Prof. Purushotham Lal
(August 28, 1929 - November 3, 2010)
My fingers pause – hover over the keyboard –
What can I write – when my heart is frozen –
In my ears reverberate your deep, gruff voice –
complimenting me -
I remember I couldn’t thank you –
How do this humble mortal thank
What words could express
This ultimate happiness!
What am I before you, Sir?
In my book your calligraphic writing -
You wrote my name!
You made me immortal!
Let me stop here.
I cannot stand the clicking of the keys
*********** Balachandran V,
Prof. P Lal, publisher of my collection of poems, ‘Signs of Love’ passed away on 3rd November 2010. I came to know about it just now. Those who love English and Indian writing in English will never forget him; many are the writers who were nurtured by Prof. Lal; many of the greatest names. I can only thank whatever coincidences that made up my life for providing me with a chance of being noted by him, being one of his children.