Rhythm of the Ruins unveils emotional brilliance

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Rhythm of the Ruins unveils emotional brilliance

Sunday, 25 February 2024 | Swarn Kumar Anand

Rhythm of the Ruins unveils emotional brilliance

Enter the world of ‘Rhythm of the Ruins’ by Mukul Kumar, a captivating collection of poignant poems that capture the essence of life’s complexities, offering a profound exploration of the beauty found amid chaos and change. From the slums of Bombay to mythic realms, the book promises to touch the hearts and minds of all who dare to delve into its pages

I miss you terribly, Papa

My sky stretches, serene

Within the fortress of his care,

Deluge or draught draws from

My shelter a joyous smug stare.

Mukul Kumar’s poetry collection “Rhythm of the Ruins” commences with an unwavering dedication to his late father, painting a vivid picture of the poet’s profound connection to his Papa. The poem portrays the father as a nurturing guardian, providing a sense of eternal peace and security. Evoking imagery of a serene sky sheltered within the fortress of paternal love, Kumar finds solace amid life’s uncertainties. The phrase “joyous smug stare” hints at the comfort and pride derived from his father’s strength and support.

Rhythm of the Ruins offers a profound exploration of the human experience through thought-provoking poems. Mukul Kumar’s mastery of personification infuses each piece with a unique blend of romance and realism, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as Renaissance paintings to the chaos of modern life.

The title poem, “The Rhythm of the Ruins,” sets a captivating tone for the entire collection, prompting readers to ponder the beauty inherent in disorder and flux. Through introspective exploration, the poem delves into the tumult of inner emotions, conveying a yearning for resolution amid tumult. The vivid imagery of a cloud withholding its rain and the subsequent silence following a storm portrays the poet’s struggle for catharsis. Despite the pervasive sense of emptiness, there emerges a resilient endeavour to impose order upon chaos, driven by a desire for rejuvenation symbolised by the invocation of “Gaia” and “Eros”.

“Will She Come Back?” is an exploration of longing and uncertainty, where time seems to blur into an unintelligible haze. It delves into the universal question of whether someone departed will return, evoking themes of hope, longing, and the enigmatic nature of fate. With its emotive depth and evocative language, the poem invites readers to contemplate the intricacies of human relationships and the enduring quest for closure.

Throughout the book, Mukul Kumar delves into a wide range of themes, from love and loss to the complexities of human nature and the beauty of imperfection. Each poem is a journey in itself, offering readers moments of reflection and insight. “Not Missing the Rainbow” invites us to ponder the significance of common sights and experiences.

What sets “Rhythm of the Ruins” apart is Mukul Kumar’s ability to convey deep emotions with simplicity and clarity. His language is accessible yet rich, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the beauty of his verses.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this collection is its ability to resonate with readers on a personal level. Kumar’s attention to detail and keen observation of life’s nuances ensure that each poem feels like a deeply personal experience. These are poems to return to time and time again, each reading offering new insights and revelations.

From its evocative title to its stunning cover design, Rhythm of the Ruins (The Browser) is a book that demands attention. Whether you are a lover of poetry or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of well-crafted words, this collection is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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