Tuesday, March 6, 2018



It is my privilege to review Ravi Rangnathan's second book of poetry 'blade of grass' (Read about Ravi’s firstbook ‘Lyrics of Life’, here). In this book of his, I find a very calming touch of expression, starting with the memory of mother and her presence in our lives, reflecting upon the fact that even after our parents leave us, they live in us. I could completely relate to this poem of his coz I can relate to the memories of my mother who passed away when I was a child. In totality, the mother is the divine blessing and the divine inspiration for us to move ahead and not come to a halt and Ravi has expressed this beautifully in ‘Mother’s blessings’.

In 'Liberation' and 'fettered' one can feel the beauty of nature weaved with truth of life, of being, of moksha and of how life binds us, how in mundane everyday life we fail to notice the bigger picture, the beauty of it.

I loved 'Gazing the gauze', where the poet questions how far outside we can see or look and how deep inside can we search? Can we look beyond things; can we dive deep into deeper selves? Can we muse? Can we look? The feel of this poetry is beautiful and can be best felt when read by the reader himself / herself.

Another good poem is ' O' The disguised one '. The mysteries and disguised truths eventually come to surface. Mystery cannot be hidden for long from the seekers. This poetry in all its simplicity reflects upon how the seeker sees beyond mystery and may or may not reveal the truth to the world, but his eyes always behold the truth that he sees, even when others fail to have the vision. A beautiful poem indeed!

'Seasons cannot cage me' is a motivational write. You cannot be restricted beyond your will to do things in life, to follow your passions. Learn to grow out of circumstances and use your strong will as a thrusting force. Nothing can restrict you beyond your will.

'World peace within us' is a multilayered poetry, which on one hand talks of peace that can be established by the people of the world. Nothing can be done alone, a team effort is required. On other hand, it expresses that we exist in the world n world exists in us, and we should not forget that wherever we are, we are same human species. So, let us (you and me) join hands and hold the peace of the world in our hands.

'Alongside' is another powerful poetry aptly questioning the nature of divide that prevails in every sector and almost every aspect of human life. When the Mother Nature is unbiased, the flowers impart their fragrance, the sun and the stars impart their light in an un-biased manner, then why is human existence so divided?

'Alone but not lonely' is another good write differentiating loneliness from solitude stating that the path of spiritual growth is the path of solitude and not loneliness. I loved this micro poetry coz in few words Ravi ji expressed profound truth that we fail to see n live in the process of living.

A beautiful message can be read in Ravi's 'patience infinite?'. The elements of Mother Nature are silent and have patience and like that you must also have patience in life. Things will come to you at the right time.
One lovely thing about Ravi's poetry is the effortless expression that a reader of any age can relate to and be inspired from. It delivers long lasting message to mankind. It helps child gain guidance, youth gain knowledge and the old gain wisdom. You will also find poetry on various themes, feelings, events in life, poetry enjoying the beauty of nature like in the 'dwelling in/on Palani' , or like the day at Parambikulam forest Reserve (kerela) or like the blade of green grass, the youthfulness and the modern tech stuffs ( enjoyable reads like 'not reacheable'), spirituality ( like Shiva - that which is not'), poetry of love and many other subjects. It is an enjoyable read.

Some poems like 'If i could pack your pain away', 'tell me that story', 'fragrance of sadness', 'dream again', 'be the Joan of spark', 'for better or for verse?', 'living out', 'i have asked time to stand still'  are beautiful poems to feel the ecstatic emotion that flows through words. In the end you will get to read interesting haiku poetry as well. In all, there is a beautiful world of poetry that will keep you intrigued and at the receiving end of wisdom while you enjoy the book - the blade of green grass. 

I will recommend this beautiful book of poetry to everyone who likes to read good enjoyable poetry which is easy on the reading mind and thoughtful for the musing soul.

My rating: 4.2 / 5

Some of my favorite verses:

'My mother silently sits on the edge of my pupils'
'Open inner vision and get my grace'
'Entire Earth sits on the tip of my thoughts'
- Mother's blessings.


'Will you gaze outside for illumination?'
Twist contours of even your shade,
Distort every layer of meaning,
Grapple you till you are color - blind.'
- Gazing the Gauze


'Will you focus inward deep?
Going beyond that tidal sweep.
Deeper, deeper near to sight.'
- Gazing the Gauze.


'I perceive you deeply in inured subtleness,
In inner recess of whatever sacredness
Is left of me after a scorching, ruthless sieve
In the embalmed etherealness of my mute silence.'
- O' the disguised one.


'Autumn cannot wear me
As an armour to camouflage.
I will streak out of spring
In search of my own
Leaving all seasons far behind.'
- seasons cannot cage me


'When our hands clasped
It was like piecing the puzzle.
Your hand whispered in my hand -
It was like soul meeting soul...
Holding the peace of the world
In the palm of our hands...'
- world ( peace ) within us.


'We always want to be him or her.
We want to be this or that.
We do not want to move or stir.
We get into a glut, willing to rot.'
                                                                   - if we are we


'Awesome twilight time
Only me and the quiet scene
River gliding at its own sweet will
Yet it is not quite QUIET'
                                                                 - not quite quiet


'How do i enjoy the monsoon moods?
Take a walk, drench myself, unleash
All my dormant cells under strain?'
- monsoon moods


My dream does not die a natural death -
Builds up, layer upon layer, consuming all my nights'
                                                                  - dream again.


'You just love or don't love.
Love is never, ever forever.
Met her now after five years...
She was with her little son,
So was I with mine.
Met as strangers! 'Happy'? I asked.
'Contended?' She asked...
'Love' is a mere story, history;
Living 'life' is the real pristine glory....
- so what if not on same page.


'Come my love, what i long for,
What I only yearn,
Is your look of love
Even if not for me, at least
For my all - pervading possessiveness....'
                                                                - if only for you.


'He won a number of foes, frictions and woes;
Could hardly find him happy, hardly at peace.
- was he not always right?


'Living in' is not the 'in' thing now, living out is...
- living out.


'Her love for him
Written in blood finger pricked
Valentine pledge...'
                                                                        - haiku


'Happy to be just a blade of green grass
In a garden of poets.'
- the blade of green grass.



Ravi Ranganathan is a retired Banker leading a quiet life at Chennai. Very interested in poetry. Writes poems on all topics that catch his fancy  and his poems in various online poetry pages are very well received. He has contributed to many anthologies of poems and won many awards in poetry competitions. He has to his credit two poetry books containing collection of his poems entitled "Lyrics of Life" and "The blade of green grass." published by Xpress publications and Authorpress respectively.


Review by

Dr. Prerna Singla
Founder & Editor-in-chief - Hall of Poets

Author : "The Crown of Sekhmet",  “The Bible of Marriage”

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