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Author: Soma Dutta
Pages: 110
Year of Publication: 2009
Price: HB Rs 200, FB Rs 100
HB 978-81-8157-863-1 (9788181578631)
FB 978-81-8157-864-8 (9788181578648)

About the Author:
Dr. Soma Dutta is the Vice Principal and Head of the Department of English of Krishna Public School Bhilai. She has won many prizes for her literary works at the state and national level. She has received letters of appreciation from the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for a poem written by her in 2004 and from Buckingham Palace in 2005. Her poems have been published in several journals and her first collection of poetry, Ripples, was brought out by Jijnasa Publishing House, Kolkata. Dr. Dutta’s first book of short stories, Spectrum, was published by Best Books, Kolkata. She is an Associate Life Member of the Poetry Society of India.



No visitor, no letter, not a single phone call
All bonds have been snapped with the world
Ignored and forgotten by all.
Abandoned by family and friends
He feels twilight has appeared
Memory is still alive
Though his days are now numbered.
His home appears to be a haunted house
All are afraid to meet him
Social stigma as well as fear
Has made his existence grim.
What a shame! He is a patient of AIDS.
His nearest ones have turned their faces away from him.
They refused to listen that it was due to hospitalization
When a bottle of blood was given to him.

The looks of contempt, doubt and anger
Were more painful than his disease
Hiding his face, alone, unattended
He has been seeking for his ultimate peace.

76 poems

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