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Manas Bakshi (Poet) Creative Flight Journal


 

Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Manas Bakshi

Name                                :   Dr. Manas Bakshi

Date of Birth                    :   4th February, 1954

Father’s Name                  :   The Late Mr. Dunia Lal Bakshi

Address                            :   22C/1L, South Sinthee Road, LICI Housing Estate,
                                             Kolkata 700050

Mobile No.                       :   9831619620

Academic Qualification   :   M.Com, LL.B., Ph.D. (University of Calcutta)

Academic Books :

              1.    From Feudalism to Capitalism – A Case Study of Agrarian West Bengal, 1920-1980. Firma KLM. P. Ltd, Kolkata - 12, ISBN : 87-7102-141-7 (Abridged version of Ph.D. thesis).

              2.    Land Reforms in Left Regime : A Probe Into West Bengal’s Socio-Economic Perspective, 1977-2011, Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi. (Post-Doctoral treatise). ISBN : 81-7023-798-X.

Dr. Manas Bakshi, ‘a major voice’ in Indo-English poetry, with twelve books of repute, viz,

      1)   Long Awaited (Firma KLM P. Ltd., 1988)

      2)   In the Age of Living Death (Rupa & Co., 1990)

      3)   The Welkin is Blue Yet in Agony (Firma KLM P. Ltd., 1995)

      4)   Of Dreams and Death (Firma KLM P. Ltd., 2000)

      5)   From Adam to Myself (Firma KLM P. Ltd., 2003)

      6)   Not Because I Live Today (Script, 2005)

      7)   Man of the Seventh Hour (Script, 2006)

      8)   The Midnight Star (Cambridge India, 2009)

      9)   Between Flower And Flame (Script, 2011)

    10)   Maudlin Musings (Sparrow Publication, 2014)

    11)   Dance Of Satan And Other Poems (Authors Press, 2017)

    12)   Parnassus Of Revival (The Poetry Society Of India, 2017)

    13)   Soliloquy Of A Sailor (Authors Press, 2020)

and numerous poems published and anthologised widely in India and abroad, has earned worldwide acclaim for his poetry.

       Included in the biographical reference works of American Biographical Institute inc. U.S.A, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, U.K, Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Asia Pacific Who’s Who volume XV, Dr. Bakshi is Ex. Member, Editorial Board, “United” – House Journal of United Bank of India, Member, Advisory Committee, GUILD Of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics, Member, Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal on Multicultural Literature and Member, The Research Board of Advisors, American Biographical Institute, Inc, USA.

       His poems have appeared in The Statesman, The E.T. Calcutta Plus, The Asian Age, The Telegraph, The Indian P.E.N., Poet (Now Poetry World), Journal of Poetry Society (India), The Mowaheb International (Canada), Fresh (New Zealand), Osaka University Newspaper (Japan), S.G.L. (U.S.A) Kafla Inter-Continental, Poets International, Canopy, The Brown Critique, The Quest, Skylark India, The Brain Wave, Poetcrit, Replica, The Green Valleys & Golden Fields Weekly, Byword, Art and Poetry Today, Bridge-in-Making, Poetry Today, The Green Lotus, The Poetry Chain, Poetry and Art, Kovita Review, Coffee House, Shine, Bizz Buzz, The Scoria, Cyber Literature, Voice of Kolkata, Triveni, Indian Book Chronicle, Samvedna, The Golden Vase, The Inner Voice, Explorer, Rock Pebbles, Ars Poetica Indiana, Verse Universe, Indo-Asian Literature, Sri Aurobindo’s Action, IJPCL, Contemporary Vibes, IJML, JIEWEC and many other Journals. His poems have been broadcast several times over All India Radio.

       Dr. Bakshi won the first prize in both English Short Story and English Poem Writing in the All India Competition organized by United Bank of India, for its staff members, in 2003. He has been honoured with the “Best Poet of 2003” by the Poets International, Bangalore, Bridge – in – Making Diamond Jubilee Award, Kolkata 2011, Rachana Sahitya Samman, Chattishgar, 2016, Best Award for his poem on Peace by the Poetry Society of India, Gurugram (Haryana), 2017 and Brightest Honour by Sufi World, Bangalore in 2020. He has received several laurels and accolades in recognition to his creative talent from many other literary/academic organizations.

