Salil Chaturvedi


Salil Chaturvedi writes poery and short fiction. His stories and poetry have been published in online and print journals such as Himal, Indian Quarterly, Wasafiri, Out of Print, Antiserious, Guftugu, Indian Cultural Forum, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), The Sunflower Collective, Joao Roque Literary Journal, etc.
He is an avid reader and writer of haiku. His haiku and haibun have been published in international journals including Modern Haiku, Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, Failed Haiku, Chrysanthemum, Wild Plum, Acorn, Hedgerow and Haibun Today.
He was the Asia region winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition 2008, and the winner of the Unisun/British Council Short Story Competition 2007. He won the Wordweavers Poetry Contest in 2015.
He currently lives in Chorao, an island in Goa, India, and can be contacted at

Smashwords Interview

'In the Sanctuary of a Poem' is an intriguing title. Tell us more about the sanctuary!
The title comes from a poem in the book, which is about a frog that has taken sanctuary inside a particular poem. But the frog is just a metaphor for all of us. It’s a world that is coming into a slow boil and we all need a place of safety, where we feel free from persecution, free from danger. I think art, in general, and for me, poetry, is one such place of refuge where we can connect with our inner selves. Also, sanctuary comes from the Latin root sanctuarium, from sanctus ‘holy’. I do believe that as a collective we have lost the sense of the sacred. The poems in the book lead you back into the world as a holy place, not in a religious sense, though there is nothing wrong with that, but in a more immediate, sensorial way, through ‘deep’ images.
So, would you say it’s a book about rediscovering Nature?
It’s a book about rediscovering connections. Whether we are aware of it or not, we do inhabit a planet which is mind-bogglingly interconnected. We feel fulfilled, even thrilled, when the interconnections come to the fore. There is an added charm one experiences. So, this book is really about discovering connections with the world around us, and with each other. The poem ‘Grandmothers,’ for instance, discovers a connection with my maternal grandmother’s death and an ibis, a bird that returns every year near where I live.

As far as ‘nature’ is concerned, the word has its roots in ‘nat’ born, hence ‘natal.’ I think the poems take pleasure in the functioning of the world which is constantly renewed and invites us to be born many times over. I like to think that the reader will experience some kind of birth, maybe of a feeling or an insight, as she discovers potent images in the poems.
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Where to find Salil Chaturvedi online


In The Sanctuary Of A Poem
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » South Asian & Indian poetry
A sanctuary where anything is allowed, and everything's possible! Fifty-two poems by Salil Chaturvedi, an award-winning Indian poet, collected over almost a decade of wandering and wondering among the Western Ghats, along rivers and within forests and wetlands of Goa. Amitav Ghosh, the renowned Indian writer, calls it a 'delightful book,' singling the title poem as his old favourite.

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