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Everything Begins Elsewhere

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The American debut of Tishani Doshi, an Indian poet-novelist-dancer who explores the exhilarating "underworld of longing and deliverance."
Paperback, 71 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Bloodaxe Books
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Neelima Vinod
Jan 07, 2014 Neelima Vinod rated it really liked it
Tishani Doshi weaves a world of vine, brainfever birds, teak, rain, jasmine, coconut husks, mudras,mosquitoes, Mohenjedaro’s brassy girls… Her background so entrenched in dance and journey comes out like a story and Asia is born. Take her interpretation of the seventh century Buddhist scholar Xuanzang’s journey along the Silk Route as he traverses past monasteries, loiters behind caravans, meets the Bamiyan Buddhas, the atmosphere of ‘scattered Sanskrit kisses’ lingering in her poems.....lovely ...more
Chris Tutolo
Jan 03, 2016 Chris Tutolo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You may be convinced you've found the takeaway lines of the whole collection, until you turn the page. For any traveler who has ever left for long enough to feel torn between the new identity, network of friends, and cluster of memories formed while away and the nostalgic idea of home that has been lost in compromise.

Doshi has a poetic gift. Learn from her.
Danny Daley
Apr 25, 2015 Danny Daley rated it it was amazing
This collection absolutely bowled me over. I bought it on a whim at a small bookshop in Scotland, and I loved nearly every poem in the book. Sharp and original, terse lines but full of lyricism and deep reflections on humanity. A wonderful collection.
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Falling 1968, An ode to drowning, the immigrant song and a few others in the lot are beautifully melancholy,soothing in a way. As a collection the poems are mostly good, with some odds ones pulling the set down.
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Jan 17, 2014 Lakshmi Bharadwaj rated it liked it
Doshi marvels & unravels loss like from a soft basket, even absence starts to fill itself with epiphany.
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Astute observations on human relationships.
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Tishani Doshi (born 1975) is an Indian poet, journalist and dancer based in Chennai. Born in Madras, India, to a Welsh mother and Gujarati father, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2001. Her first poetry collection, Countries of the Body, won the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection.[1] She has been invited to the poetry galas of the Guardian-sponsored Hay Festival of 2006 and ...more
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