In deciding to create this anthology we wanted to carry on the theme of our two previously successful publications; Poetic Connections: Poems From Australia and India; and Building Bridges: Poems From Australia and India. The theme is broadly concerned with emancipation. Emancipation formally means, to set free, especially from social or political restrictions. Many of the poems in this collection indeed comment on political emancipation such as the plight of Tibetans in exile. However, some of the poems also deal with personal emancipation, that is, seeking freedom from habits or situations which in a sense bind us to unacceptable or tedious routines.
Jaydeep Sarangi is a bilingual writer, academic, editor and translator with several seminal books to his colourful cap. He has delivered keynote addresses in several national and international seminars and conferences and read his poems in different continents. He has been anthologised widely in several shores. One of the reviewers has made an honest observation by calling him Bard on the Banks of Dulong . Sarangi is the Vice President, GIEWEC (head office at Kerala) and one of the founder members and the Vice President of SPELL (Society for Poetry, Education, Literature and Language), Kolkata. Anchored in Kolkata, his poetry defies boundaries and resonates with glocal experiences.