About the Book
Mdantsane remains the second biggest township after Soweto in South Africa. I have been working among the downtrodden and trauma affected people at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane since last twenty years. This collection of poems and illustrations are the result of this impact and is the first of its kind from this township.
Mdantsane Breathing is a portrayal of a brave black community fighting against all odds for a better life in modern South Africa.
Amitabh Mitra is a Medical Doctor in a busy hospital in East London, South Africa. A widely published poet in the web and print, Amitabh has been hailed as one of the most popular South African poet writing in English today by the Skyline Literary Review, New York. Amitabh, now settled in South Africa, uses his experience of social interaction and cultural impact from countries like India, Bhutan and Zimbabwe where he worked under varying conditions, in his art and poetry. A powerful voice dispersing a reverie of time and heritage, his love poems with a backdrop of feudal Gwalior and Delhi take you on a sentimental journey to old family homes, forts, palaces and places where he grew up.