• २०८० असोज ७ आइतबार

A Lamentation of Time

Subash Singh Parajuli

Subash Singh Parajuli

An Old Time (Budo Samaya) is a well-crafted poetry anthology comprised of 54 diverse issues and prevalent problems by a well-known poet Baburam Shrestha which was published by B.N Publication. This anthology plunges into the exotic realms of passed time and quarks, that how arrows of time and mismanagement can bang the possibilities into unprecedented circumstances. Most of his poems are grounded on the irony of time and it’s a misconception to overview in ways of life. The way time flies more about such past subjectively. One of the most significant and wisely marked foreground subjects of human sensibility in the past period that enslaved all. Each poem explores the phenomenon based on our social structure and the laws that govern it and equally points out such a tardy nature in every place. When time flagging from daily chores unanimously person subjects to have lamented on time.

One of the remarkable aspects of ” Budo Samaya” is its ability to transcend societal and cultural boundaries and reflection on past times. The themes explored in the poetry book —such as the lamentation of dreams, the importance of perseverance, the satirical perspective on social issues and the significance of personal legends—resonate universally. His poems reflect materialistic practices, political turmoil, aftermath, the devastation of natural resources, monetization in values, beliefs, identity crisis and poor governing systems and their impact on today’s modern society.

The notions and ideology discussed in this book are so thought-provoking that anyone with the slightest interest in poetry can plunge into self-realization about past misdeeds and the puzzling nature of our universe is sure to enjoy it. This is a book that has captured the hearts and minds of readers with its beautifully woven narrative, profound insights, and timeless wisdom, it is no wonder that this anthology continues to inspire and resonate with people from all walks of life. The narrative unfolds like a fable, filled with symbolism and allegorical elements that invite us to contemplate life’s deeper meanings. The poems are infused with spirituality, urging us to listen to our hearts, follow our intuition, and connect with the universe’s grand design as per the flaw of time. There are no complicated jargon or cliches and every juncture is explained simply and clearly. Every verse becomes so evasive that drags one to ponder about the current situation of the state and it will surely fascinate, amaze and motivate one to meditate on it.

With exciting images, dialectical narrative, elusive usages of metaphors, cliches of words and profound imagination the poet brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of the originality of our lives. Old times, characterized by traditional values and simpler ways of life, have often been romanticized by people as a time when things were better. However, this view is often based on a selective and idealized view of history. In reality, old times were not necessarily better than the present but the morality crisis in people based on social-cultural existence in old times offers numerous advantages and improvements to run the cycle of living in this modernity.

The poet laments with his soulful emotions and transcendental verses about the modern world that is characterized by unprecedented levels of technological advancement that have transformed virtually every aspect of our lives. The internet and social media have made it possible for people to connect from all corners of the earth, while medical advancements have led to longer and healthier lives but none of these things apply to reform the baseless structure of civilization. In old times, social and cultural norms and traditions often dictated people’s lives, limiting their freedom and opportunities. Women, in particular, were often restricted in their roles and opportunities, and many minorities faced discrimination and segregation. Today, however, we have made significant strides in promoting equality and freedom, and people have more opportunities to pursue their dreams and aspirations, regardless of their gender, race, or social status however mostly we lost the essence of humanity and personal identity that embued in his poems.

Poet Shrestha’s poems invite readers to reflect on their past situations and desires, urging them to question societal expectations and embrace their true purpose. It was a time of political upheaval, social unrest, and Cultural Revolution that left an indelible mark on our Nepali society that is depicted in his book. Many poems encourage us to embark on our quests, to listen to the whispers of our hearts, and to have the courage to pursue our dreams, no matter how daunting they may relate to past actions. Some of the poems ‘ Kathmanduharu’, ‘ Sharaharu le Nileko Manche’, Sashak’, Euta Manche’, Mero Desh’,’ Achel’, Simananharu’, Budo Samaya’


Subash Singh Parajuli
(Poet and Critic)