Mission to Ukraine with No Terms
18 October, 2012

 

Story of eminent diplomat and wonderful poet-translator

On October 12, National Library of Georgia organized an interesting creative evening. The outstanding diplomat Raul Chilachava who was the ambassador of Georgia to Ukraine and attained such appreciation that later he was sent as ambassador of Ukraine to Latvia; he is a well-known poet and translator, which makes his personality rather colorful and sophisticated.

 

 

This is a story of a student who was sent to Ukraine for two months, but was not called back.

That is why, one of his books is called “Mission to Ukraine with No Terms”. Raul Chilachava whose only mission and commitment was to study the Ukrainian language and translate Ukrainian poets, surpassed it and by staying there and marrying an Ukrainian woman, so deeply penetrated their culture that began to translate not only Ukrainian authors into Georgian but did vice versa and even more – started to write original verses in the Ukrainian language. After years, he became so appreciated that, a journalist by profession, was sent to Ukraine as an ambassador of Georgia. Ukraine fell in love with our envoy and it even decided to send Georgian-born Chilachava to Latvia as the Ambassador of Ukraine.

Raul Chilachava was rewarded with the Order of Merit and with different state- and international awards. As his Georgian friends say, there is no Georgian living in Ukraine who is so highly appreciated and loved as Raul Chilachava, whom they frankly admire. He has never regretted carrying the “yoke of poetry”, as he has “always done it with pleasure”. Besides the fact that Raul Chilachava shares  culture and feels love to three countries – Georgia – his main love and pain, Ukraine – to whom he is linked with marriage and Latvia – which is another country of his discovery as a poet and a diplomat; however, he has succeeded to stay a Georgian author in the best sense of the word, never losing the national essence. He is desperately in love with his home-country. The critics say that it is not the author who chooses languages but the languages which choose the author, and this is the case with Raul Chilachava who feels the language so perfectly in all three cases. I can hardly think of any other Georgian diplomat who is successful as an ambassador and at the same time, was so well expressing the spiritual dispositions of his two host countries, never forgetting about his own. Yes, he is trilingual and he is a master of rhythms and even more – an innovator who enriches his poetry with three cultures, thus becoming incomparable and charismatic person. Nobody wished the evening to end and the hall was crowded with the audience.

“He is the brother of all of us and the host of all decent Georgians in Ukraine. It would have been impossible if it was linked only to his physical energy. It is thanks to the enormous spiritual energy that makes him to be so productive and create so many verses and translated texts,“ Erekle Saghliani, Georgian poet commented.

Raul Chilachava admitted that there were several reasons why he decided to host the evening: “First, because it is the 50th anniversary since my first verse was published. Second, my 100th book has been published. Third, it has been 45th anniversary since I live in Ukraine.“

Later, the evening turned into the discussion with participation of authors and critics. Many of our famous poets congratulated him on this wonderful date and publishing of his 100th book. At the end, the poet-diplomat confessed that at last, he has purchased an apartment in Tbilisi and cherished hopes that one day he will by all means return to Georgia.

 

