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Back Cover Blurb
“Wayfaring is a collection of poems about journeys, both physical and metaphysical. Filled with keen observations on the nature of life and what it is to be human, imbued with love, raw emotion and a good measure of anger too, these poems touch on things that were and things that yet might be. Ghosts from the past travel hand in hand with the reality of the present as Tikuli explores the byways of society, family, love and loss, while questioning the role memory plays in our rapport with the many things that bind us to reality. At once elegiac and forward–looking, nuanced and outspoken, the poet’s words call for us to understand that greater things unite us than divide us. This second volume of poems by Tikuli is nothing less than a triumph.”
“Tikuli is a skilled plein air painter; her palette of words is spare, meticulously chosen and applied in a variety of metrical patterns that, while not avant-garde, are modernist and reliable. The reader is never required to study her metrics; her focus is on the act of recollection and its requisite imperative. She has stories to tell, portraits to paint, ghosts to address, and issues to redress.” — Djelloul Marbrook , The Arabesques Review
“Tikuli’s ‘Wayfaring’ is a collection of exquisite poems on several themes around travel, solitude, relationships, exile, nature, memory, urbanity. The poems evoke a deep sense of longing. They make you pause and reflect on things we miss while struggling to make sense of the humdrum of daily existence. The underlying pain in the poems, and its masking by a desire for beauty and for love, shows the poet’s deep understanding of human relationships and human nature. The poems will resonate with people who want to explore the meaning of love and loss. Without being didactic, the poems unravel the mystery behind the complexities of human relationships. The poems lead us on to promising paths. They point towards some answers. What is our place in society? What does it mean for us to have gone through turbulent times, to have loved and lost, to have been at the crossroads of life, and not abandoned the will to create hope and see beauty even in despair? How should we live? What should be the terms around which we create a bond with this chaotic society of ours?
The Exile poems touched my heart. They will touch the hearts of all those who wish to understand the idea of ‘Home’.
Wayfaring will be an ideal companion to lonely wanderers and seekers.”
– Siddhartha Gigoo, Award winning writer / novelist / film maker (amazon review)
“If solitude is nature’s essential condition, loneliness, its second cousin, is a function of being human. As Wayfaring shows, we don’t always choose loneliness; sometimes it chooses us. When it does, it’s seldom romantic and more like one’s own shadow, impossible to disown. This is Tikuli’s relationship with the pain of loneliness. Her words bear scarring anguish, and yet instead of exhausting the spirit, they nourish it. Such is the luminescence of her expressions; they betray a heart that’s gone through fire to turn into gold.”
-Bhaswati Ghose, Kitaab Book Review
“I am reading a wonderful poetry book “Wayfaring”, written by a lovely Indian woman, Tikuli.
There is very much melancholy in her words that resonate in me in so many different ways. Life, death, love, hate, pain, joy…so many feelings expressed with such sincerity.
This book stays in my bag and I bring it wherever I go because it helps me travel in my everyday life.
Brava to the author! Having read her “Collection of Chaos” with just as much pleasure, I await her third poetry book with anticipation.”
– ( Amazon review ) Sabine Pullock Marle (France)
“…emotions so vividly expressed that it’s difficult to move from one verse to the other.”
-Nabanita Das, HT CITY, Delhi Book Review 28th March.
“I think this is a beautiful collection of poetry that brings me the sounds, sights and smells of an exotic land. There is a train ride that I will never forget. Tikuli shares her heart and heart break. These are poems of observation, of ritual, of being a mother, being a lover and survival in every sense of the word. In these poems, the poet bares her beautiful soul.”
-Matthew Bailer, poet, painter, photographer
Tikuli’s poems in her second collection, Wayfaring, are full of solitude, the background in many of these, intensely personal. Lyrical and intense.
Chandini Santosh – Painter, Poet, Fiction writer (Amazon Review)
“Tikuli Dogra’s book came today…and I am lost in her words an emotions that are to me EXACTLY what Kris Saknussemm said in the forward to COLLECTIONS OF CHAOS….”I feel like I know her from her writing and that’s what good poetry does. I am getting 5 copies of each of your books and donate them to Poetic Justice Books & Arts that just opened here..and Howl at the Moon Writers Jam tomorrow night I will read one of your poems.”
Dominic Albanese, Poet, writer from Florida, USA.
” A poet is a product of time and circumstances in which he/she lives – with the surrounding environment becoming more complex creative minds will be more vulnerable and restive as never before. Hopefully poems like these will be soothing in such an era, both for the readers and for the poet might as well.”
Ayushman , translator, writer, Mumbai, India
“I loved the colors, and the movement. Many surprises. Much Charm. Probably the coolest thing is a world 11,000 km from me comes to life, the sights and sounds, and strange and groovy words and exotic scenery. I was quite impressed. ” Excerpt from a larger review,
Jerry Wilson, fiction writer, USA.
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