September 26, 2021

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New Releases from Asia – August 2021

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A comprehensive list of New Releases from Asia – this list includes some soon-to-release and some already released titles.

The Monotonous Chaos of Existence

  • Release Date: January 18, 2022 
  • Genre: Fiction | experimental 
  • Number of pages: 160 pages
  • Price: $21.00 
  • ISBN: 978-1-951853-08-2 

About the Book

The stories within Hisham Bustani’s The Monotonous Chaos of Existence explore the turbulent transformation in contemporary Arab societies. With a deft and poetic touch, Bustani examines the interpersonal with a global lens, connects the seemingly contradictory, and delves into the ways that international conflict can tear open the individuals that populate his world—all while pushing the narrative form into new and unexpected terrain.

About the Author 

Hisham Bustani is an award‑winning Jordanian author of five  collections of short fiction and poetry. Much of his work revolves  around issues related to social and political change, particularly  the dystopian experience of post‑colonial modernity in the Arab  world. Hisham’s fiction and poetry have been translated into many  languages, with English‑language translations appearing in The  Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, The Georgia Review, The  Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, World Literature  Today, and The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly.  

About the Translator 

maia tabet is an Arabic‑English literary translator based in  Washington DC, where she is the associate editor of the Journal  of Palestine Studies. She is the translator of Little Mountain and  White Masks by Elias Khoury, and of the 2010 International Prize  for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), Throwing Sparks, by Abdo Khal. Her  translation of Sinan Antoon’s The Baghdad Eucharist (Ya Mariam, in Arabic) appeared in Spring 2017. Her translations have been  published in journals, literary reviews, and other specialized  publications, including Barricade, The Common, Words Without  Borders, Portal 9, and Fikrun wa Fann, among others. 


Tales of Hazaribagh: An Intimate Exploration of Chhotanagpur Plateau by Mihir Vatsa

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Speaking Tiger
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • Price: INR 450/-
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9354470387

About the Book

In January 2017, Mihir Vatsa, a young poet, gives up his life in the big city and moves back home to Hazaribagh, a small town on Jharkhand’s Chhotanagpur Plateau. Battling depression and uncertainty, he is seeking a ‘sanatorium’ amidst the sal trees and the temperate climes of home—just like the British soldiers and Bengali settlers and visitors before him.Rejuvenated by the fresh air and lush landscape of his childhood, he spends the next three years exploring local landmarks and their fascinating history, and the deep, wondrous escarpments, the secret waterfalls and serpentine rivers of the plateau. Travelling partly on foot and partly in his trusted Alto, he encounters trees destined for death and waterfalls ravaged by mining; passes through Surajkund—the country’s hot geological wonder—and Karanpura Valley— home to prehistoric humans ten millennia ago; and takes selfies with emus In between, he wonders what makes a landscape beautiful and how language shapes such notions; muses on the arbitrary boundaries of administration and government which, try as they might, cannot tame rivers and hills; and plumbs the archives of previous residents of the plateau and his own memory to understand his love of home. With empathy and in unhurried prose, Tales of Hazaribagh combines the best of nature, life, history and travel writing into an unforgettable portrait of a place and a journey back to one’s self.

About the Author

Mihir Vatsa is a river walker from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. He is a widely published poet with awards from the Charles Wallace India Trust, Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize and Toto Funds the Arts, Bangalore. Mihir studied English Literature at Ramjas College, University of Delhi, and is presently PhD candidate at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.


Song of the Sacred Mountain by William James

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books
  • Release Date: 20 October 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9814882088

About the Book

A seventeen-year-old academic prodigy from a small village in central Java, Lestari wants nothing more than to become a modern, self-determined woman. But she swims against powerful currents. Raised by her father, the revered guardian of an active volcano, she joins the many offerings to the sacred mountain yet begins to question their effectiveness. The more Lestari learns about science and geology, it seems, the less she believes in ritual.

When a young Dutch entrepreneur arrives in their village to explore Indonesia’s potential for geothermal energy, Lestari befriends and falls for the charming stranger, and the rift between father and daughter widens. In the weeks leading up to her high school graduation, the volcano begins to erupt, blanketing the village in ash. Shockingly, a set of tiger prints is discovered in the dust, sending villagers into a panic.

