Books by P.Raja

“I think in the language of silence. I am sure you too do. My thoughts find a vehicle to reach you. Whether I think in English or in Tamil depends very much upon the letters of request I receive from editors of newspapers and journals. My books are only those flowers of mine collected for a shapely vase.”

To the Lonely Grey Hair (1997)

To a Lonely Grey Hair (1997)

Busy Bee Books, 88, Poincare St,
Olandai-Keerapalayam, Pondicherry-605 004.
Pages: 62,    Price: Rs.50.

This second volume of poems contains fifty two short crisp poems on varied themes mundane, humorous and satirical. In all these poems, P.Raja emerges as an entertainer to the core. He has something to say to the readers who may have missed the underlying truth in human encounters in the mundane world.

Comments

To the Lonely Grey Hair, as the title suggests, is a collection of lighter verses. The poet’s anger against his first grey hair, which had no business to change colour, for he had groomed it along with the rest of its tribe with great care, stands for our murmurs at a million little ironies of life and several poems in this collection are almost tributes to trifles – waking up to their roles in our life, with tender lyrical knocks.

(Manoj Das in The Statesman)

…really good poems with beautiful lines.

(G.B.Sajjan in The Journal of Indian Writing in English)

To the Lonely Grey Hair is his second volume of poems, the first being From Zero To Infinity, published in 1987. It has fifty two short crisp poems on varied themes mundane, humorous and satirical. In all these poems, P.Raja emerges as an entertainer to the core. He has something to say to the readers who may have missed the underlying truth in human encounters in the mundane world.
…P.Raj’s poems are simple and beautiful. The language is lucid and each poem reads with so much felicity and ease that they are highly readable, enjoyable, and above all, entertaining.

(Dr.K.V.Raghupathi in Indian Book Chronicle)

Simplicity and clarity of expression have become taboo in poetic expression. To this literary asphyxia, P.Raja’s poems provide a breath of fresh air – simple, elemental, yet invigorating.
Most of the poems are entertainers, unrestrained by the shackles of rhyme or metre, written in free verse. As in his essays and short stories, in their themes and concerns, the poems deal with what is immediate and personal to the writer. Here too, there is little abstraction or theorization. Each of the poems is based on some solid, felt, personal experience, going on to celebrate the universality of these experiences.

(Dr.P.Ramaswamy in Mother India)