LUSTUS: THE MEGA-EPIC OF POSTMODERNIST THOUGHT, LIFE AND TIMES – Dr. Jernail S. Aanand / A Review by Prof. Dr. Laksmisree Banerjee

 
LUSTUS: THE MEGA-EPIC OF POSTMODERNIST THOUGHT, LIFE AND TIMES
 
It has been a pleasure for me to read and review Dr. J.S. Anand’s latest poetic composition titled LUSTUS. An Ultra Modern Poem of epic proportions, it is highly inventive, innovative, creative as well as a great meeting-point of the ethos and civilizational processes of the Orient and Occident. It may also be considered to be a Mega Epic of our Post-postmodernist thought, life and times. I consider it the final estuary delving into an ocean of poetic philosophy and a convergence of varied streams of Human Ideals, Ideas, and Evolution. As Eliot states a non-negotiable truth that a Poet is never born in a vacuum but in an endless consciousness which connects Individual Talent with an ongoing Tradition, so does the poetic flow of Dr. Anand’s LUSTUS which evinces, invokes and evokes a ceaselessly ongoing trajectory and history of Humanity.
At the very outset Anand’s cosmic consciousness (as manifest in his dramatis personae, poetic characters and outflow) spans centuries of literary history from the Ancient Indian and Homeric Epics through Dante and Milton to Keats and Eliot’s vision of the Modern Wasteland to delineate the causes of the final degeneration of our human race in contemporary times. His Invocation followed by the Cantos traces the rise of Lustus’ kingdom of darkness and the extreme possibilities of the annihilation of Man for his overwhelming avarice, materialism, sensuality and lust for power. However the most interesting part of this Postmodern Epic is its ingrained Binaries, which catch one’s imagination. I would wish to say that Dialectic forms the sub-text, meta-text and fulcrum of this poem LUSTUS. Most of the characters in the poetic text (like Ravana, Faustus, Lucifer or Satan, Adam and the chief protagonist Lustus) have dichotomous traits of both positive and negative forces, of light and darkness, of knowledge and ignorance inextricably wound together, though they choose imperatively the latter, for ultimate, inevitable destruction. Hence my reading of this Epic Poem has also prompted me to think of the essence of Duality and Dialectics propounded by most great philosophers like Aristotle, Plato, Hegel, Heidegger as also poets like Milton, Keats and Shakespeare. In this poem we witness this quintessential combat of the Ego and Alter-Ego, of the Divine and the Ugly, of Heroes and Monsters, of Gods and Titans embedded as variegated colours in the same totality of Being and Nothingness. These are the embattled forces of Nature which remain inexorably entwined through expansive temporal spatiality. LUSTUS reinforces Dichotomy as a fact of Existence and hence may be termed as a Post-postmodernist Mega Epic which triggers a debate in the human mind to read, interrogate and then perhaps resolve or arrive. I feel it is this subterranean dialectical perspective that may influence a deeper reading and appreciation of this Mega Epic.
 
 
Jernail
 
Dr. Jernail S. Aanand
 
In the Indian Puranas we see this Duality with Goodness and Virtuosity embodied in Vishnu,
(pg. 1 of 2)
 
being born from the Creator Brahma’s navel and the Evil demoniac forces of Asuras Madhu and Kaitav being born from Brahma’s ears, or both intangibly birthing from the same source. To cite another example like Satan or Lucifer, we find the Miltonic and Biblical connotations / resonance in LUSTUS in which the Archangel of Light or Lucifer is soon transmuted into the powerful Lustus, a symbol of satanic/ serpentine power. In fact all the characters, names and motifs of Anand’s poem, are remarkable signifiers of Living Reality or the Dialectics of Life and Existence. To me, this appears to be an extremely motivational text of poetry which inspires our Imagination, engages our Mind and Intellect and stokes our Perceptivity to make the right choice or weigh out the balances and bridges between good and evil. Anand’s Universalism is evident in the connectivities he builds between the static and the dynamic, the cosmic and the ephemeral, the divine and the human, the supra-natural and the natural, to strike the right “Balance” in order to avoid decay and dissolution. In one such context Adam, one of the protagonist cries—-“If I am born a part of this struggle/ And fail to make both ends meet/ If just keeping alive is my ultimate business/ I wonder if I am relevant or an irrelevance….” It is a remarkable feat of Dr. Anand as he plays around with jigsaw patterns, as well as reaches out to solve this perpetual tangle of the Divine and the Human through poetic weavings and constructions of “balance eternal” and “planet’s poise”. In Dr. Anand’s poetic space (as created in LUSTUS) he swirls through vast temporalities and disruptive forces as much as transcendental realms forbidding that decadent Lust which could lead to the final dissolution of our Super- Human human race. This is an Ultra-Modern Epic Poem of extraordinary Multi-Dimensionality. We should surely await a Counter-turn or a Sequel to LUSTUS like Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound or Milton’s Paradise Regained.
 
