The Poetry of
The sky is an infinite blue leaf
In the throat of Lord Shiva
Acting as an antidote
To the poison He swallowed
After samudra manthana;
Let us tend this leaf lovingly,
For our own sake.
(with gratitude to The Free Dictionary; Swami Atmapriyananda)
20th August 2019, RMIC, Kolkata
Nileen Putatunda was born in 1978. He went to St Mary’s School (ISC), Bombay, and St James’ School, Calcutta, graduating from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, in 2000. He has worked in social development.
DOTS is his eleventh volume of spiritual poetry; all his books have been published by Writers Workshop, India.
Nileen's books have been reviewed in Prabuddha Bharata, The Vedanta Kesari, Samvit, The Advent, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Times of India. His poems have appeared in the journals Samvit, American Vedantist, Muse India, and Mountain Path. He has written in the opinion space of newspapers.
North of a Tara is a River
To my Rabi'a
on NIleen's poetry
[A] lovely set of poems, all so succinct, heartfelt, rich in spiritual sentiment.
FRANCIS X CLOONEY, SJ
Parkman Professor of Divinity