ARTICLES / REVIEW ARTICLES ON THE POETICAL WORKS OF Dr. MANAS BAKSHI

      1.   “Imprint of An Age Has Remained” by Somdatta Ghosh, ‘The Asian Age’ dt. 13.09.1997

      2.   “Poetry Of Flowers Which Do Not Bloom”, Review Article on “Of Dreams And Death”. by A. H. Tak, ‘Indian Book Chronicle’, May-June, 2001.

      3.   “Kazuosi Ikeda On The Poetry of Manas Bakshi”, ‘Bridge-in-Making’, 38th Issue, September – December, 2003.

      4.   “Going Over The Top With Images Of Daily Life”, ‘Hindustan Times’, Kolkata Edition, dated 06.02.2004’.

      5.   “Human Concern, Pathos And Tragic Feelings In The Poetry of Dr. Manas Bakshi” By S.L. Peeran, ‘Poet’, April, 2004.

      6.   Ibid, Part-II, May, 2004.

      7.   “Manas Bakshi : A Different Poet” By SumitTalukdar, ‘Indian Book Chronicle’ March – April, 2004.

      8.   “The Poet As Prophet”, Review Article by Rita Nath Keshari on “Man of The Seventh Hour”, Poet, March, 2007.

      9.   “Glimpses of Life”, Review Article on “Man Of The Seventh Hour” by Jasvinder Singh, National Herald, New Delhi, Dated September 1, 2007.

    10.   “Night Syndrome In the Poetry Of Manas Bakshi”, Review Article by Dr. N.P Singh on “Not Because I Live Today” Poetcrit, Jan, 2008.

    11.   “Philosophical Flavour in Manas Bakshi’s The Midnight Star” By P.V. Laxmi Prasad in ‘Discourses on Contemporary Indian English Poets’ Edited by K.V. Dominic, Authors Press, Delhi, 2010.

    12.   “An overview of Man of The Seventh Hour” By Rituparna Dutta Roy, Bridge in-Making, 58th& 59th Issue, Jan. 2011.

    13.   “Manas Bakshi : A Poet Par Excellence” by Jasvindar Singh, Poetcrit, Jan. 2012.

    14.   “Crisis of Values : A Critical Study of Manas Bakshi’s Man Of The Seventh Hour” by K. V. Raghupati in K. V. Dominic’s (Ed), Critical Evalution of Contemporary Indian Poetry in English, Access, New Delhi, 2012.

    15.   “Progressive Humanist Poet Manas Bakshi” by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V. B., Boloji.com dated 04.10.13.

    16.   “The Poetry Of Manas Bakshi: Universal Anxieties”, by P. V. Laxmi Prasad, Poetcrit, January 2014.

    17.   “Political Concern in the Poetry of Manas Bakshi” by Alisha Vandana Lakra, Bizz Buzz, Vol – 16, 2013.

    18.   “Intellectual sophistication at work in the poetry of Manas Bakshi with special reference to The Midnight Star” by P. C. K. Prem in “Studies On Six Indian Poets in English”, edited by K. V. Dominic, GNOSIS, New Delhi, 2012.

    19.   “Love Poems of Dr. Manas Bakshi: A Brief Appraisal” by Akash Bhattacharjee, Ibid.

    20.   “Dr. Manas Bakshi: A Major Voice in Indo-Anglian Poetry” by Rituparna Datta Roy, Ibid.

    21.   “Manas Bakshi: Mystic, Realist, Modern Sensitive Poet”, by Pranab Kumar Majumdar, Bridge-in-Making, No. 68, Jan’ 2015.

    22.   “Lyrical Sonority, Musical Diction and Rhythmic Incantation in the poetry of Manas Bakshi” by Bijoy Kant Dubey, Poetcrit, July, 2016.

    23.   “Polychromatic Short Poems of Manas Bakshi”, Review Article by Dr. V.V.B. Rama Rao, Poetcrit, January, 2017.

    24.   “Reading Manas Bakshi’s Man Of The Seventh Hour : A brief appraisal” by Dr. Suresh Chandra Pandey, Contemporary Vives, April-June, 2017.

    25.   “Manas Bakshi’s Parnassus Of Revival—a Critical Appraisal” by Dr. Dalip Khetarpal,, Contemporary Vives, July-September, 2017.

