- Paperback: 95 pages
- Publisher: Great Indian Poetry Collective (8 December 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098606520X
- ISBN-13: 978-0986065200
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 0.6 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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About the Author
Shikha Malaviya is an Indo-American poet & writer. She is co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship model press focussing on India & the Indian diaspora. Shikha's book of poems, GEOGRAPHY OF TONGUES, was featured in several literary festivals in India and abroad. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and published in journals such as Prairie Schooner & Drunken Boat. She currently lives in the San Francisco bay area.
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Shikha Saklani Malaviya's literary prowess lies in her ability to take you into her life's flashbacks effortlessly. You become an involved audience to scenes at her homes, schools, neighbourhoods...her emotions, questions and her ongoing efforts to decipher dichotomy of cultures.
Along with Shikha you inhale the air and walk the soils of England, The U.S. and India. You smell aromas of pasta, strawberries mangos, watermelons, rajma and chole. You hear accents and languages, from British English to the American twang to Spanish and Hindi. You laugh at stiff upper lip Brit humour and the crass thet punjabi slang. You wonder how children grow up with multiple parents. You notice the colour of skin and it's ability in making you either the privileged or the differentiated. You revisit the 1984 assassination of Indira Gandhi and the Sikh riots, 9/11 and feel ripples of fear. You become a part of her family; especially dadaji and dadi. You become Geography of Tongues...
Which country does she truly belong to is a question Shikha asks. Where does she fit in?
This honest biography in verse is a must read. In no way does it seem contrived or pretentious.
It's beauty and attractiveness lies in the simplicity of language, making an instant connect with readers, irrespective of age, gender and skills.
Thank you Shikha Malaviya, for being brave in putting yourself out in your book for us to read.
Geography of Tongues is literally poetry in motion.
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And he died
before I could ask him
how he knew
Dadi was the one
the first time he saw her
standing near the staircase
before I could figure out
why he was larger than life
even though he was only five feet eight inches
before he could teach me his magic
pulling candy out of thin air
after I'd checked all his pockets.
It is a great poetry book for anyone who has grown up in a multilingual household (and for that matter, those who haven't). I often read poems from this book to my 10 year old and 13 year old at bedtime and they love it!
And I cap the bubbling rice
your arm crushes mine
to taste the potatoes
dressed bright yellow
like my childhood raincoat
Give this book a try. You will not regret it. A must read.