Darjeeling: Darjeeling native Regina Gurung, who works as a journalist in Bengaluru, Karnataka, has released her debut book, Heavenly Bodies and Human Things.
The book is a poetry collection revolving around the dark side of life. It is divided into “four sections of the moon” — the New Moon section, the Waxing Crescent, the Full Moon, and the Waning Crescent — each symbolic of the mood the moon entails on human emotions.
Heavenly Bodies and Human Things delves into living on the dark side. Unapologetically exploring the calm and chaos of the night, echoing the traumas of sexual assault, unrequited love, hope for an ex-lover, and a quest for home in a foreign land, the poems echo the intricacies of human emotions with brutal honesty.
In her mid-20s, Gurung went to Bengaluru to pursue journalism and has been working with several news media houses for about four years. While journalism is her passion-turned-profession, poetry remains to be her art. She started writing poetry at a young age but lost touch with the art when she was honing her reporting skills. It was in the later half of 2018 that she found her way back into poetry and conjured her first book Heavenly Body and Human Things.
The book has already been released on Amazon, Flipkart, and Ingram and is available in 160 countries. Gurung’s parents will host the book launch at GDNS Hall in Darjeeling on June 5.
On May 19, Gurung organised a book launch in Bengaluru at Urban Solace and made the event a community-driven reunion. The performers included Darjeeling natives Swikrity Singh and Amullya Rai. She wore an ‘P.e.l.l.a’ outfit designed by award-winning Darjeeling fashion designer Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama.
The host of the event was Nirjal Basnet, an A-list stylist and an androgynous model.
Gurung’s book can be purchased online through any of the links given below:
Notion Press: https://bit.ly/2VSovA6