Abhay K. has a special gift. His poetic mission, rare today, is simply to praise. This poetic duty, described by Rilke as ‘Ein zum Rühmen Bestellter’, makes him ‘the one whose task it is to praise.’ To praise the earth, the fruits of the earth, the myriad manifestations of culture and history and geography, such praise requires faith, insight and compassion. Abhay K. has these qualities in abundance. His poems shimmer with a deep human appreciation of the gift of life and its fragile tapestry. I see them as Vedic hymns of praise in contemporary dress.
Gabriel Rosenstock, Irish poet
In these rapturous poems Abhay K. catches the allure & mystique of Kathmandu; its maze of medieval streets, its thronged bazaars, its twilit courtyards.
in these captivating poems I taste the aromas of its ancient alleyways & the drift of incense from its crumbling temples. I hear in them the raucous chant of its life. Abhay K. is the all-seeing eye, the seer who brings to light a city & its people with a rare immediacy of speech and a boundless imaginative empathy.
This young, visionary poet communes beautifully with his beloved Kathmandu. I am grateful for this superbly crafted, exquisitely achieved collection that chronicles the life and times of a city and a people dear to my heart.
Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Irish poet
The geographies, both material and spiritual, of Nepal, the pinnacle of our world, have never been more lovingly rendered than in this, Abhay K.’s splendid poetic sequence of praise, dazzlement, and wonder for a realm in which he sojourned as both a pilgrim and a friend.
Vijay Seshadri, winner, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry