convince others of my point of view."

Well, he has been having his say all these years. Having published "Adhuri Baat" in 1995 and "Dhara Se Gagan Tak" in 1999, he is no prisoner of mood. And is at equal producing a play for children and reading English poetry on Voice of America. He coats his prolific streak with self-effacing modesty. "I generally do not have a point of view, because that requires a specific perspective or discipline. And what may appear to be valid from one point of view is obviated from another. My worldview tends to be broad enough to encompass broadest spectrum of perspectives including the physical sciences, the material universe, the cosmic expanse, the inner psyche, socio-political evolution, and spirituality. My search is for the source of all phenomenon - the subtle substratum - the birthplace of creativity. Sometimes it feels like I am the poem seeking the writer."

Enough of "Barf Ki Deewaar"? Well, Kumar is not finished yet. He is onto another book. But that will have to wait. He wants that the world should be able to see it only when he would be out of sight. But not out of mind, shall we say?

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