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About the Book


The essays of Dilip Chitre brought together here are invaluable as they offer a commentary on the Indian notion of tradition and contemporary attitudes to literature. Every piece is of interest in itself. But their greater worth lies in that they articulate the perspective of one of our most admirable poets on many issues that mattered to him. Taken together, they provide a basis for fathoming his poetry and should help us in making a more nuanced sense of it. Chitre was
a fascinating poet, but not easily accessible to most of his readers. Like W. B. Yeats, he weaves in experiences that arise at a given moment (such as the felling of a tree in his father’s house) together with many layers of timeless human quests and anxieties. He brings together silence and euphoria in an imagistic mix that is difficult to name with any precision. Hence the importance of this volume of his comments, essays, lectures and other texts for all who love Dilip Chitre’s literary works.

– Ganesh N. Devy