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September 28, 2020

Book Review: Who Owns That Song?

Product details

Hardcover: 216 pages

Publisher: Juggernaut (15 May 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 938622867X

ISBN-13: 978-9386228673

Package Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 2.8 cm


The Past Is Past (Sendrathini meelaathu moodare by Subramania Bharati translated by M.L.Thangappa)

The past is past, you fools!

It never comes back.

Why cling to its vestiges.

And pine for the dead memories

Living in endless hankerings

And fretting yourself to death?

Let bygones be gone.

Feel intensely.

That you are fresh born

This very day.

Eat and drink

and be merry

Have a song at heart

All your ills

Will Wither away.

What is this book all about?

Subramanian Bharati is the the greatest poets of South India. He is one of the poets who did not receive recognition initially and went on to receive recognition later on. Born in December 1882 Bharati dedicated his life by penning down lot of poems, journals and novels. He worked as a journalist with many journals and publishers including The Hindu. He passed away at the age of 39 due to poverty. His unlettered young widow, Chellamma sold his works to his half brother. In the wake of freedom struggle,along with the music boom launched by gramophone records and the rise of talkies, Bharati’s songs became commercially valuable.After a series of legal wrangles, Bharati’s poems were put in public domain in 1949.


The language is simple and easy to understand. I have learnt many things about the poet and Indian history. The poems were the best part and I absolutely loved it. It makes me feel sad that great poets like him are not recognized and it takes ages for them to get recognized. The thing which I disliked about this book is that it looked more like a text book read. It also had too many characters with every chapter which irked me the most.


I always have the urge to know more about the Indian history and this is one of the books which I have liked and enjoyed. If you love Indian History then this is one book which I would recommend to everyone.


PS: Thank you Juggernaut for sending me this review copy.

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