Monday, 25 May 2015

Revealing Cover: Chamber With Mirrors by Nuran Barengi

About the Author
Nuran Barengi:
Born in 1968, Ergani/Diyarbakır, she went to the primary school of the neighborhood until its third year, as she had to leave her birth place because of her father’s assignment to a new governmental post in Ankara where she continued her primary and secondary studies. During her graduate years she worked in the Ministry of Finance while pursuing her studies at the Faculty of Economics. The Ministry of Finance, the Treasury Under secretariat of Prime Ministry, the General Secretariat of the Administrative Council of Public Banks and The Agricultural Bank of Turkish Republic were the organizations at which she occupied important posts, which was followed by her research work, in her capacity of a staff member, at the Economics Department of the Boğaziçi University.
During her stay in Ankara, Mrs. Barengi, took singing lessons and dabbled in jazz music, studied ballet, went into journalism, and dipped into dramatic art. Married and the mother of two children, she lives in Istanbul, Turkey.
The interest she cultivated in arts and social sciences ever since she was in her teens played a decisive role in the development of her mental framework and in her undivided attention bestowed upon current social affairs. Philosophical issues particularly steered toward concepts of universal balance, of butterfly effect and of infinity have been the basic components in the formation of her spiritual framework and contributed to the many a perplexing problem related to human relations. An observing mind, coupled with an enthusiasm to experience life profoundly unleashed in her a resolute energy resulting into poetic creations. All these tributaries converged into the formation of her character reminiscent of streams flowing into the vast main.
Prizes and Shields
1.      Literary prize awarded on the World Women’s Day on 8th March, 2012, on the occasion of the festival organized by World Film and Arts Foundation and the Aznavur Sanat for prominent women who have contributed meritoriously to the development of fine arts and social media.
2.      Shield of gratitude offered by TUMBIAD (April 2012) for her integrating thorny social issues with art in her poem entitled Deprem (Earthquake) dedicated to the children, victims of the Van earthquake.
3.      Shield for her contribution, in her capacity of contributor, to fine arts on the occasion of the Mothers’ Day, 12 May 2012, organized by the World and Anatolian Federation for Social Assistance in which took part local and foreign prominent members of the society.
4.      To figure in the book entitled Gülbaranın Gülleri edited by Sedat Eroğlu, is a sincere tribute and joy for Nuran Barengi; it is a work that took the author ten long years for preparation. The book reminds the future generations that Diyarbakır-Ergani  has  been a center from which eminent men and women of letters, sciences and arts as well as politicians came out to contribute to the general culture of the land.

About Our Translator

Ahmet Ender Gürol

Ahmet Ender Gürol born in 1931, a prolific translator and lexicographer, has over a hundred books to his credit. Among the books he has translated from Turkish into English we can name The Time Regulation Institute; The Peace in Mind; The History of the 19th Century Turkish literature of A.H. Tanpınar; Istanbul was a Fairy Tale of  Mario Levi;  Locked Lives of T.Afsin Ilgar; In The Name of The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit:  A History of the Crusades, of  Doğan Yurdakul; The Crimean Times of Sevim Çokum; The Frankfurt Journal of A. Haşim; and  Murat IV of Turan Oflazoğlu.


In my journey from prose to poetry in the Chamber with Mirrors my inquisitive approach to life as a human being in the first place and then as a woman and mother
“I release my amniotic fluid to me heart
To free my neck from the chord around my neck”
The struggles i indulged in to see that ‘beauties’ come out with flying colours as sempiternally reflected in the image of our soul of the coexisting Good and Evil ....
In the Room with a Mirror of Leonardo da Vinci, is it possible that the fact that a person standing in the middle of a room whose walls are of mirrors clad claims that he can have endless viewpoints which it inspired the title of the present book may be the outcome of an endless repetitions of projections representing the infinite?
The fact that exchange of looks with you in the course of my journey along the lines of poetry I have just embarked on will ever fire my imagination is a source of intense joy for me... I thank you all so much...

Nuran  Barengi's feminine approach to life is so delicate that one feels as though a butterfly has just touched one's heart; hers is a sentimental collogue with her soul. She has the unaffectedness of Orhan Veli, while aspiring to Karin Boye's passionate expression at the same time. She touches the limits of eternity in her poems bordering on prose at times in which she captures moments of everlastingness. With consuming interest and curiosity, I am looking forward to see where Barengis' path will lead to in the end. 
~Özkan Mert
Turkish Poet

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Meet: Mahua Sen:Contributing Poet for Rhymes and Rhythm

Mahua Sen was born in Bihar and grew up in New Delhi. She is the second daughter of Dr. SM Chowdhury and Mrs. Krishna Chowdhury.
Mahua is a Post-graduate in Journalism and worked as a Journalist and a Banker. She is the author of a poetry book named 'Insights', published under the flagship of Authorspress, which received much appreciation. She is also a freelance writer and contributing author of many books. She used to play with alliteration and metaphors ever since a tender age. She  is an avid reader and a music-lover. She believes in the simple joys of life.
Mahua lives in Hyderabad with her husband, Utpal Sen and her four-year old child Raunav Sen whom she calls her ‘Sunshine’.

