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Updated: March 28, 2011 18:25 IST

Nature-inspired verse

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Creative verses: Young poet Anamika Tilak. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
The Hindu Creative verses: Young poet Anamika Tilak. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Anamika Tilak has much more in her kitty than a normal nine-year-old would. She is a poet who has published many poems in some of the popular children’s magazines in Malayalam.

Now she has published a compilation of the poems which she has written over a period of two years under the title Mazhavillu (Rainbow). What more? She has done the illustration and designed the cover page of the book herself.


Mazhavillu is a compilation of 25 poems based mainly on themes from nature. Rain, rainbow, sea, sky, moon and sparrows find place in Anamika's poems.

She has been inspired by the parrots that fly away with twigs, children who fly kites, her loving mother and more. Poet P.K. Gopi has written the foreword for the book which is being published by Sahitya Printers and Publishers, Kozhikode. It was released recently by poet and novelist T.P. Rajeevan.

Anamika is the only child. Her father M. Jayathilakan is a journalist and her mother T.K.Jitha is a teacher. A Std IV student of Alphonsa Senior Secondary School at Thamarassery in Kozhikode District, Anamika is often lonely as there is no one of her age in the neighbourhood.

Bored of watching television for long hours and roaming around in the courtyard, one day she started writing down what she had seen around her in a diary which her father had gifted her.

Her parents realised the talent of their child and encouraged her. Since then, she has published many poems in magazines like Balamangalam, Gokulam Sree and the Velicham supplement of Madhyamam Daily.

Anamika writes poems in English too. She is a good artist as well and has won a number of prizes in drawing and painting.

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