Simantani: Boundless

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Author: Preeti Singh
Pages: 121
Year of Publication: 2007
Price: HB Rs 150, FB Rs 100
ISBN:
81-8157-654-3 (8181576543)

About the Author:
Preeti Singh was born to middle class literature-loving parents, both of whom wrote in English and Hindi. Since her father was in the armed forces they traveled all over the country and she went to eleven schools! She graduated in Journalism from Nagpur University and has a post graduate degree in Business Management from Lucknow University. She has worked for about 20 years in private, government and academic institutions. At present, she is based in Delhi.

Teaser:

It Mattered

when i was
very young
i didn’t know
being a girl mattered
but as i grew
i knew it mattered
at eleven i became
a woman
you know how
i couldn’t play darkroom
and i couldn’t sit
close to him
to read comics
something within protested
after all
i felt like a kid
and
was still flat-chested
but i was a girl
and
it mattered
at seventeen
i wanted to give
my opinion
but they said
i was still too young
i tried to be
a girl and a woman
in the struggle
i lost
my identity

Contents:

Section I / 11-80

it mattered / 13
left behind / 14
now to eternity / 15
thank you / 17
castles in the air / 19
pregnant moments / 20
urgency / 21
moments lost / 22
flimsy thread / 23
nothingness / 24
bankruptcy / 26
immortal / 28
magnified / 29
spoilt / 30
explode / 31
till then / 32
abandon / 34
vermilion / 35
hearse / 36
hypnotic deceit / 38
simantini / 40
point of no return / 42
a thousand miles / 43
tentative recovery / 44
night in your eyes / 45
pearls / 46
haze of proximity / 47
robbed / 47
distant rumblings / 48
diminishing stature / 49
took my all / 50
stop the watch / 52
lost cause / 53
time / 55
shutters down / 56
gnawing hunger / 57
unreal / 58
dialogue / 59
pits of oblivion / 60
agony of no return / 62
sorcery / 63
negating reality / 64
deflowered / 65
wedded / 67
woman / 68
bondage / 67
clipped wings / 69
loved naught / 70
man & wife / 70
epitaph / 71
pre-occupied / 72
packed in / 73
animal instincts / 75
legal sanction / 76
summer time / 77
agony of restraint / 78
peeping betrayal / 79

SECTION II / 81-121

piecemeal / 83
crumbs / 84
lies / 85
virginal / 87
very basic / 88
coffin / 89
poison / 90
infinite / 91
hysteria / 92
shadows / 93
diluted / 94
spinning yarn / 95
morning dew / 96
one in a million / 97
naked shame / 98
disintegration / 99
rationed / 100
morbid colours / 101
twilight / 102
me and my god / 103
moving force / 104
swallowed / 105
fuel / 106
us and them / 107
freezing point / 108
distances / 109
symphony / 110
freedom / 111
bursting of life / 112
frozen / 113
well deep / 114
ashes / 115
life’s afternoon / 116
give unasked / 117
walk away free / 118
journey alone / 119
could i heal / 120
spoil me / 121

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