Travelling in India through the eyes of a poet
Published by Power Publishers, the book speaks about the universality of travel, of rail-tracks that run through all religions and creeds, of mountains that are impartial to country borders.
Prof. Julie Mehta from Toronto University and guest lecturer at Jadavpur University's Department of Comparative Literature moderated the panel discussion on the topic 'Travels which inspire the journey within' to mark Madhura Banerjee's work in the genre of travelogue writing.
Present at the launch were Indranil Sanyal, a Bengali author of Operation Waristan fame and contributor to journals like Desh, Sananda, and Anandamala; Krishnendu Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author of Aay Ghum, Diner Seshe; Sourav Mukhopadhyay, author of Dhulolekha; Dipak De, pro Vice Chairman, North Delhi Public School; and Pinaki Ghosh, founder of Power Publishers.
Mehta said that she found the imagery in Benerjee's poems very realistic, a unique characteristic for a writer so young.
Banerjee, 21, through her poems, whets the wanderlust, documenting her journeys through various places such as Lucknow, North Bengal, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, etc.
Poems such as The Jazz Hour, Lucknow in a Poem, Country for the Lost, Love at First not only paint vivid images in one's mind but also lyrically express the impermanence of life and moments as.
Sourav Mukhopadhyay said, “It was like travelling through fancy after I read her poetry.”
A Computer Science student at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, Banerjee is a known face at various literary festivals and poetry meets, where she reads her poems and also slams.
“The poems are the rewards of those journeys that my parents planned and took me to," said Banerjee,
With Madhura Banerjee's book launch, Power Publishers also unveiled their new brand, Power Publishers Prime, which will publish bestsellers of established writers.
The book's cover has been designed by Satyaki Sarkar and the book is available in bookstores online and offline for Rs. 110.
(Reporting by Shilpa Salwan)