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An Interview with the multi-faceted personality Dhiraj Das

Interviewed by Somenath Kumar Nag, Literary Critic In an interview with me, Dhiraj Das, one of the prolific poets of contemporary time, shares his views on poetry, discusses in length how poetry can function around the socio-cultural milieu. While reviewing his anthology of poems, titled Walking with the Dead, I got the opportunity to take an interview. Here goes what he has to say. Somenath: How will you define poetry? Dhiraj Das: Poetry is simply an artistic reflection of thoughts on the mirror of intense emotion. Somenath: What is the function of a poet? Dhiraj Das: Oh! Very simple, writing poetry! Poetry is an artistic tool to share thoughts as it is the reflexion of heart. So, heart to heart communication can be done through poetry. I do believe that poetry can literate or educate people worldwide. On a personal note, I believe as a poet I must have the ethics neither to hurt the reader nor to lead them to the path of destructive escape through my own vibrations or agony or emotions. A good poetry carries a message to leave a space to make the reader think in their own way. There should have a flexibility to let the readers think in their own way after educating them with some fact or happening. Now you can imagine the responsibility of a poet to function on the heart of the reader. Somenath: Do you think poetry has any role to preach the readers on moral grounds? Dhiraj Das: Preaching in poetry on moral ground is just a type of diversion without any conclusion. We can’t force our view or philosophy to anybody. If we do so then simply we are continuing with our dictatorship to build a Utopia. Ethically a poet should not force his philosophy or opinion to the mass but he can educate the mass and let the mass think on their own way. Just imagine, as a poet I am against the society where an identity crisis is prime. But, think as a man I am a valuable part of this society. So I can’t blame the society because I can’t exclude myself from my own society as a poet. You know; a poet can literate or educate or share his own thoughts as a solution of certain problems but he can’t expect that others in society will follow his own philosophy. Somenath: Do your poems corroborate to the eastern philosophy? If so, how have you synthesized it? Dhiraj Das: Yes indeed. As a part...

Cricket World Cup 2015 bonanza

Cricket World Cup 2015 kicked off amidst great excitement and expectations of a billion fluttering hearts in Australia and New Zealand. Even the Google page reflected the various encounters of the World Cup. The exquisite stadiums at Melbourne and Sydney were breathtaking. The glitzy World Cup logo was perfect too. With the islanders hosting the World Cup after twenty three years, the home crowd had lapped it up. The experience of cascading events that dot a World Cup has been as usual set alight by the club of participating teams across the globe. This Cricket World Cup had proffered a splendid array of images that had made the gallery of the 2015 eleventh edition a pleasure to relish. The cricketing extravaganza started with New Zealand shrugging off Sri Lanka with ease. Some of the lingering ones includes fiery fast bowler Mitchell Starc, unorthodox Glenn Maxwell, classy Virat Kohli and elegant Ab de villers. West Indian Chris Gayle sparkled with the first ever Cricket World Cup double hundred against Zimbabwe. However, it was Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill, who is also the leading run scorer of the tournament, blazed his way to an unbeaten 237 against the West Indies that completely overshadowed Gayle’s efforts. This World Cup also witnessed the superb performances of left arm fast bowlers – Pakistani Wahab Riaz, Australian Mitchell Starc and New Zealand’s Trent Boult, who had really made the ball talk with their swing and pace. This four year mega event has been fantastic throughout. It was heartbreak for the Indian fans after the 2011 champions bowed out to hosts Australia in the semi-final. On the other hand, it was a total feast for New Zealand, who went unbeaten into the final. Senior players like Mahela Jaywardhane, Daniel Vettori, Kumar Sangakkara and Micheal Clarke will not be seen again in a Cricket World Cup event. Only Micheal Clarke got a fitting farewell with Australia becoming the World champions. It was a sparking Australian win after they faltered in the 2011 edition. Gleen Maxwell’s innovative stroke play will never be forgotten. Ab de villers, the captain of the South African cricket team, had a marvelous outing with the bat. Mitchell Starc’s unbelievable Yorkers had every batsman struggling. No doubt, he was the highest wicket taker of the tournament. All this brilliant performances will keep me waiting for the next episode in England in 2019. The entire event was so glamorous that even the famous Australian sledging could not spoil it. Cricket World Cups are the most fascinating...

ISIS executes British aid worker

In another barbaric murder the Islamic State militants released a video showing the beheading of British hostage David Haines. This beheading of a British aid worker by the dreaded Islamic State terror group was addressed by British Prime Minister David Cameron as an act of pure evil. He added that his heart goes out to the family members of Haines through this trying period. He vowed to bring the killers of the aid worker to justice. The aid worker David Haines was in custody in Syria from 2013 and was being held by IS militants. This is the third such instance of barbarism followed by the killing of two US journalists previously. The video also includes a threat to kill a second British hostage. The video features a man who appears to be Haines and is dressed in orange overalls kneeling in front of a masked man holding a knife. The victim also declares that he holds David Cameron entirely responsible for his execution. US President Barack Obama has also condemned this barbaric murder of Haines. Earlier James Foley and Steven Sotloff have been executed in a similar fashion by the terrorist group ISIL. The Australian PM Tony Abbott has stated that this murder appropriately demonstrates the sole intention of this terrorist group is in doing evil. The French presidency issued a statement saying that the heinous murder of David Haines shows once again how the international community must mobilize against the...

Army, IAF and NDRF rescues over 49,000 in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir is battling one of the worst floods in decades with flooded rivers in the region causing havoc due to days of persistent rain. Over 200 people have been reported killed with thousands of others stranded across the state without even the most basic supply of drinking water. The massive round-the-clock rescue and relief operations are being hampered by the inclement weather with the distribution of relief material in full swing. Satellite images are showing clouds over Jammu & Kashmir that will bring more rain to the flooded areas of the state. Almost half of the total electricity supply to the Srinagar city has been restored. It has been assessed that properties and infrastructure worth Rs.6000 crores has been destroyed in the floods. There is a trail of death and destruction throughout the...

In CLT20 Northern Knights whip Lahore Lions

A distinctive approach to the game brought victory to the Northern Districts against the Lahore Lions by 72 runs hence qualifying for the main round of the Champions League T20 in Raipur. They were asked to bat under an overcast sky. Half-centuries by skipper Daniel Flynn, 53 from 27 balls and wicket keeper-batsman BJ Watling scoring 53 off 33 aided them to reach 170 for six in their quota of 20 overs. Flynn had five fours and two sixes, Watling had seven boundaries and an over boundary. Flynn and Watling initially tackled the Lions attack by rotating their strike randomly at whim. Watling and Flynn’s running between the wickets was admirable. Flynn was finally stumped by Umar Akmal off Adnan Rasool’s bowling missing the line completely. Watling was out caught over long-on. On the other hand the Lions were bundled out for merely 98 in 18 overs. This is the second consecutive win for the Northern Knights in as many matches. Tim Southee had the brilliant figures of 3-22 from 4 overs to show while Trent Boult was 2-12 from their four overs. Their bowling cleared the top half of the opponent Lions within six overs of Powerplay with less than 20 runs on board. From the second over itself the Lions were aware of their tragic loss as their batsmen were completely at sea in front of the seam and swing. At 19 for five all the top-order batsmen of the Lions were back in the pavilion without a double digit score. Saad Nasim’s 58 went in vain though he held one end up but simply found the target beyond his reach. The Lions innings also saw a spectacular piece of fielding from Southee to get Asif Raza. Even the Northern District was at 60 for three at the end of the eighth over having lost Kane Williamson, Devcich and in quick succession. For the Lions, Cheema was the most successful bowler scalping three for 35...

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