Book Of Rahim And Other Poems – Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
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AN EXQUISITE COLLECTION OF POEMS BY ONE OF INDIA’S FOREMOST POETS.
This new collection of poems by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra contains extraordinary records of the everyday, as well as a frequent reimagining of history that makes it as commonplace as a relative or a piece of furniture, and all the more strange and unrepeatable because of that. These involve Mehrotra inhabiting the voice and time of an ageing Ghalib; his revisiting Abdul-Rahim Khan-i-Khanan (1556–1627), a Baharlu Turk, an important figure in the Mughal nobility during the reigns of Akbar and Jehangir; and his discovery of objects and letters from his family home in Lahore. The result is a frayed immediacy that hefty historical novels find difficult to achieve.
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