Poem: Our Moon (the video). written & recited by Natasha Devalia Music: Cascading Sakuras composed & played by Leila Kassar Footage: Nok Chuanpit, Santosh Perla Video Artist: Nok Chuanpit
I’m honoured my pamphlet ‘Unseen Veins’ was chosen as 2nd runner up in the 2022 Aryamati poetry prize for pamphlets on the theme of social change and peace. Thank you for the recognition, Fly on the Wall Press. [About 'Unseen Veins': In this poetry pamphlet, the complexities of how we label ourselves and where we … Continue reading Unseen Veins – Runner Up!
Rahul and Leila are thirteen. That means we have two teenagers in our home. That life is exciting - full of potential and full of the depths of despair. That I am their safe space, that I get their most vulnerable sweet love and the brunt of their moody days. I am honored to be … Continue reading 13 Candles
“A publisher with a conscience.” That’s the tagline that Fly on the Wall Press, a small, independent publisher out of Manchester goes by. I’ve enjoyed multiple poetry pamphlets they’ve published including “Warriors” by Sundra Lawrence, “History of Forgetfulness” by Shahe Mankerian, and “Aftereffects” by Jiye Lee. After the summer holidays I was reminded of the … Continue reading Unseen Veins – Short list – Aryamati Competition for Poetry
Leila is a true product of Asia, conceived by IVF in Gujarat, born in Hong Kong, lived in Chengdu until age 3, Koh Samui until a year ago and now Bangkok; and she certainly rocks! (Of course it’s not just because she’s my daughter that I’m saying this!😉 Seriously though, she’s one of the most … Continue reading Leila – One of the cool kids who rock Asia!
This August we resumed our yearly weeklong summer holiday in the Scottish highlands. It’s a place one might consider as being “in the middle of nowhere,” that is of course if you are not from there. If however, you are from there, it’s quite likely the center of the world. We fall into the category … Continue reading At Tesco, Ullapool (The Scottish Highlands)
I started this blog in 2010 when my new born twins were a few months old. It was my way of connecting with other mothers, of learning from them, of sharing my own stories, thereby having a creative outlet. It was also a way for me to journal some stories for the kids to read … Continue reading Do I Write About Them or Not? Twins, Tweens, Teens…
The flow of my places of healing went a little bit like this: In 2006 and then in 2012 again, Samui was my place of healing. A place that was disconnected enough from my world that I could connect to the Earth. To myself. I’d be visiting from grey Chengdu where the sun shone 32 … Continue reading My places of healing: from Samui to the Scottish Highlands
Travellers: A performance by Aria Moore, Ampinee Suwunsawet & Natasha Devaliahttps://youtu.be/_BIohyppBAw “Ah, not the early evening dawn has faded away. The half-covered star was rising high. Isn't it time for a good person? It's time for the good person To go home from the field. Go home. Oh, you my servants, my faithful brothers, You … Continue reading Travellers
between saree blouses — green, black, and blue, neatly folded and aligned; my mother hides a treasure: the faded sepia of my grandmother, a woman I never met, smiles back at me. my finger travels across, an embossed frame. I read, as one who is sightless — into the story of their lives. across … Continue reading A Photo in a Silver Frame