Present anthology, Love Unconditional, is a motley collection of varied shades of life bearing a spontaneous poetic mien. This volume largely echoes empathetic concerns for the victims of social convulsions, a cause that the poetess has been working for since decades. More she ponders over the current social injustices, more she discovers herself wrapped around by a bundle of queries. The poems have glimpses of manifestations of her inner voice, a flow of trepidation, an enunciation of resistance against a variety of burning social issues, crisis of conscience and the endeavor to resolve it.
The poems are a testimony to how the poetess has fallen in love with love….love for animals and birds; flora and fauna; life and various facets of it; nature and its philosophy; truth and the freedom to express it; justice and rights to avail it; introspection and inner silence; the mysterious mind and its strange demeanor; the magnificence of experiences in speckled hues and the deep dimensions attached; eternal veracity and ultimate realization, etc.
A cruise over the poetic flow gives a touch of variety. Serious contemplations at times take shelter in lighter moods, such as, childhood nostalgia and nature’s enigma. She has also stolen moments of glee and enthusiasm out of the nature’s spread.
The title poem reflects her love for someone who was dearest to everyone in the family. The golden moments spent together epitomizes the un-conditionality of love they nurtured for each other, the sparks of which is alive today even if they are physically apart.
Dr. Sarita Sarangi, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Delhi has served as Member, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and Member, Child Welfare Committee, Government of NCT of Delhi for two terms each.
During her tenure at DCPCR she made in-depth analyses of some pertinent issues concerning children, such as subjective wellbeing, children of prisoners, crises management in schools, substance abuse and mental health care which got published by DCPCR.
“Punishment and the Prison: Indian and International Perspectives”, an edited book published by SAGE publications, contains a piece of her mind, ‘Reality and Reforms in Tihar Central Jail’, focusing on issues relating to inmates of Tihar Prison, Delhi, India. She updated the manual on domestic violence while doing internship at Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, United Nations, Vienna, Austria. She has a number of research publications to her credit in various reputed national and international journals.
She taught ‘psychology’ in Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Kamla Nehru College, University of Delhi at undergraduate levels. She also taught ‘organizational behaviour’ in JIIMS and ‘criminal psychology’ in NICFS under GGS Indraprashta University, Delhi. She has served as Deputy Director, RCI, under Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.
As Founder Director of SEWAK, an NGO established in 1998, she continues serving the needy, deserving and underprivileged sections of the society in different parts of the country.
She has been nurturing the passion for poetry since childhood. As a woman, mother and sensitive soul on earth, she is moved by myriads of surrounding disabling social issues looking for answers, which is clearly reflected in the present collection of poems.
I compliment Dr. Sarita Sarangi .... She has a rich experience of working for the welfare of underprivileged sections of the society. She is engaged in activities for empowerment and well-being of children, women, persons with special needs and victims of socio-economic marginalisation. ..... Powerful expressions, spontaneity of thought and presentation skill are clearly depicted in the poems throughout.
......I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every poem of the book. I hope, others will find it interesting and useful too.
Dr. Kiran Bedi in her foreword to the book
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