Nightwalkers

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Authors: Debarshi Mitra and Goirick BrahmachariA sample cover of the book: moss green coloured handloom sari with gold embossed nameplate and lettering for the title and author's name. The border of the sari lines the right hand margin of the cover.
Pages: 130
Year of Publication: 2022
Price: Rs 500
ISBN:
978-81-958199-9-7 (9788195819997)

About the Authors

Debarshi Mitra is a 27-year-old poet from New Delhi. His debut book of poems, Eternal Migrant, was published in 2016 by Writers Workshop, India. His second book, Osmosis, was published by Hawakal in 2020. His works have previously appeared in anthologies like Kaafiyana, Wifi for Breakfast, Best Indian Poetry 2018, and journals like The Scarlet Leaf Review, Guftugu, The Sunflower Collective, Coldnoon and The Indian Cultural Forum. He was the recipient of The Wingword Poetry Prize 2017 and The Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize 2017, and was long-listed for the TFA Prize 2019.

Goirick Brahmachari‘s debut collection of poems, For the Love of Pork (Les Editions du Zaporogue, Denmark) won the Muse India – Satish Verma Young Writer Award (Poetry), 2016. He is also the winner of the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize 2016. Other collections include joining the dots (2016), Wet Radio and Other Poems (2017) and A Broken Exit (2019). His poems and essays have appeared in various journals, magazines, blogs and pamphlets.

About the Book
In their preface to the book, the authors write:

“This collection is a collaborative project by two poets. Thematically, it attempts to work around the ideas associated with the term “Nightwalkers”. While the literal meaning of the title may be associated with the idea of a person who walks or sleepwalks through the night, a dated connotation is also its association with prostitutes and, in a larger sense, all deviants who refuse to conform to all that is expected of them. We also attempted to sketch the lives, in our own idiosyncratic ways, of those in the city who are subjected to various demands during the day (workplace or otherwise) and therefore look forward to the night to express themselves, perhaps in a way reminiscent of the famous painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. Night then becomes a gateway for memories to flood in, for pause, reflection and more. It is also a way of exploring the so-called underbelly of the city, to try and understand the lives of those rendered invisible by the market forces: the cab drivers who continue to drive during the night, the bartenders awaiting a night of revelry and the many others who are often absent from the public or literary imagination…

In our own distinctive ways, we sought ways to articulate and mirror our own experiences, our fleeting thoughts and images. In the process, we hoped to initiate a larger conversation about the very nature of art and life in a post-truth, increasingly sectarian and totalitarian world.”

Contents
92 poems