Dead Writer Comes To Life Poem by Rajnish Manga

Dead Writer Comes To Life

Rating: 5.0

Perumal Murugan- the author
Is back from his hibernation.

It was the controversy over
Publication of ‘Madhorubagan'
Meaning ‘One Part Woman'
His novel about social evils
And all those temple practices
Relating to childless women.

The high voltage drama then
Subdued him to declare that
-Perumal the writer is dead-
Obscurantist word prevailed
Freedom of expression ailed.

It's not easy to bring change
In the mind-set of a society
Weaned on falsehood & myth
Mounted on unjust rationales
About lousy caste ideologies.

During self imposed exile
He declared himself ‘dead'
And became a ‘walking corpse'
But for how long? How long?
Two years proved to be too long.

Phoenix's risen from the ashes
Man of letters is basking again
Creative mind is out of his shell
A genius hogs the limelight again
Hopefully the tiger will soon roar.

Dead Writer Comes To Life
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: author,book,creativity,dead,drama,evil,freedom of speech,genius,woman,writing
Valsa George 16 December 2019

People who boldly move their pen against the follies and foibles of society are often silenced by people in power or the society itself. But the revolutionary spirit in them cannot be quelled for long! Like a tiger under captivity, they will be restless and at the earliest chance, will leap forward! A powerful write on a gifted writer!

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Rajnish Manga 16 December 2019

Thanks very much for this thoughtful review and valuable feedback. It's always a pleasure and a privilege to receive comments from a distinguished poet like you.

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Michael Walker 02 October 2018

A very perceptive poem about a writer who is certainly different.

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Rajnish Manga 02 October 2018

Thanks, Michael. The best thing is that he has recently published his new novel based on the story of a goat- of course, in a symbolic way.

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Michael Walker 25 April 2018

You make some telling points about the novelist here. Society is set in its ways, dependent on myths peddled in the media. so true.

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Rajnish Manga 25 April 2018

Like in the case of Salman Rushdie, we can have instances of muzzled voices in some South Asian countries too. Thanks for your analytical comments, Michael.

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 08 February 2018

Yes this is a resurrection of the dead, of the just for how long can a tiger be held in a cage, a fire in a container and air in a bladder and water in a bowel, they are sure to come out one day.......It seems to me that life is no life, but living death, without that freedom of thought and speech! ........thanks for sharing and very well composed....10

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Rajnish Manga 09 February 2018

Perumal's tryst with vandals was awfully unfortunate. Writers, by and large, are the conscience-keepers of the society. You have nicely reviewed the poem and called a spade a spade when it comes to freedom of speech and thought. Thanks a lot, Sir.

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Edward Kofi Louis 05 December 2017

Creative mind! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Rajnish Manga 05 December 2017

Thanks for being on this page with an inspiring feedback, Edward.

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Rajnish Manga

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