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The Prism of Life

Author: Ivy Imogene Hansdak


About the Author
Dr. Ivy Imogene Hansdak belongs to the Adivasi / tribal / indigenous Santal community of Jharkhand, and teaches English literature at the Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, New Delhi. She knows three languages: Hindi, English and Santali. After completing her Master’s in English from the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, she gained admission into the M. Phil. / Ph. D. programme at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

As a poet, Ivy Hansdak has been deeply influenced by Western poetry as well as the folksongs of Santal Parganas. She hopes to translate these Santali folksongs into English. She has translated Santali fiction into English, besides working as the Chief Editor of an online literary journal on Adivasi / tribal / indigenous issues titled The Johar Journal.



Autumn Love

Like coins dropped into brackish pool water,
Your smiles entered my consciousness;

Like dawn tiptoeing over distant plains,
Your glow permeated my gloomy darkness;

Like rain flowing down grimy window-panes,
Your words cleansed my bitterness;

Like dew caressing withered rose-petals,
Your touch awakened my sensations;

You were the Adonis to my Persephone
And we found our autumn in the garden of Hades.


The Prism of Life

  • Pages: 64
    Year of Publication: 2022
    ISBN: 978-81-956648-5-6 (9788195664856)

    Contents: 44 poems spread across 4 sections


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