”The Guardian’ feature on celebrated Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma collaboration along with nine other celebrated writers at London’s Royal Kew Gardens, London!


‘A journey around the world’: Kew Gardens offers visitors an escape

Travel the World at Kew series will showcases plants from 10 countries across six continents

Caroline Davies

Thu 20 Aug 2020 14.36 BSTLast modified on Fri 21 Aug 2020 04.37 BST

Children looking at humpback whale sculpture

Those unable to satisfy their wanderlust in these uncertain days of lockdown and travel quarantine are invited to immerse themselves in the sights, smells and spirit of faraway places – in a botanical sense at least – here in the UK.

From colossal Californian redwoods, those imposing ancient giants of the plant kingdom, to the balmy fragrance of Mediterranean rosemary and lavender, visitors to Kew Gardens in London will be transported to 10 countries across six continents within just a few hours as part of its Travel the World trail experience from next week.

The essence of a tranquil Japanese tea garden and delights of the Himalayan flora of an undulating Rhododendron dell are still within reach, for a tiny fraction of the real cost, with visitors’ senses heightened by accompanying prose, poetry and illustrations specially commissioned from talent across the world.

Sophie Rochelle walk past beds of asterids in the Agius Evolution garden within Kew Gardens, London.

 A visitor walking past beds of asterids in the Agius Evolution garden within Kew Gardens. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

“In a year when many holidays and travel plans have had to change, Travel the World at Kew will offer visitors a chance to experience the next best thing, a journey around the world inside the safety of our walls,” said Richard Barley, the director of horticulture, learning and operations at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

“Visiting 10 special locations dotted throughout our 320-acres landscape is a perfect way to reconnect with nature after months of lockdown.”

Kew’s Great Pagoda towers over plant specimens collected in China’s Sichuan province. South Africa’s bergs and kloofs are replicated in a rock garden stippled with cascading waterfalls. Eucalyptus trees arouse thoughts of Australia, as do spectacular mountain gums.

The monkey puzzle trees – “coiled succulent pine / with saurian arms, bony plates / on reptilian back” in the words of the Latino-British poet Leo Boix – are redolent of the time of dinosaurs. They evoke, too, Argentina’s “sub-Antarctic forests” and rivers of “the most radiant turquoise I’ve seen”, writes the Kew scientist Dr Laura Martinez-Suz in her accompanying prose.

Britain’s native woodlands of tall grasses, wildflowers and whispering beech and hazel are also on show. Meanwhile, Óscar Martín Centeno’s poem The dance of sunrise in the Mediterranean Garden is a dreamscape of flowers swaying in the light of a rising sun.

A centrepiece will be a large-scale humpback whale botanical living sculpture, created by the winner of the Netflix series The Big Flower Fight and on display from 22 August – 18 September.

The specially commissioned poetry and prose by literary award-nominated writers, with a strong connection to each country, are displayed alongside vibrant illustrations by artist Mark Boardman.

Visitors walk past flowering beds along the Broad Walk, Kew Gardens, London.

 Visitors walking past flowering beds along the Broad Walk at Kew Gardens, London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Writers include Joe Cottonwood, who lives in the coastal mountains of California, whose words read: “because a redwood with its power / will never preach / makes no demands / sips from the clouds / swallows the sunlight …”

The world-renowned Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma has penned Rhododendron’s Suitor, which includes the lines: “an eternal lover / jilted by the silver-barked / suitor of the steep cliffs, / the Nepalese alder …”

Paul Denton, the head of visitor programmes at Kew, said the trail highlighted some of the “hidden gems” of Kew Gardens. “You can be reading a beautiful piece of poetry at the same time as seeing the landscape, so you can get a real sense of place and space,” he said. “It’s like taking the perfect holiday snap.”

His favourites? “I love the Californian redwoods. There is something about the colossal nature of these trees. And the monkey puzzle tree, which just has such a strangeness about it.”


A photo of a panel with Yuyutsu Sharma poem, “The Rhododendron’s Suitor” installed on site

New Nirala Release : Rajinder Arora’s Kailash: Jewel of Snows

Kailash: Jewel of the Snows by Rajinder Arora ISBN: 978-8193936719 Paperback pp 268 pages with 68 colour pictures + maps. Rs. 895/- Indian

