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Finding The Mother : Book Review by Leonard Dabydeen

January 19, 2015

Finding The Mother

Book: Finding The Mother, H.H. Valmiki’s Sundara Kanda in English Verse – English translation by Mahathi (Mydavolu V.S. Sathyanarayana).

Finding The Mother is a book written by Mahathi (Mydavolu V.S. Sathyanarayana), not in any obtuse sense as free verse, but as a superlatively spiritual endearment of an English poet, translating in English verse H.H. Valmiki’s Sri Sundara Kanda – the ultimate 5th Canto of Srimad Valmiki Ramanayam. Srimad Valmiki Ramanayam ( Ramayana) is one of the zenith epic poems of Hinduism, in which is empowered that virtue is superior over vice in all stratagems of life. And Sri Sundara Kanda is the episodic adventure of Sri Hanuman (Hanuman was also known as Sundar) – the selfless devotee of Lord Rama, symbolizing ultimate strength, perseverance and unwavering devotion – the quintessence of Vedic Hindu Dharma. The book itself is unequivocally a mastery of English narrative verses, in rich visual imagery, translated with clever craftsmanship from “the Sundar Kanda, published by Geeta Press, Gorakhpur, in Sanskrit original with translation into Telugu” by the unmatchable Mahathi. Many other texts were also researched to make this a true work of English literature.
In his initial opening dedication remarks of Finding The Mother, Mahathi writes:
Unknown, unseen, beyond the human ken
some power made me write this epic grand;
with harsh commanding wand, but loving hand.
And in true spiritual intensity, blended with clever poetic skill, Mahathi lets his readers see his virtuosity that shines like an ever-glowing halo, nurturing his soul for writing this beautiful book (Sundara Kanda) in his Prayer:
Hey Ram, O’ Sita Ma, O’ Lakshmana,
hey Hanuman the Great, hey Valmiki –
You made into a poet this rookie, raw !
Finding The Mother is replete with sincere praises from H.H. Swami Tejomayananda Saraswati; a remarkable Foreword by Prof. I. V. Chalapathi Rao, University of Hyderabad; Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu – English poet and exponent of classical English poetry; Dr. Indira Babbellapati – English poet and English translator of The Night of Nectar, Professor of English, Andhra University, Visag; Shri Ranjit Ravindran – a nascent English poet who contributed in the editing of this beautiful work. Other important key players also shared their
expertise and skills in maintaining narrative flow of this book. In essence, this is truly Mahathi’s best concerted writing effort, inviting all readers with “true power of spirituality hidden in every living soul, through the divine character of Shri Hanuman”. The book opens a tsunami of flood-gates with an indelible strain of point-counterpoint, blended in love, pain, sorrow and a host of emotional drama, climaxing in victory over evil.
Mahathi’s Finding The Mother is currently serialized by the Sapthagin magazine – a devotional magazine published by Tirumala Tirupati Devastanamulu (TTD). Mahathi is also the author of many poetry anthologies, including Golden Lotus, Plastic Faces and Wheels. His poems are also published in many poetry journals, including Metverse Muse, Poet’s International, Rock Pebbles, Kafla and Kavya Bharathi. He is also a contributing poet in social media forums such as Poemhunter.com and Poetfreak.com He is a member of the World Renaissance for Classical Poetry, and a fervent protagonist of metrical verse.
Mahathi (Mydavolu V.S. Sathyanarayana) lives in Nelore, Andhra Pradesh, India. He works as a Superintendent of Salt at Nelore. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree and a Master of Law. His favourite past time is writing poetry, which he started some 30 years ago.
I first came into contact with Mahathi and other poet friends from India, through social media via the internet. We have been sharing poems and comments on poetry for over 5 years to date. When Finding The Mother was published by Authorspress in 2014, Mahathi ( I usually address him as Mydavolu or Sathyam) decided to send me a copy of Finding The Mother, asking if I ever have the opportunity, to write a review of the book, especially for North American readers. Postage from India to Canada has its crust of timely delay. Sathyam also became frustrated that his book was not going to reach me. In his e-mail, he wrote:
When I look a little disappointed that the book is not reaching the
right people, my wife keeps telling me that even if a very few people
can read, enjoy and get benefited by the spiritual insights H.H. Sage
Valmiki doled out so liberally, my purpose of attempting such mammoth
task would be fulfilled. My book reaching you is an auspicious moment
for me and indicates the beginning of fulfillment. I am so blessed Sir
knowing you.
Reading Finding The Mother is a “mammoth task” indeed, imagining Sathyam completing the translation from Telugu to English. The book is divided into three parts – Part I: Sri Sundara Kanda – divided into 68 chapters and the crux of Sri Hanuman’s journey into the city of Lanka in search of Mother Sita, and the anxieties of Lord Rama; Part II: Yuddha Kanda – The Great Prize, and Part III: Sri Rama Pattsbhishekam. In 358 pages, Mahathi has created a blessing for humanity. This book is certainly a must read : ISBN 978-81-7273-818-1.

Leonard Dabydeen: Author of Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems (2012).