Aizawl: Mizoram governor PS Sreedharan Pillai did not let the coronavirus induced lockdown go in vain, but made use of his free time during his solitary confinement at the Raj Bhavan by turning to writing books and poems.
In a span of six months during the global pandemic starting from March in Mizoram, he has written at least 13 books, which include collections of poems in English and Malayalam.
The governor is releasing the 13 books in a series of functions to be held from Saturday.
Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga will inaugurate the series release function on Saturday and former chief minister and state Congress president Lal Thanhawla will also attend the event.
Pillai said the coronavirus induced lockdown gave him more free time for reading and writing books.
“No visits are allowed inside Raj Bhavan. My communication with the public is also restricted and all my scheduled travels are suspended for the time being. This means more time for reading and writing,” he told EastMojo.
He spends most of his time reading and writing after official duty during lockdown.
“I used to wake-up early in the morning at 4 and start reading and writing after taking exercise. During the day I sat in my reading room after my official work. This has become a usual practice,” he said.
The governor is of the notion that politicians and public workers must have the habit of reading books to educate the mass.
Asked what made him write the books, the renowned lawyer said he has been actively involved in public life and rural politics since his childhood and his experience of the people- the problems they faced, the hardship they are undergoing through- and his mingling with the rural populace while practicing law and after becoming a politician have inspired him to write books.
Though the outbreak of novel coronavirus has greatly impacted the world, it has the positive side too according to Pillai.
He said the virus has taught humanity how dependent we are on each other and it increases the love and affection among human beings.
10 of his poems, including “Corona Kavithakal” in Malyalam, are related to Covid-19.
“Corona Kavithakal” deals with philosophical questions in pandemic times and his another poem Vayojanam (Elderly) centres around the theme of human helplessness and how humanity helps people in tackling the pandemic.
The poem “Mahamari” (Pandemic) asserts the power of human will to take on adversities.
Pillai said the coronavirus is the greatest challenge before human beings.
“Humanity has conquered outbreaks of many diseases like plague in the past and the country (India) is now free of polio and smallpox. We will overcome the current crisis too with love, affection and humanity some day. These are the themes of my poems,” he said, adding that the poems will give a moral boost to the people.
The poem “Wuhan” talks about how the ancient city and former capital of China was suppressed due to Covid and how human beings can play a vital role to rebuild the glory of the city.
Oh, Mizoram, is a collection of poems in English, in which he talks about the sceneric beauty and richness of the hilly northeastern state. Pillai took to writing more than 3 decades ago. His first book was published in 1983. Before he became the governor he had published 105 books.
So far, he has written at least 121 books of different categories, including poetry. He is now writing 4 books and 90 per cent of them have already been completed.
His two books — Republic Day 2020 and Thus Speaks the Governor to be released on Saturday by Gauhati high court chief justice Ajai Lamba are related to his official speeches as governor.
The former state BJP president Pillai was sworn in as the 21st governor of Mizoram on November 5 last year. Outside his political and professional sphere, Pillai is a social activist and a writer.