    26.   “Fruits of Delight in the Fields of Despair in Manas Bakshi’s Dance Of Satan And Other Poems” by T.V Reddy, IJML, July, 2017.

    27.   “Effusion of Emotions in Manas Bakshi’s Parnassus Of Revival” by S. Barathi, GIEWEC, September, 2017.

    28.   “In the Whirlpool of Ambiguity” by Dr. Kailash Ahluwalia, Contemporary Vibes, Oct-Dec, 2017.

    29.   “Manas Bakshi’s Parnassus Of Revival” review article by K Rajani, IJML Jan, 2018.

    30.   “A Quest For Feminist Voices In Manas Bakshi’s Poetic Journey” by Dr. Poonam Dwivedi, Cyber Literature, June, 2018.

    31.   “The Poetry Of Manas Bakshi: A Critical Study” by Dr. J. D. Chauhan, Poetcrit, July-Dec., 2018.

    32.   “Manas Bakshi As A Major Poet” by Dr. Bijay Kant Dubey, Bizz Buzz, Vol-20, 2018.

    33.   Review Article on Manas Bakshi’s “Dance Of Satan” by Dr. P. Selvaraj, Bizz Buzz, Ibid.

    34.   On the Paratext of “Dance Of Satan And Other Poems” and on the “Parnassus Of Revival” by Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhaya, Poetcrit Jan-June, 2018.

    35.   “Anguish of a Progressive Humanist : Manas Bakshi”, by Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B., Poetcrict, Vol.-33, Jan.-June, 2020.

    36.   “Manas Bakshi’s Poetic Concern for Human Relation : An Overview with a special reference to Parnassus of Revival” by Dr. Katta Rajamouly, Creation and Criticism, Jan.‑Apr., 2020.

    37.   “Manas Bakshi’s Latest Work : Soliloquoy of A Sailor” by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B., Baloji-com, dated 6.12.2020.

    38.   “Dance of Satan by Manas Bakshi : A Structural Study” by Suresh Chandra Pande, Poetcrit, Jan-June 2021.

Interview / Profile

        1.    Bleeding Passion

                             The Statesman dt. 31.03.1997.

        2.    Poet Working Out The Puzzle of Life

                            Hindustan Times dt. 05.07.2002.

        3.    For Better or for Verse

                            The Asian Age dt. 19.10.2003.

        4.    All For Poetry

                            The Indian Express dt. 07.02.2006.

        5.    A Long Affair With Poetry

                            The Telegraph dt. 13.04.2007.

        6.    Literary Legend Speaks,

                            Contemporary Vibes, Oct.-Dec., 2011.

        7.    Interview with the poet Dr. Manas Bakshi, The English India, INJELL, Apr-June, 2013. Pp. 32-39, dt. 10.05.13.

        8.    Jasvinder Singh in conversation with Manas Bakshi, Poetcrit, July, 2013.

EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS IN PAPERS AND JOURNALS OF REPUTE

(1) “Elusive, without being obscure, Bakshi’s poetic voice is sober and reflective. He interweaves a wide range of thematic strands through his little anthology: here an allusion to politics, there a glance toward poetic theory. There is a deeply personal air to the selection: the reader is invited onto the poet’s spiritual plain as well as into his intellectual sphere.”

                     The Statesman.

(2)       “For Manas Bakshi, poetry is what he finds in most ordinary of situations. And in the welter of common sounds and sights of life, he seizes his moment of inspiration”

                     The Indian Express.

(3)       “Be it the terrifying Al-Qaeda threat or the alarming ecological imbalance which resulted in the devastating Tsunami, Bakshi emphatically explores the map of the human heart and soul, forever ravaged by flaws and lapses.”

                     The Asian Age.

(4)       “Poems like Love-Talk or Dreamy or You, for example, are glimpses of Bakshi’s skills as a writer with an eye for putting the pauses and space between words to good use.”

                     Hindustan Times.

(5)       “Bakshi’s collection of poems could well make one brood over the unsung in the hearts of many”

                     The Hindu.

(6) “Bakshi’s poems are full of evocative imagery; sometimes satirical, sometimes hammering straight to the heart but always leading the reader along the track of sensitive poetry”

                     The Telegraph.

