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Where Are The Lilacs?

Subtitle: A Collection of Peace Poems

Authored By: Santosh Bakaya

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 9789352073320

Year of Publication: 2016

Pages: 200

                                       Binding: Paperback(PB)

Category:  Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories

Price in Rs. 276.50

                             Price in (USA) $. 29.95

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

Book Description

Book Contents


About the Book


Between the pages of the book, the reader will hear the notes of a petite flautist's peace song, the thrush pouring her melodies on the gore-drenched ground, the sweet cadences of a boat-girl in Srinagar yearning for the halcyon times of yore, in rhythm to the undulating waves of the river Lidder, all notes merging together to become the white-cheeked bulbul's plea for peace, and an end to the 'eternal notes of sadness'. It is a heartfelt prayer that one never has to exclaim like Pablo Neruda," come and see the blood on the streets", or to explain what happened to the lilacs in his garden.


There are two pictures that come to mind when we talk of peace. One that of a land that looks like an Indian village, our countryside, where peace spreads across the landscape and is all- pervasive. The other is that of the dove who surveys the earth destroyed by the flood and finds a single twig with a few green leaves cause for hope, that peace cannot ever be destroyed or defeated. It is sad that we live in times where we are like doves and find no sign of hope, not even a green leaf poking out of the waters of the deluge of human destruction, let alone a twig with olive leaves. It is in this context, when we hear the most wretched sound, that of doves crying, that of people tearing each other apart, that it shows great courage on the part of SantoshBakaya to bring out a book on peace, that too; a book of poems, where peace can be searched for and although in many poems it is not found at all, we can hear in it the voice of the poetess who is earnestly its ambassador and hence manages to salvage for us something of great value and beauty-twigs and green leaves aplenty in the midst of tears and unutterable grief. More on her poems specifically is said in the introduction by Reena Prasad, in an introduction that rivals the book itself. Santosh is a truly important dove of peace as a poet and her melodious cooing will be heard not only across the lands but down the immemorial corridors of time, and be unforgettable, through this collection of poetry. The lilacs are not gone, thankfully, but still found, here.

- Dr Ampat Koshy, Academician-Poet, Pushcart poetry Prize nominee,  2012

About the Author


Although SantoshBakaya has a doctorate in political theory, she is I passionate about Literature, having made a mark both in prose and poetry. Her three mystery novels for young adults were very well received. Recipient I of the International Reuel Award for writing and literature 2014, for her long poem "Oh Hark", now part of The Significant Anthology, she is a prolific writer, widely published. Flights from My Terrace, her e-book of 58 essays was published on Smashwords in October 2014, and critically acclaimed. So was Ballad of Bapu, a poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Vitasta publishers, India. A featured poet in Pentasi B World Friendship poetry, her poems have appeared in many national and international anthologies, a few of them having figured in the highly commendable category in Destiny Poets, a UK based poetry website. Her poetry has also appeared in Learning and Creativity-Silhouette Magazine, in the e-zine Incredible Women of India, in an Australia based e-zine, The Mind Creative, in Brian Wrixon's Anthology and the online magazine Episteme, published from Mumbai.

She also co-edited Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered, published by Global Fraternity of Poets, India. Although hailing from Kashmir, India, she stays in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India with her husband and college going daughter.

A Collection of Peace Poems