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Poets of our times - II: Monali Bhuyan, the emerging poet from Assam's Nagaon
Monali Bhuyan is a wonderful poet with her English academic background. In Nagaon Assam , she is a friend loving person and in spite of the pressure of government job in education department, she carries on with a smiling face her poetic composition.Very casually but almost like a ritual performed, Monali writes every evening a poem for her readers on the social sites and online. A sensitive soul bubbles with joy and ecstasy.

Monali Bhuyan finds poetry to be her lifeline. A poet with her English academic background she is a reader of Rumi's love poetry and a fan of John Lennon and George Michael. She is always a jolly woman in real life, harps on tragic unfulfilled love and she excels no less in portraying the lacerated souls.

She lashes out against the social hypocrisy in poems like 'The Masked Beauty': "Making innocents your prey comes easy to you/ I worshipped you once unknown of your mask.." She concludes so angrily: "My mistake was I judged you by your face / Your beautiful masked face". Almost engaged in a dialogue with the readers the poet continues her monologue that reflects her agony, her sorrows and frustrations and at the same time the anguish of an expecting soul of an optimist.

She carries on with a smiling face listening to songs besides that of John Lennon to that of George Michael: "Time can never mend /The Careless whispers of a good friend/ To the heart and mind / Ignorance is kind/ There's no comfort in the truth/ Pain is all you will find." Thoughts are deep within her and she writes: "The hues of life often surprise me/ Piercing my thoughts with many conflicts / I try to leave them unseen." She tries to shove them of with the lightness of her mind.

Monali is a daughter who can scribble for her father some memorable lines: "I could write a million of pages / But still unable to say / Just how much I love and miss him/ Every single day." Just superb tribute to a father whom she loves and who is no more. They touched any reader's heart.

Her father's death shook her deepest chord of grief. But she writes fantastically about death in the Poetic Prism launched in the International Multilingual Poetry Meet of Vijayawada in the poem 'Death Magnetic': "It is a beautiful intoxicating magnetic pull / Which takes me closer to you every day/ You are the beauty non pareil/ A Farewell to this Fake world.."

O what a majestic lines reminding us of Keats's lines on 'I am half in love with easeful death' or Tagore's ' I do not want to die in this beautiful world'. But Monali is a little sad and feels the world is fake. Death gives a farewell to this fake world.

A woman all alone to bear the burden of life, she is strong and like Maya Angelou can write: "You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody." Her poem 'Beautiful Sleepy Village' is published in Assam Lutad a monthly News Bulletin. This poem gives a wonderful picture of a North East Village in the winter and it shows how keenly she observes nature in Assam: "My dreamy eyes glazed with hope / Yes, I find my solace in you". Almost Wordsworthian in thought to whom Nature is a friend, philosopher and guide and anchor of all thoughts.

Monali loves to write on Man and Nature with a profound philosophical musing. She is a school teacher by profession with a passion for writing poems but now gradually that becomes a strong and confident poetic voice.

Monali will emerge very soon to establish her poetic voice and kudos to her golden nib.

About the writer

Dr Ratan Bhattacharjee, Associate Professor of English and Head, Post Graduate Dept at Dum Dum Motijheel College and Guest Faculty of Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, has an illustrious career as an academician and columnist of The Sentinel, The Shillong Times and The Dainik Statesman, and book reviewer in The Telegraph, and The Statesman Kolkata. He is the distinguished Member of International Advisory Board of International Theodore Dreiser Society, USA.

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