The book is titled “Himalayan Melodies” with the tag line, “A poetic expression of love, faith, and spirituality.” It is influenced by the place and culture of Ladakh which extends down south-east into the Himalayan regions where spirituality is an essential part of life. The book has six chapters, namely Of Love, An Exploration, A Calling, A Silly Mind, Of Wrath, and lastly, Of Faith & Joy. The first chapter appreciates the different shades of love. There are twenty-six poems in this chapter. The second chapter recounts of curiosity and discovery in life through my travel experiences and self-reflections with time. It has eleven poems. The third chapter is about a calling that reminds of futility in being fixated to an idea, a concept or a belief. It has thirty poems. The fourth chapter is of introspection. It studies mind by analysing its states and associated passions. It is about realisation of deep spiritual self. It has fourteen poems. The fifth chapter is about wrath --- the last resort to deal with anything. It is not merely of anger but about being wrathful out of concern. This section represents power, strength and definite action. It has six poems. The last chapter is concerning hope, faith and joy. The section speaks of happiness and bliss. It is also of resurrection. Being human, one usually succumbs to hurdles, failures and sufferings. This chapter makes a sincere effort to be hopeful and positive even in the ebbs of life. This has thirty-seven poems – the highest number among all the chapters.
About the author
Born in Ladakh, Stanzin Lhaskyabs has been an educated-nomad ever since he left his hometown for higher education. Graduated as an engineer from Delhi University, he pursued Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and currently pursuing research from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Apart from this, he has acted as the lead role in one of the popular regional movies of Ladakh – Lasdel, a period movie, in 2009, which was later dubbed in Tibetan. He is a big-time foodie, loves travelling and exploring.
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