We are both
seeking to follow a path to Him. Your book gives us guidance with
expressive thoughts, thoughts that we aren't able to find for ourselves,
but you have found them, putting them into inspirational verses.
You are a master
of words, Kulbir, and your verses express the inner you. Wonderful
to be so creative, expressing who you really are. Many are afraid
to show their inner selves for fear of criticism. We admire your
openness and sincerity. Believe the next level of knowing You will
be through the spirituality of each of us becoming One. You are
one of many who will show us the way.
A Couple in
When our 14-year-old
daughter Gazal passed away, my wife Madhu and I thought that our
world had come to an end. Initially we were angry at God; we did
not know why he had done this to Gazal and to us. Gazal herself
wasa saintly child and she had, in fact, a premonition about her
departure from this world. We realized after some time that it was
not God who caused our suffering. This realization came after we
read the beautiful spiritual poems in Kulbir's book 'Longing For
You'. We found a lot of solace in the poems.
death anniversary approaching, we had been feeling somewhat restless.
The poems have been a great source of strength. After reading them,
we are feeling much better and more peaceful. I am sure these poems
would be useful for anyone suffering from any kind of stress, either
due to home-related problems or to work-related ones.
New Delhi, India
The book is
truly a magnificent work of inspiration and faith to everyone. You
have been blessed by God of many talents and you have truly honored
Him in your book.
a warm poem.
the Home News Tribune 6/22/03
The late comparative
religion professor Joseph Campbell was fond of telling his students
to "Follow your bliss."
For the poet
Kulbir, bliss in his collection "Longing for You" is seeking
after the divine force that is his "constant caretaker."
In my mind
and in my heart,
We are never apart:
I'll keep You in my view
And I'll follow You.
In my joy and
in my sorrow,
today and tomorrow,
I'll keep You in my view
And I'll follow you.
Those two opening
stanzas from "And I'll Follow You" reveal the dedication
and passion the poet has for his caretaker.
Many of the
103 poems in this book revolve around individual poems' repetition
of phrases of adulation and worship: "By Your Grace";
"Bless me"; "It's time"; "With You."
The love object
of Kulbir allows the poetry to assume the qualities of a ghazal,
a centuries old Urdu verse form that later was adopted by the Persians.
feature of the ghazal is that the poet's beloved could be another
person (someone else's wife, a courtesan or a boy). Or the poet
may be expressing love for an ideal or for God.
poem "Longing for You" illustrates how easily this love
of the divine can be transferred to a person. It's only the capitalization
of the love-object pronoun that keeps the reader from relegating
this poetry to the status of medieval romantism.
All the time,
No reason or rhyme.
A mechanical engineer and photographer, Kulbir is retired from Lucent
Technologies and is holder of five U.S. patents. He has been writing
poems for about 30 years.
Charles H. Johnson
is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet. His poetry collection,
"Tunnel Vision," has just been published by Warthog Press.
He can be reached at (732) 565-7272; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Monmouth County’s Hometown Newspaper
Thursday, November 27, 2003
reaches out to people of all faith
By SOMDATTA SENGUPTA
Singh Bhalla, a resident of the township, discovered his true calling
several years ago but chose to devote himself to it recently.
A retired mechanical
engineer from Bell Laboratories, a division of Lucent Technologies,
Kulbir decided to concentrate on the things he loved best, photography
to write since I was in college during 1970s,” Kulbir said.
“But, after retiring as a Distinguished Member of Technical
Staff from Lucent, I figured I could spend my time just writing.”
He has recently
published a book of poems, entitled “Longing For You,”
a collection of poems dedicated to the creator of the universe.
collection is dedicated to people of all faith and religion,”
Kulbir said. “My intention is to share my inspiration and
awe about the creator in a language that would be understood by
people from all backgrounds.”
The poems in
“Longing For You” are simple to read and reflects a
personal intimacy that Kulbir said any human being would seek with
his or her creator.
book is especially relevant now, in the troubled times we are facing,”
Kulbir said. “I hope people of all ages, back- grounds and
faith, who are searching for hope, love and peace of mind, will
enjoy these verses.”
nature is the best teacher and shows us how we can connect with
our higher senses. Several of his poems originate from a natural
setting that inspired him to reflect on life’s transiency
and the need to break free the chains of regularity.
solo exhibits of his photographs throughout the state, Kulbir said
he loves to capture the beauty of the four seasons and the artistry
of the infinite landscapes found in this world.
can calm, sooth and inspire if we only have the time,” Kulbir
said. “The higher power of creation manifests itself through
nature and holds up universal truths before our eyes.”
it is difficult to think about harming someone if you have the chance
to reflect on falling leaves in an autumn landscape, Kulbir said.
In his poem
entitled Forgive And Live, Kulbir speaks about forgiving others,
of healing from our sorrows and beginning afresh.
of the Delhi based Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the premier
engineering institute of India, Kulbir is the holder of five US
success and achievements are important in life but sometimes in
pursuing them we lose our perspective,” Kulbir said. “We
forget the power of love and neglect the wisdom that comes from
been writing poems for about 30 years now. He has four other collections
of poems, Life Is Like That, Love Is Like That, Longing For Lara,
and Still Longing For You, waiting in the wings.
For more information
on the book, contact Anjana Bhalla at (732) 530-2956 or visit http://www.fotoartinternational.com.
To overcome hate.
If you want to live,
You got to forgive:
Get rid of that thorn
And you’ll be reborn.
Let the wound heal;
See how good you’ll feel.
You’ll correct a wrong
And you’ll become strong.
The best you can give
Is to quietly forgive.
- Kulbir Singh
Longing For You! is a 128 page, 6” x 9” paperback book,
having 103 inspirational/spiritual poems by Kulbir, a local poet.