What follows is the haunting, unforgettable story of a daughter’s search for truth and a father’s unyielding loyalty. It is about the courage to question tradition, the faith to uphold it, and the love that ultimately binds them together.

An impressive debut novel, Song of the Sacred Mountain is nothing short of a triumph, an enduring, cautionary tale of a daughter’s doubt, a father’s faith, and a love that refuses to die.

About the Author

William James was born in the United States in 1956. His father worked as an engineer for the phone company; his mother was a homemaker. After graduating from high school, James enrolled at Rutgers University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Following his undergraduate studies, he taught literature and creative writing for a number of years before entering Columbia University where he earned a Master of Education degree from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership. A passion for travel and adventure took James to Switzerland and eventually on to Indonesia, where his writing career began in earnest. His debut novel, Song of the Sacred Mountain, published by Penguin Random House SEA in 2021, is acclaimed for its unique narrative style, colorful depictions, and unflinching portrayal of a young woman at odds with her heart. The Midwest Book Review called the novel ‘an enchanting, gifted tale that asks the most compelling questions of our time’. Tom Flynn of the Council for Secular Humanism wrote that, ‘like the protagonist in William James’s novel, increasing numbers of young people are ask­ing hard questions about the role of religion in society and finding answers in a more secular approach. Song is a book that speaks el­oquently to and about them.’ A Canadian citizen, he splits his time between Montreal and Jakarta.


The Elephant Trophy and Other Stories by Paul Gnanaselvam

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books
  • Release Date: 27 October 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9814914017

About the Book

The Elephant Trophy and Other Stories is a collection of 18 slice-of-life short stories featuring nuanced and diverse depictions of the Indian community in Malaysia. The overall theme of this collection echoes the outer and inner demons that possess the Malaysian Indian community that dictates the overlook of their lives as Indians and Malaysians. The collection covers themes such as socio-politics, socio-economic imbalance, gender issues, social class juxtaposed to community values.

About the Author

Paul GnanaSelvam is an Ipoh-born writer and poet whose work often focuses on the experiences, issues and identity conflicts of those in the Indian diaspora. His poems and short stories have been published both locally and internationally in e-magazines, anthologies and literary journals. His first collection of short stories, a mixed bag of themes on Malaysian Indians was published in Nov 2013 by MPH Group Publishing, Malaysia. The collection was used as reading texts for the English Literature programmes both at University Tunku Abdul Rahman and University of Nottingham in Malaysia. Paul GnanaSelvam is an Ipoh-born writer and poet whose work often focuses on the experiences, issues and identity conflicts of those in the Indian diaspora. His poems and short stories have been published both locally and internationally in e-magazines, anthologies and literary journals. His first collection of short stories, a mixed bag of themes on Malaysian Indians was published in Nov 2013 by MPH Group Publishing, Malaysia. The collection was used as reading texts for the English Literature programmes both at University Tunku Abdul Rahman and University of Nottingham in Malaysia.


The DOGtrine of Peace: A unique path to spiritual awakening and enlightenment by Manjiri Prabhu

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Readomania
  • Release Date: 30 July 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • Price: INR 450/-
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-8195212743

About the Book

When two magical beings, decide on a spiritual goal, One with a wagging tail, but both with a unique soul… The way to inner peace lies in our heart…and in the company of dogs. With this belief, Dr. Manjiri Prabhu has poured a lifetime of her work with dogs and her learnings, into a spiritual adventure, The DOGtrine of Peace, a novel blueprint for spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Rich with anecdotes, interviews, and experiences, of dog-lovers, scientists and animal-activists from across the globe, The DOGtrine of Peace is a powerful book of love and compassion for those who seek a unique spiritual path. It provides profound and life-changing Sutras to those with a yearning in their hearts, for those who love humanity, who pursue peace, harmony and truth, and of course for dog lovers and compassionate souls!

