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Author Name: Suranga Date | Format: Paperback | Genre : Poetry | Other Details

This is a collection of Marathi poems inspired by folks writing food articles and posting pictures on social media over the last few years.

After spending so much time being fussed over by humans, the vegetables and grains seem to imbibe certain human qualities. There are many amazing Maharashtrian food preparations and ingredients full of personality. How they reflect our human world and social systems in the way they mix!

Read here about the Kashibai, Mastani and Bajirao Peshwe in foods. Find out how, with our wonderful evolution as humans, there is so much we can learn from vegetables about how we treat our fellow humans. Read about how our politicians have much to learn from the veggie and grain leaders and how the various slogans we hear today are followed and put into practice by intelligent fruits.

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Suranga Date

About the Author.

Mrs Suranga Date, 69, first published her poetry at the age of 10 in the children’s section of Garjana, a newspaper published in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. It earned her 10 Rs but it felt like lakhs back then.

Growing up, she enjoyed writing poetry suitable for a wide variety of various occasions, ranging from climbing Maharashtra’s tallest Sahyadri peak, Kalsubai, her father’s transfers, the floods in Pune, someone getting married, someone getting an award and so on. Despite being occasionally embarrassed, her parents encouraged her.

She did her college and graduate school (MA Physics) at the University of California at Irvine. It was followed by jobs in IT (back then it was called Programming and Systems Analysis) at TCS and IIT Bombay.

Her marriage, children and work greatly reduced the frequency of her poetry. But she soon retired, the internet happened and she started blogging: a prose blog, Gappa (http://kaimhanta.blogspot.com) and a poetry blog, Strewn Ashes (http://kavitalihi.blogspot.com). Being a part of a Facebook Group for Rediscovering Maharashtrian Cuisine helped.

They say old age is supposed to be a second childhood. Suranga Date absolutely agrees. You see, her poetry returned to her in her old age. Suranga Date writes poetry in English too and has been published in the Kavikala Anthology.

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