Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Poetry collection




Here it is, my collection of poems for all to read. It took a while to put the work together but was worth the effort. Some of my poems had been published in various magazines and anthologies for a few years. The first collection 'From Madras to Milngavie' was a handful of poems that I enjoyed writing. This collection of poems has more maturity after attending classes at Glasgow university on poetry. Like all crafts it is with writing more and more that one gets better. Practice make perfect as the old saying goes. I do hope you buy it and enjoy the verses put together with much care. 
It is available on Amazon UK and USA. Hopefully in India too soon.

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The month of May has been kinder to Scotland. We've had some wonderfully warm weather. Sunshine lifts the spirits enormously. 

Enjoy the lovely weather and feel the sun on your skin.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

April 2018

April is a rather mixed bag of sunshine and showers. This photo illustrates it so well. Cherry blossom, daffodils and flowers spring up everywhere and fills us with joy.

Book festivals also start to spring up everywhere. A busy period of book launches, book prizes abound. My month of April started with a pledge to myself to write a poem a day. I have managed to do so most days. It is enervating to work with a goal in mind and simple things inspire one to put ink to paper.I don't beat myself up if I am not able to pen one every single day,  but I have tried to write one most days even though none of them qualify as epic ones. Short and doable was my aim. 

The month also started with meeting my seven friends of over forty years. All of us started  working in the same school decades ago. We meet twice a year and keep up the friendship through social media though we all live quite faraway now.  Cherish such friendships as they make ones life rich.

I did manage to go to the Irish Scottish Literary festival on the 11th of April at the City Halls and enjoyed hearing poets from Ireland and Scotland. I hope it becomes an annual event. 

With Milngavie Week booked for 9th-16th June, I am busy organising an authors event. Five writers/poets will join me at Milngavie Library on June 13th to share their work and describe how they got their books published. There is so much interest in writing, with budding writers everywhere wanting to showcase their own work. This will be a very informative and enjoyable event. I hope many readers and writers will come along and celebrate Milngavie Week with us. Something to look forward to in June. I hope your April was a nice change from the gruelling months of this winter that never seemed to end.



Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Beast from the East






February and March have been marred by huge snowfalls . Snow lying for days, roads getting blacked is not something that were used to in Glasgow. Though it did make life more interesting . I managed to write a few poems inspired by the snow. A wee one here for you.

Silence

And still it snows
Gently fall the snowflakes
Stars of  crystalline perfection
Earth yielding to soft abundance
Enveloped in an cocooning white silence.

I finished reading Arundati Roy's new book, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Mixed feelings about the book. The story of Aftab/Anjum, the transgender woman is done beautifully but this book has rather a lot of Roy's political polemic in it,  and it has taken the charm out of the story line.

The poetry class is good and we are moving onto looking at foreign poems, after indulging in classical poets.
Looking forward to Spring.

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