Kailash: Jewel of the Snows is an enthralling account of a Delhi-based mountaineer,
and creative entrepreneur, Rajinder Arora. This is one of the first few expeditions to
Mt Kailash after the Chinese government permitted the entry of Indians to the sacred
land of Lord Shiva, highly venerated in the Hindu-Buddhist scriptures.
Extremely captivating narrative of a young atheist, Kailash sketches Rajinder’s
journey to Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, 4,600m above the sea level. Starting his
sojourn in the Indian Himalayas, he crosses over the rugged Kumaon territory and
enters the Tibetan terrain with a group of 16 individuals. Arora strays on the
forbidden trail in the Tibetan wilderness. Along the perilous trail, he moves in search
of faith and meaning in life and narrates, with awe-inspiring details and anecdotes, of
survival in the high Himalayas, exploring the cultural diversity and saga of ancient
travel along Silk Road. Having encountered the grand vision of Mt Kailash,
completely awe-struck, he stumbles his way back home with a new-found reservoir
of spirituality that had lain dormant during vagrant young years.
Profusely illustrated, embellished with highly evocative accounts of fauna and flora,
breathtaking landscape and enviable life style of the nomadic tribes, the book is a
treasure to be preserved for posterity. A must for mountaineers, spiritual believers
and non-believers alike including all those interested in keeping a true account of the
fast changing Himalayan landscape and people struggling to keep it beautiful and
sacred in the centuries to come.

An atheist takes a religious yatra and comes back with a new religion for the
mankind. Kailash’ by Rajinder Arora is a fascinating account of an arduous 30-days
high-altitude trek to the land of the Gods. In one of the sections in the book he sums
up “Ecology is Religion”. Rightly so, the mankind has endlessly exploited earth, thus
brining upon it the wrath of nature. Environmental degradation is wrecking havoc
all around the world. We should follow his advice in preserving our beautiful
planet. Mt Kailash and the Holy Lake Manasarovar is the abode of Lord Shiva – the
Himalayas, with all their splendour and beauty are nothing short of God. Let us all
join hands in protecting the Himalayas for generations to come

Padma Shri Capt MS Kohli, Everester and the leader of Indian expedition to Everest in 1965. Chairman, Himalayan Environment Trust.

A mountaineer, trekker, photographer and collector of all sorts of memorabilia, Rajinder Arora is a graphic designer by profession. His adventure travelogues have been published in Indian Mountaineer and online journals. His publications include an illustrated volume on Everest Base Camp; three poetry booklets for children in Hindi; besides short stories in English and Hindi. A passionate reader, Arora lives with his wife and children in Gurgaon, India.

Kailash: Jewel of the Snows by Rajinder Arora, Now on Amazon India, UK, Canada and USA



Yuyutsu Sharma’s Poetry to be featured at Royal Kew Garden, London’s upcoming August, 2020 show, “Travel the World at Kew”


Travel the World at Kew

Delve into the jungle, meditate in a Japanese Garden or meander amongst the Mediterranean olive groves. Explore the world 30 minutes from central London.

An illustration of global landscapes at Kew


From 3 July – 16 October 2020


Throughout the Gardens. Ask for a map on arrival.


Included with entry. You must select a time slot for your visit in advanceBook your time slot

Satisfy your wanderlust at Kew this year. 

Bask in the glory of the Californian summer with our Redwood Grove. Get your Spanish holiday fix with our Mediterranean Garden. Adventure around Asia with our Japanese Garden or experience the Himalayas with our incredible Rhododendron Dell. 

Let the powerful fragrances of the Chinese Grove transport you thousands of miles away, or if you’re the adventurous type, explore the humid forests of Madagascar in our tropical glasshouse. 

Holidays might look a little different this year, but the scents and sights of Kew Gardens can whisk you away. 

This summer, create the holiday of a lifetime in a day. The world awaits you…

From 22 August

Nestled in our global garden, walk amongst poetry, prose, and illustrations from acclaimed writers from around the world. 

10 selected spots will be brought to life along with memories and sentiments from our own staff and volunteers.

Featuring work by:

  • Robert Montgomery
  • Joe Cottonwood
  • Nina Mingya Powles
  • Óscar Martín Centeno
  • Leo Boix
  • Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  • Tamryn Bennett and Lyndsay Urquhart
  • Jini Reddy
  • Dara McAnulty
  • Yuyutsu RD Sharma
  • Toni Giselle Stuart 

Guidance about coronavirus


Second Edition of Dr. Hemant K Jha’s Hindu-Buddhist Festivals of Nepal Released

Hindu-Buddhist Festival of Nepal  Paperback – 2020 by JHemant K. Jha ISBN: 978-8182500662 Paperback pp 204  https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500664?ref=myi_title_dp