About the Author

Dr. Manjiri Prabhu is an award-winning International Author, a short -film-maker and the Curator & Founder/Director of two international festivals. She has produced more than 200 short films and 50 short travel films and has authored 17 books. Prabhu has been acknowledged as a pioneer in India among women writers of mystery fiction and is also the first female mystery author to be published outside India.


Recipes for Life: Well-Known Personalities Reveal Stories, Memories and Age-old Family Recipes by Sudha Menon

About the Book

Remember how our mothers and grandmothers would spend time in the kitchen, sharing their stories and exchanging recipes from each other’s homes without writing them down? Between chopping, sautéing, grinding and frying a variety of ingredients, and the aroma of home-cooked food laid out on the dinner table, families forged bonds that withstood the test of time. Now the connections we made through oral storytelling have disappeared because of rise of modern-day nuclear families where children see their parents once in a couple of months.

The truth, however, remains that no matter how many countries we travel to and live in, or how many expensive meals we eat at Michelin-star restaurants, the magic of our mothers’ cooking never fades away. In Recipes for Life, Sudha Menon attempts to recreate those memories and the magic of the food we grew up with and cherish. The book is replete with stories, anecdotes and recipes from the homes of some of India’s much admired and accomplished people.

About the Author

Sudha Menon is the author of six bestselling nonfiction books, Leading Ladies: Women Who Inspire India, and Legacy, a compilation of letters from inspirational Indian men and women to their daughters. She is a former newspaper journalist and is currently a columnist. Sudha is the founder of Get Writing!, a writing workshop that she set up to help people kick start their writing journey and is founder of Writing In the Park, an initiative to get people to explore their creativity while writing in public parks and gardens. Sudha is a TEDx speaker and often speaks at educational institutions and corporate campuses about women’s leadership and diversity issues. Meeting the people she interviewed and wrote about in Gifted made her realize the immense potential and promise that each of us carry within us. Some of us manage to tap that well deep within us to bring out our best while some go through life without the faintest idea of who we can really be. Having met the people in Gifted, she is determined to live her life to the fullest, just as they do.


Zohra! A biography in Four Acts by Ritu Menon

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Speaking Tiger
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • Price: INR 599
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9354470790

About the Book

Zohra Segal (1912-2014) spanned an Indian century of the arts and became the only woman to make a mark in all the performing arts, with the exception of music, within the country and abroad. This elegant biography traces her remarkable journey.
born into a family with connection to the nawabs of Rampur, Zohra Mumtazullah Khan chose adventure over tradition when she was eighteen, travelling to Germany to learn modern dance. For the rest of her life, she continued to defy Convention and was associated with transformative initiatives in the arts. In 1935, she was recruited by the bohemian genius Uday Shankar and toured the world with his dance troupe, until he disbanded it. In 1943, she set up a unique dance school in Lahore with her husband Kameshwar Segal, eight years her Junior. In Bombay two years later, she joined Prithvi theatres, founded by the legendary Prithviraj Kapoor. For the next fourteen years she travelled across India, taking socially relevant plays directly to the people—through the turbulence of Partition and the heady idealism following independence, and the tragedy of Kameshwar’s suicide.
In 1962, Zohra went to London on a drama scholarship and stayed on for twenty-five years, becoming part of a tiny band of Asian artistes who would change the complexion of British theatre. From here to her participation in pioneering TV series and films like doctor Who, jewel in the crown and Bhai on the beach was a natural progression. Back in India, she was surprised to find Bollywood at her door when she was well past eighty. Playing the unconventional grandmother—by turns charming and crusty—she became a household name.
In this biography of the unlikely star, Ritu Menon helps us understand both the performer and the person, and the times she lived in.

About the Author

Ritu Menon is a publisher and writer, co-founder of the feminist press Kali for Women and founder of Women Unlimited. Among her published books are Borders and Boundaries: Women in India’s Partition and Out of Line: A Literary and Political Biography of Nayantara Sahgal. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2011..


