It is an immense pleasure to interview Dr. Santosh Bakaya, A Reuel International Award winner. So without wasting even a second let’s start asking Dr. Santosh some questions here. But before that read a quote by Dr. Santosh Bakaya.
It is love and love alone that moves this wide, wonderful, whacky world. had there been no love and just hatred, the world would have hurtled down an abyss long back.
– Dr. Santosh Bakaya
1. Tell us something about yourself
.At the very outset let me thank you for this opportunity , and let me also emphasise that as a teacher, I have always appreciated the creative spark and dynamism in the youth . So Anuj, hats off to you for your enterprising work.
Well, I am an ordinary person, but always on the lookout for the extraordinary in life. My family tells me that I am always on a high…
A mammoth feat by Santosh Bakaya carried out with élan. The language and verses are a treat and the book (though seemingly simple as the lifestyle of the great man himself) is painstakingly well researched and enriched with the love in its author’s heart and in the heart of the subject. A true saga of peace: The Mahatma would have approved of it. I keep returning to it spellbound hearing the peace pipes in it.
Ballad of Bapu -a book for every generation, new, old or in-between- A review in verse 🙂
From the very cover of this a tour de force book with its superb introduction in prose till the very last verse,
the Ballad sings of a life that passed us by yet has never really left
Bapu re-emerges, his voice stronger, by dint of a wordsmith deft
The Mahatma is well known, his biographers are many yet here is a voice true, divorced from the realm of cliches A daunting project but the author too isn’t anyone ordinary Her language has elegance, power and rhythm to add to its riches
There is nothing like Santosh Bakaya’s poetry to address the intensity of life The ballad flows, its form dynamic, masterfully rhythmic like a folk lore The man in it takes the centre stage and when he bows out I am left bereft, feeling a loss that never was felt before
Strong emotions tear apart jaded cynicism like fresh rain He walks through the pages and into our lives again The poet is at her sublimest, her words weaving history Truth unembellished she sings, we remember our own story
This calls for a celebration! Another good book has hit the stands-a book with an enviable collection of immensely readable poems by three poets with vastly different writing styles. Pramila Khadun from Mauritius, Reuel Prize winner and prolific poetess teams up with Dr A.V. Koshy, Pushcart prize nominee, critic, editor, poet and anthologist and Dr Bina Biswas, multilingual poet, translator, fiction writer and critic to bring forth this volume of exciting poetry.
Modestly priced at Rs.245/-, this book has an introduction by Fulbright scholar Ms. Michele Baron ( Links to her books are here A Modest Menu, A Holiday Carol ), A foreword by yours truly and a blurb by Dr. Santosh Bakaya, Reuel Prize winner 2014, acclaimed poet and author of Ballad Of Bapu.
Published by Authorspress India.
Read my foreword here
“The principle of acting in good faith is at the heart of decent work~ Richard Eyre”
Find Michele HERE Thanking all the members of REJECTED STUFF group on Facebook who took pains to let us know that our hard work wasn’t in vain. We are indebted to you for all the support and guidance . This blog post is a work in progress and I hope to keep adding to it as and when you get your copies of the Significant Anthology and let us know how it feels to be a part of this history-making venture.
DR MARY ANNIE # TRIVANDRUM
ARGHYA DEY #KANCHRAPARA
ZEENATH IBRAHIM #KOZHIKODE
ANITA TRAVIS WHITE # USA
HARDAMAN SINGH #BHUBANESHWAR
PENDYALA PRADEEP #HYDERABAD
RICHI SIMON #
MOU SIRCAR # LONDON
DR KALYANI DIXIT #LUCKNOW
KALPANA SHAH #AHMEDABAD
ELIZABETH MARINO # CHICAGO
SARADA K’S SON
KARL WHITING # ENGLAND
SARALA RAMKAMAL #TRIVANDRUM
NITULIKA SINGH #JAMSHEDPUR
SUNITA PRASAD #KAKINADA
JOYCE YARROW’S COPY OF TSA # SEATTLE
REKHA VENUGOPAL #KOCHI
ANANYA CHATTERJEE #KOLKATA
DONALL DEMPSEY ‘S COPY OF TSA # IRELAND
K.V. Varghese Ampat (Father of the Editor) #TRIVANDRUM
Azam Siddiqui July 30 at 4:37pm · Dammam, Saudi Arabia ·I am really really overwhelmed by the Response and Success of THE SIGNIFICANT ANTHOLOGY, its my FIRST EVER WRITTEN POETRY published in this Anthology and I am really glad to be a part of this ANTHOLOGY. ALHAMDULILLAH too good.Thanks a lot AMPAT KOSHY Sir to give this chance and to all team members of REJECTED STUFF GROUP. Proud to be part of REJECTED STUFF group, I am really glad. Thank you Sir, Thanks a million tonnes to give us this opportunity and to work so hard for the success of THE SIGNIFICANT ANTHOLOGY. This is purely your success Sir. Love you a loads.FROM THE DEEP BOTTOM OF MY HEARTSHA-AZAM SIDDIQUI#azamsuniverse
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Privy Trifles July 19 at 8:42pm · It is not very day that you get to be a part of something so wonderful!The Significant Anthology is “significant” in every sense – from the number of authors it has to the variety in terms of writing! This is a book that will surely be very special for me, always and all ways. What else do you say when 176 writers across the globe come together to do what they love the most- W.R.I.T.E!Needless to add a very favourite and precious story of mine has been chosen to be a part of it. Icing on the cake? Well yes and I am just gleaming 🙂P.S: This book is getting launched this week at Bangalore.#feelingtouchedPRIVY TRIFLES , that was an awesome blogpost about the book you did!! We loved it !! READ it HERE
Laurie Smith May 23 · The Significant Anthology will be out in July with proceeds benefiting autism research! Check it out! it is a great collaboration of outstanding poets from around the world.
Swati Singh Sambyal
Joyce YarrowI am so proud to be included in this wonderful comprehensive anthology and look forward to receiving my copy from the published end of August. Many thanks to Ampat Koshy Reena Prasad and all the others who worked so hard to bring this all together.
Anita Travis White (READER)
Lopa Banerjee It has been an honor and privilege to share space in the anthology with literary greats from India and over the world, and to find such a caring and coveted home for my poem ‘A Woman I Am’ in ‘The Significant Anthology’, published by Morph Books in July 2015. Eagerly waiting to hold the book in my hands. Truly happy and excited about its worldwide launch and it has been an enthralling journey ever since I have been a part of the Rejected Stuff literature and poetry group in Facebook.