Dipankar Sadhukhan is a teacher (since 27th September,2008) of English at Badamtala High School (H.S.) , Budge Budge, Kolkata - 700137. Apart from being a teacher, he loves to write poems, novels, short stories and essays both in English and Bengali. His first two poetry books, 'Your Love, My Inspiration' and 'Love, Another Name of Divinity' were published in 2014 and are available all over the world. His third international poetry book, 'Beauty and Truth in Love' was published in January,2016.
Dipankar Sadhukhan was born and brought up in a middle class family in Nadia (a district of West Bengal) near Kolkata. His parents admitted him directly to Class Two in Natapuli Vivekananda Shishu Siksha Niketan when he was only five years old. He has been honest, highly ambitious, determined, laborious, passionate and peace loving since childhood. The simple and humble life style of his father, Santosh Kumar Sadhukhan and the teaching by his mother Bhagabati Sadhukhan on great persons of India and her cultural heritage, influenced him so much during his boyhood. She was his only tutor and guide throughout the impressionable years of his childhood.
Dipankar Sadhukhan was all along a meritorious student. He completed his Primary education from Natapuli Debendra Smriti Vidyapith. During his schooling, he was greatly influenced by the teaching of Mr. Birendranath Sadhukhan, the former Headmaster of the Lower Primary School and Mrs. Gita Raha Halder, his History Teacher at Natapuli Debendra Smriti Vidyapith (High School) . In school he stood first five times successively though he had suffered from Jaundice for six years. He completed his school education from Chakdaha Ramlal Academy, one of the most famous schools in Nadia. Then according to the advice of his English tutor Mr. Pradip Kumar Sarkar he was admitted to B.A. with Honours in English.
His family later moved to Ranaghat (a town in Nadia) from where he with his younger brother Subhankar Sadhukhan continued his studies and completed his education. He met with three major accidents during his teens. His life was in great danger and his studies were interrupted when a coconut fell on his head. With great pain and suffering he completed B.A. (Hons.) in English from the University of Calcutta.
Dipankar Sadhukhan was admitted to St. Xavier's College (Kolkata) , one of the most reputed colleges in India and then he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) though he had been under medical treatment for a long time. His life changed by the teaching of Dr. Mandira Mukherjee, the Former Dean of St. Xavier's College (Department of Education) and Dr. Charlotte Simpson-Veigas. He looks upon them as his ideals for their excellent teaching. He holds a prestigious position as a teacher in a reputed school. Gradually he completed MA in English (Literature) and Bengali (Linguistics) . Now he lives in Kolkata.
Since his school and college days Dipankar Sadhukhan has been writing poetry. Few of his early poems have been brought out in school and college magazines. His poems are regularly published in VERBUMLANDANEWS (Italy) , an international e-magazine. He is a member of Muse India, an International e-journal. His poems have been brought out on www.poemhunter.com, www.bestpoems.com, www.poetrysoup.com, www.poemsabout.com, many national as well as in many international journals, magazines and reputed e-zines. His three International poetry books, 'Your Love, My Inspiration' (2014) , 'Love, Another Name of Divinity' (2014) and 'Beauty and Truth in Love' (2016) were published and have been widely purchased all over the world since then. His ambition, determination, dedication and honesty are the keys to his success in every aspect of his life.
Preface (Your love, My inspiration)
Love is Sweet Melody
By Munir Mezyed
There are those who believe that real life is quite different from the world of poetry. This is a fact that we are all aware of, but the world of poetry is pure and charming, full of love, beauty and dreams, sometimes grief and melancholy, mystery, even the contradictions. Poetry is some sort of conflict between dream and reality, between freedom and fear. However, poetry is a revolution which aims to blow up the miserable reality in order to re-create new and better life for humans and liberate them psychologically and intellectually through philosophical and aesthetic vision, away from spiritual slavery, motivate man to reconsider his way of thinking about himself and his surroundings and the world.
In our hands, we have a poetry book called 'Your Love, My Inspiration' which is written by the young and talented Indian poet Dipankar Sadhukhan who teaches English, living in Kolkata. This is his first poetry book made up of fifty poems. Most of the poems are love poems which have always been one of the most popular forms of poetry.
Love is the most powerful emotion, its power doesn't affect the body only but it rules over the heat and the soul. It could change person's life or the way of his/her living or thinking.
