In conversation with poet Sakshi Walia.

AUTHOR BIO :
Sakshi is a university student pursuing her degree in English literature. She started writing at the age of 13 and writing has been her passion since then. She has published three books so far and has been a part of many anthologies. She has recently been nominated for 100 aspiring authors of India. Apart from this she is also a slam poet and a football player. 

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In conversation with Poet Kiriti Sengupta

 

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Rituals is a remarkable collection of poems by renowned poet, translator, editor and critic Kiriti Sengupta. This latest book explores the panoply of human experience and elucidates the meanings and rhythms of a mature poetic life. “Customs are like meditation,” writes Sengupta as he weaves religious liturgy and the opera of gods as the quotidian backdrop of a married life and experiences with his son. Not just interested in the matter of appearances as a poet, he delves into questions of what makes an Indian and how Hindu goddesses can strengthen willpower and remove the ‘venom’ from life. The mythological and the quotidian blend and inform one another, the goddess appears in iterations of the wife, the daughter, the mother. These poems also talk about Monsoon and Muri as snacks that overlap with dialogues of intellect and Sanskrit.

Themes such as nakedness and nudity are explored from the point of view of youth and maturity. Striking imagery marks the passing of time on everyday objects where the speaker can now stop and observe the beauty of human traces on life, “My tired eyes uncover the kohl of night.” The speaker is not only interested in contemplating the beauty of everyday moments but also faces his reader with the violence of the modern world, in the poem “The Untold Saga” the violence of a mythological world mirrors the violence on women practiced often in the 21stcentury, offering a powerful statement on the untimely death of Nirbhaya in 2012. These poems are also meditations on our place in the world as humans, the vastness of the Earth compared to our frail bodies with the invitation to reconnect to the natural world.

 

 

ABOUT THE POET :

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Kiriti Sengupta, who has been awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2018) for his contribution to literature, is a poet, editor, translator, and publisher from Calcutta. He has published ten books of poetry and prose, including Rituals, Solitary Stillness, Reflections on Salvation, The Earthen Flute, A Freshman’s Welcome, Healing Waters Floating Lamps, The Reverse Tree, My Dazzling Bards, My Glass of Wine, The Reciting Pens, and The Unheard I; two books of translation, Desirous Water by Sumita Nandy, Poem Continuous—Reincarnated Expressions by Bibhas Roy Chowdhury; and he is the co-editor of five anthologies, Scaling Heights, Jora Sanko–The Joined Bridge, Epitaphs, Sankarak, and Selfhood. Sengupta’s poems have been published/accepted for publication at The Common, The Florida Review Online (Aquifer), Headway Quarterly, Moria Online, The Mark Literary Review, Mad Swirl, among other places. More at www.kiritisengupta.com

 

INTERVIEW :

1) If you had to describe your journey into the literature field until now how would you describe it in three words?
Approaching the light!
2) Rituals your new poetry book, the making of it and all that you went through can you describe it in one word?
Labour
3) Your recently learnt new favourite word?
Illume
4) What is that one thing you believe keeps us breathing even in this Chaos?
Oxygen
5) Your most favourite poem in the
book?
The Stepwell

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The Book of My Poems by Apurva Tupdale

 

The Book of My Poems by [Tupdale, Apurva]

 

 

BLURB

That moment when the excruciating pain in your heart is yearning to elude or when the mind is jumbled with thoughts you cannot possibly fathom; it is an anxious plea from your soul to be heard which, in this case, is depicted through words on paper.

26 poems on a variety of themes including the unpleasant agony of death, the ache of losing self, and the affection of love is woven together. Each poem will resonate imagination of a bibliophile and let them experience a different depth of emotions.

 

REVIEW

This book is a mixture of self love – confusion and different walks of life that we go through alone without anyone helping us. The loneliness that kindles within us. There are long poems mostly some with rhymes. The cover is really cheerful and brings in a lot of elements to it. The title is simple. It’s a short read with all the pain that you might have faced once in your life for sure.

I really loved reading this short book of poems. I could relate to so many poems present in the book. The titles also spoke so much about every poem.  A soft book of poems definitely worth reading! The poems had a great flow.

Overall -4/5.

I am a home to butterflies by J. Alchem (Poetry)

I am a home to butterflies by [Alchem, J.]

 

ABOUT THE BOOK :

A captain sinks with his ship
then why cannot a lover?