 
 
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A Review by Prof. Dr. Laksmisree Banerjee
 

5 thoughts on “  LUSTUS: THE MEGA-EPIC OF POSTMODERNIST THOUGHT, LIFE AND TIMES – Dr. Jernail S. Aanand / A Review by Prof. Dr. Laksmisree Banerjee

  1. A post-modern epic that has its roots in the malaise of these dark times that we are living in the shadows that hide the light and inspire dismay, especially now that the winds of war are blowing stronger than ever in Europe and in the world.
    While we are just waking up from the pandemic nightmare, the much-loved peace seems to fade away in the darkness of evil: war has the grim face of all time and anguish overwhelmed and prostrate humanity. The latter does not want war, but a few powerful people in the world out of greed for money and power. Here the lyric, a true post-modern epic by Dr.Jernail S Aanand, advances with its firepower in an upset landscape, prey to chaos and the eternal struggle between the forces of good and evil.
    The same forces that, in the Indian Olympus, the divinities represent competing for victory since the dawn of time. Who will win this tremendous challenge? Will it be the forces of good or evil? From the top of the world, the voice of the gods screams mightily in the struggle for power.
    Thus in the spiral, which is an eternal “continuum”, the poet Jernail S Aanand glimpses the cyclopean struggle and immerses himself in it with all the expressive and authentic force of his feelings, impulses, human passions in the captivating cosmogony that marks the universe. the myth through religious symbols from the origin of the times

  2. From this beautiful review one can gather knowledge and wisdom about the vast and vividness of poetry.. I feel Dr Anand, whom I had met.. is one of the greatest poet.. who should be emulated and the superb review by Prof Dr Laksmisree Banerjee deserves accoladed

  3. 2021 was the year of the seven hundredth anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, which took place in Ravenna, his place of exile, on the night between 13 and 14 September 1321. As an Italian, I would like to transfuse Dante’s message into the “DIVINE COMEDIA “, in particular in Hell, in the current image of the atavistic struggle between Good and Evil that can be deduced from the poetics of” LOTUS “, an epic by the great contemporary Indian poet Jernail S Aanand . In its broadest sense, where the roots of Indian mythology emerge powerfully, all the malaise we are experiencing since the war in Ukraine is identified. Almost an omen of impending evil, Jarnail managed to grasp in the diabolical action “in fieri” – when the winds of war still hovered in the air before the storm of February 24, the day of the beginning of the Russian invasion – the terrible tragedy that was falling upon humanity.
    Petrified by his foreboding, helpless in the face of the wavering ideals of peace, we are faced with the magmatic transformation of world order. I sense this cyclopean struggle, even before it takes place, in the verses of the great poet, improvised Cassandra crying over the ruins of Troy. Now Troy, a symbolic city “in a nutshell”, has become the whole of Europe with its toll of blood, ruins, and despair while diabolical forces, left and right, compete for domination of the world.
    Now peace is covered by a black veil, peace much desired in his powerful video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRd4gLcmk-g by Prof. George Onsy, founder and president of the International Cultural Movement #RRM3 – RENAISSANCE RENAISSANCE – MILLENNIUM III. However, we are confident that in this hell, among the forces in play, Goodwill emerges victorious, dispelling the apocalypse with its two beasts: propaganda and politics.
    In summary, LOTUS was like the messenger of a terrible catastrophe for humanity, reflecting the gloomy voice of these times of darkness, but also the standard-bearer of an epochal change in search of the roots of an atavistic struggle between good and evil.

  4. 2021 was the year of the seven hundredth anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, which took place in Ravenna, his place of exile, on the night between 13 and 14 September 1321.
    As an Italian, I would like to transfuse Dante’s message into the “#DIVINE #COMEDIA “, in particular in Hell, in the current image of the atavistic struggle between Good and Evil that can be deduced from the poetics #LUSTUS, an epic by the great contemporary Indian poet Jernail S Aanand. In its broadest sense, where the roots of Indian mythology emerge powerfully, all the malaise we are experiencing since the war in Ukraine is identified. Almost an omen of impending evil, Jarnail managed to grasp in the diabolical action “in fieri” – when the winds of war still hovered in the air before the storm of February 24, the day of the beginning of the Russian invasion – the terrible tragedy that was falling upon humanity.
    Petrified by his foreboding, helpless in the face of the wavering ideals of peace, we are faced with the magmatic transformation of world order. I sense this cyclopean struggle, even before it takes place, in the verses of the great poet, improvised Cassandra crying over the ruins of Troy. Now Troy, a symbolic city “in a nutshell”, has become the whole of Europe with its toll of blood, ruins, and despair while diabolical forces, left and right, compete for domination of the world.
    Now peace is covered by a black veil, peace much desired in his powerful video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRd4gLcmk-g by Prof. George Onsy, founder and president of the International Cultural Movement #RRM3 – RENAISSANCE RENAISSANCE – MILLENNIUM III. However, we are confident that in this hell, among the forces in play, Goodwill emerges victorious, dispelling the apocalypse with its two beasts: propaganda and politics.
    In summary, #LUSTUS was like the messenger of a terrible catastrophe for humanity, reflecting the gloomy voice of these times of darkness, but also the standard-bearer of an epochal change in search of the roots of an atavistic struggle between good and evil.

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