Imprisoned

For a long time
I have been imprisoned in this cage,
which people affectionately call
the home library,
lying beside my friends
I keep sobbing at my loneliness,
no one picks me up,
no one bothers to see
how hard was my every word
threaded by someone…

Those who used to read me,
who used to hide secrets in me,
and who used to swear by me,
are lost somewhere in devices
like mobile, iPad and kindle,
they don’t even have time
and will to see
that the beautiful flowers
they had kept inside my pages
for a purpose,
have since reduced to skeletons,
was I made for this purpose?

When a new friend joins me
in this cage,
for a while I envy
for its brilliant effulgence,
looking at the dust above me,
but I know very well
that it will also end up
facing the same fate,
who remains happy
being locked in a cage?
But the one who showcases
me and my friends
as his proud possessions
will surely be happy…


–Kaushal Kishore

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54 Comments

  1. Thank you, Kaushal, for the post that I love. From the ancient wisdom sages
    I knew that if you have the library and the garden, you have everything,
    The young generation isn’t lost, as your first comment attests, and I know from Narayan’s writing that he is a voracious reader of books.
    I have been sent this emphatic statement by one of my young readers, Iswar Prasad Kar:
    “Books help me discover the treasure hidden within myself, the bond between me and nature, the real picture of this fake world, the link between fiction and real world, the degree of pleasure and displeasure.”
    We also know the from famous quote that the reader of books has several lives, but the person who does not reads has only one.
    Thank you for the glorious pictures in your presentation!
    Joanna

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    1. I appreciate your views and kind words for the post, Joanna, so thoughtful and insightful. I don’t think I have mentioned anything like new or old generation. It’s just the feelings of a book, of course in my words. I’m fortunate to connect to a bibliophile like you, Joanna, but there are people like me too, who believes in YOLO and that one life is enough if it is lived fully and properly. Thanks again for your appreciation!

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      1. You are very welcome! I was “talking to the books” as they were sad – in your words.

        Joanna

        PS. There is a message from Arun in my comments section about the two posts about Ramanujan. Very interesting.

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  2. I think youth are reading books sufficiently, perhaps even more than what the last generation did.
    Yes, they might have shifted to digital modes and that’s better for the environment.

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    1. Thank you, Raman, for your kind comment, but I have never mentioned anything like generation divide. The book in question talks about the same person who once used to read it is now busy with devices. But I do appreciate your point of environment in support of digitalisation.

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  3. One of my silly fears is that newspapers, libraries, books and bookstores will one day cease to exist. How sad a day that would be! I love the feel of a book in my hand (as I sit here typing my next e-story on my Mac!). When my son David is not singing, he is hard at work as a librarian; he loves his job being surrounded by books, helping people find their next treasure. Many days will scamper up to the children’s library, select the perfect book and bring it home to Colette and they will read it together at bedtime. With your permission, I would like to print your poem for David and frame it as a birthday gift – an homage to the humble yet brilliant book! Thank you for this exquisite piece, KK. 📚

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    1. Books will never cease to exist, to my mind, only the form may change, but yes, as you said, the feel of physical touch and fragrance of pages will go. Nancy, you can print this poem for David, by all means. It will be an honour to me. Thank you so much. Your kind comment is deeply appreciated.

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  4. Ah yes for the love of books and the joys and wonders of world sublime that they bring to the reader, if only on would take them up again. Nicely penned lament Kaushal. I read books electronically now..and ironically I read more of them…how strange is that!

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    1. I think, Suzette, there will be only e-books in days to come. Digital libraries have already become a reality. Thank you for sharing your beautiful reflections!

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    1. So glad to know that. I think digital libraries would be a norm that would need less space. Thank you, Dawn for sharing your thoughts 😊💖

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  5. I love books, like actual books-that you can hold in your hands. Me in a bookstore is like a kid with candies ;).

    Its sad, why people have a home library if they are not going to use it.

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  6. I love this KK. You are so right too. I remember placing flowers or keep sakes in special books or to find favorite passages. There is nothing like holding a book, the smell of an older book and the memories of a friend. Beautifully done. Much love. 🦋❤️🤗

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    1. Thank you, Joni for this wonderful comment that I truly appreciate. I’m glad that the post resonates with you. Much love to you. Have a great weekend 🎉💖

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