2016 began with some good news. A few online publications, visits to the Delhi Literature Festival and the Crime Writers Festival plus two wonderful reviews of my poetry book ‘Collection of Chaos’. I won a few twitter contests about crime writers and the prizes are awaited. More books to read. 🙂
I also went chasing the scents of those who lived and dreamed in the city of Delhi. explored the tombs of Safdarjang, Mohammad Shah and Sikander Lodhi etc. I have a few more walks lined up for next few months. Some photo opportunities and food trails to look forward to.
The winter has finally crossed the threshold of Delhi like a shy new bride and this is the best time to enjoy the unbeatable delicacies of Old Delhi and bask under the winter sun in one of those fabulous gardens the city has.
You may just come across a group of young poets sharing their verses, sharing their views about their city and its history. There is something about ruins and poetry that’s inseparable, winter just adds a veil of mystery to it.
Delhi becomes a flower girl in winter. The beautiful Gazania, Phlox, Cineraria, Salvia, Pansy, Candy tuft, Alysasum, Petunia, Gerbera, cosmos and many more are painting the city in myriad hues. The magnificent Dahlias are in full bloom too. Some trees that are adorning the city streets with their lovely blossoms are, Red Silk cotton, kachnar, and the intoxicating Saptparni. The winter flower show is coming up next month and I am so looking forward to it.
Talking of flowers and poetry, while I wait for some submission results. two authors recently reviewed my two year old poetry book.
Vibhuti Bhandarkar is the author of ‘Not Totally Unbelievable‘ a collection of fantastic short stories about the mystical, magical and paranormal. She is also a blogger and an artist and has her own fashion label called YOLO By VIbz
This is what she has to say about the book,
” Tikuli’s collection of poems are a deluge of emotions, each separate piece a heavier thought than before. Her words definitely come from a lifetime of myriad experiences and jarring observations, from changing times. From the little understanding that I have of poetic meters and such, Tikuli has ventured to utilise very different forms of poetry, and yet maintained her voice in it. She has given expression to a whirlwind of emotions and yet Tikuli manages to maintain order in the usage of correctly chosen words.“
The second review comes from the incredible Rhiti Bose. writer, blogger and the Editor-in-chief of Incredible Women Of India . Her short stories have been published in an anthology named ‘An Atlas of Love’ by Rupa publications among other places.
“She plays with the words like a master craftsman, creating one masterpiece after another. The poems are mostly in free verse and Tikuli makes use of it suitably. Each poem has its own story to tell, there are not just mere verses depicting the abstract, each line has a meaning, every word has a tale hidden underneath.”
Do read the full review at – Collection of Chaos by Tikuli – A Review
I am also guest editing the upcoming March issue of Cafe Dissensus so do please SUBMIT your entries. The last date for submission is 28th Feb. Theme – ‘The Book That Made an Impact on You in 2015’ .
The book is available with all online book vendors. Do get your copy and hey, let me know your views too.
enjoy this little poem from the set published earlier in Cafe Dissensus,
rain pours like old jazz,
scribbles itself on roads that
shimmer like piano keys,
liquid notes cling to the
silhouettes of trees, the last train
leaves the station, taking with it
a sea of salt laced bodies, night
swallows the evening