Saturday, November 24, 2012

Aju Mukhopadhyay's recent books

Two recently published books by Aju Mukhopadhyay on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The blurbs of the books give glimpses of their life and work.
Sri Aurobindo’s Creative Literature
Sri Aurobindo could be a remarkable dramatist and fiction writer too apart from poet but he was either engaged as a secret revolutionary leader or a political leader in the open field; either professor, journalist, social thinker or a philosopher, doing yoga and meditating for hours. Busy with many other things, his original works of imagination largely remained incomplete and inconclusive. In a stormy life, shifting from place to place, he often lost track of his own works. Some of them were in police or government custody, recovered by chance after he passed away. It is little known that Sri Aurobindo was a fiction writer. Scholars only know him as a dramatist. Even as a poet he has not been accorded that altitude as he deserves in the minds of the critics and common people though he was one the greatest mystic poets. His Savitri is unique in its own place, unparalleled in world literature. Even before the birth of the Indian English as a potential genre of literature he was one of the pioneers of Indian English Literature without his knowing it.
     A revolutionary, a poet and a writer, Sri Aurobindo, beginning with his journalistic days to the last of his poetic era, wrote large number of essays; political, socialistic, analytical and interpretative of scriptures besides translations of classics from different languages. Compared to his non-fiction and other works the volume of his original creative literature is quite lesser. But he remained a poet from his student days to the last, writing 50000 (approx) lines of poetry. Savitri, the spiritual epic, his lifetime work, is one of the largest in world literature and the largest in English language. He wrote good number of dramas (five complete and five incomplete plus some fragments and translation) and four short stories.
     In this volume an attempt has been made to present the whole of Sri Aurobindo’s creative literature within the covers of a single book, reproducing portions of his work written in English, as nearer to the original as it is available in his birth centenary library edition volumes, with appropriate discussions on them.
The Mother of all Beings
This book is an attempt to present the Mother, the founder of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, in all aspects of her life and activities; her creations, thoughts and ideas, her teachings and literature. Above all, what is extraordinary is her lifelong effort and success to a great extent in transforming matter with spiritual light and consciousness; transmuting the cells of her body, building a Gnostic body apart from her own material body, as shelter after withdrawing her earthly body as a strategic need, reaching towards the goal of supramental transformation of her being as she promised to Sri Aurobindo; to live to continue his lifelong work after his departure, as his spiritual collaborator, as the Divine Mother. 
Based in Pondicherry, India, Aju Mukhopadhyay, an award winning bilingual poet, author and critic, writes fiction too. He has authored 30 books and has received several honours from India and abroad. Critiques on his poetry have been published in many periodicals and books. Many of his works have been translated in other languages and anthologised. More than 25 scholarly books contain his works on Indian English Literature and related subjects; quite more are in the press. He is in the editorial boards of some distinguished literary magazines and a member of the Research Board of Advisors of the American Biographical Institute. He writes on animals and wildlife. Conservation of Nature and Environment is the watchword of his life. He is a well known writer on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, translator of their works.  
Both the hard cover books have been published by the Authorspress, Delhi. Price: Rs.600 and Rs.195.