Deepa Vanjani developed an interest in poetry early in life and her love for poetry has always remained strong. Born and brought up in India and firmly rooted in Indian traditions and spirituality, she has a PhD in English Literature. As well as her concern for the human condition, she is particularly involved in environmental issues. Vanjani has contributed as a freelance columnist to the esteemed national English-language dailies, "Times of India" and "Hindustan Times" and has written intermittently for "Confluence," published from London. An academician by profession, Dr Vanjani presently heads the English department in a college in Indore, Central India, and runs a literary club with the aim of nurturing interest in creative writing. "Shifting Sands" is the first collection of her poetry, some of which has previously been published in literary magazines and online forums. --Dr Deepa Vanjani's life experiences have led her to seek for an understanding of what it is to be human: it is a search that leads inevitably to meditations on our place in the universe and so to our relationship with the wider nature of which we are a part. From there it is a short step to our relationship with a divine creator... In all the philosophical reflections and quest for the spiritual life, she never loses sight of the frail human being. And that is one of the great strengths of her poetry. -Margaret Clarke, Oxon, UK.