The poems in this collection reveal some surprising
facets of V. P. Singh known primarily as one of India's toughest politicians as he
examines the complexities of attachment and love. Interspersed with these deeply
personal reflection are mordant observations of a more prosaic world-of power
and being out of it the business of news and the plight of the homeless.
poems are striking for their honesty, as when he writes about his illness, and
immediate in their impact at times possessing a spare beauty that has the same
mesmerizing effect as does looking down into a clear crystalline
Complementing some of the poems is a series of striking images drawn
by the author.
About the Author:
He was born in Allahabad in 1931, and graduated
from Allahabad and Pune Universities. He became an MLA in the Uttar Pradesh
Assembly in 1969, and two years later a member of the Lok Sabha. He has held
ministerial positions at the Centre including the defence and finance portfolios,
and was chief minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1980 to 1982. He was Prime
Minister of India from 1989 to 1990. While V. P. Singh remains active in Politics
and social work his special interests include painting-he has held several solo
shows and poetry.
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