'Roots and Wings,' an anthology of poetry, released

'Roots and Wings' an Anthology of Indian Women Writing in English, edited by Annie George and Sandhya S N, published by Roots & Wings, an alternate publishing venture by a dedicated group of writers, was released at the Vylopilly Samskriti Bhavan, Trivandrum, on September 24, 2011. Commencing as a project in connection with the one hundredth International Women’s Day in March, the book chronicles the poems and profiles of 42 contemporary Indian women poets. The anthology was released as part of the inaugural session of the two-day Indian Ruminations Literary Festival held in the city.


Senior poet and Director, Rajya Sabha, Mr R K Das handed over the first copy of the book to Ms K Pankajam, a senior poet and a finance officer by profession, who  attended the festival. Twelve poets, featured in the anthology, participated in the ceremony and received their copies from the noted poet-novelist and Chief Guest, Ms Anita Nair. Additional Chief Secretary of State, Sri. K Jayakumar, IAS, also graced the occasion with his meaningful message. The audience got to hear an ethnic taste of Malayalam poetry presented by noted poet D Vinayachandran. The venue of the function, held under the aegis of Indian Ruminations, a web journal of Indian English Writers, provided the right ambience of warmth and hospitality to the poets, writers and participants of the literary festival.


Covering over three hundred and fifty poems in 360 pages, the book in paperback is “a delightful read for poetry lovers” as Dr Jancy James, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Kerala puts it, in her Introduction to the work. The book is an attempt to showcase the best of the poets in their prime and the variety of themes presented prove that these are poets who cannot live without writing. The editors have taken meticulous care to arrange the poets in the chronological year of their birth. It is a treasure–trove for poetry lovers and the academic community. The book is priced Rs 250.

For copies of the book, please contact Annie George at anniegeorg@gmail.com

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