Praise for My Books

"Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is a gifted writer of great promise. I have a gut feeling we have a new star rising in Punjab's literary horizon. She has an excellent command of English and a sly sense of humour."
- Khushwant Singh on The Long Walk Home

"An enjoyable tale of a sassy girl's headlong race up the corporate ladder."
- India Today on Earning the Laundry Stripes

Friday, 18 January 2013

The Power of Poetry

"Bohemian looks and the pursuit of medicine were invariably at odds. Just as the slim volumes that lay scattered amongst his medical tomes: Tagore's Gitanjali, Seth's All You Who Sleep Tonight. His hostel mates found it baffling that he could recite 'Jodi tor daak shune keu na aashey tabey ekla chalo re' in a distinctly non-Bengali accent, the first two lines that is, and the complete verse in English, and not know the lyrics to the raging Bollywood ditty of the week."

- The Long Walk Home

Vikram Seth is one of my favourite contemporary poets. So much so that his 'All You Who Sleep Tonight' finds a mention in my second novel, The Long Walk Home, where I use a mention of this particular book of poetry to flesh out a character, Anant (as above). 

"Sit, drink your coffee here; your work can wait awhile. 
You're twenty-six, and still have some life ahead. 
No need for wit; just talk vacuities, and I'll 
Reciprocate in kind, or laugh at you instead.

The world is too opaque, distressing and profound. 
This twenty minutes' rendezvous will make my day: 
To sit here in the sun, with grackles all around, 
Staring with beady eyes, and you two feet away."

From 'All You Who Sleep Tonight' by Vikram Seth

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