MOSAIC VISION BOOK LAUNCH
On July 23, “Mosaic Vision” was launched and discussed at the Oxford bookstore. Meet Bahrain-based poet, journalist and editor Vaijantayee Bhattacharya who has come back to set a mark as a cultural inspiration. Mosaic Vision is her first poetry anthology. It reflects the thoughts and epiphanies of a woman moving through various cities and countries, watching life through a kaleidoscope of varied expressions and emotions.
The Calcutta girl left her sheltered home of twenty four years and and moved to Delhi to seek what the outside world has to offer. She describes this stage in her life as a significant but not an empty time. She went on to ultimately plant her roots at Bahrain, where she currently resides with her family.
It took her a staggering fourteen years to compile the book. The poems, diverse in their subjects, themes and tones form a mosaic pattern, and hence the name. She describes the end product as a conglomerate of her different perceptions of life.
In the press meet, she shared that poetry to her is a cathartic process. Her love for literature comes from both her parents, and it was further enriched by the works of Rabindranath Tagore, William Wordsworth, T.S. Elliot, Toni Morrison and Arundhati Roy. As a student of literature, poetry has always been a part of her life. Even as a child, she kept a diary wherein she penned down her thoughts in the form of poems.
Before kick-starting her poetry career, she worked as an editor and journalist with over fourteen years of experience in the print and publishing media in both India and Bahrain.
Author, editor, blogger, mother, and homemaker, Vaijayantee says that life is all about juggling so that one commitment does not hamper another. When asked about her further plans, she reveals that she is already working on a novel. Her journey so far has been an eventful one, and she plans to grow further as both a person and an author.
When questioned how she intends to handle criticism, she asserts that she writes for herself and her opinion would not change with what the world has to say. She further encourages all budding authors out there to keep writing regardless of anything.
Luckily for Vaijayantee, the reviews so far have been glowing. Arshad Ali, Principal Correspondent of DNA, India calls her writing mesmerizing and adds that “Some of the poems are like pictures painted with words.” Sulogna Mehta of Times of India says — “Vaijayantee presents her poetry on a platter of varied flavours — palpable in complex simplicity, fragrant with nostalgia and emotions, blending beautiful optimism with painful realism.”
The press meet ended soon after, and the panel was joined by emminent personalities such as Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta (Professor of English, Calcutta University), Mr. Shahenshah Mirza(descendant of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah; Social and Green activist), Ms. Saira Shah Halim, (Educator, Activist and Poet) and Ms. Saheli Mitra (Journalist, Author, Poet and Columnist) to officiate the book launch.
The second part of the book launch gave us some lovely insights on the city itself in the form a video depicting her journey and the soul behind The Mosaic Vision. Hearing each speaker relate to their own experiences and give praise to Vaijayantee Bhattacharya was a glee filled experience.
The discussion was opened by Shri Jawhar Sircar who gave us some fine words to take on. Dr Sanjukta Dasgupta while praising her she also included how both of them are from the same school and have been part of the same university. Dr. Dasgupta added that it feels good when you are able to take part in bestowing honor to your own kin. Mr. Mirza took the chance to enlighten us with some history about his famous ancestor.
Throughout it was a wonderful experience for not just poetry lovers but culture lovers from all around, and on behalf of our organization we would like to thank Ms Sufia Khatoon, PR and Media Manager.
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“LET THE NIGHT SING” BOOK LAUNCH
“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” — Virginia Woolf
In the lands of today, many things have changed yet everything is the same, astray. A fact I can properly say that we humans might take to our graves. Poetry and stories help us talk about those changes in life that have happened and most importantly the changes people want to make.
Feminism is the mother of many changes that society has had over the years and nowadays more and more women and men alike are talking and writing about it.
29th July, 2017 was one such day, esteemed writer Lopamudra Banerjee launched her book of poems titled “Let the Night Sing”, a tribute to not just her experiences as a mother, a daughter, a lover but also as a woman.
When we asked her about her feelings regarding the topic of feminism and what her stance is as a feminist, she told us that feminism is an elemental but yet an essential part of humanism according to her. Her words were:In her book she has graced us with many poems, one being about the women of the illustrious brothel of Calcutta, Sonagachi. She says that many of her poems are her reactions to existential issues dealing with women such as the plight of Jyoti Singh, the spirit of Malala Yousufzai to name a couple.
“raw, vulnerable entities of women in our everyday lives form the tapestry that is my muse in this life”.
She said she uses this raw energy in her writings and this energy is what defines her identity as a woman. In her non-fiction book “Thwarted Escape” and her present “Let the Night Sing” she claims to have strived to essay the inward journey of women that’s replete.
During our talk with her, she with her undying humility referred to herself as a lover of the night. “I’m in love with night” being her exact words, and the reason for the title of her book. She explained that she has narrated her feelings about love, attachment, and even relationships in the form of her many poems. She has talked about the relationship between a mother and a daughter, the relationship between her daughters and their father, and even her love for her city in this book.
“At the same time, many others are written as surreal inner sojourns which come from an intense personal space where I delve deep into my childhood, my motherhood and also my personal anguish resulting from the loss of loved ones. For example, in my poem ‘For Fathers and Daughters’, I have presented a dedication to my daughters and their relationship with their father where my childhood also comes to haunt me as a melancholic melody, in context of his terminal ailment and later, his demise.” Her emotions being her drive in her works, we asked her what she finds to be the feeling she finds most difficult to write on. She told it to be “the intensity of my longings as a woman, a Diaspora being”. She shed light on the fact that out of the various recollection of memories in her pages shadowing mists, there are a few that did make her bleed more than she could give.
She says that apart from this, writing about other painful experiences like her mother’s demise was immensely difficult for her but she had to, for her own good.
“I write about a plethora of poems ranging from personal trauma and anguish, including my mother’s demise, and putting them in words were indeed challenging, but I had to do it for my own catharsis.”
It’s a collection of all these “broken pieces” that she says make up “Let the Night Sing” so I urge you all to please give it a read. It is a humble woman’s journey while taking the heinous thorns and splinters of life, but still never losing faith in it’s beauty at the same time.
Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer, poet, editor and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She has a Masters’ degree with thesis in creative nonfiction writing from the Department of English, University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology on women, ‘Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas’.
‘Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey’, her debut memoir/nonfiction novel, published by Authorspress, has recently received Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Book Festival 2017. The manuscript has also been a First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media LLC. Her literary works have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, both in India and the US and her fiction is published in Silhouette I & II anthology, by Authorspress.
She has received the Reuel International Award 2016 (category: Translation) for her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella Nastanirh (translated as The Broken Home) instituted by The Significant League, a renowned literature group in Facebook, and the book is available in Amazon Kindle.It is now part of the book ‘The Broken Home and Other Stories’.
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