Surti is my first collection of Punjabi poems published by Nanak Singh Pustakmala, Amritsar, India in 1979. Its second and enlarged edition was published by Third Eye Publications (London, Ontario) after a decade in 1989.
Most poems in Surti are experimental and reflect my interest in science. Delhi University’s Punjabi Department has been especially receptive to these poems. Dr. Sutinder Singh Noor, the department chair, has prescribed the book in graduate studies and discussed the poems extensively in his classes while Dr. Vanita has done much to elucidate their post modern style.
“I feel, with these poems, Ajmer has expanded the scope of Punjabi Language, and has quietly given a new turn to Punjabi poetry. The scope of Punjabi Language expands because of his spiritual oneness with the modern scientific awareness, and the new turn to Punjabi poetry results from his ability to express this awareness on a very delicate and human level.” – Dr. Attar Singh
“Ajmer Rode has experimented more than others to bring about this newness to the post modern (Punjabi) poetry… and this collection of poems has done the most to make the structure of our poetry postmodern.” – Dr Vanita
“Immortal poems in modern Punjabi poetry are few that can be counted on fingers; “Surti” is one of them – so original that no miracle in Punjabi language like this has happened, before or after it was written, ” -Amarjit Chandan, in his essay “Dhee”
“At this point of time this kind of poetry had to come. It gives hope for a new poetry. It is just a dawn, dawn of the poetry of new century. Let the sun rise.” -Amarjit Grewal
“In the entire tradition of Punjabi Poetry Ajmer Rode, in my view, is the first poet who has written Western style concrete and computer poetry.” – Dr. Mohanjit
“Ajmer Rode has intermingled science and poetry so deftly that Punjabi language can take genuine pride in his poetry.” – Amarjit Chandan
“With his concrete poems in Surti , he (Ajmer Rode) has brought forth an awareness of a new form of poetry.” – Dr. Sutinder Singh Noor