Authors: Dr Santosh Bakaya and Dr Ampat Varghese Koshy
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2582 KB
Published on: 11 October 2020
Available on Kindle: India, USA, UK, DE, AU, CA and more.
VODKA BY THE VOLGA: A Duo of Duelling Dulcimers & Daggers is a chapbook of intense poems on Russian writers and literature and the country itself, not to mention their poetry, by two of the most noticed names in the world of Indian English poetry today, Dr Santosh Bakaya of Ballad of Bapu fame, and Dr Koshy AV whose co-authored poetry chapbook Wine-kissed Poems was an Amazon bestseller recently.
The poems contain a wide range of powerful emotions and refer or allude to the best in Russian poetry too, and is a must have for anyone who loves poetry. It is by turn historical, archetypal, emotional and philosophical and deeply revealing in its texture and feel of poetry that can affect the readers deeply, in that sense harking back to the Romantic.
The book of poems also has two excellent prose sections in a preface by Dr Bakaya and an afterword by Dr Koshy AV that are a delight to read, though from similar perceptions and persuasions, ideologically.
ABOUT SANTOSH BAKAYA
Recipient of many national and international awards, academic, poet, essayist, novelist, biographer, editor, TEDx Speaker, creative-writing mentor, Dr Santosh Bakaya has been internationally acclaimed for her Poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, [Ballad of Bapu].Her Ted Talk on The Myth of Writer’s Block, is very popular in creative writing circles.
Some of her books are:
Where are the Lilacs? [Poetry]
Under the Apple Boughs [Poetry]
Songs of Belligerence [Poetry]
Flights from my Terrace [Personal Essays]
A Skyful of Balloons [Novella]
Bring out the tall Tales [Short stories with Avijit Sarkar]
Only in Darkness can you see the Stars [a Biography of Martin Luther King Jr]
Her popular column Morning Meanderings in LearningandCreativity.com e-magazine is now an e-book.
Her International Reuel award winning long, narrative poem, Oh Hark! which earlier figured in The Significant Anthology, is now a book with illustrations by Avijit Sarkar.
She is also the recipient of the Setu Award for excellence  in the Individual category, for her ‘stellar contribution to world literature’, [Setu, bilingual Journal, Pittsburgh, USA], and the 1st Keshav Malik Award  for her ‘entire staggeringly prolific and quality conscious oeuvre’.
Publisher : Blue Pencil (11 October 2020)
Language: : English
File size : 2584 KB
Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Not Enabled
Word Wise : Not Enabled
Print length : 56 pages
Pooja Suresh –Beautiful book
Dear Santosh Bakaya, thank you so much for this treasure. I am going to take my time to read this. But my one line for everybody is do not miss to buy this book it is made so affordable and accessible to all and don’t shy away to take a pen and a note to write down whatever you learn while you read because that is what I am going to do too? also have fun reading!!!! ❤️Thank you dear Ampat Koshy Ji and dear Santosh Bakaya Ji for this beautiful book. Thank you for making me buy this ❤️
PS Do not miss the preface
Also love the book cover it’s too cool!!
Vineetha Mekkoth –Sparkling, brilliant, innocent yet sensuous
“There is something mystic about the power of love, for a person, for a country and it is this thread that you find running through the poems of this exquisite book. Dr Santosh Bakaya and Dr AV Koshy have together woven a fine tapestry of dreams that will take you to this land of snow, Vodka and the fabled Volga. I could sense the nostalgia for a country, for a time that was rich in literature, for the beauty of the human mind with its perfections and flaws that this literature portrayed, for the writers of this literature who have become immortal by their works. There is a sadness too in these poems for the Russia that can be found only in this literature of the past. The grand beauty of a land and people etched by the Russian masters come alive once again through these poems.
As a child, I had been gifted a small book by my grandfather. It was Mumu by Turgenev. How I had cried as I read and reread the story. I still do. A sob rises unbidden even now when I think of it. The beauty and tragedy unparalleled. It is this spirit that has been captured in many of these poems by Dr Bakaya and Dr Koshy. Sparkling, brilliant, innocent yet sensuous these poems are. They pay worthy tribute to the great masters of Russian literature, music, art, to love, to loss of something intangible like freedom. A book that will paint for you the greatness that Russia once was..”