Out of the so many poems I read in this column this was a peculiar one having the exactness and truth of events that discourages a new born poet and the real confrontation he meets. No more comments about the poem since these are seems to be events.
I had a chance to meet Dr. Tapan Kumar Pradan at my house and had a long and interesting chat with him!
When met face to face, I could see a different side of his personality! Dr. Tapan is so sensitive to the problems of the down trodden and has cent percent commitment to his profession, who has travelled extensively and has an enormous fund of experience to his credit. In the midst of his onerous responsibilities as an executive of the Reserve Bank, he finds time to engage in umpteen social activities like planting trees, helping farmers, writing poems, socializing and so on... Warm and humane... let him thrive as a poet of great excellence and recognition!
I have had the great pleasure of coming into contact with Dr. Pradhan and his
great works. He is a gifted writer and is very well known for his observations
and critique. He has guided me in areas of literature that was unknown to me
and assisted me in testing the unknown waters of the poetry world.
His style of writing and delivery of poetry is very unique in many ways. His use
of many variations and styles of poetry is very admirable. A well known and
well rounded Poet he is.
A very gifted poet who is rather unknown in the literary world. I stumbled upon Pradhan's works quite accidentally. Decided to write his biography, which is quite interesting. The wide range of poetic styles is quite breath taking. Writing with a flowing diction, with rhythm, humour, sarcasm, symbols and metaphors, Pradhan is equally at ease with lyrics and free verse.
Dr Tapan is good at romantic love poems. But surprisingly he got all his awards for the philosophical and psychological type poems. Two Women and I, She and She are more popular. But I like the shorter ones like Nachiketa, Now is Time, Enchantress and Epiphany etc. Wind in Afternoon is another classic. Pradhan's Kalahandi poem may also be uploaded in PH.
Kissing a Woman
Just five years ago she won't let me come near her, let alone a kiss - her lips were a forbidden territory.
I would coax her, cajole her plead with her and fall at her feet, begging