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Ek Pal Ki Umr Lekar - Book Review by Amritbir Kaur



We have a moment and a lifetime. A lifetime is a collection of moments, we all know and we all live life like that. Greatness comes to those who live every moment as a lifetime. These are the kind of thoughts brought to our mind by the title ‘Ek Pal ki Umr Lekar’ (Having a moment’s lifetime). Sajeev Sarathie in his maiden collection of poetry in Hindi entitled ‘Ek Pal ki Umr Lekar’ has tried to sum up the whole life in few words. Moreover, doing so in a language other than one’s mother tongue adds to the stature of success. Born in a small town of Kerela, Sajeev Sarathie went on to carve out a niche for himself in the literary world of our national language, Hindi.
He writes in a rhythmical flow with such ease that surpasses some of the native Hindi poets. His anthology begins with a sense of nostalgia in the poem ‘Sooraj’, flows like a river:
“Sadiyon se beh raha hoon
Kisi nadi ki tarah”
Zindagi mili hai kabhi
Kisi ghat par
To kisi kinare
Kabhi ruka hoon pal-do-pal”
(from ‘Kisi Nadi ki Tarah’)

“For centuries
I’ve been flowing like a river
Life met me sometimes
In shallow waters
Or on the banks
Have I paused for a while.”
The themes of his poetry consist of varied shades that we experience from birth till death. An aura that pervades a majority of his poems is that of nostalgia longing. Very beautifully the poet tries to contain in his words the bubbling childhood in his poem ‘Ek Yaad’. When he talks of the journey of child going to his village school and coming back home.
“Un kadmon ke nishaan
Abhi mite nahin hain.”
(from ‘Ek Yaad’)
(“Those footprints
Not wiped out yet.”)
A noticeable feature of his poetry is the use of the technique of alliteration. Quite a few poems in his anthology exhibit the trait of having a number of lines beginning with the same word.

“Aisa sparsh dedo mujhko
Jis mein surya si ushma ho
Jis mein chaand si sheetalta
Jis mein dhayan si abha ho”
“Give me such a touch
That has the light of Sun
That has the soothness of moon
That has an aura of meditation.”

In all this collection of poems and ghazals is unique in the fact that a Keralite has woven a poetic yarn so beautifully in Hindi. Going through the poems one can feel the emotions and feelings of the poet looking at you from behind a line or glancing at you through a word.


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