The English metaphysician F.H. Bradley, who for a short period in the early twentieth century was hailed as Britain’s greatest philosopher, showed us that fundamentally, love is an experience beyond self: love is the experience of the Absolute. Whatever is your life, whether you are a motor mechanic, a dentist, or an astronaut, says Bradley, love is what you experience when you become aware what you really are – when the subject and the object becomes one, whole and indivisible. That is a ‘real’ experience – every other experience is a mere ‘appearance’. What you believe is real experience is like watching a 3D movie. It caters to your senses, it can be either pleasure or pain, but it is never an experience of deepest truth, as love is.
Poet Dipankar Sadhukhan believes that love protects him from the heat, gives him peace and tranquility, not letting him feel lonely as he mentioned in his poem “Your Divine Love”. Heat is a symbol might refer to suffering, pain, agony even to false temptation or illusion that might cause pain and suffering.
If I need to get up in the morning early,
Your Divine Love makes me sleep quietly
And wakes me up in time gently.
When I feel lonely on this earth
Your Divine Love caresses my heart.
Therefore, Love can heal better than anything in the world.
The Sufis say that the reason of the whole creation is that the wish of the perfect being is know to himself. This could be done by awakening love of his nature and creating out of it his object of love, which is beauty.
Poet Dipankar Sadhukhan is fully aware of this concept. He says in his poem, “Time”:
I was born before the birth
Of the whole universe.
I witnessed its creation
And gave birth to the Sun.
When you are in Love, you will know there is another world that exists in you, ready to be discovered. In this world, the trees are full of purple fruits and divine flowers/ the moon and the sea are busy in love making/ minds are charmed by the celestial beauty/ souls kiss each other with passion/ hearts embrace each other to enjoy the beatitude of love/ branches of knowledge gradually expand and flowers of love bloom in mind.
There is no greater power than love. All strength comes with the awakening of love in the heart.
When we met each other,
A holy fountain was created
From the Temple of our hearts
And a sacred river of Love
Started flowing smoothly
To make our dry thoughts lively.
Part of love is having a passionate, intense desire for something; it is often referred to as a sexual desire. This sexual desire can turn two bodies into one being:
When you kiss me gently and embrace,
Our hearts become single; souls get oneness.
I completely lose my entity on this earth.
According to the Greek philosophers the term “Agape” refers to the paternal love of God for man and of man for God. It is extended to include a brotherly love for all humanity. Agape arguably draws on elements from both Eros and Philia where we seek a perfect kind of love or divine love:
O God! The earth is full of darkness.
Give me the light of knowledge.
From my mind, vanish complexity
I need no money, no property.
May you bless me with your Love and peace
Not to compromise with the unjustness.
The poetry of Dipankar Sadhukhan is sensible and melodious with big touch of Romanticism and classical poetry. Poet Dipankar Sadhukhan was able to turn love into sweet melody.
Munir Mezyed: A well-known international writer (poet, novelist & translator) originally from Palestine, born in Jordan, living in Romania who writes in both English and Arabic. His poetry works have been published worldwide, translated to Romanian, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Danish, Greek, German, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovenian, Albanian, Indonesian, Persian, Hindi …etc.
PREFACE (Beauty and Truth in Love)
Dipankar Sadukhan once again will enchant his avid readers in yet another wonderful and highly-anticipated poetry book, “Beauty and Truth in Love”. What makes his new book endearing is because he also weaved intricate and captivating poetry for his beloved daughter, Mandira Sadhukhan as expressed in some selected poems included in the contents. Dipankar’s poetry evolved in depth and style overtime judging from his first published book, “Your Love, My Inspiration” where I provided a blurb/review for the back cover and his second book, “Love, Another Name of Divinity” where I was requested also to write the Preface. Love has always been the main theme and caption of Dipankar’s composition since the first time that I got to read his works. His poem dedicated to his adorable Mandira, entitled, “O, My Little Princess, Next to Deity”, is a personal favourite among this book’s lovely cascade of poetry compositions by the talented and respected poet. In this poem, Dipankar depicts his deep affection for his daughter, his princess and I am sure a lot of his followers would also get to love this piece.
