Dramatic narratives describing civil strife of a kind he may have witnessed through his work in the Indian Police Service keep the company of tender poems, while extended sequences go alongside perfectly- achieved miniatures of a few lines. His work displays a structural breadth, from traditional forms such as the sonnet and the ghazal to free verse.
This first full-length volume of Daruwalla’s poetry to be published outside India provides a long-overdue opportunity to become better acquainted with a poet previously encountered in the UK – in tantalising glimpses – only in anthologies.
Keki N Daruwalla was born in 1937 in Lahore. Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award (1984) and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Asia (1987), he has to date published over twelve books. He joined Government service in 1958 and served for many years in the Indian Police Service. In 1974, he joined the Cabinet Secretariat, was appointed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister in 1979 and, in 1980, was part of the Commonwealth Observers’ Group for the Zimbabwe elections. When he retired, he was Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee.