O P Sharma
This book in English contains 39 essays on variety of relevant issues and topics which at once attract the readers and keep them glued because of curiosity and interest. I have gone through this 152-page Darshan Darshi’s “Musings From My Attic” valuable and educative essays and finished reading it in just two days. While reading the book I was impressed by the wide range of topics , in-depth treatment of each essay, in easy to understand language and lucid style. Overall , Darshan Darshi has conveyed a definite meaningful message especially to the younger generation. In these literary pieces he has shared his vast knowledge and rich experiences. Basically, the poet in him gets free flow of ideas as also flight of imagination to impart some new ideas and ideals.
” Musings From My Attic” book contains essays to name only few are: “Tricks of the Trade”,” Taj Mahal mera hai!”,”Survival of the Book”, “Afrain of Each Other”, “Patience-A Life Skill”, “Be True to Yourself”, “Money Matters”, “Am I Depressed or Just Confused?”, ” Relationship Quotient of India and Pakistan”, “Handling an Argument” , “Of Age and Money” “What is There in a Name?”and “Why do you come to School”. These and other right-ups do impart one lesson or other based on the thinking and experiences of the writer.
It is noteworthy that quite a number of writers of Jammu and Kashmir are now actively engaged in putting out publications enriching the Indian Literature.
There are only few who right in English catering to the English readership. Darshan Darshi, a pen name of D.K Vaid who is basically devoted to the Dogri writings and a reputed poet and recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award during 2006s as also a retired Civil servant. He is presently Convener of Dogri in the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. He has written in almost all genres Dogri Language & Literature, including literary criticism. He also uses his pen for English and emerged as a reputed writer.
Lessons Thro’ Essays
The Dogri language has been producing some outstanding poetic compositions ,many prose works and also a few research-based books but the genre of “essays” are attempted only by gifted literary persons. This book by Darshan Darshi is some total of his wide experience , flight of imagination and depth of emotions which at once attracts the readers and constantly sustain their curiosity and interest. Darshi’s style of writing in Dogri is always captivating but this book in English has carved out a specific space in the literary creative work. Each essay imparts some lessons after griping the readers to go through them and get benefitted . So it is suggested that all the readers must enjoy reading this book which is informative and also interesting. Can we also make a plea that a Dogri version of the “Musings From My Attic” may be attempted by the author?
Rewarding for Readers
The book has been well produced , finely printed and in superb literary style which promises to quench the thrust of readership. It is good that it has been moderately priced . While this volume is very useful for the common man particularly the youth to learn the lessons of life. It also has particular importance for the people so that they are put on a right path of moral values , a forward looking vision and awakened citizens.