To the women ‘upstairs’

In the blurb to The Heart is an Attic, poet Arundhathi Balasubramanian says that the book “...unlocks the uncomfortable rooms of the human heart...”. The Heart is an Attic is published by Hawakal Publishers, Kolkata, and has gone into reprint for the second edition. The book is like an attic where old memories, odd recollections, favourite possessions and sometimes deep dark thoughts make their home. Srividya Sivakumar decided to launch her second collection of poems called The Heart is an Attic (the first one, The Blue Note, was a few years ago) by inviting her friends to read their favourite poem from the compilation. Between The Blue Note and The Heart is an Attic, three of Sivakumar’s poems ( ‘Sunder’,' ‘Pastoral’ and ‘Antepaschal’ were published in the 40 under 40: An Anthology of Post-Globalisation Poetry, published by Poetrywala, Mumbai, in June 2016.

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One had forgotten how nice it was to be read to.

Allowing the words to wash over you, appreciating the rise and fall of voices, expressing joy, sorrow, excitement, love and cynicism.

Srividya Sivakumar decided to launch her second collection of poems called The Heart is an Attic (the first one, The Blue Note, was a few years ago) by inviting her friends to read their favourite poem from the compilation. And they did, in the elegantly ‘done up’ auditorium where the backdrop was the image of a big, well-used, messy bookshelf — the kind every book lover owns.

I know Sivakumar has several well-loved bookshelves in her home (Pradeep Yuvaraj and his team from Prezantim created the mood of the event tastefully). Between The Blue Note and The Heart is an Attic, three of Sivakumar’s poems ( ‘Sunder’,' ‘Pastoral’ and ‘Antepaschal’ were published in the 40 under 40: An Anthology of Post-Globalisation Poetry, published by Poetrywala, Mumbai, in June 2016.


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