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Unforseen Affection and Other Love Poems

Jayaprabha (Author) P.V. Narasimha Rao (Translator)
Synopsis Unforeseen Affection and Other Love Poems is a collection of poems written in Telugu by Jayaprabha between 1993 and 2000. These poems have been translated from the original language by P.V. Narasimha Rao, India’s former prime minister and well respected scholar. It was one of the last assignments he undertook before his demise, because he felt the imagery expressed in them deserved a wider audience. Jayaprabha’s traditional upbringing and modern learning have provided the right mix for her creativity. Love is the common thread that runs through these poems; yet each is different in thought, distinct in expression and peerless in imagery. Jayaprabha frequently dips into Hindu mythology and Indian culture for various symbols and images to buttress her thoughts. She is equally comfortable using modern symbols to express a woman’s feelings. Her poems represent the modern Indian woman who doesn’t hesitate to express passion nor pretend to be coy and evasive about romance. Jayaprapha’s love poems are romantic, sensuous, but not non-sexual. They are melancholic but not mired in depths of sorrow. In a sense, these poems are as ancient as love, yet stand firm and fresh in the contemporary world.
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About the authors


Jayaprabha has published seven volumes of poetry and two books on literary criticism and also edited and published a small journal called Lohita for a year (1989), devoted to women’s issues. Her poems have appeared in many Indian and international anthologies.

P.V. Narasimha Rao

Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao served as Congress minister in Andhra Pradesh, and became chief minister of the state in 1971. In 1973, he was elected to the Lok Sabha, and went on to hold several cabinet posts under Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, including those of foreign minister and home minister. After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991, Rao was chosen to lead the Congress party, and became prime minister of India. Leading a minority government, Rao was the first prime minister from outside the Gandhi-Nehru family to serve out a full five-year term. Rao resigned as Congress president after the party lost the 1996 general elections. He died in December 2004.

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Title Unforseen Affection and Other Love Poems
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0144000857
length 248p.