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About Alok Mishra

Alok Mishra is a poet, author of Being in Love, philosopher and Editor-in-Chief at Ashvamegh International Journal. He is also the founder of opinion platform ILN - India Latest News. Alok's poems have been published in several journals and online literary magazines as well as in various Indian and other anthologies. His works have been appreciated by his college faculties and others. In particular, he writes about literature, politics, spirituality and world affairs. You can read his posts here on various topics.

Who is a True Reader?

The question is - who is a reader in the truest sense? Is a person reader who reads five novels a day? Is another person the reader who reads only two fictions a year? Am I a reader because I read non-fiction too? Are you the reader for you read twelve novels and three poetry anthologies in a year? Who is the reader? Who will answer this question? The dictionary [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|Books|0 Comments

The Quest of the Sparrows

I had a misconception a few days ago that every author with a 'Chetan Bhagat' background serves to the literature a 'Chetan Bhagat' class. However, like I said, it was a misconception only. To be honest, I did not read any of his 'best-selling bad literature' (combat Jeet Thayil, his phrase) and rather concentrated on my studies. Recently, I came across The Quest of the Sparrows, a book by the [...]

By | April 21st, 2017|Books|0 Comments

Awara: A Hindi Poem

आवारा हकीकत की जब कल्पना नहीं कर पाता हूँ फिर मैं मजबूर हो जाता हूँ इच्छित संसार के स्वप्नों में विचरण करने को स्वछन्द आवारा रोक-टोक मुझे पसंद नहीं ना ही किसी ने की है अब तक पर हाँ, खुद से सवाल पूछे थे मैंने लगभग हर कदम पर की क्यों मैं होना चाहता हूँ स्वछन्द आवारा कुछ धुंधली सी तस्वीर है पर यादें पक्की हैं मेरे अस्तित्व के पटल [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Confused Notion of ‘Great’ in Literature

The Notion of 'Great' and Literature What is the notion of 'great' in literature? The one that Aristotle says great? Or the one that T. S. Eliot says great? Or for some, the one that Terry Eagleton says great? As many mouths that many notions... such are the notion of this 'great' in literature. Today, I will write something about this notion. I kept thinking for this for a while [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Modern Criticism & Literary Theories|2 Comments

Patna Book Club – a spark of intellectual discourse

This Sunday, 4 April 2017, was quite amazing. Though I am not a big fan of food chains (be it big guns or the start-ups), because of peace and comfort, I was at the Cafe Coffee Day, Gandhi Maidan, Patna. There were 7 people, including myself, and two others joined later. A gathering of nine heads does not sound like a gathering at all, does it? However, it was remarkable [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Daily Events|0 Comments

Monsoon Minds by Ravi Nambiar | Review

My reading sense, I will say, can be soothed by only those few books which have something uncommon with them - a certain break free from the drab and a certain amount of 'that unknown' thing which can keep a reader spellbound. That's the reason you will find my reading list with a number of books most of the younger readers might not have even heard of those! In modern [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|Books|2 Comments

Hardaul Ek Bharatiya Yuva ki Soch | Book Review

I remember very well that I used to steal money from my mother's hidden corridors of savings. Before you make perceptions about my character, I used to do it for purchasing books! I love reading since the time I learned how to read. Hindi books helped this habit and made me an ardent reader of Champak, Nandan, Nanhe Samrat and some Dhruv Comics series. With time, English literature too joined [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Books|0 Comments

The Hawk’s Melancholy

The Hawk's Melancholy a poem by Alok Mishra A dried reservoir a lacking effort a failed creation a dead day dream an incomplete journey an empty completeness still the day rises, day after day; still the night falls, night after night.

By | March 15th, 2017|Poems|0 Comments

Bharat ke Tukde: Poem on Patriotism vs Anti-nationalism

राष्ट्र विरोधी ताकतों के नाम एक सन्देश कविता के माध्यम से    कर ही दो अब भारत के टुकड़े और ले लो कोई कोना तुम लोग, वहीं ख़ुशी से नाचो गाओ विरोध स्वर में नारे लगाओ अपने टुकड़े को भी और तोड़ते जाओ। पर जाओ, मेरी बलिदान की धरती से दूर जाओ और ले जाओ अपने साथ 'दूषित' अभिव्यक्ति की आजादी को भी की आजीज हो उठा है अब हृदय [...]

By | February 28th, 2017|Hindi Poems|0 Comments

Best Books for Studying History of English Literature

Books for Studying History of English Literature Literature in itself is different from the history of English literature. One can study the literature produced in various genre leisurely. However, no one really bothers to study the history of English literature other than the students and their teachers. Whosoever studies the history, must look for, at least once, the good books on history of literature. Students are often wrestling with the thoughts [...]

By | February 21st, 2017|Reading Tips|0 Comments