Toto Funds the Arts
The British Council Library, Bangalore
in association with HarperCollins Publishers, India
are delighted to invite you to spend an evening with the poet
Date: 29 November 2014 Time: 6.30 p.m.
Venue: The British Council Library, Prestige Takt, 23 Kasturba Road Cross (Opp Visvesvaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum)
Arundhathi will read from When God is a Traveller,
her latest volume of poetry, and from her earlier works.
About When God is a Traveller
‘By turns both laconic and passionate, she asks questions about morality and integrity that many poets simply refuse to take on. Yet she is also an extraordinary love poet ... A remarkable book from a remarkable poet.’
—John Burnside, Poetry Review
‘One of the finest poets writing in India today … It is not dulcet music you hear in Where I Live. It’s the swish of swordplay, each poem skewered at sabre-point and then placed on an electric grille to sizzle like a rasher on a barbecue.’
—Keki Daruwalla, The Hindu
‘A strong personality and an individual voice; her poems feel as if they are meant to be read aloud as well as on the page.’
—Bruce King, Journal of Postcolonial Literature
‘Few poets capture contradictory impulses so convincingly. This unexpected range is what makes Subramaniam’s work such a pleasure to read. You never know what country, mood, streetscape or relationship you’ll be plunged into but the ferociously intelligent attention to detail ensures that you are given every opportunity to engage with the pure energy of the poem.’
—Jules Mann, Poetry International
Arundhathi Subramaniam is the author of four books of poetry, most recently When God is a Traveller (published by HarperCollins in India and Bloodaxe Books in the UK). Widely translated and anthologized, her new book is the Winter Choice of the Poetry Book Society, UK, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Poetry Prize. She has worked over the years as arts journalist, curator and poetry editor.
Her prose works include the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic, Sadhguru: More Than A Life (Penguin) and The Book of Buddha (Penguin). As editor, her most recent book is Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry (Penguin, 2014). Her other volumes as editor include Another Country (a Sahitya Akademi anthology on contemporary Indian poetry in English), Pilgrim's India (a Penguin book on sacred journeys), and Confronting Love (a co-edited Penguin anthology of love poems). She has also been Editor of the India domain of the Poetry International Web since its inception, a project that has grown into a significant web archive of contemporary Indian poetry. Active as a freelance writer on the performing arts and literature for over twenty-five years, she now divides her time between Bombay/Mumbai and a yoga centre in Coimbatore.