Acknowledgements

I am deeply indebted to Dr.Archana Dinesh Pardeshi for studying Saral Sudarkaand minutely and giving extremely valuable suggestions.Without her able guidance I could not have been successful in this effort of mine.

I am extremely grateful to Mrs. Anjusha Praveen Pandaokar for helping me to confirm the lines I wrote to the demands of meter. Had she not provided musical accompaniment to the written word and given so much time to smoothen the rough edges of the poem, harmony would be missing from the effort.

I would also like to thank Dr. Sanjeev Thosar, a dear friend and guide for his valuable contributions.

Mrs. Piroja Eduljee, former principal of J.N.Tata Parsi Girls’ High School, has been my ideal. Her love for art and culture, her multidimensional and dignified persona left an indelible impression on my young mind. The influence continues to grow with the passage of time.

My father, a poet himself, has always encouraged me in all my artistic endeavours. I am indeed fortunate and feel blessed to have him as a parent.

Last but not the least I thank each and every person who has helped me in the smallest way possible,from the bottom of my heart.

Nisha Gupta