I don’t think I tell you enough how grateful I am to have you as my readers. It means more than I can ever express. And so, I wanted to share some really good news with you.
Three of my pieces recently got selected in an anthology. 🙂
I’m really stoked at this point and would like to share my experience of the book launch and my very first public recitation with you.
The evening of 28th September, 2018, is not one that I will forget easily.
Three of my writings feature in this prestigious anthology which houses some of the most talented poets and authors of contemporary times.
(The book launch. 🙂 )
A few of them recited their works last evening and trust me, I had goosebumps! There was a high school girl, Praninti Gulyani who recited her haibun about how her grandmother keeps telling her the cups and saucers love only her and not her brother and so how she should spend time making tea and doing the housework. If I hadn’t seen her, I wouldn’t have believed that such deep and impactful words were written by such a young person.
And this is just one of the contributors. There were many such bold and arresting words spoken there, about the women we are and the women we sometimes wish to be.
To recite my poetry in front of this esteemed audience was too intense an emotion to be expressed in words. All I can say is, I’m still glowing with joy (and a teeny bit of pride 🙂 ).
(Reading my poetry in the presence of such an esteemed audience left me overwhelmed. Anna Sujatha Mathai looks on as I read my piece.)
The high point of the evening was Anna Sujatha Mathai reciting Kamala Das’s poetry and her experiences of meeting the legendary poet, Das’s tragic life, and her yearning for love. It seemed as if I was transported to that world through her moving recitation. If you were present there, you know what a captivating experience this was.
Anna Sujatha Mathai was also awarded the Kamala Das Lifetime Achievement Award in this ceremony.
(Anna Sujatha Mathai reciting Kamala Das’s poetry.)
There were young and talented performers too,like high school student Keya Chaturvedi performing Indian classical music and spoken word poet, Priyanka reciting her beautiful poetry.
It was a wonderfully warm feeling to have some of my writer friends present at the event.
And what do I say about this beautiful book which has flash fiction, stories, poems, haikus, haibuns, and a section dedicated to a feminist discourse? There is this wonderful discussion about feminism by Kiranjeet Chaturvedi, Smeetha Bhoumik, Maya Sriram Sharma, and Pervin Saket, which adds further beauty to this anthology.
(A part of my poetry that I recited.)
Given below, is the link to the book. I’d love it if you do read it and leave a review.