Striking yet subtle, the hundred poems in this collection traverse the terrain of life, love, suffering and existence. Nandini explores many textures of thought – from the ordinary to the sublime and from the mundane to the exhilarating – through a refreshing and perceptive gaze. The poems are a memorable journey through the heart, mind and spirit as they explore worlds within and without.
In this collection are poems of love in its many shades, of nature, of people and places the poet has known as well as poems that seek to understand the paradoxical human condition through curious eyes, often turned inwards.
With an easy readability and a beguiling simplicity of style, this debut book holds appeal far beyond the confines of a narrow literary world and can serve as a trusted companion and friend to many, as they journey through the vicissitudes of their own lives.
The inimitable Gulzar has written the Foreword for Whorls Within and calls the book ‘a hypnotic exploration of worlds within.’
Nandini Sen Mehra has graduated in English Literature from Loreto College, Kolkata. She has worked in communications across India, the United States, Australia and Singapore, where she now lives with her husband Asheesh, and their two young children.
In nature, Nandini finds her greatest teacher and inspiration. She enjoys long, solitary walks through parks and trails which often create the space she needs for contemplation and thought; which in turn informs her writing. She enjoys theatre and the arts, and with a background in Indian classical dance, she is currently learning Odissi along with her daughter.
Nandini has recently been awarded the Reuel International Poetry Prize, 2020, for Best Upcoming Poet.