A writer must reveal himself through his or her experiences, said noted folk lyricist and singer Gorati Venkanna while releasing “Trunku Pette” a collection of poems penned by Moka Ratna Raju at a function here on Monday.

Trunku Pette was an excellent and very well balanced book. Ratna Raju's language was good and there were many old usages in the book, said Venkanna while talking about the book.

A professor of Sri Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University and poet Sikhamani while reviewing the book said many phrases not familiar to the present generation and many household gadgets and implements not known to it could be seen in Ratna Raju's poems. Degrees in education were not required to become a poet or writer and poetry emerged through folk lore, Prof. Sikhamani said. Noted literary critic Chandu Subba Rao, who presided over the meeting, said change was inevitable since technology was improving a lot and would also help in preserving old things for posterity.

No poet could write such poems unless he or she was aware of the world and what was happening around, said Ramatheertha of a literary organisation Eskay Foundation, about Ratna Raju and his collection.

Ratna Raju selected very good subjects and did not criticise any one, he noted.

Noted orthopaedician S.V. Adinarayana Rao praised Ranta Raju for his poems and for him it was a pleasant surprise that Ratna Raju, who is the Postman of his area, was such a good poet. A poet and member of Kala Sahiti of Kothapeta in East Godavari G. Subba Rao talked about how Ratna Raju had risen since he wrote the forward for his book in 1989.

Ratna Raju handed over the first copy of his book to a retired headmaster and his well wisher Mopidevi Ramamurthy.

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