It is a Sunday

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Pic Credits : Dr Santosh Bakaya



It is a Sunday
There is grain on the street
Perhaps a pigeon will come

There are swings in the park
The school is closed
Perhaps a child will come to play

There are bougainvilleas in bloom
There is a breeze that hums
perhaps a butterfly may float here

Here is a street and a park
grain and flowers
swings and holidays
yet something is missing

The man who fed the pigeons
was shot here yesterday

Perhaps love will still come
one day

(C)Reena Prasad
Pic credit : Santosh Bakaya

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Amazing Time With Dr. Santosh Bakaya

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An  amazing human being and a fantastic writer! Am so proud to be her friend.

Colors of Life

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…

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The Amazing Ballad Of Bapu/ A biography in verse


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.

Click HERE to buy it now! 
Ballad of Bapu
Me with Dr. Santosh Bakaya’s Ballad of Bapu

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

A moving biography in verse, even for those blissful in ignorance’s oblivion
A must-read literary gem and not just for the Mahatma’s billions.
©Reena Prasad

Igniting Key- Igniting poetical sensibilities

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


Highly Recommended. Get your copy of Igniting Key HERE
Reena Prasad

Gallery of Reuel Prize Winners

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The Contributors/ Readers Having Their Say #The Significant Anthology

The principle of acting in good faith is at the heart of decent work~ Richard Eyre”

SignAnthology cover printFind 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.

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  • 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 HEART SHA-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. ‪#‎feelingtouched‬SignAnthology cover print copy 7PRIVY  TRIFLES , that was an awesome blogpost about the book you did!! We loved it !!  READ it HERE
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  1. Learning & Creativity

  2.  Straight from the heart

  3.  Launch of The Significant Anthology

  4. The Significant Anthology

  5. The Significant Anthology at The Upbeat, Bangalore.

  7. LINK TO AMAZON.IN  for Buyers in INDIA

    LINK TO AMAZON.COM for Buyers outside INDIA

  8. Watch a video made by Editor Koshy A.V