About the BookIn this comparative study of five Indian English poets the main thrust is on content analysis of their poems with a view to identifying the degree of the Indian experience and sensibility as expressed in them. The choice of English as the medium of creative expression — especially poetry — makes the Indian English poet's credentials suspect because the question of the Indian sensibility does not become an issue in the case of the regional writers in India. As Vrinda Nabar appropriately observes, one does not lose one's Indianness automatically only because one writes in English which is an acquired language for the Indian writer. What needs to be emphasised is whether the total nalive/deshi heritage is rejected in favour of some alien sensibility. The present study tries to define the Indian sensibility and also briefly traces its development in the history of Indian English poetry. In doing so it does not attempt a value judgement on the poets under consideration, namely, Nissim Ezekiel, A.K. Ramanujan, Arun Kolatkar, Dilip Chitre and R. Parthasarathy, who have now been accepted as the doyens of Indian English poetry. The book offers practically a poem-by-poem discussion of the works of these five poets in a fresh perspective.
About the Author/sSHIRISH V. CHINDHADE (Born 30 June 1946) writes poetry, articles, short stories, reviews, research papers in English and Marathi and translates from both the languages. His writings has published in journals and periodicals like New Quest, The Times of India, Poetcrit, BEAM, JIWE, Indian Book Chronicle, University News, etc. He has delivered many radio talks on literary subjects for Akashwani Pune, and has participated in several UGC programmes of Countrywide Classroom national network. He has translated Albert Camus' The Outsider in Marathi and has written six books in Marathi including two co-authored for competitive examinations. Writers Workshop, Calcutta, has published his book of English poems entitled TRYAMBAKESHWAR. He is working on his new book PROMENADES, a collection of articles on poetry, fiction and prose, mainly Indian. He is an M.A. (English Literature), an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Indian English poetry, all degrees from the University of Pune. He is the Principal of the M.U. College of Commerce at Pimpri near Pune, Maharashtra. He is currently editing a selection of Indian English poetry.