About the Book
The first and main portion of the book pertains to various aspects of the human condition such as love, joy, anger, sorrow, faith, devotion, hope, ambition, acceptance, contentment, loneliness, grief, guilt, greed, selfishness, individuality, freedom and desire. Each and every poem (41 in all) is juxtaposed with a suitably relevant colour image that depicts the sentiment being alluded to. The second part of the book is a collection comprising 31 of Shobha’s insightful quotations concerning the rapidly deteriorating environment (accompanied by germane images) relating to the perilous state of planet Earth and the various plants and animals that live and depend on it.
This is Shobha’s own description of her book:
Poetry is a revelation from a place deep within where dialogues never cease 'till answers are found'. All of us receive these answers. Some of us respond to these voices from within. Others refuse to hear them. Each time a poem emerges, a storm abates. Peace reigns and once again you feel connected. Deep seated thoughts, convictions, and resolutions manifest at this level. Questions that arise are inevitably answered. This is what I am sharing with you in my collection ‘Dialogues From Within’.
My books: The long reach of organic chemistry: an eclectic journey down carbon lane, parts 1 & 2; Water: a biography of the planet’s foremost, fundamental fluid; Blood: life's most wondrous transportation system; Alcohol: a spiritual exposition, an intemperate odyssey; Oxygen: the story of a primal fluid of vital importance to all life forms & our intimate relationship with this extraordinary gas; Time for reflection: the unsustainable demand for water & the consequences for our planet; What a load of bails & Spin washed and Kumble dried. My education: PhD in Physical Chemistry, Salford University. My research: using chromatography, particle sizing, microscopy, calorimetry, spectroscopy & rheology to study elastomers, plastics & hydrocolloids viz. starches, tree gum exudates, mucopolysaccharides, xanthan gum, konjac mannan, pectin, wheat protein, cellulose, hyaluronic acid, inulin, quorn, agar, alginates, carrageenans, dyes & sugars