Authors: Dr Santosh Bakaya and Dr Ampat Varghese Koshy
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2582 KB
Published on: 11 October 2020
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
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 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’.