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The Native Bird

Basanta Kumar Kar (Author)

In this age of violence, resurgence of medieval fundamentalism and onslaught of market forces, The Native Bird, an anthology of poems, by Basanta Kumar Kar opens the windows to the nature, to the realms of sensitivities and soft emotions.  Keshav malik, former Editor, Indian Literature comments thus: ?Mr Basanta Kumar Kar is a prolific poet.  During my last meeting he was kind enough to inform me that he had penned poems numbering a couple of thousands, though he has come into the muse not all that long ago. This is to his credit.  His perseverance ought to be acknowledged.  Apparently there is a whole world of experience in him waiting to be given tongue.  He brings out the words and comments that we involuntarily mumble incoherently in our hearts, out to the broad daylight in a formed language.  This art entails much courage for the risk taken.  Of course, there awaits much applause for his act of imagination which is bound to touch some hearts.  "Whether anyone assaying poems succeeds in evoking response from an individual here or a larger mass of readership there, is in the lap of the Gods.  The poet's best bet is not to think of the matter at all and only to single-mindedly hear the mill of his mind and translate them into a brisk action forming thoughts and then words in clarity.  It if you, as poet, as content with this, you are sufficiently rewarded.  If any further manna falls.  Your way, take it with a wry smile and thankfulness.  "Mr Kar has all the ingredients of every human in Him, in his inner life, which may be alchemy into art.  Perhaps he has done so already in this ample volume of verse.  But this matter each reader has to decide for himself/herself as for me there is but to wish him much luck in his earnest endeavours.

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About the author

Basanta Kumar Kar

Mr. Basanta Kumar Kar (b. 1961) hails from Kendrapara, Orissa (India). A student of English literature, Law and Rural Management, Mr. Kar has a passion for poetry since his childhood. But it is during his stint at Chhatisgarh (India), that he was inspired to write this collection of poems. Mr Kar has almost 22 years of experience in the social development sector. Currently, he heads the state operations of Care India, an international development organization in the state of Chhattisgarh. He is credited with having delved deep into the plight of the poor and the vulnerable from a close range, in India and abroad. In this anthology Mr Kar expresses his finest sense of strangeness added to beauty. "Poetry is the outpouring of the heart and the head; the alphabets and the words are offshoots," says Kar. The Naive Bird is his first published book. The Silent Monsoon, the second collection of his poems, is a sequential expression to 'The Naive Bird'. Being encouraged by the readers, Mr. Kar is currently writing his third collection of poems The Pinnacle of Sorrow which deals with people's predicament, agony and vulnerability in a real-life situation.

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Sanjeev - The Naive Bird Jan, 01, 1970

Excellent book and classic. Suitable for all ages and generations.

Bibliographic information

Title The Native Bird
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189129066
length x+102p.