Writing Love: An Anthology of Indian - English Poetry

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Item Code: NAF506
Author: Ashmi Ahluwalia
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9788129116666
Pages: 112
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 Inch x 5.5 Inch
Weight 210 gm
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This collection is a gift reader in search of a fresh, representative sample which delves into the range of emotions, styles and expressions that make up the world of contemporary Indian English love poetry. Poets who revel in their individual styles of expression populates there page. They are bound by a common thread: the pursuit of an ‘authentic representation of the idea of love.’


About the Author

Ashmi Ahluwalia graduated in media and Communication from the London School of Economic. She has written for various publications including The Pioneer. The Gateway Magazine and The Glasgow Review and is a regular. She is currently based in London where she works in marketing.



For the longest time, I’ve been looking for a collection of love poems with an Indian sensibility, but with no success. This anthology is a witness to my journey; a gift for readers in search of a fresh, representative sample that delves into the range of emotions, writing styles and expressions that make up the world of Indian English love poetry.

It mirrors the multitude of voice occupying the poetic landscape in India. The contributors include stalwarts like K. Satchidanandan, Meena Alexander and Sukrita Paul Kumar as well as promising poets like Aditi Machado, Uddipana Goswami and Tishani Doshi. I have also to showcase writers who have a virtual existence on a blog or online journal and bring them closer to immortality though the printed word.

Poets of different ages and genders who revel in their individual styles of expression populate these pages. They are bound by a common thread: the pursuit of an authentic representation of the idea of love. “This ranges from the sweet nostalgia of childhood and what emotion begins to mean at the age, to unrequited love and carnal physicality.

It resonates with agony and ecstasy, fulfillment and longing, awe and adoration. I hope this give you pleasure as you turn the pages; that it makes you smile or shed a tear, sigh, feel and ponder the meaning of the self and the other.

This collection is more attempts in history to demystify what keeps us going in sleep, twilight and eternal wakefulness. I hope it brings you closer to some answers, as it does me.




Introduction ix
Love in Square-Meters  
The City Vivek Narayanan 3
To the Chinese Restaurant Anjum Hasan 4
At the Rodin Museum Tisbani Dosbi 7
Grandmother’s Garden Meena Nearer 13
Nature’s Play  
Your Hands On My Body Priya Sarukkai Cbabria 17
The Gathering of Time 19
Dialogues with Kalidasa Priya Sarukkai Cbabria 19
An Evening Among Silent Tress Krisbnakumar Sankaran 20
Moon and Night Scents Udipana Goswami 21
Glow Nadita Jaisbankar 22
Till Tomorrow Vineetba Mokkil 23
Animal Love Annie Zaidi 24
Sky Song Mamang Dai 25
Closing the kamasutra meena Alexander 27
Lovers Aditi Machodo 31
Laila’s Call Sukrita Paul Kumar 32
All Over Again Sukrita Paul Kumar 34
Shireeza Vivek Narayana 35
Shoulders Anindita Sengupta 37  
The Ghost Kympam Sing Nongkynrib 38
Pebblem Jane bhandari 39
I Remember Siachen Anidita Sengupta 40
Yesterday Asbmi Ablluwlia 41
Of blacks, Whites and grays  
My Jealous Friend Aruni Kasbyap 45
Non-conversations with a Lover meena kandasamy 48
I Remember Siachen Anidita Sengupta 40
Yesterday Asbmi Abluwala 41
Of Blacks. Whites and Grays  
My Jealous Friends Aruni Kasbyap 45
Non-conversation with a Lover Meena Kandasamy 48
You and Marmalade Arundbati Subramanian 49
Nothing Will Happen Between Us Aruni Kasbyap 51
The Archivist Arundbati Subramaniam 53
Terminus Uddipana Goswami 55
Peggy Gordon Anjum Hasan 57
Note Aditi Macbado 61
At the Second-Hand bookshop Akbil Katyal 63
what He Said, What She Said T.P. Sabitba 64
Your Smile…Dan Husain 65
When Words Fail…Dan Husain 66
A Poem for my Ageing Wife Raamesh Gowri Ragbavan 67
Raj 3 Meeru Krisbnakumar Sankaran 69
A rose Raamesh Gowri Ragbavan 71
Reading Donne Aseem Kaul 72
You Alleged of your Absence Akbil Katyal 73
Muse Meena Alexander 75
Shades of Red  
Loving a Woman K. Satebidanandan 79
First Love Aseem Kaul 82
Affliction Nandita Jaisbankar 83  
Two Poems of Love T.P. Sabitba 86
In you K. Satcbidanandan 87
Love Vineetba Makkil 88
Love is love Asbmi Abluwalia 89
Love Lyric for the 21st Century Annie Zaidi 90
Acknowledgments 93
Notes on Contributors 95

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