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UNKNOWN HORIZONS - English Poems composed by Praveen Kumar

UNKNOWN HORIZONS - English Poems composed by Praveen Kumar

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Comments welcome at pryveen@yahoo.com English Poems composed by one and only Praveen Kumar
Comments welcome at pryveen@yahoo.com English Poems composed by one and only Praveen Kumar

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UNKNOWN HORIZONS
PRAVEEN KUMAR
To ShobhaYear of Publication: 1991
 
FOREWORD
It has been a wonderful experience reading through the one hundred and eight poems of Shri Praveen Kumar Urva. The first reaction of mine to his request that Ishould write a foreword for the collection was one of surprise at my being chosen for thetask. My pretensions to literary skills being next to nothing, I even wondered, if ahealthy young man in a very responsible job should permit himself this profligacy or theindulgence of writing poetry. But knowing him, as I do, to be unique, in a sense, Iventured to accept the challenge-if only to probe the psyche of the author. I can straightaway say that I have been rewarded.A quick run through of the titles of the poems would convince anyone that theauthor’s interests are as wide-ranging as life itself. His verbal skill and felicity of expression are admirable. With a rich vocabulary which includes frequently words and phrases not in general currency he is able to weave patterns of evocative thoughts andimpressions with sweet cleverness. Free verse though it might be, it has all the charmand engaging character of the best of traditional poetry. Though the author deniesinspiration from elsewhere, particularly from other well known authors-one can discernechoes of some of the best in the field.Greatness, they say, does not consist in experience, but the capacity foexperience. What a blessing will it be if it were to be topped by the ability to verbalisethat experience ! The author is verily blessed, in this sense. I might quote a portion of one of his poems in illustration :“What brings those hues to youthful glows,What brings those shapes to enchanting slopes,What brings gentleness to graceful love,………………………………………………….………………………………………………….………………………………………………….What brings that beauty to the width of the sky,To the height of hills and depth of seas,To the shapes of clouds, to the moods of menIn liquid ease and endless abundanceThat no more the world is what it is made of,But, a celestial charm of unknown depth.”(From ‘Who Created This Beautiful World ?’)I have enjoyed reliving the variegated moods and experiences of the author in allthe poems. What started as a quest, in my case, to grasp the core of the author’s being-2
 
exhilarating thought it was, did not end in my fully understanding the author, who stillremains an enigma.Shri Praveen Kumar Urva has arrived. I am confident the literary world cannotafford to ignore him any longer. A.R. SRIDHARANDirector General of PoliceAnd Member, KarnatakaAdministrative Tribunal,Bangalore. 3

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