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Morning Meanderings: A Beautiful Realm of Self-discovery

July 2, 2020 | By

Santosh Bakaya’s Morning Meanderings take us barefoot, wistful and eager to take in her stories of unprecedented places. Review by Lopa Banerjee.

MORNING MEANDERINGS
Morning Meanderings

Author: Santosh Bakaya
Publisher: Blue Pencil, India
Format: Kindle eBook

Santosh Bakaya is an author and poet whom I not only enjoy reading for the Dickensian poignancy, classicism, literary flavor and unique sensibility that is reflected in her work, but also considering the fact that she has been a great writing mentor, co-editor ( of the four anthologies we have brought out) and a precious confidante in my entire literary journey.

When her recent collection of splendid personal essays, ‘Morning Meanderings’ came out recently in Amazon Kindle, I couldn’t resist myself from getting it in the first week of its worldwide release. These delightful and wondrous narratives of everyday life, reflected through the author’s fine visionary pen, opens up floodgates of emotions in our minds as we delve into various mundane, surreal truths that surround us in our everyday lives, being her partners in these revelations, albeit unknowingly, one slice at a time.

The author’s note itself carries the magical potency of her language that will transport you to a beautiful realm of self-discovery. True to Khalil Gibran’s words, ‘’Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair’’, her meanderings take us barefoot, wistful and eager to take in her stories of unprecedented places, tearing apart the ordinary and mundane into a rich, poetic world of an extraordinary range of human feelings.

Having read many of these brilliantly crafted personal essays/stories published serially in Learning & Creativity e-zine, I can truly say this compilation is a value addition to the literary world in every sense and I look forward to reading all the 87 chapters of this collection with an insatiable appetite for the ‘lingering aroma’ and the ‘handful of joy’ embedded in them.

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Lopamudra (Lopa) Banerjee is an author, editor, poet and writing instructor staying in Dallas, Texas with her family, but originally from Kolkata, India. She has a Masters in English with thesis in Creative Nonfiction from University of Nebraska and also Masters in English from University of Calcutta, India. Apart from writing and editing some critically acclaimed books and being awarded with the Reuel International Prize for Poetry (2017) and for Translation (2016), she has dabbled in all genres of writing, from journalism and content writing to academic essays and fiction/poetry. She has been interviewed in various e-zines, literary blogs and also at TV (Kolkata) and at radio stations in Dallas, Texas. Very recently, she has been part of the upcoming short film 'Kolkata Cocktail', a docu-feature based on poetry, but her love for writing feature stories go back to her journalism days when she interviewed people from all walks of life and wrote essays and articles based on them. She loves performing poetry as spoken words art and has performed in various forums in India and USA.
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