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Colour of poetry

B. Sandhya's collection of poems is being released on December 16


`NEERMARUTHILE UPPAN,' a book of poems, is an amalgamation of the creative work of a police officer who took time to delve into words, images, rhyme and metre.

Poet and artist B. Sandhya, who is also the DIG Crime, says that her poetry is a refection of her mind. In a preface to the book, she explains the reason why she writes and how she manages to spend some time with the muse everyday.

"The coral of thoughts and the beads of experience are threaded on the golden thread of words. That is poetry."


The story of the poems

Forty-three poems have been included in the book that is being published by Saindhva Publications. The first part of the book called `Kavithayude katha,' contains poems preceded by brief notes to explain the context in which a poem was written. Some of the poems are very brief and resemble haikus. "People often ask me how I find the time to write and paint. It was to answer this frequently-asked-question that I included a write-up also called `Kavithayude Katha.'

"I usually write after 10.30 p.m. and only when I feel the urge to write or paint. My day begins early at 6.00 as my daughter Haima, who is a student of Class VI in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, has to leave by 6. 30 a.m."

The spark that ignites the urge to express herself in carefully chosen words could be a person, place, bird or flower. There is even a poem titled `Fayalukal.' She has also done the illustrations and cover design of the book. Along with the book release on December 16, a two-day exhibition of Sandhya's paintings will also be held on December 16 and 17.

Sandhya seems to derive her inspiration from nature. Many of her poems and paintings are replete with images of nature.

In fact, a chunk of her paintings depict wild flowers that we see around us. Devoid of garish colours, the beauty of the paintings lies in its simple strokes and monotone colours.

Flowers on canvas

"My collection of flowers is called `Kattu pookalum, nattu pookalum,' (Wild flowers, country flowers). We find them in the fields and hedges in rural areas.

Perhaps my fascination for such rustic images has to do with my upbringing in Pala on the banks of the Meenachil river," says Sandhya. Her abstracts in oils focus on contemporary issues.

S.N.

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