No one laments and sings a mirthless dirge
when the magnificence of the magnolia wilts
or the glow of the marigold…
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The Author has been featured in the Cover Story of business magazine Corporate Citizen in its 16-31 Dec 2015 issue. It carries an interview and a supporting story.
Here is the cover page of the magazine.
The pdf version of the complete story is given below. If you wish to download the full story, please right click here and choose ‘Save Link As’. You can also click this link to open the document in a new window for better readability.
You perhaps have grown tired of me
and do not respond to my anxious calls
nor to my frantic messages.
You look the other way when
we cross each other’s tracks by default
hoping that I shall crumble
into a heap of ignoble dust
to be blown away to nothingness
or I would dissolve my heart bit by bit
in the salinity of my caustic tears.
But I assure you
I too would forget you and ignore you
fraction by fraction
and soon your name would be wiped
off my conscience like
the writings on the sands on the beach
licked clean by one sweep
of an indignant wave
and then I would spread my wings
once again to fly off to
another far off land and roost on
Link to the publication: http://www.newenglishreview.org/Dilip_Mohapatra/Moving_On/
The Author’s two books, ‘Another Look‘ and ‘Points to Ponder’ were formally released in an event organised by Authorspress, the publisher at the Press Club of India, New Delhi in the evening of 23 August 2015. The books were launched by his poet friends Anand Kumar, Subrata Bandopadhyay with Sudarshan Kcherry of Authorspress on the dais. The program was compered by Monica Sharma and was attended by a niche audience of Delhi’s literati.
Later, in the same event the author as the Chief Guest, released 10 more books published by Authorspress and written by various authors.
The Author is presiding over the Book Launch event being organised by Authorspress at the Press Club of India, New Delhi on 23 August. Two of his latest books, Another Look and Points to Ponder will also be formally launched in this function.
You are cordially invited to attend the event. Below is the invitation and other details:
The Author’s new book P2P is out of press. This is a compilation of some of the Author’s Facebook posts in the group called P2P nee Points to Ponder started by him during 2014. The book will have his thoughts in point form on various life issues like Relationship, Social, Spirituality, Humanity, etc.
The book has just been launched at Delhi in the Press Club of India on 23 Aug 2015 along with his 3rd Poetry Collection ‘Another Look‘.
Here is the cover page of the book P2P:
Under the banyan tree in the street corner
few worn out scooter tires and semi-wet sands
which once supported the earthen pots
filled with drinking water not long ago
now feel desolate and deserted.
The red flames on the Gulmohar trees
flanking the streets doused by the first showers
have lost their sheen to the verdant green.
Blue polythene covered sheds have mushroomed
along the rows of shops skirting the footpaths.
The summer has slipped away
and perhaps is hiding behind the clouds
and a farmer in his ramshackle hut
puts an aluminum pot below the dripping hole
on his thatched roof and scrapes
the dry mud off his overused plough.
and the clouds split open
the gutters running parallel
on both sides of
the narrow village gully
swell up in a spate and
bridge the gap
to shake hands.
An endless ribbon of
muddy brown water
slithers on the road
like a huge serpent
after its prey
a faint and translucent sun
swims on its back lazily
a wanton wind whistling
through the coconut fronds.
Tiny dots of paper boats
appear from nowhere
riding the crests and troughs
of the gushing stream
dancing in tandem
to the rhythms of the ripples
with no compass nor chart
and no harbour to enter.
They set sail on their uncertain course
with no ropes nor even an anchor
and with no cargo in the holds
of their folds
but their transparent rigging
laden with laughter and cheer
and boundless glee
like the trinkets twinkling
on a Christmas tree.
The notebooks become
thinner and thinner
while some topple and capsize
and some continue to stay afloat
their keels becoming
wetter and heavier as they sail by.
An infinite joy abounds
in the air and
spirits soar high.
Link to the original publication: http://www.jellyfishwhispers.com/2015/08/two-poems-by-dilip-mohapatra.html
The eyes that we see
and the eyes that see us
in pairs are not
simple windows to our mind
to let the light in passively
and what they see
are not always the truth
sometimes mistaking a mirage
for an oasis
yet sometimes seeing
the universe in a cocoon
but when they speak
the language of love
trust and gratitude
they can never lie.
You close one
to focus on the bull’s eye
speaking the language of
You transcend from
mystic to esoteric
when you set free your
atrophied third eye
from the confines
of your pineal gland
and unleash its fiery tongue
to lick up the evil
and burn it to ashes.
And as you close them
and shut them out
to the world around you
you delve deep
and they converse with you
in your meditative silence
with reasons and reflections
to probe within
seeking the supreme being
in your soul
and then you see the mirror
with no aberration.
Link to the publication: http://www.newenglishreview.org/Dilip_Mohapatra/Eyes/