Book Profile: Oblivion
Written over several years, oblivion traces the journey of author’s first love, as it moves from longing to being to loneliness. Each poem is complete in itself, capturing a singular aspect of love, a petal in its flower, but it also adds to the organic whole of the book, which celebrates the garden of love in all its glory and tragedy.
Oblivion looks at love in the eye without blinking and tells it as it is without flinching. Within the space of its 31 poems, you may encounter love’s vast oceans, its beautiful corals, its peaceful shores, its towering waves and its lonely islands.
Author Profile: Bala
Bala’s life has been a journey of discovering his life’s purpose, of learning how to spend his life more and more meaningfully. A road in this journey has taken him towards using communication to create positive social change through Centre of Gravity, an organisation he co-founded in 2005. Another road, a more winding one, has taken him inwards, towards a discovery of his own voice through poetry.
Bala’s influences in writing range from Tagore to Rilke, Steinbeck to Marquez, but it is the poetry of Pablo Neruda that taught him to write and write with fire in his heart. His poetry covers a range of subjects from love to cities to artists to spiritual questions and all that concern his heart. He hopes, his poetry can help his readers celebrate life for what it is and offer them a ray of light when they find themselves in its dark cellars.
Oblivion is his first book.
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