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MUST READ| I Promise To Be A Good Girl, God

I Promise To Be A Good Girl, God. This book, has a collection of poems.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 13:54 IST

I Promise To Be A Good Girl, God
Kamini Banga
Price — Rs 150
Publication — Penguin

Many years ago, Sunil Dutt, the veteran actor had made a film, Dard Ka Rishta. The film centred around a little girl who was suffering from cancer and the grim battle that her father waged to save her from the jaws of death.

The film had portrayed brilliantly the trauma of a cancer patient and the pain and anguish of family members. The book, I Promise To Be A Good Girl, God, has a similar theme. It is a collection of poems that deals with the mental state and inner feelings of a woman who struggled valiantly against cancer.

The poems, as is natural, are about the despair, feelings of hopelessness and quiet resolution shown to ward off the demons in the mind that have run amok after the disease has reared its ugly head.

Written over a period of ten years, as the author, Kamini Banga, struggled with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and the aftermath of breast cancer, the collection, as the writer herself says “helped her grieve and realise what must be left behind and what must stay.”

The poems are lucid in flow though not all are evocative in nature. My personal favourites are two Let me rest and A different language. The first is about the thoughts of the patient where thinking of the worst, she chooses the place where she should be laid to rest under water, on a mountain top, in the valley of flowers or just in the backyard? The other poem, A different language, is about the plight of another woman who suffers from the same disease.

A praiseworthy effect that will find echo among those who have undergone a similar trauma and suffered the loss of their near and dear ones to the dreadful disease called cancer.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 13:35 IST