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Rainbow of Emotions

Hey friends! How many of you have ‘pearls’ in your collection? Come on, I’m waiting; I need to hear you fast! Not long ago I had advised my dear older-sister Dr. hülya yılmaz to buy some pearls that I believed would complement her complexion. Hülya, as I found her, was not so enthusiastic to buy a few! Oh! Poor I and that my wisdom. I never knew that she already possessed some exclusive, dazzling pearls that she didn’t want to share with her friends, and she preferred to keep silent about it. A few days back hülya murmured, “Brother Kiriti, before I die I must tell you that I have a few pearls, and I wish you see and use them to soothe your mind.” I went awestruck! How could hülya know about the possible indications of pearl? Well, a pearl symbolizes the Moon, and it is the Moon that governs your mind! With much curiosity I accepted hülya’s offer and uncovered her delicate pouch. Oh my God! I could not believe my eyes! Several natural pearls that were united with a white silk thread! One may wear it as a necklace, one may wrap it around the wrist, or one may put it on the crystal tray to savor its charm. And to my utter revelation I found them only ‘natural.’ Pearls may be ‘cultured,’ and they are the ones that you cultivate under optimum physical conditions. Cultured pearls do look great; they are shiny, but cheap! No amount of gloss can ever pose a threat against the glamour, relevance, quality, and eternity of ‘natural’ pearls. I am sorry; I forgot to tell you that there was a small tag attached with the string of pearls that hülya handed over to me. It was indeed a small tag, and one may overlook! I hold the tag, brought it closer to my eyes to see a word written on it. No, it wasn’t a price tag; it was rather a name, to tell you the truth. A name that hülya has candidly offered, Trance. In reality, Trance is a collection of poems written in English, Turkish, and German by none other than Dr. hülya yılmaz. My dear readers: I assure you that with every piece of her ‘pearly’ poem you will only cherish the spectacular human-mind that radiates the complete spectrum of light, called ‘vibgyor’. 

 She is no stranger. She is no third person. She, Dr. hülya yılmaz, is family! She, a poet (I don’t know if she prefers being called a poetess), and a senior lecturer with the College of the Liberal Arts, The Pennsylvania State University. I remember as I met her first during the making of a global anthology, Twist of Fate (ToF), produced by Stephen L Wilson. I had the opportunity to invite her at my interview desk, and she stunned me with her answers. As I inquired about her status being a writer, she emphatically stated that she had been an ‘interrupted’ writer of prose and poetry in her native country, Turkey! [Ref: The Unheard I, Kiriti Sengupta, Pub: Inner Child Press, ltd] Now what did she mean with the word/adjective ‘interrupted?’ Honestly, I had maintained silence, and didn’t ask her about it. But perspective changed all of a sudden as the noted editor-critic-translator Atreya Sarma Uppaluri (Editor, Muse India) from Hyderabad (India) raised a question whilst reviewing The Unheard I: “Why did Dr. hülya yılmaz call her ‘interrupted?” I gave him an explanation of my own: ” hülya yılmaz has had her publications scattered all across two countries; one is her country of origin, and the other her living.” I was not wrong, and I have been proved right as I now read her own words: “…While I haven’t stopped writing poems or prose, life’s demands took over the concentration I used to have back then to pursue my passion for creative work. Until about a year and a half ago, when I established an electronic platform for my writings in English, Turkish and German in various genres – including autobiographical fiction and non-fiction…”Again, there was one interesting point: Dr. hülya yılmaz didn’t write her name as Hülya Yılmaz. I was obviously curious. As I inquired during the interview she said, “I haven’t capitalized both of my names in years.” [Ref: The Unheard I] Ah! It was indeed overwhelming. She is such an uplifted soul who speaks her mind.

 What is mind without emotions? What is brilliance without emotions? Worldwide the scientists are hugely focused on the Emotional Quotient (EQ) of humans. Now in Trance hülya yılmaz has silently showcased, willingly or the other way, her strong adherence to the eminent poet William Wordsworth. According to Wordsworth (Ref: Lyrical Ballads): “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” With Trance the readers will certainly enjoy revisiting memory lane. Poetry has its distinct charm, and is considered the queen of literature. And it has its characteristic spell of silence. Poetry unsays much, but says lesser! In this collection the readers will explore the void of silence. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the whole of the book, and I strongly believe that none can go wrong with Trance. I will especially mention the poems, titled: raising a wife, anatomy of a divorce, barren no more, alive?, how?, denial, and You Are Not Alone. Poet hülya yılmaz dazzles bright with her new work Trance. I wish her all the best!

 My dear readers: Let me thank you from the core of my heart as you followed my words.

 Dr. Kiriti Sengupta

November, 2013

Calcutta, India.

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Author Binduu Chopra is all set to analyze the ‘She’ aura with her novel, “The Woman’s Code.”

Hindi movies allure me even now, be it a commercial flick or something called parallel. I remember it was a Vikram Bhatt movie named Dangerous Ishque that marked the comeback of KarismaKapoor. DI bombed at the box-office, and Karisma was found to have lost her diamonds. But the movie projected an extremely interesting theme: commissioning a professional, who can hypnotize an individual in order to extract the secrets of previous incarnations. We address them hypnotherapists. I recently came across a clinical hypnotherapist who was also an author. Her name: Binduu Chopra. Aah! — Another interesting aspect as I found that extra ‘u’ in her first name. It was evidently difficult for me to restrict myself from asking her if she would agree to visit my interview desk. Binduu readily agreed without an air, and it was a Thursday evening as we sat together with bundles of excitements.

 

KiritiSengupta: Hi Binduu! It is my pleasure to have you here. You must be very excited about your forthcoming novel The Woman’s Code. Tell us some from your storyline.

