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Long Lost Blog Post OR Missing In Action But Back… “Mimesis”

This is going to be one heck of a LONG blog. (Or maybe not). The reason is simple – I haven’t been updating for a long long time. Long long time. Not even sure at this point what to write except a laundry list of things that may be of interest to a few of my friends.

The fun part of it is that I don’t know where to start. Let’s see.

THE HOUSE OF TWINING ROSES: Stories of the Mapped and the Unmapped (LiFi Publications, 2013-14), my first short fiction collection, is doing well. I’m not pushing any publicity in particular. A book can find its readers is what I believe. Two of the nice feedback that I got on THOTR is a very interesting essay (includes dear friend RK Biswas’s book) by Sumana Roy, and the other a brief overview by fellow LiFi writer Kulpreet Yadav on Goodreads.

kulpreet-twining rose-lifi poster lifi sunday guardian


Meanwhile, the second poetry collection, INTO THE MIGRANT CITY (Writers Workshop, 2013), is also leading a happy existence. When a young poet writes about it, I feel, well, the poetry is not only read among jaded uninterested folks. Mihir Vatsa, an award winning poet and Delhi University student, wrote his impression of ITMC on his rather discerning literary blog. A good respite from the deluge of likes on FB. Read it HERE. And here is a photo Mihir took of the book, resting on a delicate Sohrai artwork:

mihir migrant city cover



I’d sent out a standalone excerpt-cum-short story to the DNA-Out of Print Fiction contest and totally forgotten about it. Another young participant reminded me about it. “Have you seen the longlist?” He had asked. Oops. Okay, turned out my story MALENA LEARNS THE SPICES is now among the 19 shortlisted. A rather longish shortlist. Nonetheless. Let’s see what comes of it, this Sunday!

Met Rakesh Sharma of LiFi and fellow writer Bina Biswas the other day at The Purple Leaf over coffee and snacks.  Photos, phone-camera enabled, are here. By the way, SELFIE warning is on.

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Friends have been posting book pics here and there. Nice boost for a writer. Priti Zielinski ordered my first poetry collection BLUE VESSEL (Les Editions du Zaporogue, 2012). was prompt in delivering it to her. Then poet-writer friend Anuradha Vijayakrishnan posted Twining Roses from Abu Dhabi International Book Fair alongside her own. Poet Shikha Saklani Malviya also ordered the short story collection and took a lovely pic of the same on her very beautiful meditative table. Filmmaker Irene Dhar Malik got the book too and took a shot that made me think of Russian masters, how they took base-angle shots of monuments, people or artifacts to make them look towering and majestic. You get the drift, right! And then there’s a gallery from all Le Zap books. All of us look distinguished there. Oh, fellow-LiFi author RK Biswas took book pics at Odyssey book store in Chennai where they also pinned up my book poster. Whodathunk there was a book poster! Last but not the least, Croatian writer-translator Lora Tomas who’s currently based in Bangalore, posted me the striking cover of the book carrying translated works of select Indian poets and writers. It’s called “Popodnevni pljuskovi (Afternoon Showers)“, published by the VBZ Publishing House (Zagreb, 2011).

Have a look-see:

priti z-blue vessel


shikha twining roses

Irene-twining roses

twining roses abu dhabi fair Twining roses at Odessey Twining roses poster


KINDLE magazine recently published a few new poems in their Language issue.


Poet-editor Shikha Saklani Malviya took a couple of my poems and published them alongside well known feminist poets’ works in a magazine called URBAN CONFUSTIONS. It’s in PDF form. Let’s see if I can post an excerpt.


Authors Press has published an Anthology of Indian and Australian short fiction. The editor solicited my work and I was happy to part with WATERBORNE, included in The House of Twining Roses. Here’s the cover (I have to hold it over my head because the selfie exercise demanded the rigor).



Prakriti Foundation did something strange and I was named among the people who have associated with Prakriti earlier. Stuff happened thereafter. Personally, I think Ranvir Shah is acting really lame. What’s his fear?


And of course writing and editing continues slow.

Oh, among all these things, India has voted Narendra Modi to power. Apparently that should herald good days for us. Good days while rightwingers call the shots? Fat chance.


Oh poetry! Will you tell the rabid Zionists of Israel and all other complicit people the world over what it means to value life?



My daughter
                        wouldn’t hurt a spider
That had nested
Between her bicycle handles
For two weeks
She waited
Until it left of its own accord
If you tear down the web I said
It will simply know
This isn’t a place to call home
And you’d get to go biking
She said that’s how others
Become refugees isn’t it?

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This entry was posted on July 24, 2014 by in fiction, Nabina Das, poetry.
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