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`Stoveside' meditations


BEING A housewife, closeted within the four walls of the kitchen amid pots, pans and ladles, dishing out culinary delicacies for family, friends and relatives need not always be drudgery. It can end up in something as creative as getting together a 162-page anthology of poems, as Parvathi Vaidyanathan's `Kichenette Soul' will show.

The `By-the-stove-pondering by a homebound woman on Life, Meditation and Spirituality' has been published by Grow books. Ms. Vaidyanathan attributes the inspiration for her book to her Guru, Swami Akshara, who encouraged her to drop "scribbling on bits of paper and get them on to e-mails which took shape as a book." she says.

She says that waking up at around 4 a.m. to transcribe her Guru's tapes on to computer files were her most meditative moments. "Before 7 a.m. each day when my family wakes up, although I was with my pots and pans, all the creativity happened."The collection of over 110 poems on topics ranging from the market place to mindscape has been published in a paperback edition.

Santosh, a II Year BBA student, has done the page setting and cover design.

Priced at Rs. 55, it will soon be available in leading bookstores. Phone: 2847 3836/9840 438438.

By Swahilya

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