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(From the foreword by Kris Saknussemm) As with all the poets I most admire, words are living things for Tikuli. But as you will come to discover, they are never deployed for their own sake. She uses them to tell stories. The images, scenes, characters and fragments of visionary empathy that you will find in this book are all rooted in her native India-and yet they reach ou ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published January 20th 2014 by Leaky Boot Press
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Inderpreet Uppal
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

The book starts on a very simple note “poems dwell in the possibilities and the impossibilities of the mind” it is never truer than for Collection of Chaos. The poems are an amalgamation of life and love and the endless possibilities.

The author takes us into the real world, the world hidden behind the images we see every day. The poems evokes the images or the truth behind the reality with an uncanny accuracy, she reminds us that life is never black or white. The shaded colors, the different hue
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Sakshi Nanda
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The poetry in ‘Collection of Chaos’ must be read. For those who enjoy structural unconventionality in poetry coupled with bold issues usually made invisible, this book offers a most mature poetry. For those who like it lyrical and light, the verses on nature will leave a permanent impression on your minds. And for some others who like to take it slow, to read a poem a day, know that each poem of this book is like a world in itself – offering you thoughts to think and maybe ideas to pen even. I g ...more
Privy Trifles
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
the best thing about this poetry collection is that they all are straight from the heart, they speak of the honesty which comes from deep within the soul, one that manages to strike a chord with every reader purely for its simplicity and depth.
Parichita Singh
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
When I came across this book, I was interested in it by the cover of the book (it’s so pretty!) and the title. Anybody who can write about chaos deserves a chance as per me. So, I sat with this book, moving its virtual pages, visiting the stark reality of the emotions poet has captured in those pages. The first thing that stood out for me was that none of the poem in the book has titles. It feels as if the poet didn’t want to burden these poems with the few titles. For me, it worked as it kept t ...more
Janaki
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a friend mentioned in our Book Club group - what is not there to like in poetry?
This is true for all poetry lovers as every poem has an element or an aspect which certainly will touch our heart. Poetry is the reflection of the poet, sometimes a shadow, the celebration of a life or even the pathos.

Here, the poet starts off with a positive note - "Poems dwell in the possibilities and the impossibilities of the mind." For a poet, the whole world is a poem, finding inspiration and meaning in the
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Seb
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Collection of Chaos" is the perfect title for Tikuli's impressive collection of poems. Dealing subjects as varied as human condition womanhood, nature, hope and loss - to name a few - each poem rings true with experience and thought. A new bright voice in Indian poetry, Tikuli proves that we have much to expect from this horizon, not to mention a lot to learn. "Collection of Chaos" is thus not only a fantastic collection, but also an important one, as it places life back where it lies, in the h ...more
Ritu Lalit
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I bought this book because I know Tikuli and love her writing style and poetic temperament. I was not disappointed. The poems are good and the book has become a great bedside companion.

My only problem is with the pricing. The cost is too steep and will be a deterrent to the book being a commercial success.
Satyender Dhull
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just as the title implies, Collection of Chaos is an absorbing assortment of everyday thoughts and emotions. Through her intense expression, which I found to be brutally honest and very relatable, Tikuli deals with issues and experiences ranging from womenfolk, adulthood, love, romance, hope, wish, despair, hurt, youth, solitude, nature, night, eternity, etc. Searching for the meaning of life within such subjects, she carries her reader along.

For instance, the phrases “Between the known and unkn
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Kabir Malik
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For a naive poet like me, there's nothing exhilarating than exploring intense and raw poetry. I am very glad that 'Collection of Chaos' happened to me at this phase of my life.

It intrigues me how none of the poems in the book bear a title and how carefully the thoughts were woven into perfect phonetics with the concluding lines where one finds oneself gasping over the sensation one gets out of the imagery that brews.

As I progressed on the book, I was intrigued by the life experiences the poete
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Rhiti
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
She plays with the words like a master craftsman, creating one masterpiece after another. The poems are mostly in free verse and Tikuli makes use of it suitably. Each poem has its own story to tell, there are not just mere verses depicting the abstract, each line has a meaning, every word has a tale hidden underneath.
Her poems have a mystical element to it, a melancholic air hangs throughout the collection. It is like a reflection of the poet’s mind, it is as if she wrote the exact lines she was
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Ruchira Khanna
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Collection of Chaos is a collection of poems by Tikuli who has been able to bring out all the utter confusion of the mere existence of mankind by opening the pandora box, which has been avoided by its sheer ugliness or the fact that we have chose to ignore it since it causes nothing but sheer disarray in our lives.

I am not a poet, but admired the crisp words generated by the author, however; sometimes found it tough to connect the dots cause of no title especially those poems that ended abruptly
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Kalpanaa Misra
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tikuli’s poems span the sadness of missed communication in relationships – the silence that inspires most of the poems towards the end of the book – you will have felt an echo of that void in any interaction where you waited for some word or sign of the thoughts flitting through the beloved’s mind, whether a romantic love, a dearly beloved friend, a child, a parent, a sibling – anybody whose opinion means something.Skilful language with a controlled use of dramatic images make the heartrending s ...more
Vibhuti Bhandarkar
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

I am glad I came across Tikuli's Collection of Chaos. And I am even happier that this will be the first collection of poems that I've read in 2016. I'm delighted with this book of verses because they are straight from the heart and yet the fluent poems are made of words that have been intelligently woven together. I have been reading Tikuli's poems and Haikus for almost a decade now and her inimitable style of saying so much within a few lines, a handful of words continues to enthrall me.

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Brought up in Delhi in a family of liberal educationists Tikuli is a mother of two sons. She is also a blogger and author. Some of her short stories and poems have appeared in print and in online journals and literary magazines including Le Zaparougue, MiCROW 8, Trobadour 21, The Smoking Book (Poets Wears Prada Press, US), The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Mnemosyne Literary Journal, Women's ...more