Reading Ayushman Jamwal’s Silent Sun is like having a deep conversation with myself, the kind that makes me feel so many unnamed emotions. I read all of the poems in this collection, some of them, I’ve read many times, but there were a few that spoke in a new way everytime I read.
Opening Lines: All I remember is the green of your eyes,
A storyteller’s canvas of a limitless sky,
Memories of awe and wonder, now so distant,
I witnessed you perish, your zeal disappear,
I could not shed a tear.
Page count: 92 pages
Publication Date: August 19th, 2018
Quote: “In dark hill, I find a piece of the moon,
On the stage, spirits ask about you,
No Face, no frame, I say, and they’re amused,
‘Has hope driven you insane?’, they ask,
‘I know I will meet her someday’, I laugh”
Ayushman’s poems talk about hope for unknown love, death, war, pain, separation and some also speak for his love for the country. Brilliantly crafted the poet’s work increases in complexity and ambition with each poetry.
Ayushman’s poems spoke to me in a much deeper way, I could feel the scorching heat of those silent burning words like Sun. For me, poems are the only way I can express my emotions. To me, they become my best friends whenever I am in emotional distress.
Some of the Poems I devoured:
- I think of you
- The Lost Artist
- The Warrior’s Wife
- Rama’s Lament
- May the Valley hear me roar
But the poetry that moved me to tears was Rama’s Lament. Here Ayushman puts forth the Silent emotions of Rama, the pain he went through when he sent Sita in exile. The darkness of Ram’s loneliness was my loneliness. His unshed tears were mine to shed.
I was only Godly with her by my side,
I was only a King, when I gelt her strength nearby,
I was only a Man when her hand was in mine,
Only for her did I make the heavens kneel,
Oh, How I miss my Beloved queen
Throughout reading The Silent Sun, I was surrounded by a plethora of emotions of various shades and degrees. Kudos to Ayushman Jamwal for writing this beautiful collection of poems.
Do I recommend it?
My Rating: 5/5 stars
About the Author
Born: New Delhi, India
Ayushman Jamwal is a Senior Output Editor at CNN-News18. He completed his graduation and post-graduation in Britain on a full scholarship at the prestigious Cardiff University School of Journalism and was inducted into the University’s Honour Roll.
Ayushman is a columnist for leading online and print titles. He is also a poet. His first poetry collection ‘Chameleon Lights’ was featured in the top 10 poetry bestseller list 2017 on Amazon.com. Ayushman’s second poetry collection ‘Silent Sun’ is out now.
Ayushman also serves as a Board member of the Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust, established to promote and preserve the Dogri language spoken by the Duggar community of the Shivalik foothills. He curates the ‘Cultural Cocktail: Youth For Art’ initiative, a platform for innovation with a focus on the convergence of classical, contemporary, regional and global literature and art forms.
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