To know more about Mahua Sen, mail her at

Meet: Sunayna Pal: Contributing Poet for Rhymes and Rhythm

Sunayna Pal, born and brought up in Mumbai, shifted to USA for a little while after her marriage but misses Mumbai terribly and awaits her return. She has PG degrees from XLRI and Annamalai University and worked in the Corporate World for five odd years but quit it in 2009 and embarked on her heart's pursuits.
She started “Art with Sunayna” ( to teach and sell art for NGOs. She is also a certified graphologist ( who helps everyone to understand themselves better by using a mix of graphotherapy, healing and affirmations and corporate to hire better.
In midst of all this and being a home maker, gardener and photographer, she also finds the time to write. She loves to write from her daily life experiences. Sunayna was the Mumbai reporter for Evergreen Magazine. Many of her articles have been published in TOI, New woman, Women's era and she is a proud contributor at many other e-magazines and sites and the anthology “Mighty Thoughts” and “The second Life.” and is eagerly awaiting few other publications.
In her little spare time, she also maintains a blog at and can be contacted at She is currently writing a fictional story slightly inspired by her experience in the USA.

Meet: Jyoti Jain: Contributing Poet for Rhymes and Rhythm

Jyoti Jain, born and brought up in Rajasthan. She graduated in biology but at her graduation she felt that science wasn’t for her. She found her true calling in writing so she converted her hobby into a profession. Our amateur and wonderful writer is pursuing her P.G. in journalism and mass communication. She is also a writer at surabhi publications.

Meet: Debdip Maitra: Contributing Poet for Rhymes and Rhythm

Debdip Maitra is just another middle class boy currently pursuing B.Tech in
Mechanical Engineering. A hopeless romantic, he believes in being down to earth,
and letting his words & actions do the talking. A passionate quizzer, he also loves
reading, and can hardly spend a day without music. Basically laid back by nature,
you’ll nevertheless find him quite vocal about the things he is passionate about!

Meet: Neha Rautela: Contributing Poet for Rhymes and Rhythm

Her poems have appeared in International anthologies and Journals.
'In Our Own Words' , ‘The Art of Being Human Volume 4 -An Anthology of International Poetry’  publications of Brian Wrixon  Books (Canada),  PEN International Austria's book on  Malala  ,  Lovelets –by Butterfly & The Bee and All About Books Global, India , Persona by IIM -C , Synthesis- duet poetry by Poiesis ,Zest of Inklings,  Harvest of New Millennium to name a few.
  She truly believes that art is cathartic and loves to indulge in colours . She is a dog lover and stands for being kind to animals.

Meet: Nikita Goel: Contributing Poet for Rhymes and Rhythm

I am a Writer ,Blogger , Reader ,Teacher and a Counsellor. I am a hardcore believer of Karma and Law of Attraction. I preach to the World that all the Universe , including stars, sky, planets and moons work for you through your mind."What you think you become " is my way of living Life. I am hopelessly Optimistic. I am someone who would be there welcoming the new world when everyone around would be mourning the end .There is an eternal quest about knowing myself. There is a lot I learn about myself from people I meet , books I read and places I visit. I am self- obsessed and God says I am his favourite child. Three words that describe me best would be - Believer , Doer and Keeper.
My Blog "The Enchantress " is about celebration of Life. It's about being yourself and accepting every inch of who you are .It talks about happiness being inside you and God being not at churches. It's about a girl who is reluctant to grow up and how she deals with adults around  trying to change her. She is a Misfit, she belongs to nobody. She stares at the sky like it's her home. She years to be somewhere ,She belongs to the ANGELS. It's my LIFE through my eyes and I hope to read it to my grandchildren someday.
I have been Blogging since pretty long , may be 4-5 years .It's not about liking / loving for me. Writing is to me what Breathing is to You. I write because If I don't I would die. I often feel an urge to write when I am sitting with friends or dreaming at midnight or having lunch at a fine restaurant. It comes anytime and every time to me. It's a way of worshipping God.