Silhouettes of Time

I would like to tell the stories of the sacrifice and struggle of my family based on the historical fact for their country, with determination. It is very intense when it comes to individual family history and their survival, which will an example to people around the world and to the next generation.

Silhouettes of Time
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La poète et écrivain courte Maya Mitra Das est née en Inde et est arrivée aux États-Unis en 1973. Elle a étudié la médecine interne et la pédiatrie en Inde, en Angleterre et aux États-Unis, ce qui lui a valu son M.D. et Phd.D. Elle a reçu sa formation au Downstate Medical Center et au State University Hospital de Brooklyn, New York.

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Silhouettes of Time

These intriguing tales by Maya Mitra Das take us on wildly imaginative journeys to exotic and sometimes alien landscapes — introducing us to infinitely curious moments in time, space and memory. Maya’s poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies. This is her first collection of short fiction.

Rhythms Primeval

The verses of Maya Mitra Das plumb the alchemy of primeval moons and mist-wrapped mountains; delving deep into the realm of personal myth.

Spanning the arc of ecstasy and despair, her poems explore the boundaries of human loneliness as well as the healing power of love.

Tremors – Short Fiction By California Writers

Eight writers — four women and four men — have gathered together to present this soul-stirring collection of contemporary fiction — one that is sure to whet your appetite for more from these very talented authors.

As one of them reminds us: “Here is the voice inside me which says: ‘I am shaking the teardrops frozen in time with my literary tremor from a faraway land . . .’ I think everyone has stories that are meant to shake or create waves to the uncharted mind.”

What’s in a Name?

Twenty-three writers from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Writing Group in Concord, CA combine their talents for poetry and prose in this eclectic collection of memoir, non-fiction, poems and fiction. Stories of love, laughter, and life are eloquently captured with stark honesty, lots of humor and just a touch of the macabre. True tales, romance, and family secrets are here for the sampling, with a sprinkling of wit and wisdom.

Insight, Hindsight & Flights of Fancy

Imagination is the mind’s unlimited creative eye–Katherine Navarro

Storytelling is ageless. Motivated by imagination and keen observation, writers absorb life experiences to store for future retrieval. Each memory becomes part of a story bearing the stamp of the writer’s unique style. Insight, Hindsight & Flights of Fancy, is a collection of short stories by Shadow of the Mountain Writers Guild, a diverse group of published literary artists.

With each story you will share adventure, tragedy, love, and humor; meeting multiple characters who will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice in the author’s portrayal of the human condition. This book is your invitation to take a Flight of Fancy.

Tuesday’s Poetry

Acalanes Adult School And Barnes and Nobles Poetry Workshop Members Anthology 2012

About Me

Poet and short story writer Maya Mitra Das was born in India and came to the U.S. in 1973. She studied internal medicine and pediatrics in India, England and the United States, earning her M.D. and Ph.D. She received her training at Downstate Medical Center and State University Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

Silhouettes of Time

by: Maya Mitra Das Authors Press

“Open your eyes to the world, there are sounds, colors and feeling which are all around us. The world just doesn’t revolve around you.”

Exploring an era of Indian history largely left behind by time, Das weaves a tale of heartbreak, division, and the underlying hope that emerges like a phoenix from the ashes of nonsensical bloodshed. The work is a compilation of short stories that range on various topics, but the tales predominantly reflect upon a pre-independence India that featured unimaginable rifts between the Hindu and Muslim communities, one where seemingly overnight, neighbors and friends thirsted for the blood of those living around them. Well written and with engaging characters, the narrative develops a storyline and examines this time from a variety of angles, including but not limited to the role that Mahatma Gandhi (also known as Bapujee) plays in creating peace, the tragic devastation of broken families, and the aftermath of it all as a nation picks up the pieces.

Perhaps the most intriguing element of Das’ stories is how she puts readers at ease with luscious and tranquil descriptions of trees and sunsets, among many of nature’s gems, only to jolt them with strong imagery of destruction. From the opening story, “Manjari and the Ballad of Peace,” history teacher Manjari reminisces on her childhood days, the sweet embrace of family, and trying to grasp the concept of both losing her friends and “people killing people from the same country.” In many of her stories, Das adeptly shares her stories through the lens of a child to further emphasize the sheer senselessness of the Hindu-Muslim riots at a time when they were near their revolution or “inquilab” to push out the British empire. While there are many scholarly articles on this topic, and the surface level analysis would deem that the British empire drove a wedge between the two communities, there are countless examples of war, often on a religious platform, between the two.

For every Manjari, whose harrowing journey to the Peace Camp to reclaim her freedom is undoubtedly compelling, there is a Noyakhali, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s resolve to reunify the nation in peace. Though stories of 1946 permeate throughout the piece, the collection’s soul is the innocence and the exuberance, a quest for peace and knowledge, and love through the generations. For instance, a more lighthearted story, “Grandpa and the Sunday Shakespeare Scholars,” features a young Amrita’s love of classical literature, especially the works of Shakespeare and Rabindranath Tagore, that is fostered by the deep well of passion present in her grandfather, who exposes her to iconic works like The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Even amidst the chaos, a sense of serenity is imbued within Das’ stories. In one of them, a character named Pushpita is guided to the Manas Sarovar, the holiest freshwater lake in Kailash in the Himalayan mountain region. The entire exchange is incredibly surreal, exuding a strong aura of Salvador Dali and his famous artwork The Persistence of Memory. As the work progresses, talking trees lament the demise of their brethren for humanity’s insatiable wants. This portion can be translated directly to the twenty-first century and the gradual erosion of the environment. Above all else, Das examines a difficult chapter in India’s history with poetic grace while simultaneously delivering stories that speak to a love of nature and the beautiful bond between grandparents and grandchildren, two elements that are tied inherently to the essence of the indomitable human spirit.

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