Print
Other Stories
UNICEF Launches Online Consultations For Pregnant Women Concerning COVID-19
Pregnant women throughout Georgia are invited to attend free virtual sessions led by top gynecologists and have answers to their most pressing questions answered, - reads the statement by UNICEF.
UNDP - Boosting Georgia’s Public Healthcare With Digital Solutions
UNDP Georgia states that boosting the healthcare system with digital solutions in Georgia will enable thousands of medical staff to improve their skills in treating infectious diseases.
Railway Travel Has Been Resumed Today, June 15
According to a government decree, rail traffic has been resumed today, June 15.
The Second Wave Of Covid-19 is Expected In Georgia
According to Paata Imnadze, Deputy Director of the National Center for Disease Control, the second wave of coronavirus will most likely occur, and if the population does not follow the rules, it will occur sooner.
60 273 Coronavirus PCR Tests Have Been Done in Georgia So Far
The government's report about the measures taken against COVID-19 says that 60 273 coronavirus PCR testings were done on primary samples in Georgia in the period of 30 January - 3 June.
Georgia Reopens Shops and Malls
All kinds of open shops, including malls, have been opened in Georgia today.
Municipal Transport Services Resumed in Georgia
All kinds of municipal transport services – including Tbilisi Metro – have been resumed throughout Georgia today.
Municipal Transport to Reopen From May 29 in Georgia
All types of municipal transport will be reopened from May 29, Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia said at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Coordination Council on COVID-19 today.
Tourists Have to Present a Covid-19 Test Result Before Entering Georgia
According to Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Disease Control, tourists will likely have to present a document while entering Georgia that they had been tested in the last 72 hours and the result was negative.
Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted In Georgia
As the epidemiological situation allows to accelerate certain situations, some restrictions have been lifted today in Georgia.
Some Covid-19 Restrictions To be Lifted In Georgia From May 18
Some of the restrictions imposed due to coronavirus spread is going to be lifted in Georgia from Monday, May 18.
The State Of Emergency Will Not Be Extended in Georgia
According to the Prime Minister, Giorgi Gakharia, the government will not address the President with a request to extend the state of emergency after May 22.
Village in Bolnisi Municipality to be Set Under Quarantine
Based on the decision made by the Interagency Coordinating Council, due to the high epidemiological risk, strict quarantine restrictions have been enacted in the village of Geta, Bolnisi Municipality, as part of the state of emergency.
Georgia to partially lift coronavirus-related restrictions on May 5
Georgia starts to partially lift some of the coronavirus related restrictions which were banned under the state of emergency.
9 patients die from COVID-19 as number of infected nears 600
The ninth patient has died of coronavirus in Georgia, who was 58-year-old in a critical condition.
Four Georgian sailors, who escaped from pirates, are safe
The Maritime Transport Agency said they are working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the issue related to the abduction of Georgian sailors by pirates in Nigeria.
Georgian couple exercises acrobatic tricks in a lockdown
The worldwide lockdown has changed many lives. If before pandemic it was usual to go out in the evening with a friend, drink beer or sip coffee, pandemic has changed the way people spend time.
Will flights be safe after the pandemic? – Visualization proves opposite
Nearly all passenger flights have been grounded after the coronavirus outbreak and declaration of the worldwide pandemic.
Epidemic in Georgia is contained, top Georgian health expert says
Georgia has managed to contain the epidemic, Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health said.
Georgia may be among the first countries which get remdesivir medicine
There is a hope that Georgia will be among the first countries which receive remdesivir medicine from the US, Tengiz Tsertsvadze, General Director of the Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital said.
Georgia receives 40 thousand PCR tests from China
Georgia has received 40 thousand PCR tests from china, including 20 thousand antibody tests as a gift from the Chinese government, Healthcare Minister, Ekaterine Tikaradze said, who met the cargo at the airport.
COVID-19 will end in Georgia by June, study says
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) publishes new study which forecasts possible end of the coronavirus pandemic in the world and some of the other countries, including Georgia.
Coronavirus cases reach 511 as Georgia passes peak of the spread
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has increased to 511 in Georgia.
More than 100 thousand people downloaded covonavirus tracking app in Georgia
More than 100 thousand people in Georgia have downloaded a new government smartphone application designed to aid coronavirus contact tracing efforts.
Coronavirus cases near 500 as Georgia eases restrictions
“We will have to learn to cohabit and coexist with this virus” – says Tengiz Tsertsvadze, General Director of the Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
05.08.2020
06.08.2020
USD
1
USD
3.0729
3.0739
EUR
1
EUR
3.6190
3.6398
GBP
1
GBP
4.0086
4.0336
RUB
100
RUB
4.1656
4.2064
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
3.0739
EUR
1
EUR
3.6398
GBP
1
GBP
4.0336
RUB
100
RUB
4.2064