Blaze – A Son’s trial by Fire : A True Story by Nidhi Poddar and Sushil Poddar

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rupa Publications India (10 August 2021); Rupa Publications
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 348 pages
  • Price: INR. 395
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9391256814

About the Book

Can a disease, more importantly, cancer, be a potent tool of self-evolution for both, the person who suffers from it, and his/her care give Rs, especially parents? The value of good health is realized when it no more remains with us. The journey to salvage the lost friend can still offer myriad opportunities of redemption and self-discovery. It is up to us how we decide to tread this formidable path leading to self-actualization. Time has made us realize that it is not fair to stereotype a person suffering from cancer from the point of view of cure or recovery. Many a time, such stereotyping comes from our own society, and sometimes, ironically, from the medical fraternity, for its inability to go beyond a point, after which you feel you are condemned and vegetative. All these negativities passively entrap the patients and their parents in the viciousness of the disease where they die many times before the actual death. This is the worst form of cancer which has plagued our mind-set. In the case of Divyansh atman, the authors’ son, it was not so. Divyansh was the embodiment of courage and self-determination in the face of adversities. His life journey shows us how the path of opportunities can still be paved in the middle of adversities. He lived a big and a meaningful life that made a huge impact on the lives of people around him.

About the Author

NIDHI PODDAR is a woman of intrepid character who had to pass through ceaseless formidable challenges in her life while parenting her stout and inspiring son, Divyansh Atman, the protagonist of the story. These challenges eventually transformed a homemaker into an author of this book. She graduated in Economics from Patna university in 1994. She is married to Sushil Poddar and they have a daughter.

SUSHIL PODDAR is a senior government officer who has been serving his department for the last 27 years. He did his B.Tech from ISM (IIT), Dhanbad in 1989. After serving the mining industry for five years he joined the civil services in 1994.


Narcissus or Machiavelli?: Learning Leadership from Indian Prime Ministers by Nishant Uppal

About the Book

This book is about leadership and its strategies. Drawing on Indian prime ministers since Independence, it traces personality traits and leadership skills that have shaped many futures. It examines a range of leadership profiles to study dominant traits in one of the most demanding leadership roles in the world. The volume focuses on Machiavellianism and narcissism as a framework to policy-personality connections and demagogic tendencies in leaders in politics and in everyday life. Accessible, engaging, and provocative, this book will be essential reading for professionals across industries and corporations. The general reader interested in leadership studies and Indian politics will also find this book useful.

About the Author

Nishant Uppal is on the faculty of Organization Behavior in the Human Resources Management Group, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. His recent publications include Duryodhanization: Are the Villains Born, Developed, or Made up? (2018), Leadership in Organization (2020) , Understanding the Theory and Design of Organizations (2020), and HR Analytics (2021). He has published in a number of international journals, such as Personality and Individual Differences , Studies in Higher Education , International Journal of Manpower, Team Performance Management, and European Business Review, among others. More recently, his research focus area has been in understanding the effects of negative personality traits on work, family, and societal outcomes. Dr. Uppal specializes in the fields of analytics, leadership, change management, knowledge management, organizational adaptation, job design, organizational structure, and personality. Related Subjects Asian Studies Political Leaders Leadership Political Behavior and Participation South Asian Politics South Asian History India (studies of) Public Opinion Political Psychology Public Administration.


Harijan: A Novel by Gopinath Mohanty and Bikram Das 

About the Book

First published in the Odia in 1948, and translated for the first time here into English by Bikram Das, Gopinath Mohanty’s Harijan is one of the most original and radical Indian novels of the twentieth century. It brings to vivid life the story of a group of Mehentars living in a slum. Cleaning latrines with their bare hands is the only work that they can hope to find as their caste excludes them from every other occupation. The leader of this group is the middle-aged and foul-mouthed Jema who starts her day by gulping down a potful of liquor and smoking pinkas in order to deal with the stench of the excreta.

One day, Jema comes down with a fever and is unable to go to work. Fourteen-year-old Puni offers to take her mother’s place. The next morning Puni wakes up early, bathes, puts on a clean sari, and dabs some cheap perfume on her skin. Stepping out of the hut excitedly, she picks up basket and broom. When she arrives at the first latrine, the stink hits her with the force of a hammer blow. She drops her basket and broom, turns around, and is trying to run away, when her friends stop her. ‘This is what you will have to do every day for the rest of your life! It is your fate!’