Hindu-Buddhist Festival of Nepal documents a vibrant spectrum of the lucent moments of festivity and fraternity in the lives of Nepalese people. The author Hemanta K. Jha is a well known Nepalese culture critic. Not a day passes in Nepal without observing some festival. Considering festivals as great unifying factor in a culturally diverse Nepal, Jha explores the origin and evolution of the festivals and points out a syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism in the celebrations. Employing mythological tales, Nepalese folklore, historical chronicles, mythological tales, popular legends and personal experiences from the day to day involvement in the Nepalese society, Jha narrates the awe-inspiring accounts of the festivals of Nepal where gods and demons interact with humans in their daily drudge to make them aware of the celestial and ‘just’ sources of existence. The book includes not just major Nepalese festivals celebrated in the Kathmandu valley like Ghode Jatra, Machchendranath Jatra, Ghantakarna, Gai Jatra and national festivals like Nepalese New Year, Mata Tritha Day Buddha Jayanti, Nag Panchami, Janai Purnima, Teej, Vijaya Dashmi and Tihar, it also focuses on the festival like Chhatha and Shree Panchami celebrated with special reverence in the Nepal Terai. Hemanta K. Jha’s Festivals of Nepal comes at a time when the traditional ritualized mode of Nepalese life is under the lethal threat of senseless modernization and globalization.

“Dr. Hemant Jha’s book has refreshed my memories. In his simple and lucid language, Dr. Jha has briefly described nineteen main festivals of Nepal… a very valuable book on Nepalese festivals.”

 –Dr Shaphalya Amatya, Author of Art and Culture of Nepal and Rana Rule in Nepal

Tuluminous: Poems Paperback by American poet, Rajni Shankar-Brown released

In this visionary and nourishing collection of poetry, grounded in Sanskrit roots and cross cultural experiences, Rajni Shankar-Brown creates juxtaposed portraits and transformative bridges. She examines the complexities of harrowing justice issues while also narrating the beauty of our shared humanity. Written with imagination and soulfulness, Shankar-Brown’s transcendent poems burst and bloom with the freshness and flavor of cardamom pods. TULUMINOUS voices layers of intersectional heartache and simultaneously replenishes our spirits. Shankar-Brown invites us to reflect on our own internal compasses, as well as the societal compasses in which they are situated. TULUMINOUS calls us to action, urging us to collectively build a more equitable and loving world.

Rajni Shankar-Brown during a portrait shoot for E-Learn Magazine at Stetson University on May 30, 2018 in DeLand, Florida. Photo/Scott A. Miller

“TULUMINOUS is a marvelous and meaningful testimony of the power of language to heal and transform.”–Richard Blanco

“A festival for the senses, the poetry of TULUMINOUS sparkles and undulates, roars and radiates, soothes but illustrates that we must never be soothed into stagnation. Rajni Shankar-Brown: poet laureate of the just society.”–Irshad Manji

“Rajni Shankar-Brown has given us not only a wonderful new word–tuluminous–but an equally inventive collection of poems. The verses glisten with the freshness and clarity of someone accustomed to swimming in two rivers, East and West. Awash with earned epiphanies, these poems are best sipped, not gulped. Better yet, sit back and them let wash over you like a cooling Monsoon rain.”–Eric Weiner

A Poetry Workshop with Yuyutsu Sharma

A Poetry Workshop with Yuyutsu Sharma


 Saturday, 25 May, 2019 4pm-5pm

at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 141 Front Street in D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn, NY Transportation :  Take the F to York Street or the A/C to High Street Phone :  347-687-2375  Email : berlspoetry@gmail.com    https://berlspoetry.squarespace.com/

Yuyutsu Sharma is a Himalayan poet, currently a visiting poet at Columbia University 

After decades of traveling around the globe as an itinerant poet, Yuyutsu Sharma has earned the respect and admiration of thousands of people all over the world. He continues to have access to prestigious platforms and venues in Asia, Western Europe, and North, Central, and South America where his works are promoted and enthusiastically purchased. 

Sanskrit word for The Himalayas is ‘Devataatma’, the place where soul of the God lives. Yuyutsu would discuss the oral and folk traditions of the Himalayas and read his poems on his travels in three regions of the Himalayas –Everest, Annapurnas and Helambu. He will also do a PowerPoint presentation of my book, Nepal Trilogy with amazing panoramic b/w photos from German photographer, Andreas Stimm and discuss his evolution as a poet. 

