Parichay ~~ परिचय
In a bustling city like Bombay / Mumbai , it is difficult to concieve that , there could be a " HOME " of some one, as serene and tranquil, as an " Ashram " [ hermitage ] of yore.
But it was my privilege to grow up in one such nameless home. Why nameless you'd ask ? the answer is ...my artist mother Susheela liked the name SUVEEDHA [ which means = comfort ] while my poet father Narendra , selected the name PUNAR VASU [ which is one of the names from ancient Indian mythology + a name given to a constellation ] So the home remains No. 594 till today .
My mother learnt Fine Arts @ Haldernker's Institute at Opera House . She is a Gujarati Lady. My Father is a U.P Brahmin.
I compeleted my B.A with honors in Sociology / psychology. Got married to Deepak whom I've known since first std. as we were in the same Gujrati medium school.
We stayed in Los ~ Angeles, California [ U.S. A. ] where he did his MBA. & enjoyed many trips along the Pacific Highway 101 which is majestically magical route meandering on the mountains , over looking the Turquoise Blue of Pacific Ocean in which one can spot a Whale , submerging & surfacing !
After 3 yrs we returned to Bombay when my first , Sindur a sweet baby girl was born. 5 yrs later my son Sopan was born. 14 yrs passed as if in a wink.
The wheels of life turned and brought us back to USA where I live. My first Hindi poems book " Fir Ga Utha Prawasee " [ the Traveler sings again ] is published.
Another Hindi Novel, " Sapno ke Saahil " will soon be in print. " The Monsoon Swing & Other Poems" in English will also be published soon.
Google search will take you to other writings of mine -- Lavanya Shah -- is the Search word.
Poetry has remained my Friend, my confidant, my sympathiser , my Muse, my Prayer to the Unseen --
It has let me stay connected to my ROOTS & to my Culture.
The Self expression has found a voice for the disocveries of my soul's experience and has come to the conclusion that this entire Universe is my very Own !
My Father wrote thus :
" Dharitree putree tumharee hey, Amit Aalok,
Janmada meri wahee hai, swarna -garbha kokh ! "
[ Translation ]
O Divine , Unlimited Brilliance !
This Earth is THY daughter !
The same Golden womb is my Mother !
My Radio Interviews & programmes & poetry recitals r featured regulerly on local radio programme named " SWRANJALI "
http://www.nrifm.com/ To listen click here (Hindi)
Among them are 1) on My Father Late Pt. Narendra Sharma &
2) is Talks with India's Nightangle Lata Mangeshker who is my DIDI [ elder sister ]
With GOODWILL & motherly love towards One & All, looking at my life's journey & at all who join in, in this Journey, I remain positive & hopeful for a bright future for the mankind.