Upasana Mantri, TNN, Jul 29, 2010, 04.51am IST JAIPUR: Even after a year of her demise, Gayatri Devi still remains an inspiration for many. A student of SMS School, Aditi Upmanyu, has turned a poet in the fond memories of the royal and published a book, 'Magical Poems'. Calm and composed, when most students are jittery, 14-year-old Aditi plans to pursue either a course in literature or mass communication after completing her 12th.
While entering the school on a wheelchair to address a function, the croaky voice of Rajmata, as Gayatri Devi was popularly known, made Aditi feel that her demise is imminent. She departed on July 29, 2009, leaving the entire city mourning.
Her endearing persona and generosity always inspired Aditi, and she wanted to immortalise the royal. When an assignment was given in the school to write poetry on her, She grabbed the opportunity and penned her innermost desires which made her win a prize. Such was the response that the principal had to announce Aditi's achievement in the school and her books are available in the school library as well.
Looking at Aditi's unassuming semblance, one can hardly fathom that she would publish her own book. "People often told me that poetry doesn't sell, but I am thankful to Rochak Publications for letting me break the stereotype and be expressive," said Aditi. Amid all the 50 poems in her book, her best creation is the one wherein she describes Gayatri Devi's timeless beauty and the tragic loss.
"We were hysterical with grief, still unable to believe that the guardian angel has left us alone" is how she has described the royal's impact on her in the opening lines of her poem "The Guardian Angel".
Though ecstatic, her father Anurag Upmanyu, however, refuses to take any credit of her daughter's achievement. "I have contributed nothing to bring her to this level. She has done everything on her own," he said.
The publisher of her book, Karunesh Agarwal, said, "Her poems are very natural, and her deep insight makes the poems more expressive."