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How Many Countries Does The Indus Cross

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In Akhil Katyal’s poetry, the Collective recognized a consciousness that is fierce yet elegiac, journeying into the turbulent waters of South Asia’s most pressing social and political realities. In poems traversing Kashmir, New Delhi, Lahore, the UK, and the United States, readers encounter hope and heartbreak as they follow the river-like bends of Katyal’s astonishing new ...more
Paperback, 76 pages
Published February 2018 by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective
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mentalexotica
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‪Sitting dumbfounded after having read this whole book in one go. ‬‪Such a conundrum. Should I take bite-sized morsels and leave some for later? Or ask for the avalanche?‬

‪The avalanche. Always the drowning. Always the surrender. ‬

As I write, there are tingles. I have gooseflesh. I am numb all over and prickling. My body has gone to sleep, my mind is awake in astonishment. These beautiful thoughts, these seductive words; I would happily give myself to day after day. I spent my day with How Many
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Akshaj
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
😭😭😭💙💙💙 is the only reaction I have to this amazing collection of poetry.
Sal
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Sourav
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are some poems which will turn your heart into dry leaves, crush those into a ball of emotions and set it on fire.

And there are some poems which are like shredding the Indian English daily into 1700 pieces. Don't count, I underestimate.

a few lines will stay with me forever , such as these :

where grandfather and I
after the opacity of years
find homework in a Delhi road sign,
we caress old shapes
into meaning, curve old losses
draw water
with a new tongue.


who knew they'd make them so close
aa
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Prem Sylvester
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's not an easy task to turn a plainspoken, or journalistic text into poetry, often in the turn of a beautifully placed fragment of a line - here, Katyal does admirably. There is a casual style to his poetry that subtly evokes deeper truths and pulls on your heartstrings. Some of the more experimental poems falter, and some lack the depth of others, but there is a vulnerability in his poetry that every poet aspires to, that we can all learn from
Saumya Kulshreshtha
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How do I express the beauty, expression, diversity and gentle bravery I found within the pages of this book. It is a treasure, which when opened, sparkles with the inimitable voice of #AkhilKatyal, a poetic genius we are fortunate to be sharing time and space with. Experimental, innovative, bold, gentle, fluid - all at once. This is what the texture of good poetry feels like.
Debarun
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Blah.
Don't waste money on it.
It's all there on his Instagram/Facebook.

PS - He Would call this a review poem and publish it if he had his way.
Saurabh Sharma
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Akhil Katyal is one of those who demystifies prevailing tyrannical forces. Through his poems, he is telling the truth — the naked truth of our society. He is calling soldiers from the border, claiming Nusrat as our own, and recollecting those times when “God was a little joke about mangoes” in his second poetry collection: How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross.

The genius of Akhil Katyal is that he’s too naïve to notice the impact his poetry has had — and will always have — on its reader, inclu
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