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Authors: Dr Santosh Bakaya and Dr Ampat Varghese Koshy
Format: Kindle Edition
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Published on: 11 October 2020

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VODKA ON 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

Santosh Bakaya – Book Writer India

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 [2018] in the Individual category, for her ‘stellar contribution to world literature’, [Setu, bilingual Journal, Pittsburgh, USA], and the 1st Keshav Malik Award [2019] for her ‘entire staggeringly prolific and quality conscious oeuvre’.

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Dr Ampat Varghese Koshy – Award Winning Writer

Dr Ampat Varghese Koshy

Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
About the Author/Editor

Dr Koshy A. V. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English at the College for Arts and Humanities for Girls, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has written, co-written or co-edited eight books of criticism and poetry to his credit with authors like A.V. Varghese, Gorakhnath Gangane, Angel Meredith, Madhumita Ghosh, Zeenath Ibrahim, Rukhaya MK and Bina Biswas and one of them 'A Treatise on Poetry for Beginners' was reprinted once as 'Art of Poetry.'

He is a Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee (2012) and twice Highly Commended Poet in Destiny Poets UK ICOP (2013, 2014) and he was thrice featured in Camel Saloon’s The Hump for best poem/editor’s pick and once for best poem in Destiny Poets UK Website. Even as a child he won the Shankar's international award for writing. He is a reputed critic and expert on Samuel Beckett besides being a fiction writer and theoretician. His last books were Wake Up, India: Essays for Our Times, co-authored with Dr Bina Biswas and Mahesh Dattani's Plays: Staging the Invisibles co-edited with Bina Biswas. Three more are on the way, namely The Significant Anthology he is editing with Reena Prasad, a collection of stories to be published by Lifi and a collection of poetry with Bina Biswas and Pramila Khadun.

He has edited or co-edited many books including A Man Outside History by Naseer Ahmed Nasir and Inklinks: An Anthology by Poets Corner and a novel for Lifi. He instituted the Reuel International Literary Prize in 2014 and runs an autism NPO with his wife Anna Gabriel. The first prize was given to Dr Santosh Bakaya. He administers with the help of others the literary group Rejected Stuff on Facebook. His poems have been studied in a research paper by Dr Zeenath Ibrahim and Kiriti Sengupta in Dazzling Bards and also translated into Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati,German and Malayalam.

He won World Bank’s Urgent Evoke and participated in European Union’s Edgeryders. He has been interviewed extensively. He has other degrees, diplomas and certificates to his credit besides his doctorate on Beckett. He attributes everything to God’s grace and the prayers and good wishes of his loved ones.