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Comments , their Influence
By uppalapati Lakshmi Prasanthi   

Last edited: Sunday, March 09, 2003
Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2003

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Friends, those who did not read my article, "Comments", read it before you read this one.

In fact, it is the comments only which encouraged me to write a notable sum of articles, poems. The letter from "" which conveyed me that my poem, "Friendship", was selected to be published in an International Anthology, "The Silence Within", is a turning point in my life. Really it changed my way of thinking. Then I started searching for various poetry websites and posted my poems in every site that I come across. In such search, I found "" and I casually posted my poems there also. When I checked those pages again, I was very surprised to read the comments. I felt very happpy. It became a passion to me then to write more and more poems and to eagerly wait for the comments.

But we should take both negative and positive comments equally. I never took negative comments badly. I just take them with sportiveness and ease.
I want to share some of the positive and negative comments which I cherish the most.

First , Negative Comments ::::

1) Fool is a Fool even he goes to school - on my poem, Salvation.

2) The comments of Mr. Adwait on my story, "Name this story". This is the first time that I got a serious and severe comments. But I took sportively. I felt the points he raised there are genuine. So I thanked him.

3) "She doesn't know either Telugu or English" - An opinion of a very good, experienced, old and well-respected English lecturer.

The story here is :::: I translated a Satakam on Shirdi Baba which is in Grandhik Telugu to English. Initially I did not started the work at all. How the Telugu Satakam came to me is also very surprising incident. My father was chatting near a shop in our street and he overheard one English Lecturer's words that he had written a Satakam on Shirdi Baba and he cannot translate it upto his expectations into English. My father casually told him that I used to write poems in 3 languages and I did translate some telugu poems into English. He immediately handed over his book to my father and asked my father to ask me to try the translation. I was quite surprised at his generosity of handing over his books without even knowing the standard of me. So I dared not to translate it. I took many months to complete all those 108 poems. I left 5 or 6. I am quite satisfied if not happy when I compared my feelings when I first started the work. I showed it to one of the very good English Lecturers of past in Nellore. I dare not to give him directly but I gave it to his son who is a friend of my director where I work as Part Time Lecturer. It is he who made this comment, "ee ammaayiki telugu raadu, english raadu".

I just laughed very much when I came to know about that. Still I used to tease myself talking to me that, "Fool is a Fool even he goes to school". "Even you do not know either Telugu or English".

Coming to Positive comments, I very much cherish a mail send to me by a person whom I do not know at all.
i love the poem. keep up the good work it help me get my girl back, thanks. your poem is great.
(The above comment is about my poem, "Life Without You")

I can not imagine the amount of time you devoted to such
intellectual works.I congratulate you.

I am moved by your hardwork and would want to learn from you. I am a journalism student of the Lagos State University in nigeria, part three.
I need to know more about you.
I am single and aged 36.

Please do write.
Thank you

Isiguzoro Emeka Kenneth.

Dear Prasanthi,
I have read some of your work in Shadow Poets. Let me tell you that I find it to be most inspiring and beautiful. I am a 24 year old man doing my Phd in the Imperial University of Japan. I am working on the Art Forms of South Asia. I really would like to communicate with you and share your thoughts. Will you oblige me please!

Posted: 2001-12-03 17:32:02
((((((((((PEACE)))))))))) This is the most beautiful poem!!!! This brought tears to my eyes! I loved it so much!!! I am making a copy of this one and framing it!!! Thank you for expressing your beautiful words and sharing it with everyone!!! I am very touched by this poem, Peace! Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Warmest Aloha, Peace Tiana 5*****'S!!!!!

From: Chris
Posted: 2001-12-03 19:27:33
I agree with Tiana whole heartedly! Beautiful!!! The best lover to have is one that is also your friend. *****'s Chris
From: danny boy
Posted: 2001-12-03 19:33:18
dude peace! this is the most awesome thing i have read around here in a very long time. this is definitely worth keeping in a frame in anyone's home. -daniel
From: Tiana
Posted: 2001-12-03 19:44:26
PS... I just had to read this one again! There has been only a few poems that I've read, that gave me goose bumps! This poem is one of them!(chicken skin as we locals in Hawaii call it! lol). Absolutely beautifulPeace! Aloha, Tiana

These I remember for my life time.

P.S. ::: One of my NET friends wrote a poem for the first time and send it to me and asked me to give feedback. I liked it and was really good and so I expressed the same. He reverted back with a very big mail accusing me that I just do not know how to comment and he explained me how to comment such a poem. I just could not resist myself laughing. Even I laugh when I type this because I too respond in this way with my very cold friends who changes the features of their respective faces when I go to them with a paper or book( such sight of me warns them that I am going to bring them a poem or an article etc.,) and they just reply, "Good", after reading them.

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