During the workshop he will use his new book, The Second Buddha Walk: Inspired by The Second Buddha : Master of Time Exhibit at Rubin Museum, New York (Nirala) to discuss the concept of Space and Time and role of poet in the contemporary world, He will also read from Annapurna Poems and Milarepa’s Bones, Helambu and more recent Quaking Cantos : Nepal Earthquake Poems  to sketch the art of writing poetry and vocation of a being a poet today. Yuyu was a shaman in his childhood. He spent lots of time with the Himalayan sages as his father was a devout follower of naga sadhus who do not stay in a place more than a couple of days. Yuyu believes his current wandering poet’s avatar is result of his association with Naga ascetics. He will explore how the homegrown spiritual traditions shaped his writing centered on Europe and Americas.

Yuyutsu Sharma Reading Tour, May 2019


Wednesday, May 1,2019 at 6 pmColumbia University Reading by Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma, Poet and Journalist from Nepal at DODGE ROOM, EARL HALL, Columbia University, Main-Campus at Morningside. Hosted by David Austell, OISS, 524 Riverside Drive, International House North New York, NY 10027 Phone: (212) 854-6263

Thursday, May2, 6:30 pm -9:30 Nirala Book Party and Poetry reading and Launch of Winter Issue of Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing: Yuyutsu Sharma reading with David Austell, Ruth Danon, Mike Graves, Ravi Shankar, Mike Jurkovic, Fran Antmann, Carolyn Wells, Robert Scotto, Anna Halberstadt, Jack Tar & Others at La Mistral  330 5th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215  RSVP: 9292577846

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7 pm – 8 pm: Yuyutsu Sharma Boston Reading with Michael C. Keith and Gloria Mindock in the Cervena Barva Press Reading Series: A Night of Fiction & Poetry at Arts at the Armory/Basement B8, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, And Admission: $5.00, Refreshments served

Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu Sharma is a world renowned Himalayan poet and translator published by Nirala Press.

He has published ten poetry collections including, The Second Buddha Walk, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, Nepal Trilogy, Space Cake, Amsterdam and Annapurna Poems. Three books of his poetry, Poemes de l’ Himalayas (L’Harmattan, Paris), Poemas de Los Himalayas (Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain) and Jezero Fewa & Konj (Sodobnost International) have appeared in French,  Spanish and Slovenian respectively.  In addition, Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty-Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma has just appeared.

Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world and conducts Creative Writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.  Currently, Yuyutsu Sharma is a visiting poet at Columbia University and edits, Pratik: A Quarterly Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

Pratik’s Winter 2018-19 Issue Released

The current issue has special focus on Contemporary Russian and French Poetry. It features new work by fourteen Russian Poets including Dmitry Grigoriev, Alla Gorbunova, Olga Anikina Andrei Polonsky, Danila Davydov, John William Narins, Anastasia Romanova, Dmitry Legeza, Igor Karaulov. Valerii Zemskikh, Dina Gatina, Maya-Marina Sheremeteva, Irina Evsa and Serge Tashevsky. An essay “Russian Poetry Today: A Contemporary Sampler” by A. DMITRIJANOV has been included as a prelude to the Russian Section.
The Winter Issue also presents Eleven French poets including Michel Bulteau , Gabriel Arnou Laujeac, Maram Al-Masri, Hélène Cardona, Véronique Joyaux, Marie-Claude Deudon, Jean-Claude Tardif, Pierre Rosin, Nicole Barrière, Claire Paulian, Cirène Gayraud and Jacques Jouet. It also has special France related poems by Four American poets namely, Willis Barnstone, David Austell, Robin Metz, and Rebecca Morrison

Plus it has new work of non-fiction American Authors, Susan Shapiro and Elizabeth Enslin and a short story by leading Hindi writer, Pankaj Bisht
The artist of the Issue is Lithuanian sculptor and painter, Ruta Jusionytė.

In addition, new work by Tim Kahl, Amrendra Khatua, Usha Akella, Shailendra Sakar. Chuck Joy and Raghubir Sharma has been showcased. Besides, Haig Chahinian’s review of Susan Shapiro’s The Byline Bible, George Wallace’s review of All Vows: New & Selected Poems By David B Axelrod, Edmound Miller’s review of Diane Frank’s Letters from Sacred Mountain Place and Jeff’s Deck review Dan Szczesny’s The White Mountain are the highlights of the Issue. Stephanie Laterza Review Essay focused on Voices Carry (Shearsman Books, 2017) by Mervyn Taylor, Drugstore Blue (Five Oaks Press, 2017) by Susana H. Case, and Out From Calaboose (Nirala, New Delhi, 2017) by Karen Corinne Herceg has also been included in the Winter Issue of Pratik.

Winter Issue of Pratik available in North America on
Amazon.com, Special focus Contemporary Russian and French Poetry…

Winter Issue now on Amazon India!