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Poets of our time: Saroje Mahobe, a situational poet from Chhattisgarh
Saroje Mahobe is a bilingual poet composing rhymes in both Hindi and English. She is a student loving teacher and a voracious reader of poetry. Once Saroje Mahobe had gone to receive an award from the Prison Ministry of India for a letter writing competition conducted by the Prime Minister of India along with her student Ekta Unwani, a student of XI standard.

In school, she is an icon of inspiration. But in social media too she translates other poets for inspiring them. Basically from a middle class background she has to give time to her family and kids. In the midst of hectic activities of her school job and family duties she tries to write poems in her native tongue Hindi. Her Hindi vocabulary is simply superb. She writes on subjects she finds around her in her daily life. She writes on Love and Peace with a unique poetic vibrancy.

As a bi-lingual poet based in the small town of Balod Chattisgarh, Sarjoje writes in English beside Hindi. In a poem 'Bliss & Pain of Blind Love' she wrote: "At times, at the first glance / Love for some one unique /Maddens us…" She writes: "The recollections of such love loses its existence /With the passage of hours into days and weeks." This is how Saroje goes philosophical in her poetic musings.

Saroje excels in nostalgic poetry. She can easily utter: "Sometime again in solitude in a pensive mood/Memories of such love engross our heart /And bloom like lilies and marigolds." Simply superb is her mingling of Nature and human feelings which she poeticises with such an ease and grace.

With a loving heart she translates poems from English into Hindi as one she did from 'Meera Bai Weeps in Me' Amazing is her translation. Saroje is becoming popular as a poet in the social media and online poetry sites. Living in a rural area far from the madding crowd Saroje gazes at the sharad full moon or a green hillock to get inspired for her wonderful poetic lines.

Saroje is a mother and her unbounded love for her kids is reflected in many of her poems. She being an ideal wife focuses with genuine passion her love for husband and the bond of conjugal happiness which is now fading in many families. Here she upholds the traditional Indian values of family life. One may feel amazed to read her poem 'Your Wonderful Love' which is a must read for all young couples that find no reason to love each other.

Saroje chooses her words from daily life and situation and we can call her compositions situational poetry in which she is at ease with her poetic soul. Poets like Saroje Mukherjee should be brought to the limelight of publicity so that they will feel inspired to write more to enrich the tradition of Indian English poetic literature.

About the Reviewer

Dr Ratan Bhattacharjee, who is Associate Professor and Head, Post Graduate Dept of English and Guest Faculty of Rabindra Bharati University, is an eminent columnist in The Sentinel, The Shillong Times, The Dainik Statesman and Book Reviewer in The Telegraph and The Statesman. 

He is also the distinguished member of the International Advisory Board of International Theodore Dreiser Society, USA. He inspires the young and amateur poets of far off rural areas who are struggling with their golden nib.

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