I believe the main attraction of this book is the poem “Love Is No Love When It Wears Mask of Love” for it speaks of what constitutes real love. Unmasked love which is void of disguises and reveals more beyond the surface. I particularly love these lines from the above mentioned poem:
When the world loves to bathe in falsehood's sea
And man plays with guile, lie and treachery,
Mind gets distort'd losing its holiness
And Love goes far away from heart's closeness.
“Our Love Is Romantic like the Moonlight” is quite a lovely composition owing to the fact that I do love the moon’s beauty and magnificence. I find Dipankar’s weave of words so romantic and swoon-worthy and makes the reader actually feel the scene and marvel at its grandeur.
The piece “The Oceans Are Now Fierce with Earth’s Movement” is another powerful composition which expresses another side of the poet. The poem depicts his awareness of what’s happening around him and seeks solace to end the world’s suffering through Love. I find this masterpiece one of Dipankar’s moving pieces ever produced. The depth of the piece will leave you pondering about life’s meaning and how the impact of nature’s wrath can all be calmed down in the name of Love. Dipankar has evolved into one of our well-loved contemporary modern poets who offer his readers a different kind of adventure with various fleeting emotions each time they read his masterpieces.
He has his own poetic style and voice which sets him apart from other poets. “Beauty And Truth in Love” is a wonderful and beautiful poetry book which is coming off age from a natural born poet with compositions coming from the inner depths of his heart and soul. Readers can expect a wide range of captivating, page turner of poetry that are sure to leave a mark in the hearts and minds long after they have finished the last page of the book. I strongly recommend this book to all lovers of the art of poetry and literature for Dipankar’s immortal compositions would truly leave you breathless and amazed. I extend my congratulations again to my fellow poet, Dipankar Sadukhan for coming up with another well-thought of and wonderful poetry book. I also would like to thank him for always valuing my words and it’s an honor for me to write again the Preface of his lovely work of art. More power to your writing career, my friend Dipankar Sandukhan!
Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo
Author, “Seasons of Emotions”, UK
Author, “Inner Reflections of the Muse”, USA
Member, American Authors Association (AAA) ,
Member, PEN International.
On Dipankar Sadhukhan and his poetry
By Kerstin Centervall
'I have followed Dipankar Sadhukhan and his or try over some years, and during this time also noticed his great engagements and his will to achieve the beauty, which in words can be expressed in many forms of lyric poetry. In his third book, 'Beauty and Truth in Love' he has undoubtedly shown a great love for what I call 'Central Lyric', that has to do with the poet himself, his life, the persons close to him and how much influence from those he has obtained.
Dipankar has won many people's love by his truth and honest way of writing and to those people I turn myself with great pleasure and can only wish him, as the very sensitive person he is, all good things in life and good luck with his poetry forcing us forward to a new and better world.'
Kerstin Centervall (Sweden)
A well known international poetess/writer,
Author of ' Shooting Stars', 'Music in Verses',
'The Northern Star' and 'The Path I Tread'.
His published international poetry books:
1. Your Love, My Inspiration
2. Love, Another Name of Divinity
3. Beauty and Truth in Love
His unpublished works:
1. On the Journey of Life (a collection of stories)
2. My Own World (poetry book)
3. Mother (novel)
His third international poetry book 'Beauty and Truth in Love' (2016) is now available at
http: //www.jacketflap.com/bookdetail.asp? bookid=8182536480
His other two books 'Your Love, My Inspiration' (2014) and 'Love, Another Name of Divinity' (2014) are available at
http: //www.jacketflap.com/bookdetail.asp? bookid=8182535344
http: //www.amazon.in/Love-Another-Divinity-Dipankar-Sadhukhan/dp/8182535344/ref=sr_1_1? ie=UTF8&qid=1416799302&sr=8-1&keywords=Love%2C+Another+Name+of+Divinity
He loves his city, Kolkata which is the Cultural Capital of India.
His favourite Quotations:
''Live with the Truth. Live for the Truth.'
''Never compromise with the unjustness''-
Poet/ Authour/ Novelist/ Short story writer/ Teacher.
I forgave you so many years ago.
I forgot your offence that day
When you made my colourful dreams pale
By crushing my soft mind
Poetry is a romantic maid
And I am her lover.
I arrange my thoughts in my head
In my own way to love her.
Few days ago at midnight
I was lying on my bed
But I could sleep no longer
As if someone hit my head.
Like the red glow of sun
Just before twilight
My dream was lost
In the sky of emptiness