Avinash Babu lives in a palatial house next to the slum. He is planning to evict the Mehentars in order to develop the slum into a residential colony. One night, a fire breaks out and the entire slum is burned to the ground. The Mehentars leave the slum carrying their remaining possessions on their backs. They have nowhere to go but they are past all worries—they know that no matter where they go, they will still be cleaning excrement, for they are Harijans.

About the Author

Gopinath Mohanty (1914–91) was an eminent Odia novelist and short story writer. His novels Paraja and Danapani are modern classics, and have been widely translated. He was the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1955 for his novel, Amrutara Santaan. He won the Jnanpith Award in 1974 and Padma Bhushan in 1981.

Bikram Das has translated three other novels by Gopinath Mohanty. His translation of Paraja received the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award in 1989. He was formerly a professor at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. He now lives in Bhubaneswar.


Guilt and Other Stories by Harekrishna Deka; translated by Mitra Phukan

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Speaking Tiger
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • Price: INR 450
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9354470868

About the Book

Harekrishna Deka, winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award and one of Assam’s foremost writers, is renowned for his short stories that are as incisive as they are moving. In this selection of his finest short fiction, Deka gives us a searing vision of the human condition, even as he brings alive the unique landscape of Assam in unforgettable images.

In the title story, an old woman, the only eyewitness to a crime, is forced to confront her own role in a long-forgotten murder, and the guilt that has lain dormant in her for years rears its monstrous head. ‘The Temple’ examines how society and religion create the ‘other’, and what happens when the marginalized refuse to lurk at the edges. ‘The Captive’ takes the reader through the forests and small hamlets that were once the refuge of militants as it tells the story of a kidnapped man and his unfathomable empathy with his captor.

Startling, insightful, and original in tone and form, Guilt and Other Stories presents a world that is both tender and painful. Through the collection runs a vein of rich, dark humour along with a deep, inimitable understanding of Assamese society, culture and history. Brilliantly translated by Mitra Phukan, a celebrated writer herself, these stories will live in the reader’s mind long after the last page has been turned.

About the Author

Harekrishna Deka (born 1943) is considered one of the foremost writers of Assam with his novel experiments in modern and postmodern Assamese literature. He has distinguished himself in poetry, fiction and literary criticism. Belonging to the Indian Police Service, Assam-Meghalaya cadre, he retired from service as the Director General of Police. After retirement, he briefly edited the Guwahati-based daily The Sentinel and then became the editor of the prestigious Assamese magazine Goriyoshi. He has written more than thirty books. He received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1987 for his poetry collection Aan Ejon, the Katha award for short story in 1996, Assam Valley Literary Award in 2010 for his overall contribution to Assamese literature, and the Padmanatha Bidyabinod Literary award in 2015 for his contribution to Assamese poetry.

About the Translator

Mitra Phukan is an Assamese writer, translator and columnist. Her published works include four children’s books, a biography, two novels: The Collector’s Wife and A Monsoon of Music, several volumes of translations and a collection of her columns. She writes extensively on Indian music and theatre, both as a reviewer and essayist.


This Land is Mine, I Am Not of This Land: CAA-NRC and the Manufacture of Statelessness; edited by Harsh Mander and Navsharan Singh

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Speaking Tiger
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 440 pages
  • Price: INR 499
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9390477180

About the Book

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), passed by the Parliament of India in December 2019, promises citizenship to migrants of the ‘Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian community from Afghanistan, Bangladesh Pakistan’. By excluding Muslims from the list and not extending the promise to refugees from any of India’s non-Muslim-majority neighbours, the CAA makes religion the basis of citizenship for the first time in the history of Republic. Many fear that this Act, coupled with a countrywide National Register of Citizens (NRC), will eventually be used to disenfranchise India’s Muslims, or to trap them in a permanent state of fear and insecurity, which has been the fate of millions of Bengali-origin Muslims of Assam.This Land is Mine, I Am Not of This Land brings together a comprehensive selection of essays that deal with the theoretical, political and subjective aspects of this issue. The first section traces the evolution of citizenship in India. The following section deals with the peculiar case of Assam. Covered here are the bureaucratic travesties unleashed in the name of protecting the state from ‘external aggression’ as well as their sobering human cost. The concluding sections expose the superfluousness of the National Population Register (NPR), and pose serious questions on the constitutionality of the CAA. The book argues that with a key value like citizenship in question, it is not just the destinies of India’s citizens but the very democratic foundation of the Republic that is at stake.

