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Monsoon and Other Poems

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Monsoon and Other Poems

'Monsoon and Other Poems' is a collection of poems by Rachna Joshi. There are many dimensions to her poems in this volume. Coming from a close knit family, she has poems that not just talk of relationships but take in the beauty of the Kumaon hills from where she hails. She writes on temple clusters like Jageshwar, or the Ashram at Mirtola, known for its eclectic and very upper elite disciples. Then there are travel poems, landscapes from Kumaon to Calgary make an entry into the poems. In fact, travel pushes her further into poetry. This wonderful collection includes poems on each and every aspect of the poets' life as well as the beauty of nature. There are poems around our legends, for instance Gajendra, the king of elephants, caught by Makara the croc, being rescued after he prays to Vishnu. Most poems are vignettes, sketches like the one on Varanasi. One of the best poems in the book is Jageshwar where the ambience of the sacral seeps into the poem unobtrusively.

Full Title: Monsoon and Other Poems

Author: Rachna Joshi
Publisher: Tethys

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

'Monsoon and Other Poems' is a collection of poems by Rachna Joshi. There are many dimensions to her poems in this volume. Coming from a close knit family, she has poems that not just talk of relationships but take in the beauty of the Kumaon hills from where she hails. She writes on temple clusters like Jageshwar, or the Ashram at Mirtola, known for its eclectic and very upper elite disciples. Then there are travel poems, landscapes from Kumaon to Calgary make an entry into the poems. In fact, travel pushes her further into poetry. This wonderful collection includes poems on each and every aspect of the poets' life as well as the beauty of nature. There are poems around our legends, for instance Gajendra, the king of elephants, caught by Makara the croc, being rescued after he prays to Vishnu. Most poems are vignettes, sketches like the one on Varanasi. One of the best poems in the book is Jageshwar where the ambience of the sacral seeps into the poem unobtrusively.


About the Author: 

Rachna Joshi is a poet and reviewer. She has written three collections of poems: Configurations (Rupa & Co., 1993); Crossing the Vaitarani (Writer’s Workshop, 2008) and Travel Tapestry (Yatra Books, 2013). She has been writing and publishing poetry for the best part of two decades she could be called an old practitioner. She works as Senior Assistant Editor at the India International Centre.


Excerpt: 

When the frost melts Then spring is in the air And it is Vasant Panchami.
The green shoots start emerging From the earth And the flame of the forest blossoms.
The vibrant colour of spring
Is the bright yellow of mustard flowers. In celebration, we wear yellow clothes, Carry yellow handkerchiefs,
And cook yellow food.


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