|By accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love he may rule the world forever, say an old adage. Raju has tried a new theme and a sparse technique in this long poem, leaving many to wonder whether some poetry can be breathed into this other wise dry subject. Not just an accident on the road, but roads posing threat to the common people all over the world in the name of development, remained the main burden of this poem.
If ever there has been a philosophical denial of road-culture, and the depiction of damae it causes continually to mankind, it has never got registered as strong and crisp as done in this long poem, successfully by Appala Raju. Kudos to the poet for this first of its kind poem, on how roads are making disturbing inroads into the life of people in this century.
- Rama Teertha