 

Binduu Chopra: Hi Kiriti! Thank you. It was my dream to have the book-release just before my 50th birthday that I celebrate on the 13th of November, 2013, and I have made it with the blessings of my friends and family. Yes! This gives me a reason to smile out more. It’s a message to our ‘young’ girls that mothers grow old sacrificing a part of them, while either raising a family, looking after the elder through the night, when they would have perhaps wanted to watch a late night movie. Then a time comes, when she is free from her binding duties and needs to fulfill her dreams. Criticism just comes too easy. It is important for them to understand this side of her, because they too will go through the same phase. So her feelings matter- her dreams matter!

 

Kiriti: The word ‘code’ sounds so formal. Are you pointing to the ‘code of conduct?’

 

 

Binduu: Ha ha! Do you want me to let out the ‘code?’ Being a Healer and having counseled many, I want people to understand the importance of understanding a situation, before reacting to it. The book brings about showing how a woman has balanced her relationship, no matter what emotional turmoil she may have gone through, only with her good ‘ conduct’. Kiriti, there I gave you the clue!..

 

Kiriti: You are a published poet from Delhi. Why did you decide to write this fiction novel?

 

Binduu: I want to create awareness in the ‘young minds’ as they are our future. Girls have more freedom today than what I had in my times, like wise women of my age. They should also be guided on how to handle their freedom.

 

Kiriti: You are a clinical hypnotherapist. Can we expect glimpses of your professional attributes in your novel?

 

Binduu: I had got my PLR done some years back where I saw myself as a care- taker. I see myself like a care – taker again. I owe to the society. The Woman’s Code, shall have a part two to it. I am currently working on it that shall have glimpses about how one is at times succumbed to similar patterns from life to life, and how one can break them by working on them. Part two shall also talk about learning from our experiences, growing with wisdom only to evolve in the next birth.

 

Kiriti: Your biography reveals that you are an ‘Aura Analyst.’ Could you, please, let us know about this aspect of your life, and how did it influence your writing from time to time?

 

Binduu: When I was only 14, I started experiencing a ‘heat wave’ or some ‘energy wave’ within me when I visited certain places or was with a few people. I never knew what it was then and would often wave it off. At times, I could feel the energies of my friends around me and felt that I knew what were they going through and was curious to know if my thinking & assessment was right. There have been times when I have been very uncomfortable in certain homes or in the company of some individuals and discussed this with my husband several times. Later, after my interactions with them, I would come to know what was causing this in me. Over the years, my spiritual guidance took me deeper into this experience and I started interpreting what I observed and experienced. It was the activation of the ‘sixth sense’. Soon, my intuition became my guide. Gradually, as I started meditating, I became more aware of the energy within me. I am sure just as me, every Author feels comfortable only at some places inside his/her home or surroundings and that’s the times when the best comes from within him is sure enough to know that the Aura of the place is good and also doesn’t clash with his own Aura at that particular moment.

 

 

Kiriti: Well, I’m curious to know: what does an extra ‘u’ serve in your name? I think you must be a follower of numerology. If that is the case, did you get the title (The Woman’sCode) checked by your numerologist?

 

Binduu: It all began in 2010, when I was struggling to publish my maiden book, A Quest… Beyond the visible, and could not self publish it. I contacted a good numerologist, Sangeeta Anand in New Zealand ( now in Delhi) and she suggested that I add another ‘u’ to my name. It worked well for me and I continue with it. My book was done in the US through a well-wisher who heard me on, Spirit Quest Radio on September 5, 2010 and desired to help me saying that she felt positive energies through me. I am going with the same spirit. I have not contacted anyone after that. Life is beautiful and only getting better each day. God is kind.

 

Kiriti: What would you like to convey to the aspiring authors? And how was your experience as you worked with KunalMarathe, C.E.O. of Authors Empress India?

 

Binduu: JUST WRITE! Flow yourself on the sheets is all that I have to say to all the aspiring writers. Be genuine. Your words will touch the right people. Kunal, is a very aggressive boy. He is a visionary and I want to see him grow with the kind of running around he is doing for all his Authors. I have put my trust in him. I know I have exchanged a few messages that he may have not liked- but it is all in the favor of a growing organization. It gives me pride to say that Kunal shall see his great success if he continues to deliver as he has been doing in his recent past. My best wishes are always with him.

 

Kiriti: Thank you so much, Binduu for giving me time. I wish your novel reaches the pinnacle of success. Keep well.

 

Binduu: Thank you from the bottom of my Kiriti for your kind words & good wishes. It’s been a real pleasure to exchange these notes with you.

 

 

 

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My Glass of Wine : Pre-release review by the noted Dr. A.V. Koshy

Dr Kiriti Sengupta’s book My Glass of Wine does not fall into any neat category, being as he says himself a mixture of autobiography, poetry, an introduction to his writing and love for literature and partly non fiction that introduces readers to his thoughts on varied topics including spirituality. A small book of a few pages, it can be read at one sitting, and another of its aims is to popularize poetry by offering it in a different way, in a context where we are forced to read it as it fits into the narrative well. The book is experimental and towards the end in its musings on its own cover, interestingly meta-fictional. The last section on Kriyayoga dedicated to his master Dr Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee is very readable as are many of the poems and also place descriptions that are found in the books with incidents recounted of the author’s life there. The best thing about the book is its condensation, there is a lot here in a short space and the reader can return to it again and again, savor it and learn many things in the process. I wish the author all success and thank him for asking me to write this brief note on his book which I read with much enjoyment. The title is particularly thought provoking as it is explained in the end and the book itself neatly divided into sections that explain its flow of free-falling thought.Dr A.V. Koshy*
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Academy of Arts for Girls
Jazan University
Saudi Arabia

(*Dr. Koshy is the author of three poetry books and is regarded for his literary critiquing as included in four titles)

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