LET THE NIGHT SING: POETIC MUSINGS
In this collection of 70 poems, most of them born as lunar musings in the wee hours of the night, the poet, sometimes as a child woman, sometimes as a restless sojourner, celebrates the splinters and shards, the broken pieces of life in its continuum. The poet sees her womanhood evolve with these poems as both life and death have spoken to her in myriad hues through the diverse trajectories of these wayward verses.
THWARTED ESCAPE: AN IMMIGRANT’S WAYWARD JOURNEY
“As page after page unfolds, we travel with her to her
mother’s kitchen in Kolkata, almost smelling the tantalizing
aromas wafting across to us as she cooks succulent summer
vegetables, see the brittle, wooden windows of her home, stand
there with her on her rickety balcony, eavesdropping on her
dreams and hear the thud of the cats jumping into the kitchen
and also bask in the patch of sunlight falling diagonally over the
front door of her Omaha home. We are there with her in her
inner sojourns, and also there listening to the rumblings of her
Dr. Santosh Bakaya, author of Flights From My Terrace, The Ballad of Bapu writes in her foreword to my debut memoir/nonfiction novel THWARTED ESCAPE: AN IMMIGRANT’S WAYWARD JOURNEY.
Honorable Mention: Los Angeles Book Festival 2017
Journey Awards recipient (2014), hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Authorspress (2016)
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DEFIANT DREAMS: TALES OF EVERYDAY DIVAS
Tales of Everyday Divas – a collection of 24 immensely inspiring stories about ordinary women—mothers, daughters, brides-to-be and wives — rising to extraordinary challenges (co-edited by Lopamudra Banerjee and Rhiti Bose)
Given the title of this book, it did not surprise me that the 24 female protagonists of DEFIANT DREAMS are all heroines, each in their own way, defying cultural, religious and familial conventions to improve their lot. What did take me entirely unawares was the sheer diversity of the stories in this expertly written and curated collection. Through this anthology, the reader enters a world where a single woman living alone can be persecuted as a witch, where the marriage of a female child is deemed more important than her education and she is valued only as a piece of property by her husband and his family, where – for a woman – the idea of self-fulfillment beyond simple survival and the avoidance of starvation often seems impossible. Yet the common thread throughout these compellingly realistic tales is one of perseverance and courage – resilience that lights up every page of even the darkest experience. Each writer has uniquely brought to life their own take on the book’s theme – reaching down to the depths of despair where hope is born. Not the cock-eyed optimism of fairy tales but the determined placement of one foot ahead of another on the path to freedom.
Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to feel their heart stretch to contain the beauty, pathos and yes – defiance – of these Everyday Divas.
Joyce Yarrow, Author, Pushcart nominee, USA.
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THE BROKEN HOME: English Translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘NASTANIRH’ (novella) (Kindle Edition)
An English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella, ‘Nastanirh’, which was aptly filmed by ace filmmaker, Satyajit Ray as Charulata.
Lopa Banerjee’s translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nastanirh (The Broken Home) is a fine one. When it came out in Café Dissensus, I used to anxiously wait for each installment and devour it at once. The novelette in translation, which was serially published has been made into a book now and it is very heartening to see it published and made available to a wider audience, to spread knowledge of a beautiful story by Tagore and thus ultimately of the riches of Bengali and Indian literature in its own way. Anyone remotely interested in literature, fiction, Bengal, India, translation, love, and women’s psychology should get hold of this book and read it.
Dr. A.V. Koshy– poet, critic, editor and anthologist
Print Length: 92 pages
Publisher: FinalDraft Editing & Publishing Services (18 May 2016)
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