Welcome to next edition of the AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & BOOK ALERT series. Today, we’re sharing:
Balroop Singh, a lovely writer I met via our websites a little over a year ago. Balroop and I would occasionally visit each other’s blog to comment on various posts. Then, she read one of my books and shared a wonderful review covering the lightness and darkness of the story. I began perusing reviews of her work and settled on reading Allow Yourself to Be a Better Person, then read a second book, Emerging From Shadows. You can check out my review of her work through these links; one was poetry and the other was self-help. I wanted to get a perspective of her writing style and content from both focal points within her work. If you’re looking for a writer with keen advice and a deep understanding of human nature, look no further. Discover Balroop through today’s author alert & spotlight…
About the Author
Balroop Singh, a former teacher and an educationalist always had a passion for writing. She is a poet, a creative non-fiction writer, a relaxed blogger and a doting grandma. She writes about people, emotions and relationships. Her poetry highlights the fact that happiness is not a destination but a chasm to bury agony, anguish, grief, distress and move on! No sea of solitude is so deep that it can drown us. Sometimes aspirations are trampled upon, the boulders of exploitation and discrimination may block your path but those who tread on undeterred are always successful.
When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.
Balroop Singh has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. The moonlight streaming through her garden, the flowers, the meadows, the butterflies cast a spell on her. She lives in San Ramon, California.
Overview of Book (s)
A self-published author, she is the poet of Sublime Shadows of Life and Emerging From Shadows, both widely acclaimed poetry books. She has also written When Success Eludes, Emotional Truths Of Relationships, Allow Yourself to be a Better Person, and Timeless Echoes. Her latest poetry book Moments We Love has just been released.
Moments We Love
Moments of fragrant love that stand frozen in time, of dreams that dare not unfold, of passion that fleets by, of erratic joy that we meet at the crossroads of life, butterflies of time that add color to our dark moments to scare the demons away – I have gathered all of them in this book. Some of them whisper softly to create a magical aura while spring of life sings with them, trying to wipe silent tears. Mother Nature steps in with all her grandeur to breath quiet messages of tranquility.
Each poem would soothe your emotions with élan and add a dash of color to your life. Life – that doesn’t halt for your sad moments; that just floats by. You just need to dive in to soak in myriads of moments to discover how it could ignite positive tones. All the poems in this collection are imaginary but inspired from people around me, some of whom chose to share their frustrations and tremors with me. Sometimes I could read between the lines to pen my thoughts down.
Memories and moments merge here
Today when I return to share
The glow of rainbows
Embers of emotional entreaties
And smoldering debris.
Excerpt from the poem Memories in the book Moments We Love:
Memories frozen in time
Stirring forgotten tears
Some emerge from
Dark crevices of heart,
The one I buried in books
The one I submerged in stream
Of my thoughts
Is peeping out
The one I hid in the old house
Craving for light
Their grief was muted
Eager to share their gloomy journey
Memories gather this time
In the arms of a poet
Exulting at his expertise
Of offering solace – hollow
Hollow words of comfort!
The Editor’s Review:
A brilliant poet may not color the tangible but rather unearth the hues of the intangible to coat specific dimensions to life. Balroop Singh masterfully spots the hues, decluttering them to seek particularity, taking us to the core of her dynamic worldview. ‘Words just swirled around us, Eager to be spoken, Sitting on the tip of tongues, We were guessing, The stories that lay within’ is one of her call-outs to help unhide the potent of what we don’t express.
Moments We Love is an enthralling and affecting spread of poems on a table where Balroop’s polished menu commands that the cuisines of life be consumed gently, each breath be taken consciously, and the fleeting feels between the lines be mined timely.
While ‘Breezy silence of your eyes, When they stirred skies’ points to the unimaginable possibilities of a heart with warmth, and ‘Morning mist obscured my view, Chilly winds enveloped me, Yet the lure of unknown love’ romances us into the sweetness of longing, ‘I pass by this desolate path, Receding foliage reminds me, Blossoms don’t smile here’ singes our passivity to avoid a future of disquiet.
What oxygenates in the book for the reader is the author’s uncompromising clarity that flows inward, and while it brims inside with rhythm and melody, we begin to make sense of what rushes outward, altering perspectives. And though the world that her words weave reflects our realities, she doesn’t abandon us for her webs of hard truths—if maneuvered lovingly, have solutions within. ‘A precursor of serenity, Glimmer glows within me, I abandoned your crutches.’
When I was reading the book, I was constantly reminded of the likelihood that some of the poems might be autobiographical, impressing me since only a brave and intelligent writer could dish out the emotions like she did; only a compassionate writer could stand in the line of fire and yet smile, and yet be thoroughly objective for the benefit of the others.
