Poetry Darbaar

Adventures in Poetry: Sampurna Chattarji and Karuna Ezara Parikh in conversation

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The context and structure of this conversation is Sampurna’s new book “Space Guliver”. In this book, Sampurna chronicles not only the journey of its alien protagonist, but also how one wor(l)d changes into another …. a fantastically engineered sequence, here is poetry that is not afraid to be whimsical and astute at the same time so that in the end, like Space Gulliver, the readers too will be “no longer terrified of vastness.”

Sampurna Chattarji is a writer, teacher, editor, translator who occasionally appears on the ether as ShampooChats. Space Gulliver, is the second-most recent of her 20 books.

Karuna Ezara Parikh is a poet and writer, former television anchor and model known widely for her activism. She has written for Vogue, Tehelka, The Wire, and Lonely Planet amongst others. Her novel, The Heart Asks Pleasure First, was published by Pan Macmillan India in 2020. Her first book of poetry - Where Stories Gather - is out now with Harper Collins. She lives in Kolkata where she co-founded the sustainable company The Burlap People.