I had the chance to talk to the poets of ‘Kuch hakikat, kuch falsafe’ – Manish, Nitish, and Chhavi. Here is an excerpt from the conversation:
Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
Manish Singh: I am basically from Raipur, Chhattisgarh. I am a software engineer by profession and a poet by hobby. I always liked reading stories, poems, essays during my childhood. I am an Introvert person so writing is the best way I found to express myself.
Neetish Tewari: I was born and brought up in Nainital, studied computer applications and business and have been working as a product manager in Gurgaon for the last few years. In my free time I like to read and watch documentaries, I wish to soon run a marathon.
Chhavi Raina: Writing has always been my first love followed by music. I love writing, blogs, movies reviews, sports news etc. Though writing Hindi poetry is close to my heart. In my free time, I try looking for inspiration from our day to day lives and express that in poetry.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?
Manish Singh: I used to write articles and poems in Hindi from my college days. I used to write based on situations I am facing in real life. Once I had collection of decent number of poems, I thought about publishing them.
Neetish Tewari: As I said, I am from Nainital, everything in the place inspire poetry.
Me and some guys from school, had a band and we tried real hard ( no, we didn’t try hard at all ) but I started writing songs to fool around a bit, mostly funny goofy songs , then I was challenged to experiment with different variety, I constantly try to imagine different situations and scribble something related to that .
Chhavi Raina: I believe every person is romantic at heart, so writing in this genre is the basic thing to do and as for most of us, love is followed by heartbreak, so describing those feelings in poetry is always a great idea. we have a bit of humour too, as it has to be there to live a happy life
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
Manish Singh: I got inspiration from various situations I faced in life. My friends from college and my office colleagues liked by poems and encouraged to get them published.
Neetish Tewari: Inspiration came from my friend Manish, he thought that poetry should be shared and encouraged me to share my contribution, I feel I did not do complete justice to the faith he had in me but very proud to see my words printed in a book.
Chhavi Raina: From my near and dear ones. My father writes for himself and that inspired me.
Q. What exactly does your book convey?
Manish Singh: My book is a rainbow of emotions and feelings. It has poems on love, separation, despair, hope, humour, philosophies and variety of thoughts. Readers can certainly relate to those.
Neetish Tewari: The book conveys various human emotions replicating the journey called life, every emotion can be represented in the form of some of the poems in this book, if you have difficulty in finding words for any particular emotions let us know, we will come up with something.
Chhavi Raina: The feelings of most of the youth of the nation
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?
Manish Singh: It was just the emotions based on situation I was facing at that moment.
Neetish Tewari: It has been penned over a fairly long time, so as usual life was going on and different complexities of life presented different opportunities to be poetic, some of the poems made it to the book some are still work in progress.
Chhavi Raina: Nothing specific, it has been written different phases of my life.
Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?
Manish Singh: As It was a hobby for me, I could not dedicate regular time for writing. These poems are written over a span of many years starting from my college days.
Neetish Tewari: It wasn’t about allocating some time every day but keeping a poetic mind in general and meeting interesting people, most of the inspiration comes when you lead and interesting life and encounter ever changing situations, that requires very little commitment in the form of time.
Chhavi Raina: Not sure how many hours but it was the time in which I wanted to be happy and alone
Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?
Manish Singh: Once I decided to publish, I was fully committed to the cause.
Neetish Tewari: All the time, believing that people will appreciate those words was tough for me to believe throughout.
Chhavi Raina: Never.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
Manish Singh: It will only help me become better poet so I welcome all the critics.
Neetish Tewari: I appreciate everyone who has come up with criticism, one of the major criticism for my work in the book is that almost everything is in the sad/dejected category, which is amusing if you know the context, but yes the criticism is fair and I guess it calls for applying myself to write better.
Chhavi Raina: Constructively. We cannot make everyone happy but everyone’s thoughts need to be heard
Q. How was your experience with Bluerose throughout the publishing of the book?
Manish Singh: It was quite nice. Blue rose staff was quite supportive on every stage.
Neetish Tewari: Decent experience, the publishers made their bit in publishing.
Chhavi Raina: It was fabulous. Quite happy to be associated
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
Manish Singh: Express your thoughts with clarity via your writing. Don’t worry what others will say, just write what your heart says.
Neetish Tewari: I am not qualified enough to give any advice, as I am pretty new and, honestly very lucky to have my name on the cover of a book. As I said earlier, experiences facilitate your writing, no matter which genre but try to be experimental and lead an interesting life. Also make good friend, you never know where your friends can take you.
Chhavi Raina: Don’t stop believing in your work. Keep going