Author Press Books

Book Details

Songs Of Belligerence

Subtitle: The woman at the water kiosk and other poems

Authored By: Santosh Bakaya

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 9789389615296

Year of Publication: 2020

Pages: 130

                                       Binding: Paperback(PB)

Category:  Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories

Price in Rs. 206.50

                             Price in (USA) $. 29.95

Inclusive of All Taxes (After 30% Discount on the Printed Price)

Book Description

Book Contents


About the Book


The Woman at the Water Kiosk and other poems is Santosh Bakaya's third book of poems, containing, what she calls, notes of belligerence at the sad state of mankind, going rapidly downhill.  It is mainly in her usual rhyming mode, rich in vocabulary and alliteration, and richest in stories that continue to enthrall us in her inimitable style and wring from us many a tear.

What is new is a restless impatience in her writing, a stripping off of masks as if she has not much time left, with keeping up the facade of niceties and genteelness, replaced instead by a weariness at death, life and everything in between.  There are even surprising moments where she speaks of love that is physical in a bolder vein than before, and the undercurrent of love being the panacea for all ills is still there, though slowly being muted for a tougher, harder realistic stance. I am impressed most by this, the Victorianism being replaced by Modernism, at least in tone, if still not in form. Worth reading as being full of this new tone of surprises.

Dr.  A.V. Koshy
A teacher, writer and a family man

About the Author


Dr.Santosh Bakaya has been Internationally acclaimed for her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Ballad of Bapu (Vitasta Publishers, 2015).


Recipient of the First Reuel International Award for her long, narratives pooky-surreal poem, “Oh Hark!” (2014), some of the other awards that she has received are, The Universal Inspirational Poet Award [Ghana Government and Pentasi B Friendship group, 2016] Literary Excellence Award for “Brilliancein Writing” [Bharat Nirman, 2017], The Setu International Award in recognition of her “Stellar Contribution to World Literature, 2018” (Pittsburgh, USA),


She has received “The First Keshav Malik Award, 2019, for “her entire staggeringly prolific and quality conscious oeuvre” in fiction, prose and poetry.