In sad times one does not write poems
but does whole lot of other things
from cracking jokes to gulping poison
but one does not write poems
Author: Kumar Vikal
Kumar Vikal (1935-1997) was a prominent poet of the Hindi language from Punjab. He was most popular during the 1970's to '90's, the period which coincides with rise and fall of Naxalite and militant movements in Punjab. His poetry expressed the problems of oppressed and marginalized sections of the society. He published three collections of poetry titled Ek Choti Si Ladai, Rang Khatre Mai Hain, (Hindi-रंग ख़तरे में हैं) and Nirupma Dutt Mai Bahut Udas Hoon, (Hindi- निरुपमा दत्त मैं बहुत उदास हूँ).