• Morning Meanderings: A Collection of Musings
  • From Prinsep Ghat to Peer Panjal: Kolkata & Kashmir Poems
Hello friends! I'm Santosh Bakaya
Poet, Academic, Essayist, Novelist, Biographer, TEDx Speaker, and Creative Writing Mentor
A die-hard believer in Martin Luther King Jr’s  Dream and John Lennon’s Imagine, award-winning poet, academic, essayist, novelist, biographer, TEDx Speaker, and creative writing mentor, Santosh Bakaya, Ph.D., has been critically acclaimed for her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, [Ballad of Bapu] and Only in Darkness can you see the Stars[ Biography of Martin Luther King Jr] Her TEDx on The Myth of Writer's Block is very popular in creative writing Circles. Refusing to be intimidated by any mythical Writer’s Block, she has written twenty- four books across many genres. Her poems and short stories have appeared in anthologies worldwide, her poems have been translated into many languages, and she has also edited many critically acclaimed anthologies. She writes a weekly column, Morning Meanderings in Learning and Creativity. Com. She has been on the Jury of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize for two successive years, 2020 and 2021 She justifies that streak of madness in her by holding on to the renowned filmmaker, Akira Kurosowa’s words, “In a mad world only the mad are sane” and Robin Williams’ quote, “You’re only given a spark of madness and if you lose that, you‘re nothing. Don’t ever lose that ‘cause it keeps you alive” So, she spends most of her time trying to keep that spark of insanity in her, alive by wreaking havoc on paper. Her writings have appeared in Galaktika Poetike “Atunis”, Café Dissensus, Different Truths, Fasiihi Magazine, Glomag, Learning, and Creativity. Com. Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Kashmir Newsline, Kashmir Pen, Narrow Road, Poets in Nigeria, [PIN], Our Poetry Archive, Pangolin Review, Piker Press, Rhyvers, Setu, Scarlet Leaf Review, Spillwords, Window Journal, Yugen Quest Review, The Shadow Pond Journal, Bangalore Review. Her book reviews have been published nationally and internationally in Setu, Bangalore Review, Different Truths, Kashmir Pen, and Fasihi.
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Awards & recognition
certificate of appreciation
Certificate of Appreciation
Certificate of Recognition
The Deconstruction of Mourning
Bharat Nirman Award
Bharat Nirman Award
Public Relations Council of India
Public Relations Council of India
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Selected Writings
In The Media

Santosh Bakaya is the first of Gandhi’s innumerable biographers to envision his life as a poetic saga. In the Ballad of Bapu, she has produced a tour de force that spans his life, including many little- known episodes. Her exuberant language brings Gandhi’s spirit vividly to life like never before, and explores the varied potential of Indian English beautifully.

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Videos
Writer’s block: A myth or not? | Dr Santosh Bakaya | TEDxLNMIIT
Talking Books with Gopal Lahiri and Santosh Bakaya
Mélange of Mavericks And Mutants Online Book Launch
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