(7)       “The imagery evoked is indeed powerful and the poet seems to rise from the very ashes, like the phoenix”

                     The Herald.

(8)       “Here is the work of an intellectual, a man with faults and failings ( as have each of us), but one whose soul shines through his poetry, and whose final thoughts are offered in tribute to his Creator.”

                     The Mawaheb International (Canada).

(9)       The highly acclaimed writings of Kolkata-based poet, writer and Litterateur extraordinaire, Manas Bakshi, never fail to quicken the pulse of the ardent reader, and to give new dimension to the Universal commonplace of human experience, for Bakshi is a prominent voice within an ever-increasing galaxy of those English-speaking writers of present-day international repute. And like the proverbial lone bird whose melodious strains reverberate with such poignant constancy through the leafy confines of a darkened wood or sylvan, forest glade, here is a poet who, most assuredly sings from the heart as, elevated from the trauma of long-past vicissitude, he gives broader scope to those elements of intrinsic emotion that concern each and every one of us, irrespective of age, religion, colour, caste or social distinction. He is a poet of the modern idium, yet a strong element of poetic sentiment essentially embodies the entirety of his work.

           Born in the early fifties of the previous century, Bakshi was later to gain notable meritorious distinction in the higher academic field. His command of English is of exceptional quality and is typified by an ordered intensity of reflective musing bonded with succinct presentation and finely-crafted development of style. Much of the poetry in his present collection, ‘BETWEEN FLOWER AND FLAME’, is centred upon the interplay of fate within the changing patterns of human emotion; and characteristically, Bakshi clear-sightedly delivers a decidedly over-all view, rather than descend into the realms of self-centred address:

                     - Bernard M. Jackson in Poetcrit.

(10)     Dr. Bakshi is a major poet writing today and enriching the domain of Indian English  poetry. His poems are philosophical and topical in the first glance….

           Dr. Bakshi has emerged, in the present book, as a very mature poet showing his impressive presence in the gallery of Indian English poets writing today. Now the time is ripe for the critics of IEP also to direct their attention to his poetry to show to the world what he thinks through his musing in his deep moments of contemplation.

                     - Dr. D. C. Chambial in Poetcrit.

(11)     Journey depicts the dynamics of Dr. Manas Bakshi’s poetry; The sojourns and  watersheds emit fragrance with which the reader is enchanted in his/her romanticism, spiritualism and material pursuits for conducting the smooth sailing in life…. The  journey of life breaks with every daybreak and gradually the dream breaks before reality-blows in tune with nuclear age. Dark was the island that gave birth to poet’s dream and there was no watershed or communal clash or ethnic rage. Each parrot in the cage laments the lesson of human bondage.( The Island of My Dream).

           The diction is elitist and excellent, the subjects are original and emanate from realm of highest order touching the philosophical clouds and at the same time clinging to charcoal of obstinate concern is humane touching the psyche of mankind, moreover, the contrast is maintained between the softer and soothing aspect of life and harsh realism of actualities.

                     - Mr. Anil K. Sharma in Contemporary Vibes.

(12)     Dr. Manas Bakshi is among the widely published and anthologized poets writing in English today. He has come to be known for his difficult identity of outlook and expression. The present volume, From Adam to Myself, the fifth he has come up with, fully lives up to what his readers have come to expect of him. There is a unity of mood, tone and treatment running through the several poems in this collection which gathers them into a simple recognizable sheaf.

                     - Dr. Srinivasa Rangaswami in The Jourrnal of Indian Writing in English.

(13)     The extensiveness of the themes the poet takes up is astonishing. The poet’s penetrating eyes turn to the inner world within humankind and the outer world in nature and society. Moreover, the angles of looking at the things and the phenomena are very different and lead to variety of views of lyric, imaginative, significant, and philosophical characters.

                     - Dr. Kazuyoshi Ikeda in Bridge-in-Making.

(14)     It is truly good of Manas Bakshi to share with the world poets so that we can see how things are in India. I especially like the truth Bakshi imbues in his work and giving us new words to fit his descriptions/feelings. This makes us think, draws us to an attraction for such. Yes, poets are usually not the ‘politically correct’ type which gives us another aspect to think about too. I liked traveling with Bakshi, learning from his experiences, local customs, differences in our cultures.

