Published by Notion Press, Dewdrop and Banyan Tree by Ramachandran Rajasekharan is a captivating poetry collection that is rich with a gamut of themes that hold important streaks in human lives. The title of the poetry is contrasting…Dewdrop vs Banyan. Dewdrop means fresh and pure while Banyan suggests rigidity and obstacles.
The book offers 50 poems that can be read in one go, but this book is not like others that once done and closed, rather it will not let you sit, you will be nudged to see the poems over and again to find a sense of tranquility in your life. Indeed poetry is healing, it’s magical and a powerful stream of words that can control our life complexities and soothe our minds.
In general, the poet talks about many things in the book for instance, there runs nostalgia of youth, concern for future generations when he lifts up his grandson, he misses his mother through the adaptation of her Malayalam poems, and through poems like Tale of the Homeless, A Rare Luxury he pragmatically captures life of less privileged ones he noticed during commute.
The Child is the Father of Man – comparing two childhoods – one of his own and his grandson. Nature concern for future generations is a grave matter in his poems that run amok.
You can read any poem in any order, you will find it soothing like breeze. It indeed is a cathartic type of collection for people grappled by restlessness that is caused by rat race or our worldly desires. Kudos to the poet for brining such a great and lovely collection to our tables!
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About the Author:
Ramachandran Rajasekharan is a senior finance professional with more than four decades of experience in Audit and allied fields. He discovered his muse only in his early sixties. But this was no surprise. Both his parents were poets in their own right who had instilled in him a love of reading and poetry from a very young age. Books of every genre have been his companions since his boyhood. One of his poems has been included in ‘Each Phrase a Step’, a poetry anthology edited by Kevin Watt published in January 2021. He is happily married to Kalyani S Menon and blessed with twin sons Govind and Gopal. At present, the king of his universe is Madhav, his grandson.