This collection of poetry is all about you and me, but I am afraid it will no longer be about ‘you and me’ once a reader picks it up. It will then be about them only.

It will be all about the one they loved like thunder, about the one they struggled hard to keep, who had left them in the middle of their ‘forever’, about their world shattering into pieces, about them gluing together every piece, and about them falling in love one more time.

And if you still think it is about you and me, you haven’t loved someone like thunder, yet.

 

REVIEW :

Finished off the book within an hour oh my what a tremendous book it is! Having read other books by the author this book was also very much awaited and I could not wait to dig in! Basically the book is a collection of poems, quotes and in the end few letters. The book felt like going through someone’s pain along with them. Every quote and poem has a different perspective. And I’m sure more than most of the incidents one has definitely gone through in there life time. The book majorly is themed on love. Unrequited love. Half love. One sided love. And for the longing of being loved by self or looking back for the lost lover. The book has different variety. What I really enjoyed is the softness and so many feelings every poem/ quote arises I really loved the title as well. The cover could have been different but together as a book it works really well. So many quotes will punch you in the gut. This book feels like you’re soaking into emotions and finally letting out all that you once felt. The book also feels really personal. The doodles/ drawing also add up to the whole book!
Definitely to be read if you don’t want to miss an emotional rollercoaster.
Overall -3.5/5

THE 7 TRANSGRESSIONS by Kavya Sharma (poetry)

 

BLURB :

You, yourself, as much as any-body in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – The Buddha In India, WHO estimates that the summation of mental health problems is of the tune of 2,443 DALYs i.e. disability-adjusted life years per 100,000 population, and the age-adjusted suicide rate per 100,000 population is 21.1. In the wake of a time where mental health is a serious concern worldwide, evaluated awareness is the priority. Keeping in our minds and hearts the cause and the need to reach out, the poems in this anthology cover varied struggles and emotional stages of individuals suffering from mental health illnesses. Let us begin by realizing the impact mental health illnesses can have on people- their body, mind and soul. Let us begin by realizing that mental health is an illness that needs to be treated and dealt with utmost care and assiduity. It is through these poems; the work of art and imagination that we intend to empathize and extend our hands to one and all alike. Through the seven transgressions, we extend our regards and affection.

 

REVIEW :

Finished reading the book in one go. Really beautifully weaved by 7 authors on mental health and related topics. The cover is amazing showing the beauty or one’s mind and how it keeps growing wallflowers inside. Also shows how one may be quiet on the inside but so much might be blooming inside ones mind and body. Altogether all the poets did a great job to make you think. Consume and write more poetry. The book deals with anxiety, not feeling enough , depression and how you try to break through changes and live.

Many relatable poems and stanzas which will grow on to you. The title also falls along the lines of the books content. Had a great read. Will definitely stir emotions within and remind you of times that you might have had in your life.

Poignant poetry book.
Overall -4/5

 

Satrangi Syaahi (Hindi Poetry) by Surendra Kumar Gupta, Neha Jindal.

 

 

BLURB :

As the rainbow deck up the sky with its beautiful mesmerizing colours, in the same way a human heart is an enchanting canvas of colourful emotions. The stark red paints love and passion, blue the gloom, the bubbly pink immerses you in the carefree memories of childhood and white depicts the gravity of mood. Satrangi Syaahi is one such collection of beautiful Hindi poetry that captures vivid emotions of human heart and takes you on a beautiful journey, Life. This collection of poetry is a reflection of emotions of two authors Surendra Kumar Gupta and his daughter, Neha Jindal (author of Phases of Moon). Experience the colours of life through this emotional web of words.

REVIEW :

Satrangi syahi is a collection of poems from different themes weaved into one book of revelation. Co-authored by two people some poems are by one and then the other. The title is okay as per the content of the book. Cover is colourful and composed. The blurb doesn’t give much about what the book contains or what kind of poem. I thought the book will be random poems from different walks of life but then it consists of sections such as vyang,Bundelkhand ke Gaurav,deshprem,bhavbhini and chanikaaye. The book has 53 poems. They vary in length some being 4-5 lines and some extending more. Some poems in the book really spoke to me. I wasn’t expecting Patriotic poems in the book but they were written pretty good as well. Keen observations and feelings that we go through have been put up in the poems. Some poems will exactly be like how you perceive upon a topic. A good book but I was expecting more. A short read but will definitely refreshen you up.
Overall -3/5