                     Rosemary C. Wikinson, President, Emeriti, World Congress of Poets.

(15)     Unlike most of the contemporary Indo-Anglian poets who concentrate on the realistic or faithful presentation of futility and anarchy of the modern world – social crisis, economic depression, political upheaval, lack of faith in human values- Manas Bakshi explicates the impact of this change on the mind and psyche of a conscious individual. He depicts enxiety, perplexity and confusion of modern mind whose skepticism and agnosticism do not allow him to understand either his own ‘self’ or the universe around him.

                     Prof. A. H. Tak in Indian Book Chronicle.

(16)     To me, the distinct identity of Manas lies in making his serene thoughts come alive with evocative imagery, adroit craftsmanship and selection of appropriate words…..Manas can look into the depth of any aspect of life with insight and can shape it into poetry with clarity and dexterity.

                     Pronab Kumar Mazumder in Replica.

(17)     There is a great variety among the poems. There are the haiku-like poems, there are lyrics, and there is the teasing-out of the metaphysical and the satirical. As Bakshi’s themes have evolved, so has his style, developing and modulating into various forms,, but always with an essential lyricism. To read Bakshi’s poems as they unfold in Of Dreams and Death is to grasp the depth and breadth of the poet’s career and the many sides of his nature. This work superbly illustrates the poet’s tools of his trade, alliteration, assonance, and so forth. Each poem is a self-contained, syntactical and emotional unit, linked to what has gone before and what will come after.

                     Patricia Prime in Poet.

(18)     Being empty, poetry is emptiness, what is the emptiness of Bakshi? Now buoyed in quietness and blessed by Eternal Law, we follow into the hollow unfolding the emptiness of Bakshi. Poems that drip loneliness dripping one metaphor at a time, each metaphor a wavicle of cross cultural knowing and understanding of life. Its great diversity a flow from which we quench an intellectual thirst. In order to appreciate Dr. Bakshi we must vibrate in his plane of vibration.

                     Michael L. Adams, Litt.D in Poet.

(19)     In poem after poem, the poet Manas Bakshi’s imagination and imagery leaves the reader surprised in admiration for his art of writing poems. He deserves all accolades of laudations for his subtle expression and poetic diction. No exaggeration, it is really an excellent poetic work of Dr. Bakshi.

                     Jasvinder Singh in Bizz Buzz.

(20)     His poems in general are more reflective than descriptive and have their own irresistible appeal – direct and intimate. He ransacks nature for imagery and his similes are often elaborate that leave the readers gazing in the multiple possibilities of implications besides the obvious ones.

                     Dr. Kumar Chandradeep in Cyber Literature.

(21)     Your poems are always unique – most pensive. I am proud of you. My W.P. numbers are hailed as Great all over the world. And your part in my success is ever Great.

           Dr. Krisna Srinivas, Founder President and Editor in Chief, Poet, International Monthly published by World Poetry Society.

(22)     The poet is verily a creator, Brahma. He creates both from his personal experience and his imagination. He has ability to put across his emotions and feelings in a very appealing way. He has the capacity of envisioning and the skill of communication. Poetic skill is a spark, holding in mind a flash of lightning which leads to an insight and revelation. Manas Bakshi, nearing sixty is imaginative and at times a visionary and a sufferer. So far he has published nine collections, and won accolades and encomiums for being an exponent of the value of Indian English poetry.

                     Dr. V. V. B. Rama Rao in Boloji.com

23)      Manas Bakshi imprints and impresses with his shorter but long-lasting poems.He says little and it says more is the thing to be felt with regard to Manas and his poetry.Perhaps some artist’s vision is in him; that of a dreamer who keeps dreaming.How the poetic brush and paints of his! Really, the golden boy of contemporary poetry.

                     Dr. Bijay Kant Dubey in Bridge-in-Making.

24)      Manas Bakshi appears precise. He makes immense efforts to communicate the depth of feelings and thoughts. He talks disgustingly of “Polygamy” in politics. It is stark opportunism and lack of virtuous politicking that contaminates life in general. In whatever hues, politicians move about one trait is quite apparent. Hypocrisy is integral to political life.

                     P.C.K. Prem in GIEWEC.

