Endless Adornment - Asaranti Anasara (Award Winning Collection of Odia Poems)
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Endless Adornment - Asaranti Anasara (Award Winning Collection of Odia Poems)

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Item Code: NAK269
Author: Pramod Kumar Mohanty
Translated by Mary Mohanty
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 9788126050994
Pages: 158
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 220 gm
About the Book

Endless Adornment depicts the simple joys of village life, nature and love in its various aspects. The poems celebrate different festivals observed in villages with the drawing of attractive jhoti and chita designs on walls and floors, preparation of different pithas offered to gods and goddesses and the joy of playing different games in orchards, river banks and moonlit nights. The poet depicts the lovely picture of different seasons at villages as well. He is nostalgic about all these joys of village life.

A poignant theme of love runs like a thread in most of the poems. The poet is nostalgic about his lost love whose memory leaps up his heart, and he eternally waits for her. He is never tired of wishing her well-being. The poet is nostalgic about his parents and kinsmen as well. Using a highly metaphoric and philosophic language the poet looks inward and reflects on love, relationship, man's loneliness, hypocrisy, life, its irrevocable and inexorable journey and ultimate goal. In most of the poems, he moves from depiction of particular thing or person to philosophical reflections. Doubtless these poems are an emotional and intellectual feast for readers.

About the Author

Pramod Kumar Mohanty is a Professor of Psychology; he served at different government colleges from 1969 to 2000. He is an Odia poet, essayist and artist. He has authored eight collections of poems titled, Kramashah (1965), Debipada (1969), Akatakata (1972), Asaranti Anasara (2002), Akshara Seba (2010), Chitra, Chitraka, Chitrapedi (2012), Alaga Kuha (2013) and Banimaya Barnamala (2016). Asaranti Anasara won Sahitya Akademi award in 2008. He has also written a humourous collection of essays titled, Shyahi Chhita (Ink Gloss) and two prose/ essay books, Sigmund Freud and His Theory of Psychoanalysis and Pilanku Kipari Manisha Kariba.

He has received a number of awards and felicitations like Padma Charan Pattnaik Kabita Puraskar (1965), Gangadhar Rath Foundation Award and Bhanuji Rao Poerty Award (2005), Pujyapuja Sansad Biridi Felicitation (2009), Pujyapuja Sansad Jagatsinghpur Felicitation (2010), Kharasrota Felicitation (2009), Ananya Sahitya Kala Parisada Felicitation (2007), Kadambini and Viswamukti Felicitation (2013) and Jhankara Bishuba Samman (2013).

Mary Mohanty is an Associate Professor of English at S.C.S (Autonomous) College, Puri. She translates from Odia and Hindi to English, and English and Hindi to Odia. She has translated Odia classics Kuntala Kumari Sabat's novels into English titled Three Novels of Kuntala Kumari Sabat: The Dark Bride, The Philosopher's Stone, Raghu: the Orphan, published by Sahitya Akademi, Kuntala Kumari Sabat: A Miscellany, A Leaf in the Stream (an autobiography), Two Navels of Kuntala Kumari Sabat, Kuntala Kumari Sabat (a monograph), published by Odisha Sahitya Akademi.


1 Endless Adornment 1
2 Picture- River 4
3 Goddess 7
4 Searching for a Friend 9
5 Heroine 12
6 Utkalamani 15
7 Journey-pitcher 17
8 Remain Well 20
9 Waiting for the Other World 22
10 Bou's Dying Prayer 24
11 My Only Beloved 26
12 Description of the Autumn 29
13 Letter 32
14 The Eunuch Speaks 35
15 Star of the Distant Sky 38
16 Low Voice 41
17 A Song for the Bird 43
18 Picture of Noon 46
19 Only Upper Castes 48
20 No No 51
21 Gratitude 53
22 Half-Scenery of the Village 56
23 Thinking and Thinking 58
24 Walking Along Road 60
25 Sanyukta Panigrahi 62
26 Melancholy Song of Rain 64
27 Land of Gandhi 66
28 Flying Bird 69
29 Transformation 72
30 Last Rites of Bou 75
31 Salvation 77
32 Sheen of the Setting Sun 80
33 Shadow and Light 83
34 Soliloquy of a Lover 86
35 Goddess Earth 88
36 The Otherside of ‘I’ 90
37 Sachhi Routray 92
38 Auspicious Rain 94
39 Those Four Persons 97
40 Rain 100
41 Abode of Consciousness 102
42 Expression of Emotion 104
43 Unknown Known 106
44 Rain-Friend 109
45 Journey Song 112
46 Do not Be Lost 114
47 Craving for Rain 116
48 Way-Friend 118
49 Singing the Glory of Goddess 120
50 Father 122
51 Wife 124
52 Daughter-in-law 127
53 Pictorial Letter 130
54 Affection 133
55 Unforgettable Own Village 135
56 Tale of Love 138
57 Ascending Steps 140
58 Prayer before Journey 142
59 Horizon and Horizon 144
60 Quick Sand 147
61 Glossary of Odia Words 149

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