GEOGRAPHY OF TONGUES, The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, 2013
This is quicksilver, effervescent poetry, borne headlong on a strong impulse.
— KEKI N. DARUWALLA, poet & writer, Sahitya Akademi award winner
Shikha’s poems are fresh and intimate, talking to each one of us in our own different tongues.
— K. SATCHIDANANDAN, poet & writer, Sahitya Akademi award winner
This collection is a whole-heartedly enthusiastic debut.
— SUDEEP SEN, editor, The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry
Shikha Malaviya’s clever and inventive poems inhabit the contested space where Western culture collides with Hindu mythology, in a resplendent crash of forms that range from prose poems to lyrical litanies, all of them deeply felt and elegantly crafted.— RAVI SHANKAR, Executive Director, Drunken Boat
This is a lambent, heart-wrenching debut collection. Passionately attentive and formally audacious, Malaviya swings between the horrific, the humorous and the humane: she delights with the play of languages.
— PRIYA SARUKKAI CHABRIA, author, Not Springtime Yet
Geography of Tongues, published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, was launched in December 2013/January 2014 and featured widely throughout India in several literary festivals. Hailed as one of the 11 books of Indian poetry to read this year, Malaviya’s poetry mines personal memory, myth & experience, while deftly traversing continents, cultures, and the greater world. Several poems in Geography of Tongues refer to the ‘tongue’ in different contexts: as a negotiator & communicator, as a taster & holder of experience and as a rebel & teaser, sticking itself out in defiance.