Stitching a Home


Author: Basudhara Roy

9788195090006 | PB | pp. 94 | 2021 | Red River

Stitching a Home is a collection of poetry which brings life to places and the people within them. It embraces the pervasive themes of love, loneliness, old age and other social concerns within the framework of the familiar.

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Stitching a Home is a volume to be read by the fireside in winter. The poet, Basudhara Roy, tells us that ‘places have souls too’ and ‘you have to let them settle’. Since she has studied in Banaras, she takes a nostalgic look at the ‘throbbing pulse of its lanes’ and ‘life making and unmaking itself on its banks.’ The volume is dotted with fine metaphors, as love ‘loses its way on undulating shingles of hesitation’. There are darker moments too when she sees ‘the leper’s candle-stump of a leg.’ The lasting impression is someone in only her second book, is a fleeting touch of wisdom, ‘chaste within the sanctum of its seeding.’ — Keki N Daruwalla

In Stitching a Home, Basudhara Roy’s second poetry collection, we encounter a voice that is both strong and persuasive. The collection deftly weaves the private and the public in a seamless continuity that resonates with the comfort and intimacy of the familiar, while embracing wider social concerns of old age, loneliness, illness, day-to-day living or the woman’s position constrained by social expectations. The pervasive themes of love and nature flow through these poems with a compelling urgency. — Bashabi Fraser

Basudhara Roy’s poems draw you in effortlessly to see from a different point of view the construction of home, the transactions of relationships, the hope and hopelessness of love, and the demands of the daily routine. She shows us the rooms we inhabit, the doors that we shut or leave ajar. She holds the mirror up to our lives to show us screenshots of time and change. These are poems to read and savour. — GJV Prasad

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About the Author

The author was born in 1986 in the East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand and grew up in Bokaro Steel City. She attended St Xavier’s School, Bokaro and went on to major in English Literature from Banaras Hindu University, where she was awarded the gold medal for academic excellence at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She secured the UGC Junior Research Fellowship and has earned her doctoral degree in Diaspora women’s writing from Kolhan University, Chaibasa –her other areas of academic interest being gender studies, cultural studies, and postmodern criticism. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Karim City College, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, where she has been teaching for the last ten years and is the author of two books, a monograph, Migrations of Hope: A Study of the Short Fiction of Three Indian American Writers (New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 1019), and a collection of poems, Moon in My Teacup (Kolkata: Writer’s Workshop, 1019). Stitching a Home is her second collection of poems. Fond of books, sunshine, laughter, and the idea that the world can become a more empathetic community through dialogue, she can be reached at [email protected]


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