About the Author

Harsh Mander is one of India’s most trusted and courageous social justice and human rights activists. He is the director of the Centre for Equity Studies, a research organization based in New Delhi, and has also served as a special monitor for the National Human Rights Commission to the detention centres for ‘declared foreigners’ in Assam. He is also the author of several acclaimed books including Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India; Ash in the Belly: India’s Unfinished Battle Against Hunger; and Locking Down the Poor: The Pandemic and India’s Moral Centre.

Navsharan Singh is a Delhi-based researcher and senior programme specialist at the International Development Research Centre’s Asia office, New Delhi.


The Owl Delivered the Good news All Night Long: Folk Tales, Legends and Modern Lore of India by Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai 

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Aleph Book Company (10 August 2021); Aleph Book Company
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 540 pages
  • Price: INR 899
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9390652747

About the Book

From Jammu and Kashmir in the North to the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the South, from Dadra and Nagar havens and Daman and Diu in the West to Arunachal Pradesh in the east, and all the other states and Union territories of India in between, here are 108 fabulous folk tales, legends, and stories from more than fifty-seven languages and dialects. You will delight in wondrous tales of heroes and heroines, of ordinary men and women, of wicked mothers-in-law and foolish sons-in-law, of love lost and won, of a tree who loved a girl, of seers and wise men, of chudails, werewolves, and wizards, of a Potter girl and the divine cow, of demoiselle cranes and humans transforming into elephants, of how the Woodpecker got its Crest, and much, much more. Startlingly original, brilliant, wise, and often funny, these stories will delight readers of all ages.

About the Author

Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai is a visual anthropologist, author, and columnist. She works on history, popular culture, and the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) of India and South Asia. She was recently deputed as the Culture Specialist (Research) at the SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and has also been a Research Grant Fellow of the Indian High Commission, Sri Lanka. A former Assistant Professor from Symbiosis International Deemed University, Pune, she continues to teach at universities in India and abroad.


Hesitancies: Poems by Sanjeev Sethi  

  • Published by CLASSIX (an imprint of Hawakal Publishers)  
  • Released Date: 31st July 2021
  • Page count: 100
  • Price: INR 500
  • Format: Hardcover  
  • ISBN: 978-81-952562-2-8  

About the Book

Hesitancies is Sanjeev Sethi’s fifth book of poems. He is in fine form: he broadens  his gaze, looks deeper at himself and his settings. The timbre of a lived life  follows his poetic trail. To read him is to recap a glimpse of the hand one is dealt  with. Sethi’s poems throb with edged sequences flirting with the savories of  nuance playing footsie with the palette of possibilities. His inflection is irenic. He  sutures the lesions with the fine thread of inventiveness. Hesitancies will hasp  you to its interiority, urging you to seek oneness with its rhythms and residues.  

About the Author

Sanjeev Sethi is published in over thirty countries. His poems  have found a home in more than 350 journals, anthologies, and online literary  venues. Some credits: North Dakota Quarterly, Talking Writing, The Big Windows  Review, Litbreak, The Recusant, The Sunday Tribune, M58 Poetry, Postcolonial  Text, Indian Literature, and elsewhere. He has authored four books of poetry.  Suddenly for Someone (1988, Atma Ram & Sons, Delhi), Nine Summers Later (1997, Har-Anand, New Delhi), This Summer and That Summer (2015,  Bloomsbury, New Delhi), and Bleb (2021, Hybriddreich, Scotland). Sethi is the  joint-winner of Full Fat Collection Competition-Deux organized by The Hedgehog  Poetry Press UK. He is in the top 10 of the erbacce prize 2021. He lives in Mumbai.

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