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A Walk in Paradise

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Cover Photos by Pankaj Tottada

A Walk in Paradise is a collection of ten poems from Santhosh Annabattula on the topics of death, downfall, duty, faith, hope, liberty, love, revolution, society, & soul. ​​Explore his verses while relishing the essence in them.​


Poem I

Describing the mental pain of a man seeking eternal peace, poet Santhosh Annabattula crafts his verses writing the thoughts of a fallen spirit filled with sorrow.

“Abstract Pain” is a paradox stating that the pain within our minds is an abstract entity that could be eliminated even if our spirits are broken.


Poem II

Narrating the story of a lonely flower hoping to find a companion, poet Santhosh Annabattula writes about how the flower found his lover. However, as nature dictates, happiness is short-lived as his lover leaves soaring into the skies.

​In a tragic yet poetic way, the poem “Au Revoir” masterfully talks about how a lonely soul couldn’t resist but seek his lover throughout the final stage of his life.


Poem III

Being mocked by forces beyond the human spirit while being occupied in his pursuit of fulfilling his dreams, poet Santhosh Annabattula describes how Hope reached out to help him stand against the odds.

​The poem “In the Path of Your Happiness” talks about the light at the end of the tunnel, just like the sunrise after a dark night. It mentions that we are unstoppable with Hope along our side in our moment of need.


Poem IV

Questioning anyone bound in the shackles of working their lives out, poet Santhosh Annabattula extends his hand to join him in breaking free and relishing their lives forever.

While doubting their motivation and reason, the poet asks if such an existence is worthy, especially after being gifted an extraordinary life by the Gods.


Poem V

A lover fearing rejection expresses her feelings through her art. Conquering her fear and taking a leap of faith, she confesses her undying love and asks her soulmate about leading a life together.

Santhosh Annabattula, through the poem Metamorphosis, shows that any pursuit is only as vigorous as the belief invested in it.


Poem VI

Pondering the question of “Who Am I?” poet Santhosh Annabattula writes his thoughts and ideas explored. In his journey, the poet offers his view on society and education while mapping them to his question to find an answer.

While the initial response seems to be that we are nothing more than meat, after a moment of thought, our thoughts seem to be the answer. However, in conclusion, the poet offers who we are in a unique way that defines what we have been doing since the beginning.


Poem VII

Writing about the life of a lonely rower, poet Santhosh Annabattula talks about how different people repay the rower when he drops them on the other shore before returning to his true home, the river water, until sunset. The poem “Rower” illustrates the feelings of a rower on a sunny day.



To be loved or to love are unparalleled feelings. Our lives, decisions, perspectives, and experiences are never the same again. What we love seems close to being a mythical artefact we adore caring about unendingly.

“Story of a Smile” by Santhosh Annabattula elicits one such experience of a lover free-falling into bliss, relishing the beauty of a smile.


Poem IX

Narrating the pain that forces us to let loose and be liberated, poet Santhosh Annabattula states that all of us hold ourselves until the threshold is crossed, and then hell shall be let loose, and with the intensity of a thousand suns, we shall reach our goal.

The poem “The Liberation Song” is an expression of the desire of awakening that shall get the best of our potential.


Poem X

Writing about humanity, poet Santhosh Annabattula mentions how we all belong to the same family while being separated by boundaries set within our minds.

Through Woven from the Same Fabric, the poet talks about how the human spirit binds us together while stating it’s our bonding that could ever complete us.

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R.S. Chintalapati
R.S. Chintalapati
Mar 15, 2023

This anthology is just love! One of the best collaborations I have seen in the community. Nothing beats Santhosh's poem with a cover from Pankaj. Kudos to both of you for creating such a memorable & worth-reading works! Keep going!

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