Winding Ways

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Author: Tapati Baruah Kashyap
Pages: 72
Year of Publication: 2013
Price: Rs 150
978-93-5045-047-5 (9789350450475)

About the Author:
Born in 1967, Dr. Kashyap lives in Guwahati where she teaches English at Beltola Junior College. She was the recipient of a two-year fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, between 2008 and 2010 through which she undertook a study on women in Assamese poetry. Additionally, she was awarded The Assam Tribune group’s Kunjabala Devi Memorial Award in 2004 for writing on women’s issues as well as Population First and UNFPA’s Laadli Media Award for the Best Column category for gender sensitivity in 2010. Dr. Kashyap’s book Narir Adhikar: Ekhan Adipath, a pioneering work on women’s rights in Assamese, was published in 2007 by Rastriya Grameen Vikash Nidhi, Guwahati. Her poems have been published in several journals like Indian Literature; she also received a prize in their Literary Translation Competition (Oral Literature), as part of the journal’s golden jubilee celebrations.

Dr. Kashyap lives with her husband and two daughters. This is her third collection of poetry.


Hurting Memory

My mind floats back,
To my ancestral home
Where I spent my childhood days
of unbridled hopes and unseen future…
Two years have passed leaving us behind,
Amidst torn feelings.
Unrestrained memories flash through my mind.
All those are,
my hurting memories.
Pathetic, for
close to one’s heart.
What is left behind?
Is it deference, reminiscence or his philosophy?
Unanswered queries often mislead one’s progress of feelings.
Desperately looking for the disappearance,
We are far away.

50 poems spread across two sections

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