Contemporary Poets in Indian English-4
Keiki Daruwala, an IPS officer, has been one of the foremost poets writing in English in India. His poem “Migrations” point out the tragedy involved in migration. People migrate because of drought, epidemics or political turmoil. Passage of time makes them strangers in their earlier places. It is something emotionally unacceptable and hurts any migrant.
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Thinking about the past and the place abandoned makes one ‘pensive’. Just as the grandmother whom you loved in childhood faded from memory your mother too will fade from memory in course of time, says the poet. Past is frozen and nobody can get back into the past or relive the events experienced. Time moves on and takes us along whether we like it or not. Twin planes of migration from place and migration of mind in terms of time are well depicted in this poem.
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