Monika Bardhan Realizes Lifelong Dream with Debut Poetry Collection

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Inspired by maternal grandfather, mother, author pens ‘Catching the Waves.’

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With each poem uniquely capturing the full depth of emotions during times of triumph, disappointment, war, natural disaster and more, Monika hopes this anthology will change readers’ lives as much as it has transformed her own.

First-time author Monika Bardhan fulfills her lifelong dream with the publication of her debut book of poetry, “Catching the Waves: A Collection of Poems about Love, Life, Frienships & Everything In Between” (published by Partridge Singapore).

In February 1993, Monika’s sister, Nita, presented her with a journal on her birthday in which Monika could write her poems. Hence, “Catching the Waves” is a direct result of the gift Monika received. Within “Catching the Waves,” Monika tells many different stories in the form of poetry, including themes of love, life, friendship and everything in between. From politics to world events, to family and friendship, to sacrifice, sorrow, triumph and tragedy, this collection encompasses every aspect of human nature and the events that occur in daily life.

Monika says this book has become an all-important milestone for her. Her late maternal grandmother and her mother were her greatest influences in her life. Her maternal grandfather, Upendra Chandra Das, and her mother, Arati Bardhan are the greatest influences in her life. Her maternal grandfather, who passed away in 1979, wrote the first piece of the book, titled “The Indian Milkmaid in Malaysia.” This piece eloquently describes what the life of a milkmaid was like in Malaysia back in the late 1960s. The poem “Love and Care for Older Parents” is a poignant piece written by Monika’s mother. Monika now follows their lead and publishes “Catching the Waves.”

With a collection of literary works about different facets of life from around the world spanning more than two decades, “Catching the Waves” is a stunning debut collection of contemporary poetry that encompasses events and issues that are deeply personal, yet truly universal. With each poem uniquely capturing the full depth of emotions during times of triumph, disappointment, war, natural disaster and more, Monika hopes this anthology will change readers’ lives as much as it has transformed her own.

“Catching the Waves”
By Monika Bardhan
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 68 pages | ISBN 9781482826326
E-Book | 68 pages | ISBN 9781482826333
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Monika Bardhan, born in 1970, is the youngest of three daughters. She was raised in Seremban, Malaysia, where she completed her schooling. She attended Mount Carmel College in Bangalore, India for her pre-university degree. Aspiring to be a doctor from a very young age, she went to Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India to pursue a medical degree and obtained her Bachelor of Medicine-Bachelor of Surgery certificate in 1997. She then got her Master of Medicine in Palliative Care from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia in 2005. Bardhan has always been inspired to write poetry by her late maternal grandfather and her mother. Writing poetry came very naturally to her, and she has been composing poems since age 9. Besides her love for poetry, her favorite pastimes include reading, writing, painting, travelling, cooking, singing, music, watching movies and gardening.

Partridge Singapore is supported self-publishing imprint from Author Solutions LLC. Author Solutions is a stand-alone company within the Penguin Random House Group. Author Solutions operates independently and powers Partridge along with several other self-publishing imprints. For more information or to publish a book, visit partridgepublishing.com/singapore or call 800 101 2657 (Singapore) or 1 800 81 7340 (Malaysia). For the latest, follow @PartridgeSG on Twitter.

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