MOON INSIDE THE WELL BY R MEGALA
Review By Dr. P. Venkata Sudhakar M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed., D.Litt.,
When my friend Dr. T. Prithvi Raj asked me to write a review to R. Megala’s haiku book Moon Inside the Well I accepted the task happily. I know Dr. T. Prithvi Raj since 2000 not only as a bright scholar but also a multifaceted man. His beautiful association gives me good exposure about haiku for the basic questions like what is haiku? And what are the roots of haiku poetry? and how it attracts the lovers of literature with its own structure.
Moon Inside the Well, by R. Megala is such a wonderful haiku book. As the quote “Face is the index of the mind”, the book’s cover page tells the worth about the haikus in this book. These are really simple in language and very effective in meaning. Who has a little aesthetic sense definitely fall in love in their first look with the book. The book has such an attractive cover page. Quality of the paper and covering tiny haikus with the beautiful picture descriptions on each page do not allow the reader to close the book without reading until the last page of the book. The title itself is very attractive.
Dr. Karunakaran’s ( Srilanka ) and Sri. Pudhuvai Yugabharathi’s comments add extra edge to this book. R. Megala covered all sensitive areas in the present world. Especially her social concern towards the society is touching. The book is divided into two parts. In the first part Amaran translated 99 Tamil haikus of R.Megala into English. The second part 60 Tamil haikus by R. Megala translated by herself into English. After going through the book Moon Inside the Well Megala’s skill of crafting each haiku can be appreciated.
As Dr. T. Karunakaran commented on R Megala’s attitude in this book….her attitude towards society and our Indian culture one can easily identify in this book. Majority of Megala’s haikus are on social concern.
Tajmahal recalls Shajahan
Unknowingly we forgot
The Tajmahal’s structure and its design gives lots of joy to everyone. Taj’s fabulous beauty tells us about the Shajhan’s great love story with his beloved. But we can’t recall the great efforts of the craftsmen who worked for years together for bringing the extraordinary shape and fame to the Tajmahal.
Not for shade
Planting trees but for photograph
Through this haiku Megala points out the most selfish animal on the earth. Man does everything with a selfish motto. Such a man can’t visualise the future.
Advanced technology can’t cure…….. caste
This haiku tells about man’s the most inhuman and barbarous nature in the 21st century. Though world is advancing day by day in many ways. Man’s stupidity towards caste is limitless. We can notice this mean nature of the man towards his fellowmen in the present society.
R. Megala beautifully wrote haikus on contemporary world as well as on the nature. These are all worth reading. After going through this book one can identify the worth of Megala’s poetic sensibility. Long back I presented my seminar paper on Minerva Bloom’s haikus( USA), in Anakapally, (Indian Haiku Club). I found similarity between these two poets. I can tell R Megala’s book doesn’t disappoint the readers. I give four star rating out of five to this book.