(A poem from the recently released book ‘Feeling the Way’)
The little urchin with sparkling eyes
Ran towards my car,
Unmindful of the traffic.
Lifted a bunch of flowers, and said
Fifty rupees only, madam.
She smiled innocently
Hoping I would pick one. And I did.
A hundred rupee note I showed,
Give me two, I said.
Her smile widened.
And I felt contented.
Filled with water and pebbles
The red roses arranged in symmetry
I placed the vase on the dining table
Honey, what’s the occasion?
Asked my husband.
All for a smile, I said
Deeya Nayar-Nambiar is a journalist by profession who enjoys her tryst with teaching. Writing is her passion and anything that interests her is her subject. She has three books to her credit – Feeling the Way (English poems, 2012); Aisa Kyon (Hindi poems, 2012) and Me, My Friend (English poems, 2009).
Me, My Friend
Reading the poems of Deeya Nayar-Numbiar left me in a happy ,yet meditative mood. Me,My Friend is an anthology of poetry which I felt unable to put down as I read Deeya’s thoughts and emotions penned from her time as a young girl. It is thought provoking yet simply written-straight from the heart.
In this anthology of Love, Life and Relationships,she has touched upon her relationship with herself,her Maker(God),as well as friends, relations and Nature.
In ‘Life is Beautiful’, Deeya writes that it takes only a minute for us to make a difference in someone else’s Life. How True! Book of Life is a collection of experiences and information collected over time.
People change over time, evolve and grow .Waiting for someone is a trip down memory lane.
Thus in this wonderful anthology, the poet realizes that her true friend is indeed her own self.
The beautiful cover with the two butterflies denotes Life and friendship as well as nature.
I loved ‘Tree of Life, with the line “Learning to make a beautiful nest”.
Life has many branches, some simple yet others are complex .We have the power to take each branch and make it meaningful.
Deeya is optimistic and her poems speak of Love, yet she is also a realist knowing and understanding that you cannot look at Life through rose tinted glasses.
In “Be the Change”, she reminds me of the famous words spoken by Mahatma Gandhi about “being the change you want to see”. She speaks of Life-live it, sing it in happiness and sorrow.
Do not envy anyone for even the movie stars have their own sorrows and uncertainties which they deal with. The theme of Love underlies her poetry –conquer mankind with Love.
Deeya speaks with a profound faith in Devi Ma and A Ray of Hope.
I appreciate her dictum of living for others yet taking time out for yourself. If we do not take time out for oneself and make ourselves dependent on everyone else’s moods, then we will never be happy. We have to be best friends with ourselves.
I loved this anthology and I thank you Deeya for these beautiful and profound words.