(25)     For the poet even a bird which visits his drawing room does not give him joy but only reminds him of misery and grief: “It enters my bed room too/unmindful of its mate/calling in the far away grove/ unmindful of a day/its posterity could be in a shambles”. Thus the poet has attempted to open the eyes of heartless humanity to the never ending woes of the paradoxical living.

                     S.L. Peeran in Canopy.

(26)     His journey takes him through many alleys depicting social degeneration. He sees the masked instigators of riots and terrorist attacks. In the last stanza he speaks of his intense yet painful relationship with his own ‘Indomitable Parnassus’ which will protect him from slipping into moral decadence. Each poem in this collection (The Midnight Star)has been selected with lot of care to portray a range of emotions and thoughts challenging the ordinary to the common pace.

                     Rita Nath Keshari in Poetcrit.

(27)     A major voice in Indo-Anglian poetry, Bakshi’s poems are vibrant with such thought waves, both realistic and philosophical, as create resonance somewhere deep in human heart. From the plight of a whore to the starvation death of a worker of a closed Tea Garden, from the nocturnal mystery of Marine Drive, Mumbai to the ecological threat and several other poems bear it out. Bakshi also excels in poems on human relationships depicting love, betrayal, detachment and moral values.

                     Ramakrishna Chitrapu Rajahmundry in Triveni.

(28)     Dr. Manas Bakshi is a restless soul who is prompted by all the situations, may be good or bad and has a poetic reaction; he is repelled by the vulgarity, attracted by the sensuality, questioned by the faith, obsessed by the logic, does a dialogue at a distance  and takes snapshots from a whorehouse. In his unique expressions, he does a great  service to the literature by using rich simile and metaphors. “Midnight mellow meadows” and “sentimental stings.”

                     Dr. Poonam Dwivedi in Contemporary Vibes.

29)      After reading the collection, sensitive readers could imagine that the elderly poet Manas Bakshi with an alert, agile mind and keen observant eyes, has touched umpteen aspects of life... His poetry is an excellent perspective view of life and nature.

                     -Ashok K. Khanna in Indo-Asian Literature.

(30)    By employing subtle and striking imagery he tries to present different contours and varying shades of human emotion with convincing ease.

                     -T.V. Reddy in ‘A Critical Survey of Indo-English Poetry’.

(31)    Bakshi’s poems seen in a holistic perspective are also romantic, realistic, ironical, optimistic, pessimistic and philosophical.

                     -Ram Bhagwan Singh in Cyber Literature.

(32)    It is rather astonishing how a handful of well chosen words can convey powerful meaning and set our minds on fire with curiosity, sometimes more so than longer poems. Bakshi can with just a few words create poignant imagery which transports the reader to the place of the poem.

                     -Rob Harle in Beyond the Rainbow, Australia.

(33)    Overall the entire collection is a poetry lover’s delight as it is a perfect ‘thali’ that nourishes them with a whiff of fresh air, deep insightful thoughts and unique soulful imageries.

                     -Kavitha Gopalakrishan in GIEWEC.

(34)    He presents the life in its degenerated forms in all aspects through capturing imagery, incisive but lucid words. His deeply affected sensitivity is revealed in his powerfully driving expressions, aptly chosen metaphors and similes

                     -K.V. Raghupathi in ‘Brave New Wave’.

(35)    There is neither a display of wasted sentiments nor a forcing of ornate idiom. The language is easy flowing with focus on conveying meaning through intellectual play of images.

                     -Dr. O.P. Bhatnagar in Bridge-In-Making.

(36)    Words gush out effortlessly from Manas Bakshi’s pen and he gives poetic utterances to his thoughts which are of ravenous appetite and elevating experience.

                     -Prof. P.V. Laxmi Prasad in Contemporary Vibes.

(37)    His mental dexterity at blending human feelings and moods with nature is both psychological, philosophical, ironical and reflects his insightfulness, keen perception and even a touch of pantheism.

                     -Dr. Dalip Khetarpal, Former Director Principal, Jat Group of Colleges, Ambala.

(38)    Bakshi’s concern is at a deeper level of time, searching and soul searching though the process is propelled by the painful and dreary physical life.

                     -Dr. C.L. Khatri , in Cyber Literature.

