Saga of a Crumpled Piece of Paper

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Author: Vivek Sharma
Pages: 90
Year of Publication: 2009
Price: HB Rs 150, FB Rs 100
HB 978-81-8157-851-8 (9788181578518)
FB 978-81-8157-852-5 (9788181578525)

About the Author:
Vivek Sharma was born in Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) in 1979 and his ancestral village, Chattar, lies in the same district. He completed his schooling in Shimla, Una and Kasauli. His parents were determined to provide him with the best educational opportunities and their efforts in this direction sometimes forced them to live apart from each other. Sharma’s academic achievements have, in turn, been impressive. After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, he obtained two consecutive MS degrees in Polymer Science and Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio, and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, respectively. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. At present, he is conducting post-doctoral research in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sharma’s love of poetry and writing, in Hindi and English, began when he was a child and he wrote consistently through his school and college days.


Saga of a crumpled piece of paper

I was a crumpled piece of paper
till your curiosity unfurled me;
An excited child in you ironed away
my wrinkled and discarded past
and laughed at what I bore boldly
written in her hand, in pencil
in dark arches, colons, commas,
with a full stop.

You laughed till your tears
made maps over me
and then you smiled and erased away
her words, her punctuations
and took crayons to wax me with colour.
Fascinated by the impact of your hands,
you embellished me,
revived me and then artfully
sold me away.

51 poems spread over 4 sections

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