About the Author:
Captain Kunal Narayan Uniyal completed his formal education from St. Thomas College, Dehradun. He joined merchant navy as Trainee Navigational Officer at the young age of 18. Kunal has been a keen debater and theatre artist. He was felicitated by the House of Life in France, Nautical Institute, London Seminar in NewDelhi; and nominated for Sailors Today award in 2014 in Exemplary Personal Achiever Category. Writing and sailing are his passion. His first book of poems “Kuch Khwaab Sagar Se” (in Hindi) was published in 2014 received international recognition. His second book was Sparrow in the Mirror. Unanswered is the third book by the Captain. His poems have been translated into French and can be read in LeMoineau Dans Le Miroir.
The man is inquisitive by nature!
Captain Kunal Uniyal, through his collection of poetry and prose ‘Unanswered’, had invoked his intellect to answer the unanswered queries of life. The book is his connection in finding the immortal value of the earthly existent. The glass, through which, we as a human being see our own existence closely.
‘Unanswered’ is the first complete book I have read by the author. Earlier I have read few of his poetries published under the book titled ‘Kuchh Khwab Sagar Se”. The new book comprises of poetry and prose both.
The title of the book leaves us in suspense. While as I started reading the book in the preface itself the author had mentioned that the book is all about unfolding his truthful moments about his own life experiences. Though the author had tried to answer all the unanswered questions revealed by his inner core, even though they call for an extensive debate on the subject matter itself. The quoted texts are from various schools of mythological thoughts and by renowned philosophers through the time of evolution of the humankind. The book has mention of, Shrimadbhagwadgita, the Vedas, Upanishads as well as of Tagore, Dostoevsky, Russell and Gibran which deals with the soulful scripts of the spiritual world. Being a spiritual person myself, I have enjoyed the references from old Vedic messages, for example, Vedas and Upanishads intrigue me, and I found them fascinating.
Coming to the poetry, it is profound and excellent, written in a liberal and religious tone and I found the queries well in the stream with other substance. Both the poetry as well as prose has a good working over words. They have been woven with soulful thoughts, beautifully composed. I didn’t find a single word out of place or extra, for that matter. Though I felt that the language will be comparatively difficult to comprehend for not so keen readers, yet I find them splendid in their own way. It requires solitude and ardour for getting a glimpse of what is hidden behind the veil of woven words. The author had tried to maintain sufficient balance between the poetry and excerpts.
For those who find completeness in the philosophy of life and connected mythology, ‘Unanswered’ is relevant. For the new readers, it offers something new to learn.
As the author Capt. Kunal Uniyal himself says, “Unanswered is all about finding the answers which lay deeply hidden in the core of our hearts but we fail to discover it as we are covered with fog of ego and desires. Unanswered is all about revealing those answers.”