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Forever Meera

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Forever Meera

Author: AMITAVA NAG
Publisher: Dhauli Books

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Forever Meera is a collection of poems on love - of self, for the other. More importantly it is the love for life. The life that is spent, the life that we inherit through memories and the life that beckons us with tranquil grace. The poems are both surreal and realistic, images from daily lives, personal connects, the longings and the losses.
Memory plays an important part in the collective nostalgia of the human race. In this collection there are personal memories of the poet - identification with the world he inhabits in real life as well as travels to the other world which is in his imagination.
The poems that deal with the poet’s personal memories are laden with images of wait for a beloved. The lines break down with the poet in anticipation of rejection. But the images never complain. As if this is what is destined, ordained. So, there is no point to complain to life but to accept it and move on. But as the poet moves away the shadows lengthen and so do his reflections. They become faded, they become rusty.
Meera is the quintessential submitter to her beloved, an Indian image of love and penance. There is probably no bigger submission which is spiritual and philosophical at the same time. The poet wishes to attain that spiritual submission level - not with the beloved alone but with life as a whole that includes his connect with his son, his forefathers, the reality surrounding him, and most importantly with his self.
This journey inwards from the periphery to the heart of the soul makes these poems able to be read with a different connotation. A journey that is forever endless, cause the centre shifts every time one approaches it within him.


About the Author: 

AMITAVA NAG is an independent writer and film critic residing in Kolkata, India. He is one of the founder-members of the film magazine SILHOUETTE and is its current editor. AMITAVA also writes poetry and short fiction in Bengali and English for several magazines both national and international. Till date, AMITAVA has published eleven books, six of which are of cinema. Of the remaining ones, he has a collection of short stories in his vernacular Bengali, and English, each. He has also published an anthology of Bengali poems and two English ones including 'Forever Meera'.

A graduate in Physics from Presidency College (now University), Kolkata and a Masters in Computer Applications from Jadavpur University, AMITAVA worked in Information Technology for 16 years in companies including Tata Consultancy Services Limited and IBM as a Solution Architect. AMITAVA is currently holding the post of DIRECTOR (Planning & Systems) in the reputed English-medium school in Kolkata, Garden High School.

A cynical film critic by choice, AMITAVA’s nightmares include making a film one day and falling in the same traps as the ones he dismissed. More about AMITAVA’s profile is available in his official website: https://www.amitavanag.net


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