(39)    This is the stark vision of life, contemporary life that has been vividly unfolded by Manas Bakshi in Man of the Seventh Hour. All those who are passionately committed to the survival of man in the post – Millennium era would certainly like to imbibe the courage and candour of a gifted poet likeManas Bakshi.

                     -Dr. N.P. Singh in Bridge in Making.

(40)    He is one of the major voices in contemporary Indian –English poetry. He is mainly concerned with man’s predicament, his anguish, existential dilemma and the confusion in search of meaning. Seeking the meaning of life is the prime concern of the poet.

                     -Dr. K.V. Doiminic in Studies on Six Indian Poets in English.

(41)    Bakshi’s poems indeed have a sublime compelling force that not only entices and induces by its lyrical murmuring but also inspires and motivates almost all thoughtful readers in favour of a re-vision.

                     -Dr. Suresh Chandra Pande in Contemporary Vibes.

(42)    Only a poet like Manas Bakshi could express concern over abuse of women like this in successive stanzas; “Before she got traceless, falling prey of sexual violence the very night following The International Women’s Day”.

                     -Dr. P. Selveraj in Bizz Buzz.

(43)    In short, Manas Bakshi is a poet who impresses the readers with his profound knowledge of life in its varied forms with all the music and poetry inherent in it.

                     -Dr. Kailash Ahluwalia in Contemporary Vibes.

(44)    Here is a poet belonging to the class of poets par excellence in the galaxy of contemporary Indo-english poets. He is none other than Dr. Manas Bakshi who occupies a significant place in the poetic panorama by virtue of his rare merits in the contemporary era.

                     -Dr. Katta Rajamouly in Creation and Criticism.

(45)    Manas Bakshi is a poet of scholars because of his indulgence in sublime thought which touches the heart and caress the soul. I assert that his influence will keep on growing by leaps and bounds. He is a school of thought where so many bards dwell.

                     -Dr. Shujaat Hussain, Founder President, United Spirit of Writers Academy.

(46)     Dr. Manas Bakshi is unconventional poet. With vivid passionate anecdotes he creates an atmosphere of poetic jugglery.

-Maria Miraglia  in Contemporary Vibes.

           Dr. Manas Bakshi has found place in more than fifty anthologies including World Poetry anthology from 1999 to 2008, edited by Dr. Krishna Srinivas and from 2009 to 2013 edited by S. Krishnan; in the anthologies Dayspring, 1999 and Horizon, 2000 edited by Dr. Ravi Nandan Sinha, Contemporary Poets 2007, 2009 and 2010 edited by M. S. Venkata Ramaiah, Brave New Wave 2009 edited by K. V. Raghupathi, Busy Bee Book of Contemporary Indian English Poetry 2007 edited by P. Raja and Rita Nath Keshari, Recent Indian English Poetry 2014 By V. V. B. Rama Rao, English Poetry in India, 2011, and Indian English Poetry : Time And Continuity 2016 by P.C.K. Prem, Indian English Poetry 2013 by S. L. Peeran, Discourses on Contemporary Indian English Poets 2010 edited by K. V. Dominic and Environmental Literature 2016, edited by K.V. Dominic & Pamela Jeyaraju, English Poetry in India 2012 edited by Pranab Kr. Mazumdar, Millennium Mood edited by C. L. Khatri, Poets International Anthologies edited by Dr.Md., Fakhruddin, Poetry Anthologies edited by Dr. K. Jagannathan, Dr. V. S. Skanda Prasad, Prof. Paulose V. D. and many others.

ACADEMIC PROFILE

        Manas Bakshi’s thesis was highly appreciated by all the three examiners, namely,  Dr. Roger Hopkins of NIT, Dr. B. M. Lal Nigam of Delhi University and Prof. Subrata Ganguli of Calcutta University. Here are some excerpts from the observations of the three distinguished examiners on his thesis entitled “Effects of Transition From Feudalism To Capitalism on Rural Bengal, 1920-1980.”:

        1.     “Overall the candidate provides evidence of having pursued a comprehensive and detailed analysis of his topic… I found the examination of the development of bargadari cultivation of considerable interest… I consider the candidate has done sufficient to meet the requirements for the degree”

                        Dr. Roger Hopkins.

