Sharing a sense of my new Poetry book…“Trouvailles: My moments of Yūgen” …
that would be my gift to the word, as I step into my 50th(49) year later this month. ☺️😊
A Trouvaille (origin: French) is a chance encounter with something wonderful. Whether its stumbling across a hidden back street, a quaint cafe, or connecting with a local, trouvaille describes those magical moments we experience in our journeys.
Yūgen an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics, is a profound and mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe. An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and powerful for words. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, Yūgen was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems. It is said to mean – “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”. Yūgen suggests, that beyond what can be said, but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience.
“Trouvailles: My moments of Yūgen” is my second collection of poems, after Fragments. It is a compilation of verses, from my spiritual journeys into finding myself, through solo wanderings.
The poems, in robust sections dedicated to each of these places, are an optimistic and positive reflection on life. They are vividly defined and analytical views on simple but profound experiences – life and death, love, sex, and relationships, also on life’s rejections, defeats, and attaining spiritual self-assurance.
I like to think of myself as an explorer of life, a seeker, and a creator of flow. I believe that it is only through flow that you find a connection to your genuine self and that you then begin to live fully. Thus, I have been on a journey that is about so much more than just locations. It has been a poetic journey to self-awareness and inner healing, an ongoing journey to find and connect with my true purpose and authentic self.
After years of working in demanding corporate jobs, juggling work, family and relationships, I often found myself questioning why I was doing what I was doing, wondering if there wasn’t more to all of this, and if I was missing some bigger purpose. Unsettled by watching those around me live without flow, struggling to find their balance, happiness, and health, my journey as a literary fiction writer began in 2010.
Travel has been a big component of my explorations on the meaning of life – converting to poetic expressions – in my sense of relating to my inner and outer world. Curiosity on one’s self is the gateway of understanding our own sufferings and blockages that hinder us from living our truth. Inner exploration can be a deep and life-changing experience.
Through these poems I invite the reader, to journey with me, to find own inner connections, harmony, and flow. My goal is in creating a safe cruise for one to explore and discover one’s inner peace, courage, strength, and ultimate potential. I hope to inspire and motivate people to live in a place of self-love and acceptance, thus inculcate the inner strength to never give up. In doing so we can begin to find our inner peace and exemplify this way of life, cultivating compassion in our outer interactions.
Shuvashree Chowdhury, is the author of four literary fiction books titled: Across Borders and Entwined Lives (novels), Existences (short stories), and Fragments (poetry). She spent over two decades in the corporate sector, in senior managerial capacities with top companies including: Jet Airways, ITC Sheraton Hotels, Tanishq (Titan Industries), Shopper Stop, and was also as a senior executive search consultant at Randstad India. Born and raised in Kolkata, after fourteen years of living and working in Chennai, she is now currently based in her hometown Kolkata.
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