Canvas of life

Rang LeelaRang Leela by Piyush ‘Jayant’ Arora
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The surface of the lake is so gentle-so smooth-so plain that at first glance you may think it is not water-but a mirror.
Mirror –as gigantic as your imagination can behold.
The mirror which has a reflection of the surrounding on it- the blue sky, the emerald green forest, the bright yellow deer-all have been imprinted on the surface.
The image changes- with time, but never the mirror- you will wonder-perhaps.
If the mirror has a heart-it will store the impressions of the images.
Impressions saved from the dawn of creation-or perhaps when the lake has been created.
Then in front of your eye-a stone from somewhere does hit the surface-and the silvery silence of the mirror is broken.
A ripple originates-then two, then three and one point of time you will lose counting.
Ripples will grow bigger and bigger-until bounced back by the land-and then after a while-everything disappears.
It is silence of the mirror once again!
That is how our life is. Rang Leela by Piyush Arora is a collection of poems –poems that are like the images of the mirror- snapshots of the moments of life. The life, which always has a quest towards incompleteness to completeness.
The quest, the journey imparts a dynamic property to our lives- dynamism of ripples.
The life is like a thousand shades of colour depicting different moments of life- some are shades of bright dazzling colours-some are shades of grey, black and white. But the artist has always painted them on the canvas of life with minute precision- to create the masterpiece-the masterpiece of life.

And the artist is the crazy child-whom we call in different names. God, truth- in whatever name you call him-nobody can match his skill. The creative mind can only try to replicate his creation-sometimes on canvas, sometimes on paper.
Let us see to what extent Piyush has been successful in recreating the creation of the master painter on paper.
The book of poems has been divided into three sections- the first contains poems in Hindi, the second part contains couplets (with transliteration into English) and the third part contains English poems by the writer. In this slim looking anthology- different shades of human emotions have been canvassed on paper. Let us start our discussion with a poem from English section-Someday somewhere.
After so many nights-you suddenly meet somebody-somebody you know since the dawn of creation. Somebody you have already met- perhaps in the royal court of Asoka- perhaps in a stormy night on a ship that has long been sunken-or perhaps billions of light years away in another r galaxy. Who perhaps will look at you-and will speak to you –‘where were you all those days?’
Thirsty life will be content-in the architecture of her face you will discover the forgotten saga of romance and hatred-joy and tears, hope and despair-perhaps. In the words of author
“Left alone miserable in the rain
Having lived through that pain
You ask that person
The reason for the treason
You wait with baited breath follows a silence harder than death
Far away you hear some bells
Come back to reality the dawn yells.”
Sometimes so few words speak so many. The poet has left it to the imagination of his readers-to make a figure of that somebody-who may be the most desired…….
Jaane Kal Kya Le Jaye (what tomorrow beholds) is the uttering of a philosopher-is the realization of life. Life is a collection of moments-over which we have absolutely no control. Nobody knows what the future beholds us-so life is nothing but a sum total of moments. Success and failure, happiness and depression all are momentary. so you should live the life to the fullest-try to touch all the colours of the rainbow of life- living the life of a free bird-circling high above all narrowness of life- eyeing all that the life has in store of us. In the words of the poet
“Jaane kal kya le aaye..
Jaane Kya peeche choot jaye
Aaj hi sab kuch hai…
Sab kuch aaj hai…
Who karo jo tum karna chahte ho…
Jaane kal kya le aaye.”
Reminds me of the uttering of Aitareya Brahmana –the dynamism of life
“Charanbai madhu vindati charantsvadu mudambaram.
Suryasya pasya sreemanam yo na tandrayate charan.
Charaiveti, charaiveti.”
Life should always be in motion-should always go on. And throughout the book- the saga of life-the beautiful life has been enchanted.
Which make the book a memorable treasure to read –again and again!

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