Books for Independent Thinkers 
Cart (0) £0.00 GBP

The Glass Blower

Authors: Keki Daruwalla

Published by Arc Publications

ISBN: 9781904614449

- +
Keki N. Daruwalla is one of India’s leading English-language writers. He has published nine volumes of poetry, The Glass-Blower contains poems from all of them as well as a body of new work. Daruwalla writes as compellingly about urban India as he does about mountain shepherds, a fish, an encounter with a snow leopard, the nature of love or poetry itself. He can inhabit historical or mythical figures; he can conjure the migration or decline of tribes and cities; he can track the palpitations of the heart in the grip of love.

Dramatic narratives describing civil strife of a kind he may have witnessed through his work in the Indian Police Service keep the company of tender poems, while extended sequences go alongside perfectly- achieved miniatures of a few lines. His work displays a structural breadth, from traditional forms such as the sonnet and the ghazal to free verse.

This first full-length volume of Daruwalla’s poetry to be published outside India provides a long-overdue opportunity to become better acquainted with a poet previously encountered in the UK – in tantalising glimpses – only in anthologies.

Keki N Daruwalla was born in 1937 in Lahore. Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award (1984) and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Asia (1987), he has to date published over twelve books. He joined Government service in 1958 and served for many years in the Indian Police Service. In 1974, he joined the Cabinet Secretariat, was appointed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister in 1979 and, in 1980, was part of the Commonwealth Observers’ Group for the Zimbabwe elections. When he retired, he was Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee.

See more: Book
Scroll to top