Book after book that Balroop has penned, she has been unwaveringly consistent with her universal themes. And with Moments We Love, she eloquently inspires us to believe in self and stand tall without fear; that our fear is indeed our solution. The impact of her verse is such that when I look at a peach and think that if peach were fear and its seed a solution, I can chew through the fruit—gently and consciously and through the heartbeats of resistance—to find my solution. Well, Balroop can unearth the hues of the seed without a single bite, which defines her writing.
Like she writes, ‘Still holding the fragments? Still haunted by ghosts? Loosen that grip, Let the demons fly.’ Yes, I say. Eat your fear. After all, the solution is at the core and we can plant the seed to sprout more solutions.
– Mahesh Nair
Interview: Questions & Answers
What are your real, author, and/or pen names?
- Balroop Singh is my real name. It is pronounced as BUL-ROOP. Bal means strength and roop means beauty.
When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?
- I didn’t know that I could write or I had so many moods, emotions and words to express my feelings but I was highly imaginative or so I thought! I loved to read and during my flights of fantasy, I could see myself writing. I would consciously tell myself – ‘one day I would write my own book.’ That self-promise never did wear off and I am glad I could accomplish it.
- The prompt was probably the workshops I conducted for my students to give an impetus to their creativity and the magazines we created together year after year. So writing, which seemed to be a chore in the initial years became a pleasure. The challenge to write better than the most creative minds I was surrounded with, helped me learn and embellish my style.
- My early poetry was very simple. I had written a few lines for my outgoing class and was told that it seemed some child had composed them. The snub steeled my resolve to keep writing.
I dived into the sea of emotions
Floundering around I met poetry
She smiled at my naivety
But her song soothed my nerves
Hand in hand we walked into wilderness
Sharing dreams of lands unknown…
What do you like about writing in your genre?
- A person of few words, I have always found poetry a more suitable genre of expression as it flows spontaneously and smoothly. I don’t have to make any effort while writing poetry. It’s succinct style lets me soar on the wings of words. Just a metaphor can evoke emotions that can’t be described in a thousand words. I feel poetry touches your deepest cords; develops perceptions and liberates us from the mundane. Due to its ambiguous nature, it can be interpreted in more than one way, depending on how the reader discerns the thoughts.
What do your plans for future projects include?
- When I launched my first poetry book, ‘Sublime Shadows of Life,’ one of my friends said – “this is just the tip of an iceberg.” I laughed it off, thinking this is just coming from a friend who is wishing me great success. At that time I didn’t have any idea I could write more poetry. I would like to share a few lines from my poem on Future:
More than once I’ve made
Inroads into future,
Stepped into the unknown
To peep, to think, to decide.
Amazing images have lured me:
A deep forest, frightening
A vast valley, intimidating
A long road, reassuring…
Do you blog and share book reviews of other authors?
- I started blogging after I published my first book and realized that nobody knew me. My journey started one fine day when I stumbled upon a very inspiring blog and the author’s reflections were so appealing that I couldn’t resist the temptation to share my thoughts. I found this platform immensely interesting and told myself – ‘I must become a part of it.’ My blog opened unknown vistas before me, it helped me in traversing those precincts, which were within me but I had never made an effort to discover them.
- My blog is about people, their emotions and relationships, how emotions mold personalities and what is our role in all this growth. I share my thoughts about books of other authors at Amazon and Goodreads. I also have a separate page of book reviews at my blog.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews?
- Reviews need to be read as they acquaint us with our imperfections and provide a learning opportunity. I like a bad review if it is constructive and offers an in-depth analysis of a poem. Good review is like a fragrant breeze that wafts around me for many days, boosting my creative juices. I haven’t done anything special to get the reviews for my books. I review most of the books I read and some of those authors are kind enough to read and review mine.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
- Write more, read more. Take care of all those pieces of paper that you stuff in the drawers and organize them.
- Mothers who are too ambitious and self-sacrificing forget their own self and I was one of those who devoted all her time to her children. I never had any time for any serious writing. I am only advising my younger writing self. I know if I were given another opportunity, my priorities would be the same.
What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?
- I am an introvert and love my solitude. Writing gave clarity to those ideas, which were confusing or blurred. Self-discovery acquainted me with some finer nuances of positivity, taught me how to rein my negative thoughts. Love for poetry slashed some emotional walls down and embrace grief that life hurls at us unawares.
What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?
- I love playing with my grandchildren and feeling blessed! I enjoy long walks, which inspire my creativity. I love to travel and spend time in the lap of nature. I find immense solace in all the moods of nature. Soft, sentimental music soothes my nerves whenever I am upset and reading is my lullaby.
Thanks to Balroop for providing such a beautiful introduction to her world of poetry, emotions, imagination, and intelligence (and showing us how to pronounce her lovely name). I’m honored to have had her as a guest on the Author Spotlight. I hope you’ll consider previewing and purchasing one of her books. I will be reading her latest, Moments We Love, next week — look for a review very soon. See you again soon with another wonderful author who will share their work.
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