Limerick Man

At para cultural functions,he is seen reciting a limerick of his own,highlighting the evils of reality shows on TV channels.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Published: June 17, 2012 3:27 am

At para cultural functions,he is seen reciting a limerick of his own,highlighting the evils of reality shows on TV channels. Or it may be about mushrooming of multi-storied buildings that have no regard for fire safety rules.

For Gautam Sengupta,a resident of Mall Road of Dum Dum,limericks have become a weapon to waging a crusade against various evils that eat into society and spoil the youth of today. It was about five years ago that Sengupta,who took a voluntary retirement from a private organisation where he worked and at present works as an insurance agent,started writing limericks (chara) and started reciting them at various cultural functions organised in the locality.

“I felt so sorry when I saw a young boy having become a mental wreck after he took part in a reality show. I see these shows a menace for society which should be avoided by parents. I have no other way to spread the message and so I took upon this method. I don’t know whether it worked but I am not the guy who will back out,’’ the poet who stays with his wife and two daughters,told The Indian Express.

A science graduate Sengupta has a knack for Bengali literature. He is much fond of reading limericks of such poets as Jogin Sarker,Sukumar Roy,Annada Shankar Ray,to name a few. Sengupta not only uses the cultural functions where he recites his poems but local newspapers and magazines in Dum Dum also published his limericks.

“I have plans to bring out a collection and I am in touch with a couple of publishing houses of College Street,’’ Sengupta said. He also said he wanted to inculcate the art of writing limericks among youngsters. “Of course this art is something that cannot be imparted. It is something inborn. But people should be encouraged to indulge in this art because it is dying. One has to really practise this art so as to master it,’’ the poet,who usually writes his poems while he is travelling,said. It is not only reality shows or fire safety,Sengupta’s limericks dwell on several other menaces like dowry,drinking,gambling and other problems facing the society.

“I don’t know whether they are having any effect on people. But people listen to me with rapt attention when I recite these charas. I will keep on this fight till my creativity lasts,’ Sengupta said.

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