All things monetary are outside the purview of the poetry collection penned by Finance Secretary V P Joy. On the other hand, the book - to be released by Finance Minister K M Mani on January 20, has 51 poems on life and human values.
“These are poems written over the past 10 years. They pertain to varied subjects, and yet, the philosophical outlook on life is a thread running through the whole book,” he says.
Joy has earlier penned three books in English and two in Malayalam. His first collection of poetry was published in 2002 in Malayalam, titled ‘Manal Varakal’. “When it come to poetry, I am comfortable writing in Malayalam,” he says. “The other book in Malayalam is a work of fiction - ‘Nyayadhipan’. On the other hand, the English books are non-fiction and more in the nature of analytical essays,” he says. His English books include the NCERT publication ‘Reflections on the Philosophy of Education’.
Joy has also published several research papers in various academic publications, which are mostly post-doctoral papers related to his doctoral thesis on energy optimisation strategies. Joy took his doctorate from IIT Delhi.
The book will be released at a function to be held at the Mahakavi G Auditorium. M Achyuthan will preside and Thuravoor Viswambharan will introduce the book. Sahitya Akademi President Perumbadavam Sreedhara will receive the first copy. Coconut Development Board Chairman T K Jose, Sanal Potti, M V Benni and others will speak.