The Yearning of Seeds by Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

Category: Poetry

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India

The idea of ‘seeds’ in The Yearning of Seeds is derived from Neruda’s quote: “I have gone into practically every corner of Chile, scattering my poetry like seed among the people”. Like Neruda, Nongkynrih too wishes to address his people directly. In the three sections of the book, he speaks of leaders lording it “like the wind”, fickle “like Hindi film stars changing dresses in a song”. He speaks of his impoverished land, and with sardonic humor, of real people who are at once individuals and types. He tries to capture the changing times, aspects of his culture and issues on the fringe, and invites those who are willing to draw lessons from them.