Authored By: Chhotelal Khatri
Year of Publication: 2014
|Pages: 100||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 136.50||Price in (USA) $. 15.46|
It Is In The Very Simplicity Of His Verse That This Poet Often Shines, But He Does Not Restrict Himself To Any Particular Form Or Style, Nor Can His Work Be Said To Be Of A Stereotyped Nature. There Is A Strong Sense Of Presence In His Actual Choice Of Imagery. Within This Collection I Was Delighted To Find A Superbly –crafted Villanelle; There Is, Too, A Creditable Early Attempt At Another French Form, The Rondeau. Furthermore, In Other Areas Of His Work There Is A Distinctly Surreal Flavor, More Usually Ascribed To Modernism
--- Bernard M. Jackson, England
Kargil, By The Editor Of Esteemed Literary Journal Cyber Literature consists Of Forty Three Poems And Marks An Interesting And Impressive Debut. Khatri Is Not Afraid To Address The Important Issues That Confront Any Contemporary Indian Writer, But Does So With A Directness And Simplicity That Strives To Avoid Mere Rhetoric. His Talent Is To Be Able To Involve The Reader At A Personal Level And At His Best, Does This With Clarity And Grace. Khatri’s Great Strength, Abundantly Revealed In This Collection, Is That He Is No Empty Polemicist But A Genuine Poet Who Can Turn Straight Forward Phrases Into Something Both Particular And Universal
-- Michal Paul Hogan, England
The Kargil Of The Poet Is “a Darkling Plain / Swept With Confused Alarms Of Struggle And Flight / Where Ignorant Armies Clash By Night” As Matthew Arnold Describes His Surroundings In “Dover Beach.” The Kargil Of The Poet Lies Also On The Map Of Human Life. The Message That The Poet Conveys In Kargil is To “Arise, Awake, Ascend/ And Fight To The End.” These Lines Remind The Concluding Words Of Ulysses In Tennyson’s Poem By The Same Name When He Says, “To Strive, To Seek, To Find And Not To Yield”. To Chhote Lal Khatri Life Is Kargil – A Battle Field. It Is A Timeless Message. He Is Following The Footsteps Of Several Philosophers And Sages, Who Have Been Delivering The Same Message For Ages. Poet Is Entering The Camp Of The Same Messengers, Carrying The Banner Of His Unique Approach As A Poet.
--- Dr. Stephen Gill, Canada
C.L. Khatri Has Done Well To Publish Kargil. Dedicated To Our Victory, The Volume Has Two Poems As Homage To The Self Sacrifice Of Our Jawans. Khatri Has An Admirable Symbol For Ancient India And Its Sanatana Dharma In The Figure Of The Hermit Who Is Really Yogeshware Shiva In The Himalayas Guarding Our Land. This Search For Clues To Our Present In The Images Of The Past Is A Recurring Phenomenon That Invites A Critical Dialogue With The Reader In Kargil. There Is The Terrible Poem Devaki in Which Devaki Weeps To Find That She Has Conceived Again. It Is Womanhood Which Is Crying Here Because Of What Is Going On All Over The World.
--- Prema Nanda Kumar
In Ripples In The Lake, C.L.Khatri’s Second Poetry Collection, He Makes An Important Point In His Opening Letter To The Reader, “Let Us Cultivate Poetry In Ourselves. It Is Also A Kind Of Fight Against The Dehumanizing Forces.”
The Title Poem “Ripples In The Lake” Says, “I Couldn’t Hold Ripples/ They Filled In My Page Critics Called Them Verse.” What Khatri Describes Is Actually The Litmus Test Of A Poem, The Bubbling From Within That Cannot Be Contained. The Poems In Ripples In The Lake pass This Test With Ease.
Part Serious And Part Humorous, Khatri Tackles A Whole Range Of “issues” In His Collection That In The Hands Of A Lesser Poet Could Be Monochromatic. The Poems Work As A Miniature Cultural Critique On Life, Encompassing Environmentalism, Consumerism And Our Greed For The New And Exotic.
--- Patricia Prime, New Zealand
C.L.Khatri Has Been A Committed Promoter Of New Indian English Talents As Editor, Critic, Reviewer And Scholar. I Appreciate Him For Effectively Using His Cyber Literature, A Biannual Journal Of English Studies, To Bring In The Limelight Several Creative Names From Bihar. Kargil (2000), His Maiden Collection Of 42 Poems Further Established His Fame As An Indian English Poet. Ripples In The Lake is Khatri’s Second Collection With 54 Poems. It Is Remarkable For A Rare Maturity In His Voice.
Ripples In The Lake Continues The Mindset Of Kargil With Aspects Of Difficult Life In The Country Today: Natural Calamities (‘life And Death’, ‘Bhuj’), Poverty And Political Immorality (Mirage’, ‘Mother’s Cry’, ‘Bapu’, ‘Tears’), Environmental Pollution (‘Culprit’, ‘Bus Ride’), Superstition And Prejudices (‘Tabij‘), Politics Of Terrorism (‘English Ghost’, Karbala In Grief’) Etc., But Here The Poet Is More From- Conscious. Some Of His Poems Do Not Read As Naturally As Others. At Times I Suspect He Did Not Need To Use So Many Hindi Words Just As He Could Have Avoided Using The French elan Vital in ‘ Teddy Bear’. Yet The Poet’s Poems Pave The Way For Khatri To Become A Potent Voice Of The 21ST Century. Ripples In The Lake Is Very Readable And Affordable.
-- Dr R. K. Singh, Dhanbad
C.L.Khatri Is A Well Known Indian English Poet, Reputed And Perceptive Critic And Editor Of Cyber Literature And Of Several Anthologies Of Criticism. He Is A Bilingual Poet Writing In English And Hindi. His Two Poetry Collections In English Are Kargil (2000) And Ripples In The Lake (2006). He Edited An Anthology Of Poems On World Peace Millennium Mood In 2001. He Was Awarded Michael Madhusudan Academy Award For His Poetry Collection Kargil In 2002. His Poems Are Widely Published, Anthologized And Translated In Different Languages In India And Abroad.
As A Prolific Writer He Has Produced More Than Three Dozen Papers And Twenty Four Books Of Criticism. Currently He Is Associate Professor, Dept. Of English, T.P.S. College, Patna.