        2.     “His observations on sharecropping are fairly absorbing. His comments on the West Bengal Estate Acquisition Act of 1953 and on work participation rate are revealing enough. The proportion of agricultural labourers to the total population which is increasing from decade to decade has been well examined by him. The different tables in chapter V and VI have been painstakingly prepared and furnish some interesting trends. The notes on page 131-onwards are, again, revealing indeed”

                        Prof. B.M. Lall Nigam, Ph.D., D.Litt, Department of Commerce, University of Delhi.

        3.     “I highly appreciate the work produced by Mr. Manas Bakshi. The work eminently  deserves a Ph.D. degree in commerce. His findings on the question of transition reveal  some of the socio-economic aspects of Bengal appropriately.”

                        Prof. Subrata Ganguly, Department of Commerce, University of Calcutta.

        Based on his thesis, the book entitled From Feudalism To Capitalism – A Case Study Of Agrarian West Bengal, 1920-1980 earned rave reviews in Papers and Journals of repute.

Here are just two excerpts :

        “The author has superbly delved on picturisation of fundamental realities during the transition period of 1920-1980. It has been seen that most of agricultural development depends on the support of the government in the form of writing off taxes and grant of various subsidies to the farmers. The author has also exposed the impact of depression on industry and agriculture in the early period of transition. His research on the subject matter is supported by a painstaking field study of various statistical aspects and their significance has been included as the most vital source of study to authenticate the views taken by the author to make the sound revelations about cultivation in West Bengal which shows good interest for the scholars of agriculture in the country. The book serves the purpose of an important reference work for the scholar of socio-economic studies of West Bengal. For his painstaking efforts, the author deserves all accolades of laudation.”

                        Indian Book Chronicle.

        “The present set up was described by Bakshi as ‘feudocapitalist’, where the capitalist trends were making their appearance slowly but steadily….Bakshi said that feudalism was practied till independence but it coexisted with fragmentation of land, indebtedness and pauperization of cultivators swelling the number of landless labourers, all of which were capitalistic features.”

                        Business Standard.

        Manas Bakshi has so far published more than fifty articles in Editorial/Op-Ed. pages of The Statesman, The Telegraph and some leading Bengali Papers like Pratidin, Ekdin and some others on topics of socio-economic relevance ranging from Land Reforms to Banking, from Middle Class Mindset to Kolkata’s beggars.

        His poems and articles have been broadcast on AIR several times. It is worth-mentioning, here, that ETV kindly gave due coverage on his profile as a scribe and poet in its Hello India slot.

        Dr. PV Laxmi Prasad has edited a book “Exploring New Horizons: Myriad Dimensions in the poetry Of Manas Bakshi” containing thirty articles by poets and critics of eminence in evaluation of Manas Bakshi’s poetical works which, brought out by Authors Press, Delhi in 2017 has been highly applauded.

        The second edition of Manas Bakshi’s acclaimed book of poems “Man of the Seventh Hour”, explicated by Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhaya, edited by Dr. Dalip Khetarpal and brought out by The Poetry Society of India in 2019 has earned plaudits deservedly.

        An M.Phil dissertation entitled ‘Manas Bakshi: A Contextual Study of his Poetry’ by Alisha Vandna Lakra has been awarded by Indian School Of Mines, Dhanbad.

        Dr. Bakshi has featured in ‘Studies on Six Indian Poets in English’ 2012 edited by K. V. Domnic as one of the six poets highlighted therein.

        He has published scores of critical essays and book reviews in Newspapers and Journals of repute dwelling on the works of Baldev Mirza, Mahasweta Devi, P.C.K. Prem, K.V. Dominic, Anil K. Sharma, T.V. Reddy, K.V. Raghupathi, C.L. Khatri, S.L. Peeran, V.V.B. Rama Rao, Rita Nath Keshri, P. Raja, Dalip Khetarpal, Poonam Dwivedi, M.S. Venkata Ramaiah, K. Rajamouly, D.C. Chambial, O.P. Arora and others.

        He has participated in several literary seminars and conferences.

            Poetry apart, Dr. Bakshi’s short stories published in Newspapers and Journals of repute have drawn acclaim from readers and reviewers. And he is included in ‘A Journey From Within To Beyond’- A Bunch of Short Stories Culled From Different Cultures, 2018 edited by K.V. Dominic.