First-time Author Completes Life-Long Dream With Debut Poetry Collection

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Inspired by her grandfather and mother, Monika Bardhan pens ‘Catching the Waves’.

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First-time author, Monika Bardhan, fulfills her life-long dream in publishing her first poetry book, entitled "Catching the Waves." In February1993, Monika’s dearest sister, Nita, presented her with a journal on her birthday where she could write all her poems. Hence, "Catching the Waves" tells of many different stories in the form of poetry, which is all about love, life, friendships and everything in between. From politics, world events, family and friendships, to sacrifices, sorrow, triumphs and tragedy, this poetry collection encompasses every aspect of human nature and everything that occurs in our daily lives.

Publishing this book has become an all-important milestone for Monika. Her wonderful late maternal grandfather and her amazing mother were her greatest influences in her life. Her maternal grandfather, Upendra Chandra Das, who passed away in 1979, wrote the first piece of the book, entitled "The Indian Milkmaid in Malaysia." This piece eloquently describes what the life of a milkmaid was like in this country way back in the late 1960s. The poem "Love and Care for Older Parents" is a beautiful poignant piece written by her mother, Arati Bardhan. She naturally follows their lead and publishes her own book of poems.

With a collection of literary works about different facets of life from all over the world and spanning over two decades, "Catching the Waves" is a stunning debut collection of contemporary poetry that encompasses events and issues which take place in people’s daily lives, deeply personal yet truly universal. With each poem uniquely capturing the full depth of emotions during triumphs, disappointments, wars, natural disasters, family, friendships and love, this is one anthology that will change readers’ lives as much as it has transformed the author.

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Monika Bardhan, born to Dilip and Arati Bardhan in 1970, is the youngest of three daughters. She was raised in Seremban, Malaysia, and did all her schooling there. Soon after completing her secondary school education, 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 M.B.B.S. certificate in 1997. She then got her Masters of Medicine in Palliative Care from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia in 2005. Monika has always been inspired to write poetry by her late maternal grandfather, Upendra Chandra Das, and her mother, Arati Bardhan. Writing poetry came very naturally to her, and she has been composing poems since the age of nine. Besides her love for poetry, her favourite pastimes include reading, writing, painting, travelling, cooking, singing, music, watching movies and gardening.

Catching the Waves * by Monika Bardhan
A collection of poems about love, life, friendships & everything in between.
Publication Date: October 12, 2013
Trade Paperback; AU$19.99; 62 pages; 978-1-4836-9248-7
Trade Hardback; AU$39.99; 62 pages; 978-1-4836-9249-4
e-Book; AU$9.99; 978-1-4836-9250-0

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at 1-800-455-039. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (02) 8088 6078 or call 1-800-455-039.

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