Mid Autumn Musings by Dr. Aruna Shahani The beauty of autumn season inspires and speaks to the poet, as it sings aloud in many tones to sensitize the heart, mind and soul along with the senses. Mid Autumn Musings is Aruna’s first solo collection of poems. As a doctor, painter and poet, she observes with a keen eye of detail, people, things, experiences and relationships in her life’s journey, and keeps them well preserved within her for later expression. As a healer, she also seeks solutions. The book is a mixed basket of poems on issues and situations that have sensitized her, what she feels strongly about, and what flows straight from her heart. Humanity and love, the first religion of mankind, remain in the fore in her musings. Like the myriad shades and colours the eye experiences in the autumn season, Aruna’s writings touch upon a wide spectrum of subjects from current issues plaguing the world i.e. the effects of escalating use of technology, gender issues, social injustice and oppression, to the universal themes of love, nature, childhood and relationships. Mid Autumn Musings is an endeavour to transform the hearts and minds of readers, just as nature sees a beautiful transformation in autumn, in anticipation of a fresh start after the fall. The expression in contemporary free verse, using simple language, is intentional, to reach all readers – initiated and uninitiated.