A Book of Poems by M.P. Prabhakar
Excerpts from the Foreword
It is a pleasant surprise to be asked to write a foreword to Prabhakar's collection of poems. He had been a senior educationalist with the Ministry of Education and has travelled far and wide, both East and West to assemble suitable curricula for schools during his long career in the Ministry. The surprise is because it is rare to expect poetry from a hard-nosed bureaucrat.
Poetry is a gift and like other art forms like music, dance and literature, it requires a certain sensitivity and sight into what we mere mortals call 'ordinary happenings'...Prabhakar's poems reflect his experiences during a tumultuous period in our nation's history, dominated by the Japanese Occupation from 1941 to 1945 when all our cherished dreams and ambitions were thrown overboard on that fateful day of the 8th of December 1941. We survived like fearful scavengers, hoping for deliverance from hopelessness. All this has been faithfully recorded in his "Lasting Impressions".
Another aspect of Prabhakar's poems is his profound spirituality. There is a sense of peace and fulfilment in his poems. There is no roaring ambition, no hate or violent passion to disturb the serenity and composure of his thoughts and that acts as a tonic to fevered imaginations.
Family plays an important part in some of these poems and his sense of kinship with friend and family are endearing traits that will be cherished by one and all.
I would heartily recommend this collection of poems, especially to the younger generation, to get a whiff of the travails and tribulations of a sensitive, spiritual person with a large heart and a steady intellect.
Lt. Col (Dr)S. Chandran (Rtd.)
Number of Pages: 195, colour
Hard-bound and illustrated
Dimensions: 16.5 cm (L) x 12 cm (W) x 2 cm (H)