Title: My Beloved’s MBA PlansAuthor: Disha Publisher: Srishti Publishers Price: Rs. 100Himika chaudhuri
Poems from paradiseKashmir may be Indian literature’s pet, but it’s only once a while that you come across a book that’s less defeatist and more about development and dreams of the scarred state. Agha Shahid Ali’s anthology of prose-poems, The Country Without a Post Office, dwells less on what’s dead and more on what’s alive, thankfully. Ali writes from memories and figments and the blurred lines of what he has seen and what he imagines to be, and of the healing that is slowly coming over the hurt. He quotes other poets generously, especially Emily Dickinson. The title talks about the many letters lying unsent in the post offices, with hopes and hearts trapped helplessly inside.
The poems are set in everyday scenes — gunfire, grandma’s cottage, trains, flights, lakes, boyhood ... and towards the end, drift to the corners that are slowly carving out a new life for the soul of his state. The smiles of its children and the colours of the skies don’t let the dark take over his words. Title: The Country Without a Post OfficeAuthor: Agha Shahid Ali Publisher: PenguinPrice: Rs250Soumya Mukerji