Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
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         A. R. Fatihi, Ph.D.
         Lakhan Gusain, Ph.D.
         K. Karunakaran, Ph.D.
         Jennifer Marie Bayer, Ph.D.



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Reading 'god' Backwards

Sreena K.


Jejuri is Kolatkar's famous sequence of poems which was published in 1976. The collection won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize the following year. It mainly comprises of thirty six short lyric utterances which are the observations of the narrator who arrives in the town, Jejuri. The poems describe the poet's visit to the town of Jejuri and the hill temple of Khandoba, a temple for Lord Shiva as the incarnation, also known as Malhari Markand.

A Secularized Visit to the Temple

The visit is completed in a half revolution of the sun starting in the early morning and ending in the late evening. The entire experience is secularized and trivialized. The writer is starkly non-involved and frankly impervious to a sense of devotion. This visit lacks a spirit of worship which ordinarily and normally prompts thousands to visit Jejuri.

It is striking and intriguing to note that the experience is so familiar and yet so foreign to the protagonist who is an Indian.

Both devotion and commercialism populate the town, and the man we follow does not search for enlightenment; he is there for sight-seeing. His straightforward voice colours most of the poems through its realistic portrayal of the mind of the priest and the god in several places in the poems.

The Structure and Content of the Compilation

The thirty-six sections of Jejuri consist of perceptions and attitudes of someone on a journey. Here it is apparently a skeptical tourist, like that of Philip Larkin's "Church Going," who arrives in the ancient place of pilgrimage. At the end, he is waiting with irritation for a train, so he can depart. Larkin's distant, skeptical, bicycle-dipped visitor 'surprises' in himself a 'teenager to be more serious' inside the church.

Kolatkar's peripatetic poems characterize the teenagers to be more curious.

Perception and Alienation

The opening poem in Jejuri, "The Bus" establishes themes of perception and alienation:

Yours own divided face in a pair of glasses
on an old man's nose
is all the countryside you get to see. …………………..
at the end of the bumpy side
with yours own face on either side
when you get off the bus
you don't step inside the old man's head
( Modren Indian Poetry in English, 90).

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Sreena K.
Department of English
Amrita School of Engineering
Tamilnadu, India

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