Saris and a Single Malt is a moving collection of poems written by a daughter for and about her mother. The book spans the time from when the poet receives a phone call in New York City that her mother is in a hospital in New Delhi, to the time she carries out her mother’s last rites. The poems chronicle the author’s physical and emotional journey as she flies to India, tries to fight the inevitable, and succumbs to the grief of living in a motherless world. Divided into three sections, (Flight, Fire, and Grief), this collection will move you, astound you, and make you hug your loved ones.
“There are few books like Saris and a Single Malt in which the loss of a mother, a homeland, and the self come together in a sustained elegy. Throughout, Vikram is courageous in allowing us to share the nakedness of her grief, the anger, and deception; even the surprise of laughter and joy. And having been privy to this, we feel better equipped to deal with our own grief. Saris and a Single Malt shows us how we survive. We are changed by grief. It isn’t acceptance one finds, but something in us, which continues to burn on.” —Justen Ahren, Director Noepe Center, Author of A Strange Catechism
“In life, as in poetry, one must come from the heart. Sweta Vikram has done both with touching eloquence. Her work resonates deeply within one’s deepest emotional sacristy. A compelling read. I highly recommend it.” —Sharon Kapp, Owner & Founder, Houston Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness Center
“Saris and a Single Malt is a fitting and delightful tribute of a writer daughter to her affectionate mother which goes deep into the minds of all children who love their moms. Kudos to Sweta Vikram, who could enlighten and delight readers’ minds with excellent poetry bleeding from her heart in just thirty-six hours!” —K. V. Dominic, English poet, critic, short-story writer, and editor from Kerala, India
About the Poet:
Sweta Srivastava Vikram, featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Amazon bestselling author of 11 books, writing coach, columnist, marketing consultant, and wellness practitioner who currently lives in New York City. A graduate of Columbia University, she also teaches the power of yoga, Ayurveda, & mindful living to female trauma survivors, creative types, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. Sweta is also the CEO-Founder of NimmiLife, which helps you attain your goals by elevating your creativity & productivity while paying attention to your wellness.
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Wet Silence by Sweta Srivastava Vikram is on tour from Aug. 21-Sept. 18 with Poetic Book Tours. Please find the schedule here.
As part of her tour, we have exclusive content — her reading at the New York Poetry Festival 2015:
Wet Silence bears moving accounts of Hindu widows in India. The book raises concern about the treatment of widowed women by society; lends their stories a voice; shares their unheard tales about marriage; reveals the heavy hand of patriarchy; and, addresses the lack of companionship and sensuality in their lives. It’s a collection of poems that covers a myriad of subjects centered on social evils such as misogyny, infidelity, gender inequality, and celibacy amongst other things. The poems in the collection are bold, unapologetic, and visceral. The collection will haunt you. Click on the cover to buy on Amazon.
Hello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for Aug. 21-Sept. 18: Wet Silence by Sweta Srivastava Vikram, a poetry collection of moving accounts of Hindu widows in India published by Modern History Press in August 2015.
Wet Silence bears moving accounts of Hindu widows in India. The book raises concern about the treatment of widowed women by society; lends their stories a voice; shares their unheard tales about marriage; reveals the heavy hand of patriarchy; and, addresses the lack of companionship and sensuality in their lives. It’s a collection of poems that covers a myriad of subjects centered on social evils such as misogyny, infidelity, gender inequality, and celibacy amongst other things. The poems in the collection are bold, unapologetic, and visceral. The collection will haunt you.
What others are saying about Wet Silence:
“Nothing short of sacred genius, Wet Silence reads with a sensual and dangerous grace. It is a body of work that ushers presence into absence and love into a world that has all but done away with the word.” – Slash Coleman, author of The Bohemian Love Diaries and perspectives blogger for Psychology Today.
“Sweta’s poems did a powerful job at highlighting the mental and sexual abuse, violence, loneliness and the pain experienced by millions of widows in India. Wet Silence reminded me of how hollow our traditions are which make widows as young as 15 years old feel like a forgotten flower, burn their wishes and discards them from the society like toxic waste. Why I ask, is being a widow a crime?” – Shruti Kapoor, Founder of Sayfty, an organization that helps women protect themselves against violence, and winner of Rex Karamveer Award & Global Fellowship.
“Sweta Vikram captures bold raw passion, poignant reality and crafts a powerful voice for the voiceless.” – Kate Campbell Stevenson, Actor & Producer
“In a gorgeous choir of reclaimed voices, Sweta Srivastava Vikram tells the stories of women forgotten and passed over, women silenced and without choices, women who ‘don’t exist’—Hindu widows. They leave kisses wrapped in turmeric and sandalwood, or inside urns in white sheets. They fear or dream of the pyre, a burning that annihilates the early flames of passion. Their heads are shaved, and their bangles are shattered. Through this vibrant imagery—through the magical breath of her poetry—Vikram not only animates these women’s hopes, sorrows, dreams, and defeats, she lovingly restores them to honor.” – Melissa Studdard, award-winning author of I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast.
Sweta Srivastava Vikram, featured by Asian Fusion as “One of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, three times Pushcart Prize nominee, Amazon bestselling author of nine books, novelist, poet, essayist, and columnist who currently lives in New York City with her husband. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, literary journals, and online publications across nine countries in three continents. A graduate of Columbia University, Sweta reads her work, teaches creative writing workshops, and gives talks at universities and schools across the globe.
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Exclusive video reading by Sweta Srivastava Vikram.