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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Poet Interview : Amit Radha Krishna Nigam, author of 'Musings of Desire' (Part 1)
Amit Radha Krishna Nigam
Read up, Interview with poet, Amit Radha Krishna Nigam. The poetry collection, 'Musings of Desire'
touched me in different ways. From feeling sad, sympathetic to joyous, to appealing, unhappy, and to funny and delightful, this collection did tend to unearth the vivid nature of
the world and emotions. I think I am beginning to describe and write a review, all over again. So, I must stop, and give you his words, which are almost lyrical in themselves, Folks...
How did this book begin? Did you
have particular theme in mind when you began this?
Some of the poems in this book are older than
those in ‘Pilgrims’, my first book. That is to say, this book virtually began
around four years, back. After ‘Pilgrims’ was
published in 2014, I was trying to recover emotional grounds but recurrences
possess such a quality that they don’t let you go away easily.
‘Musings of Desire’ began while I was
trying to deal with much of that left-over business. But only when ‘Pilgrims’ was out, did I have a chance to collect and
reclaim all the draft works and notes.
For ‘Musings of Desire’, I
did never have a theme in mind for the whole collection, but eventually after
working on it, I realized that certain poems can be assembled under different
sections that speak of one theme.
What drew you to poetry?
My literary calling and motivation goes back to
my school days, fifteen years ago. I was fascinated by poetry’s charm, the art of saying
something in such an esoteric way that opens other dimensions to thoughts. More
than ‘what to say’, I was drawn towards its unique philosophical enquiry and way
of saying something.
Later, I started reading more poems and as a school boy who, on
seeing a charming girl desires her friendship, I started following her (poetry)
after school and would give her missed calls, often even during my board exams.
But poetry was not credulous to me. Back then, it was a one sided affair. I did write poems, hundreds of drafts, but people’s
posts on Facebook these days are better than those.
My poetry took some shape of its own during my
graduation when I wrote my first collection, ‘Awake Wonder and Lost’. It too, did not do very well, but the relation had
started (to answer now what drew me to it) and that was more than any victory
to me. That interest in the ‘art’ that grew was the complete shift for me and poets
like Rabindranath Tagore, William Blake and Kahlil Gibran ensured that I don’t go astray ever.
What were your poems about? Did
you have any running themes?
‘Musings of Desire’, poems feature some of my unrequited
emotions from my years in Australia that speak of memory
and its intimate relationship with loss and love. Here, I remember cities,
streets, beaches, restaurants… as binding to my obligation to remember my good
friends before I lose them toward the end of poetry.
Here, poems also observe the ubiquitous
temporary-ness of our world and any wisdom that it has to offer. It also includes poems on
memories and nostalgia that arise from haunting objects, places, and the whole
thought process of recovery and discovery that go with it.
Devotional essays towards the end, reminiscence of the bhakti
period and tributes to a few tragedies completes the journey for a reader.
book has nearly 12 sections and poems each section has running themes. However
I had not forced my poems to sit on one theme-chair if they don’t want to. My poems are always free to roam around in the classroom.
Any challenges you had to face while writing this particular book?
I had a huge volume of unpublished drafts and notes that I had
to put in some order. A lot of time was consumed to figure out what should be
included and what not, so that the book does not look completely off the mood.
Finding a poetry publisher was the second, and perhaps even bigger a
is the most fulfilling part of writing a book?
depends on various factors, including your very
purpose of writing a book and it’s largely a subjective matter (from author to
author). As far as I am concerned, after writing this book I felt a little more
relieved, like when you have puked after an emotional indigestion (that you
carried for years). Things that make you happy or
sad go a little deeper.
was one more thing equally fulfilling – to have an
opportunity to put my family’s name on a book.