Today is also the birthday of late great poet and philanthropist Laxmi Prasad Devkota. Regards to him.
When I was in school, while reading Devkota, I was impressed by what Dr. Berkeley said about Devkota when the latter who was suspected of having some mental ailments was taken to Ranchi for treatment.
“Devkota is a geographical mistake.”
How punching was the remark! Criticism, satire and statement of fact in a sentence.
(Sometimes I too feel that I also am a geographical mistake! It may be because I have not been able to be in the real field that suits me.)
There was cliché regarding Devkota in his biography: Though he was born on the Goddess Laksmi’s (Laksmi Pooja), he was gifted by Goddess Saraswoti. But he always suffered from lack of Laksmi (=wealth) in his life.
I remember a school friend of mine—Mahesh Khakurel— saying to me: “Rather than Devkota, Lekhanath Poudel appears to be talented to me. Devkota flows only with words but Poudel has sincerity and message to the society in his works.”
I don’t have that calibre to compare the littérateurs par excellence to draw a solid conclusion. I like both of them.
Yes, Devkota flows with words. The classical meters as well folk ones are very well played by him. He is good not only at poetry but also in prose he is superb…..
But in school I was tired of listening to the exaggeration about Devkota and his works by our Nepali teachers.
Devkota, you have been my source of inspiration!