Keki N Daruwalla is among the most celebrated and also the most respected poets of contemporary Indian British literature. The Sahitya Academy Award conferred on him around of 1980 for his assortment of poems entitled -The Keeper from the Dead’. Further he has additionally been ownered using the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Asia around of 1987 for his another assortment of poetry named -Landscapes’. These two exclusive honours would be the apparent to the fact that Keki N Daruwalla is definitely an established litterateur of his age and the documents reflect the actual human existence and it is relations with guy, animal and character. This poet has nine volumes of short – tales together with a novel to his credit. He’s also an assiduous rater of books, especially poetry. His poetry made an appearance in a number of anthologies, in India and abroad. The penguin Books has additionally released his -Collected Poems’ throughout the entire year of 2006.

-The Scarecrow and also the Ghost’ is definitely an another anthology crucial compiled by Keki N Daruwalla. This assortment of poems is released by Rupa and Company, 1/16 Ansari Road, Darya Ganj, New Delhi, throughout the entire year of 2004. It is split into three parts- -The scarecrow and also the Seasons’, -The scarecrow and also the Owl’ and -A Ghost Story’. Essentially the poems of the collection are written for kids however the poems are equally valuable and lucrative for grown ups also. Since these poems introduce the visitors towards the beautiful realm of character and creatures. The poems are very witty as well as thoughtful because it opens the different emotions and trends of human behaviors towards the visitors. And it’s also rare for any poet of stature of Keki N Daruwalla also to pen material for kids.

The poems of the collection concentrate on a unique scarecrow that’s quite sensitive around the world around him, even at that time as he is watching around the bird- traffic, apes and porcupines. The visitors can easily see the whole character and also the altering of their various emotions and seasons from the purpose of look at the scarecrow. The word what from the collection is very competent to introduced alive the entire character inside a simple yet artful and humorous manner. In connection with this, Amita Malik, a noted literary figure, opines that his type of narration and delightful treatments for language makes each story a literary delight (The Sunday Statesman).

Within the opening lines from the collection some fundamental questions regarding the character always bother the scarecrow, for instance, the way the seasons appear and disappear, however the methods for the times of year aren’t known by him. The scarecrow feels these questions ought to be known by him. To be able to discover the solutions of those questions he bolts his upper storey’s doorways and miracles:

He then miracles why on the planet His mind goes round in circles for. While seasons circle round and round Like oxen on the threshing floor.1

Daruwalla provides a beautiful and lively description of various seasons with the eyes from the scarecrow. Observe how beautiful and accurate portration of Fall is succumbed the next lines:

The persistent mule headed trees Won’t set off their leaves! The mango, once generous with fruit, Becomes a complete brute, So that as whether it’s dependent on pride Will spend one leaf a evening.2

The relation of guy and animal is extremely superbly portrayed through the poet with the scarecrow within the following lines:

Once the wheat is youthful the apes come

x x x

The scarecrow includes a difficult time knowing one in the other, the noisy apes chased by their more noisy human siblings.3

Within the second area of the book -The scarecrow and also the Owl’, the scarecrow may be the indication of common guy and also the owl denotes the poet community from the society. Within this section, poet narrates the whole evening the owl determined his story to uncover at beginning, however the scarecrow hadn’t a pencil. The owl hooted the entire evening just like a flour mill or just like a grain mill close to the village and throughout your day the owl rested and imagined he would be a poet. In by doing this, the owl entire evening spoke towards the evening and also to the scarecrow however the scarecrow felt boring and angry because it wasn’t his duty to listen to the owl. Rather there have been better things you can do for him, for example, he is able to sleep within the evening while he were built with a lengthy day to keeping from the crows:

The whole evening The evening owl Spoke towards the evening. The entire evening the evening owl Spoke towards the scarecrow. He was bored and angry For this wasn’t any a part of his responsibilities To provide a hearing towards the owl There have been better things you can do Sleep, for example And that he had were built with a lengthy each day Keeping from the crows.4

Finally the evening owl am bitter that his tongue is created a blister. Then he required his complaint from the herons towards the the then Pm, V.P. Singh who didn’t bother and declined his application:

But V.P. Singh Though he spoke exactly the same language and would be a guy of public came back the applying saying -I only cope with the rear ward classes.5

It’s a great satire around the cunningness, hypocrisy and dual ness of political persons or guy of public. Also, he targeted at Balasaheb Thackery, his Shiv Sena, Kar Sewaks etc. Keki N Daruwalla targets not just the living type of common guy or even the learned society but additionally towards the so known as soft qualities and gentleness from the society:

Be very, careful! You will find many dangers: You will find foxes, you will find felines You will find pine martens And you will find bats And throughout your day Males are about, and nasty boys Who’ve catapults for toys. The chicks requested -when are we able to be careless?-6

Within the third and also the last area of the book -A Ghost Story’, the poet represents an another story which involves the ghost and also the poachers who wanted get rid of the deer and also the scarecrow in the evening. The villagers were quite poor at poaching and therefore they telegraphed straightly to Veerapan asking for him to allow the training, because they were in great necessity of it:

And cursed their luck cursed the ghost, Recognized these were poor at poaching. They telegraphed Veerapan straight: -Respected saar, we want some training!’7

Would be the poachers confounded in the finish? That’s the actual thriller.

The gathering of poems The Scarecrow and also the Ghost is of 48 pages broadly acclaimed amount of poetry compiled by probably the most celebrated and respected literary figure Keki n Daruwalla. The cost from the book is Rs.195.00 only. Beautiful and accurate illustrations by Pulak Biswas lead a great deal to how wonderful it.


1. Daruwalla, Keki N, The Scarecrow and also the Ghost, Rupa and Co., 2004, p 06. 2. Daruwalla, Keki N, The Scarecrow and also the Ghost, Rupa and Co., 2004, p 15. 3. Daruwalla, Keki N, The Scarecrow and also the Ghost, Rupa and Co., 2004, p 16. 4. Daruwalla, Keki N, The Scarecrow and also the Ghost, Rupa and Co., 2004, p 22. 5. Daruwalla, Keki N, The Scarecrow and also the Ghost, Rupa and Co., 2004, p 25. 6. Daruwalla, Keki N, The Scarecrow and also the Ghost, Rupa and Co., 2004, p 31. 7. Daruwalla, Keki N, The Scarecrow and also the Ghost, Rupa and Co., 2004, p 48.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *