Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan

Rookie (October 22,1972 / Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India)

I Love You, Vani Vihar


However your memories lacerate my heart,
However your ideology sells in the mart -
Voices of pedagogues shriek from afar
Here in the murkiness of Parija Library
Lost amid books gone stale through years,
Now staring emptily at an empty gallery -
I cannot forget you, my Vani Vihar!


Whatever be your mere looks or essence,
Whatever dear, be your reasons of silence -
Your very jolliness, it seems, exudes nectar,
As I sit here inside the University Canteen
Half drowned in the gossip of parting friends
Listening to the timid lovers' hushed up din -
I know, you are my life, Vani Vihar!


However the multitude may denounce your name
However through neglect you have lost your fame,
Voices from my heart announce wide and far -
As I lay in repose in your sprawling garden
Admiring the girls now swaying gently homeward,
Ah! what songs surge in me all of a sudden -
That I love you - love you, Vani Vihar!


Note: -

Vani Vihar: - The popular name of the Utkal University Campus at Bhubaneswar (Vani = 'Word' as vehicle of knowledge; Vihar = Place of roaming! ! ; Vani Vihar = Where Knowledge Abounds; Abode of the Goddess of Learning)

Parija Library: - The central library of Utkal University, named after Pranakrushna Parija, a renowned academician and botanical scientist)

Submitted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Written within 30 minutes of announcement of the captioned topic 'I Love You, Vani Vihar' at the Utkal University Annual Literary Competition held on 16 March 1994. And winner of the First Prize.

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  • Rookie - 16 Points Yoseph Lupu (5/3/2014 12:20:00 AM)

    I THINK that your poem reminds me my best memories of the past.
    Thank you
    Yoseph Lupu (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nivedita Patnaik (10/25/2013 2:07:00 PM)

    nice one it makes me nostalgic...filled with bygone days in the campus...the hostel canteen...the library in ruin...lectures bunked for the famous chat...all of them...miss the friends who are gone...and not to forget the elections lost or won...i too miss the hallowed days...the poem suddenly brought back the naive campus feeling...thank you for such a wonderful journey back... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chitrangdha K (10/17/2013 11:11:00 AM)

    u reminded me of my school song... Tapan, how should i thank you for making me revisit my Alma mater! ! ! !

    Under the standard of our school
    Glory, honour, reign
    Guiding our steps in the path of truth
    Teaching “play the game.”
    Whatever we do must be our best
    Victory our aim.

    Alma Mater, let the flag unfold
    Stand brave, stand true
    Under the GREEN AND GOLD

    Proudly through life we shall go forth
    Honours shield we will bear.
    Firm with the truth our hearts shall be
    Faith the crown we will wear
    Excellence and truth shall be our stars,
    Jewels, radiant, rare.
    Making the world peaceful with our deeds
    Action’s always fair,

    Alma Mater let the flag unfold
    Stand brave, stand true
    Under the GREEN AND GOLD. (Report) Reply

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