Monsoon and Collection Of Chaos


Monsoon is at the threshold and already the rain has generously filled the empty pockets of my city. In the midst of the chaos rain brings one can spot carts and carts of mangoes, lychees, jamuns, peaches, phalsa, musk melons, water melons and other summer fruits. The gorgeous Amaltas or Laburnum, dressed in yellow, is hard to miss.
The parakeets are here and so is the familiar smell of earth, grass and flowers.
 I am thinking of wood roasted bhutta from the hills and hot jalebis filled with the sweet nectar of life. Usually a coffee person, I love  the adrakewali masala chai at this time espcially when it is infused wit hthe earthy aroma of the mitti ka kulhad.
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As I edit the second book of poems good news is still floating in from various parts of the globe with readers sending me their feedback and writing reviews for Collection Of Chaos.  I have come a long way since this book happened in 2014 and some very exciting news is coming soon that I will share soon. Here is my author page on Leaky Boot Press Website. Check out the other titles too.
Kabir Malik is a young poet, photographer, wanderer. This is what he says,
If you are fond of Urdu / Hindi poetry then you must listen to Tauseef Ahmed’s poems. He is brilliant and knows how to touch the pulse of the listeners. Many of his poems are on his FB timeline. Do explore. I gifted him the book some months back and here is what he says,
I must have mentioned the wanderer travel blogger BNomadic in some previous blog post. Travel enthusiasts Must checkout his blog. It is one the best I have come across till now.  He bought the book and wrote a review sometime back. He says,
Rebecca Behar is French Poet and writer and has been following my work since sometime. It was a pleasant surprise to find a short note from her on amazon.
The book recently traveled to Melbourne, Australia. Poet / Writer Jaymz Hawkes found me on FB and read some of my work there. I got a note from him saying he had ordered the book and here is his review. It took almost a month for the book to reach him. The waiting is always the part of the journey.
Thank you each one of you for the encouragement and support. There is nothing more humbling for a writer than her learning being appreciated. So much has changed in last two years and especially in last few months but that we will talk about in a different post soon.
Among all this euphoria I got bitten by Instagram bug. So, you can chitchat with me there too. I need to do write- edit- read – repeat but most of all I need some discipline in life especially as a writer. Soon… 🙂
Did I mention that my elder son got engaged in April? It was a beautiful Gurudwara ardas ceremony and the girl is one of a kind. Who knows where the time goes 🙂
It is a beautiful feeling to watch your children walk on their life path with such serenity and poise.
Motherhood has made me a better person and I always stress on this point, “Let your children be. You can’t teach a sapling how to grow; you can only give it all it needs, sit back and watch.” In doing so you are not just making them good citizens but most importantly better human beings; and in the end, that is all that matters.
I will be back soon with some poems and other writing news. Till then remember to connect with me and leave your views in the comment section of my posts.
Leaving you with someone I absolutely love and admire –  Every Word Has A Body And Soul 

The Book Club Blog Tour Of ‘Collection Of Chaos’ – Spotlights, Interviews and Reviews


When Janaki Nagaraj, fellow author, blogger and head of the poetry section of The Book Club, told me they wanted to host a blog tour of my début poetry book ‘Collection of Chaos’ I was delighted.  The tour which began on 6th of October continued  for a week and included author interviews, spotlights, guest posts and book reviews.

A heartfelt thank you to all the writers / bloggers of The Book Club Reviewing Group who were part of  The Blog Tour.

Namrata, Pooja, Sfurti, Janaki, Sharmila, Rubina, Parichita, Sridevi, Ruchira, Sulekha, Inderpreet, Karan, Rohan and Dola Thank You for hosting me on your blogs.

The Book Club Blog Tours

The Book Club Blog Tour Links: 

Interviews 

An interview with the author of ‘Collection Of Chaos’ – Tikuli  by Rohan Kachalia 

Book Review and Author Interview – Collection of Chaos by Tikuli  – Sulekha Rawat 

Of Poet And Poems By Tikuli – Privytrifles (Namrata) (Guest Post) 

Reviews 

Book Review – Collection of Chaos ( Privytrifles – Namrata) 

Book Review – Collection of Chaos – (Rohan Kachalia) 

Book Review – Collection of Chaos – (Janaki Nagaraj) 

Collecting Life Stories Book Review – Collection of Chaos – (Inderpreet Kaur) 

Book Review – Collection of Chaos (Sfurti) 

Collection of Chaos – Book Review (Sharmila Kulkarni) 

Tikuli’s Collection of Chaos – A book Club Poetry Review | Parichita Singh 

Book Review – Collection of Chaod by Tikuli  (Karan Shah)

Spotlight and Review of ‘Collection of Chaos’ By Tikuli (Ruchira) 

More Spotlights 

Literati (Janaki Nagaraj ) 

Poojareviews (Pooja Abhay) 

Spotlight (RubinaRamesh ) 

Spotlight (Dola Basu) 

The Book Club Website 

Leaky Boot Press 

LBP on FB

What the other reviewers are saying  

Collection of Chaos – Tikuli


A heartwarming review with some excellent translations of my poems in Italian by writer, editor Alessandro Canzian, who is doing great work in the promotion of poetry in Italian and other languages in Pordenone, Italy, a northeastern city where one of the most important national literary events, Pordenonelegge, takes place each year.

