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Jejuri (New York Review Books Classics)
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 821.914
EAN: 9781590171639
ISBN: 1590171632
Label: NYRB Classics
Manufacturer: NYRB Classics
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 52
Publication Date: 2005-09-25
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Release Date: 2005-11-07
Studio: NYRB Classics

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A sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, Jejuri is one of the great books of modern India. Jejuri is a site of pilgramage in author Arun Kolatkar's native state of Maharashtra, and Jejuri the poem is the record of a visit to the town -- a place that is as crassly commercial as it is holy, as modern and ruinous as it is ancient and enduring. Evoking the town's crowded streets, many shrines, and mythic history of sages and gods, Kolatkar's poem offers a rich description of India while at the same time performing a complex act of devotion. For the essence of the poem is a spiritual quest, the effort to find the divine trace in a degenerate world. Spare, comic, sorrowful, singing, Jejuri is the work of a writer with a unique and visionary voice.

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Summary: The best kept secret of Indian writing
Comment: It was on a lazy Saturday afternoon, whilst browsing in my neighborhood book store, that i chanced upon this book...and guess what, i feel i have unearthed a treasure.

This is a short book of poetry by flannuer- poet Arun Kolhatkar, about his weekend trip to Jejuri, a village on the Khandoba (an Indian deity) pilgrim's track.

Through a short burst of 50 pages, Kolhatkar, conveys perspectives on religion, urbanization, capitalism, mythology, superstition...etc. It is clearly an urban eye, which is capturing the beauty and the depth of the ordinary everydayness of a small village in rural Maharashtra. Almost 30 years from when it was first written and published (1977), Jejuri, still resonates loud and clear.

This edition, also has an introduction to Jejuri and the poet, by Amit Chaudari ( author of Freedom Song etc), and it is in the recounting of the poet and his setting (Bombay(note not MUMBAI)- then, now and Forever) , that one gets many more insights out of this slim edition of poetry.

It is indeed a pity, that Jejuri was not accessible to an international audience, until recently. If it was, then perhaps, Arun Kolhatkar would have been the "poster child" of Indian writing in English. Go ahead and discover, the best kept secret of Indian writing.

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