The Kiss of Death

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Image courtesy: Google images

 

 

A tender, heartbreaking night
etched on life’s uneven canvas.
An unblemished face, swept away
with the moon’s tide, her last whisper
Lighter than a feather’s breath, 
she surrenders herself to her last lullaby
An undying flame as the silent womb
Of the mother bleeds open, 
trying to pluck every single star 
they had counted together.

In between the crushing moans of the night
the caustic smell of the hospital room,
sadly stumbling on shattered dreams,
Her heart, for once, did resuscitate…
Fairy tale murmurs, myriad hues, 
Countless rainbows smoldering
In the embers, engulfing twirled childhood…

In the crematorium, the charred meat 
Of her body, chipped edges of bones
and brain, lingering, one last thin scream 
Looking wayward, hungry for kisses,
the habitual bliss of midday meals, and wildflowers.

All Rights Reserved. Lopa Banerjee. January 21, 2015

 

Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas

Hello friends, sharing with you all the birth of a very special child of me and Rhiti Bose, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Incredible Women of India, which we have named ‘Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas‘. The book, published by Readomania in collaboration with Incredible Women of India, is a collaborative dream of Rhiti and mine which originated from a nationwide short story contest in India, ‘STREE’, which focused on articulating the extraordinary journeys of everyday women.

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Sharing a few lines from the blurb of the book:

Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas is a collection of twenty-four stories handpicked through a nationwide contest.  It is a collage of love and patience, courage and determination. Between the covers is a chronicle of love that refuse to be crushed by life’s injustices. The tales are portrayals of everyday women rising to extraordinary challenges, women who transformed themselves into mistresses of their own destinies. From the lanes of Banaras to the hills of Assam, from the high rises of Delhi to the household courtyards down south, across urban landscapes and rural settings, these incredible women are here to inspire.”

To know more about the book, do visit:

http://www.readomania.com/events/defiant-dreams-tales-of-everyday-divas

To buy the book in Amazon.com, go to:

http://www.amazon.com/Defiant-Dreams-Tales-Everyday-Divas/dp/9385854046/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1451409685&sr=8-3&keywords=Defiant+Dreams

To buy the book in Amazon India, go to:

http://www.amazon.in/dp/9385854046

 

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DEFIANT DREAMS debuts in Amazon India as number 5 under Fiction/Anthologies (image courtesy: Defiant Dreams Facebook page)

 

Our Goodreads page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28257467-defiant-dreams—tales-of-everyday-divas

Also, sharing the opening speech and the introduction to Defiant Dreams, by Mona Sen Gupta, Ahava Communications, during the official launch of the book at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunj Place, Kolkata.

Enjoy Part 1 of the video:

 

 

Defiant Dreams sits pretty on a shelf at the World Book Fair in Delhi.

All Readomania Books are now available in World Book Fair 2016
Hall No. 6 – IBH and Amar Chitra Katha Stall!
Readers, Go grab your copies
Authors, Go take a Selfie…