About the Poet: Sujata Bhatt (born 6 May 1956) is an Indian poet, born in Ahmedabad. Bhatt has been recognized as a distinctive voice in contemporary poetry.She has an MFA from the University of Iowa, and for a time was writer-in-residence at the University Of Victoria, Canada. She received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) and the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award for her first collection Brunizem. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 1991 and the Italian Tratti Poetry Prize in 2000.
The Himalayas Summary by Sujata Bhatt
The poem “The Himalayas” written by Sujata Bhatt illustrates the changes a Swami has brought in her throughout hes life which have been influenced by the way society has changed.
In the beginning lines of the poem, the poet tells of the conversation between herself and Swami Anand who was her Guru. The poem then reveals more of the past when it is said like that. But just as in the first Stanza the present reality is then discussed. This shows that, again the poet was very much influenced by the Swami.
Next few lines of the poem starts positive with the phrases, feel at peace, continue, but then goes on to say that he will come again, once, twice but there will be no more thrice for then I find doors shut on me. This shows that the people lie when they say the positive phrases and after a few visits they have all that they want from the man.Their falseness is reflected in the language they use.
Stanza four presents the adaptations and solutions that the Swami has found to counter the problems while climbing the Himalayas. It starts by saying that the poet has, ‘learned many things’, already suggesting that she has changed to fit in.
She tells that she felt he was asleep and stopped her poem. She conveys that he has learnt to wear these faces, suggesting that she wears faces for different situations. She stopped reciting her poem when she understood that he was a Swami who knew very well about the Himalayas.She then adds that he has, conforming smiles, like a fixed portrait. This suggests even more rightness and changes.
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