Kshar/ Akshar (Perishable/ Imperishable)

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Kshar/ Akshar (Perishable/ Imperishable)
Collection of Poems

Writer – Dr. Rajendra Bhandari

Published by: Janpaksha Prakashan,
“Super Market”, (Gangtok, Sikkim)

Printed at – Modern Deepak Press, Varanasi.

Year of Publication – 1998
Binding: Paperback
Price   : 150/-

Dr. Rajendra Bhandari.

“Kshar/ Akshar” (Perishable/ Imperishable) is the third anthology of poems published in the year 1998 after the release of two of Bhandari’s earlier collection of poems, namely “Huide yee Chisa Raatka Pardaharuma” (In the veils of cold wintery nights) published in the year 1979 and the second collection of poems titled “Yee Sabhdaharu: Yee Harafharu” (These words: These lines) 1986.

Bhandari’s third anthology of poem contains a total of 48 poems. All the poems in this collection portrays detoriating socio cultural values, political aspirations of the Gorkha’s of India, widening human relationships, urban loneliness, reckless de – humanization of urban society and beurocratic corruption. His poems are like an abstract art “What you read today might be different, while reading tomorrow”.

One of his poem from “Kshar/Akshar” entitled “Baan vitra harayeka goreto haru” (The lost pathway inside the forest) takes the reader back to the periphery of the village and portrays the stark realities in a rather metamorphic way also portraying the social structure of the village with lines like:
“At home, they start cramming the table of five,
Five into five equals to the torn blouse of their mother
Four into four equals to the wrinkled face of the father”.
This poem in some way or the other demonstrates the memory of the distant past, over burdened with domestic and agricultural activities.

Likewise, his other poem from the same book namely “Hariyo chowr ra Marble Aankhaharu” (Green meadows and Marble eyes) is a quasi – poem standing between the urban and rural life. The poem rightly portrays the reckless de humanization of the urban society. In the poem the poet far from the marble (signifying urbanity), harks the reader to the landscape of the green meadows and tempts to take refuge in it.  Finally ending off with an open ending with lines like:
“And listen to our heartbeats in that green meadow.
 “By the way, how old are you?”

Bhandari with his friend Jayant Mahapatra (renowned Indian English writer)

“Bazaar garera” (From the Market) is yet another interesting satirical poem from the same book. It highlights the churning political and economic problem of the society and Vanity as its central theme. The poet has travelled far beyond the trammeling incidents of ordinary life and from that nameless position and yet he has depicted practical examples in the poem with lines like
“How far is Nirvana from the Kerosene Queue”
This poem is dynamic in its approach. It’s like an original abstract art always delivering fresh thoughts.

Other poems like “Mamuli kura” (Ordinary matters), “Mashina Kushiharu” (Small pleasures) from this collection along with the other 44 poems Nepali poems is full of Life, Laughter, love and melancholy. One may not find traditional; rhythm in his poems, context to the usage of metres, rhymes, alliteration and accents. But it is never to be forgotten that real rhythm is inherent in our consciousness.

Finally to remind the readers of Bhandari’s earlier poem where he delves into Meta fiction of the writing process and craft with lines like:
‘Return, O words
From here onwards
I ought to proceed alone”.

About the Poet:

Dr. Rajendra Bhandari is an Indian Gorkha poet. He was born in Bong Busty, Kalimpong (West Bengal) on 28th September, 1956. He did his schooling from Kumdini Homes, Kalimpong and later joined Kalimpong College for his Graduation. He completed his Master’s in Nepali from North Bengal University after which he acquired the degree of PhD from the same University. Bhandari has published five collections of poems in Nepali. He is the finest and first Gorkha writer to have been named in the list of Nobel Prize for Literature consecutively for two years – 2012 and 2013.
In 2013, three eminent Indian writers were in the probable list including names like Mahashweta Devi, K Satchidanandan and Dr. Bhandari was also one out of the three Literati’s from India.


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