You can read more about his International poetry press , the Samuele Editore website & BookStore and Letters To The Wind by clicking on these links.

 
Thank you so much Alessandro, James, Rachel, Kris and all the others who have encouraged me by becoming a part of my poetic evolution

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Here is an excerpt from the review:

Collection of Chaos by Tikuli (Leaky Boot Press, 2014, foreword by Kris Saknussemm, cover by Rachel Slade), edited by my english friend James Goddard, is a primitive book of flesh and blood, passion and pain. Tikuli had the courage to do what was right for her. It is this courage, as well as her concern for the rights of women, her experience of a bad marriage, her love for her sons and the difficulties of life in India for a woman in her situation, that informs and humanises the poems in Collection of Chaos. Her themes are universal, her language often emotional and full of understanding. These, however, are not poems of self-pity, but of questioning, of trying to understand. In fact, they are a true reflection of Tikuli herself. Collection of Chaos is a book to read and reread, without fear of being overwhelmed by real life.”

View original review from the link below the cover pic. 

 

You can Buy the book from :

Amazon 

Book Depository 

Flipkart 

 

More links:

Samuel Editore 

Leaky Boot Press  (Facebook) Leaky Boot Press Webisite 

Rachel Slade Art 

kris Saknussemm 

Alessandro Canzian

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Good News – Poems In Zaporogue XV And Another Review Of My Book.


The wonderful 2014 edition of ‘Zaporogue XV by Various Authors’ is out and is FREE to download. An international e-magazine by acclaimed author Seb  Dubinsky, Zaporogue’s current edition has fiction and poetry in Danish, French and English. It also showcases some impressive work by artists and photographers. Overall an electric blend of creative geniuses.

I have 15 short poems in the collection along with well-known writers and poets such as Cynthia Atkins, Matt Bialer, James Goddard and Robert Stark, noted artist Manu Rich, photographer Jean-François Mariotti and fashion designer Laure Kczekotowska.

Apart from them there is an added bonus of discovering lesser known but impressive writings of several other writers. I am absolutely loving this 258 page treasure.

This is the third time my work is published here and I am grateful to Seb for providing me this platform.

My work in previous editions of Le Zap 

1. Zaporogue 11 – Poems

2. Zaporogue 13 – Short Story

New!

Zaporogue XV 

Click to Download FREE.

 

Another good news is a heartwarming review  of Collection of Chaos by William. B. Burkholder (poet/author).  It is very helpful when readers connect, an important step in the evolution of self as a writer.  Do read the book and let me know your views.

Here is what William says,

Book Review: Collection of Chaos by: Tikuli

“Every writer is a city unto themselves. 
Their memories and experiences; the streets and avenues.
The reader is conveyed via the words and lines of the poet.

The miraculous journey gifted to us to see the sights, and hear the sounds within these cities.

Tikuli’s newest collection of Poetry, “ Collection of Chaos” provides the reader with this privilege. To journey with her through those memories and experiences.

When immersed in verse and page that she has so masterfully created, the reader shall find themselves connected in a way that is more than literary joy, more than the mere passing of a moment’s time reading…

They shall find themselves’ s in a world, in a city that Tikuli has created. It is hers and hers alone.
She allows us to wander among the pages, to see what lies beyond the curve, around the next corner.

Each page leaves me asking for “ More Please”
When a writer/poet present themselves with the purity of heart as this author does.
You can tell immediately that she lays it all on the table.

These are her truths, these are her words, this is her poetry, and this is “Collection of Chaos” by Tikuli. 

The reading public should take note of this author. For this will not be the last that we hear from her. I trust that her City will continue to grow and that there shall be more streets and avenues, giving us the continued gifts of her poetic journey. “

William Burkholder

The Writer’s Sight, The Sower’s tree, This Thing Called Man

Thank you so much for the encouragement William.  So glad you found a connect with my book.

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Leaky Boot Press Website

Collection of Chaos (Amazon) (also on amazon.in etc.)

Collection of Chaos (Flipkart)