This Skyalrk anthology celebrates the spirit of Diwali and Christmas, as well as the success of Word Masala Award winners of 2015. This collection also pays tribute to victims of Paris massacre.
By buying this anthology, you are also supporting the not-for-profit Foundation as well as South-Asian diaspora writers and poets.
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Yogesh Patel is Jonah, Ishmael, Queequeg and Moby Dick himself: he knows what is owed to whales, how mighty and how vulnerable they are, and what we owe them by way of nourishment and light. His whales are enormous symbols swimming all the seas of the world and defining us as they go.
Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL
Swimming with Whales: Whales as never before
Kavita A. Jindal
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At NYU 2019
Salman Rushdie Holding
Swimming with Whales
Pre-order this yet-untitled collection by Reshma Ruia here. Reserved ISBN 978-0-9560840-6-4
Reshma Ruia is the author of two novels, Something Black in the Lentil Soup and A Mouthful of Silence, shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary prize. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in British and international publications and commissioned for radio. She is the co-founder of The Whole Kahani-a writers’ collective. Reshma will receive her Word Masala Award for the debut collection to be published by Skylark in October at the Nehru Centre..
My poetry explores the diasporic experience of leading a translated life, yearning to belong to a past that one no longer owns and a future that is murky and unclear. There is a sense of melancholic nostalgia in these poems but also a fierce kind of determination to embark on a new beginning and make the best of one’s circumstances. The poems are particularly relevant to our times when there is a growing sense of parochialism and hostility towards ‘the outsider.’ They will resonate with all those who have portable roots and are at home everywhere and nowhere.
The poems also portray the emotive minefield of relationships, questioning the ambiguity behind maternal or filial love. Society conditions us to love our parent or child or partner but my poems challenge this by describing the tug of war between a woman’s sense of self and the roles she is expected to play.
There is an undercurrent of mortality running through some of the poems. A sense of an ending and a reflection on what the passage of time can do to one’s dreams and aspirations.
Reshma Ruia wins the Word Masala First Publication Award
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