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This is a debut collection of poems by Tashi Chophel, one of Sikkim’s finest English language poets.

Easterine Kire: “I love the upward movement of Tashi’s poems where mountain-scape mergers into skycape so smoothly, where mortals and immortals meet and merge with ease – stories that are told with a non-threatening masculinity that brings Sikkim home for me.”

Robin S. Ngangom: ” It is Chophel’s wry, revelatory portraits that grip one’s attention. HIs exploration of his roots – by way of droll mythopoeia, a pointing up of cultural vanities where the local is refracted through migrant cultures – is accomplished. He keeps an ironic, but never supercilious, distance, and takes us to the heart of life’s in this rewarding debut.”

Sumana Roy: “In Tashi Chophel’s poems one encounters a most interesting cast of characters. One, almost expectedly, breathes the mountain air. But it is these characters, with remarkable personal histories, that one remembers. So precise if Chophel’s way with words that we even remember the person whose hair sticks to their teeth. I read it like one does a novel.”

About the Poet:
Tashi Chophel is a poet, writer and a bureaucrat based in Sikkim. He is an avid history buff and loves taking jaunts in the mountains. This is first book of poems.

This is a debut collection of poems by Tashi Chophel, one of Sikkim's finest English language poets.

Easterine Kire: "I love the upward movement of Tashi's poems where mountain-scape mergers into skycape so smoothly, where mortals and immortals meet and merge with ease - stories that are told with a non-threatening masculinity that brings Sikkim home for me."

Robin S. Ngangom: " It is Chophel's wry, revelatory portraits that grip one's attention. HIs exploration of his roots - by way of droll mythopoeia, a pointing up of cultural vanities where the local is refracted through migrant cultures - is accomplished. He keeps an ironic, but never supercilious, distance, and takes us to the heart of life's in this rewarding debut."

Sumana Roy: "In Tashi Chophel's poems one encounters a most interesting cast of characters. One, almost expectedly, breathes the mountain air. But it is these characters, with remarkable personal histories, that one remembers. So precise if Chophel's way with words that we even remember the person whose hair sticks to their teeth. I read it like one does a novel."

About the Poet:
Tashi Chophel is a poet, writer and a bureaucrat based in Sikkim. He is an avid history buff and loves taking jaunts in the mountains. This is first book of poems.