Sunday, 8 June 2014

Remembering Frost's "Birches"

An ephemeral escape is much needed,
To lose the self in the world different,
World of imagination, true, untrue.
Actuality refuses to let the mind free,
Ponderous in nature, it clutches down,
And we are brought to the grounds.
But the mind is smarter, it plays,
By taking a journey of its own,
Breaching all borders, it runs forward.
Like a wise man, Milton, created lines:
"Where the mind is its own place, and
In itself can make a heaven of hell,
Or even a hell of heaven" - choice remains,
Which moment to take further and,
Which one to let go, difficulty creeps in,
This moment is also sweet and delightful,
Just like the previous one and the next one.


Arun said...

Good verse

Suhasini Srihari said...

Thank you Sir!

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Tiger Slayer by Order (1901) (Linked Table of Contents)Tiger Slayer by Order (1901) by Charles Elphinstone Gouldsbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gouldsbury's attempt to recreate notes and stories recorded by Digby Davies is really up to the mark. The writer narrates almost all the incidents of Davies' encounter with several 'wild beasts/brutes' (as used by Davies), and Davies' position as a 'Tiger Slayer'. The book is quite engaging when one is reading from the perspective to understand how the British treated the colonized world (here, India and Africa), and their experiences with the natives allowed them to create an image of the natives for the Whites. The book also reveals, in someway, the natives' attitude towards their colonial masters - some very fawning, and some others imitating the dacoits. It is an interesting read to understand the India under the British Raj.

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