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How my books changed me
 swarajya singh  
 11 March 2018  
Art

Books became my gateway into this wild jungle of imagination. We all read books in order to receive formal education but my relationship with books is ever dynamic. I remember being 10, with 4 comic books in my hand eagerly waiting for my study table to be delivered to my house. I promised myself that I will study on this table and read on this table all the time. It was the perfect table with a little book rack attached to it. Soon, the books started coming in.My grandmother tucked me into bed every night, only after telling me hindi stories. So even before I could read, my relationship with stories had already begun. I started writing about my mundane life as if it was a wild adventure, after reading "The Diary Of a Young Girl" by Anne frank. It baffled me how I could connect to characters in these books, who lived in these in places I have never heard of. I feel like I could read more books and develop telepathic powers someday, just like Matilda. Winnie the poohtaught me to be kind in the most humblest way possible. In my imagination, I was a part of every story I read. I understood how stories have the power to change the way I look at the world.When Robert Frost walked the road not taken,he lightened this new sense of hope and courage in me. Poetry became my way of expressing myself. I began scribbling poems in english, on the margin of my notebooks. I found the kind of friends, I aspire to become in the perks of being a wallflower. I found a mentor when I spend my Tuesdays with Morrie, who taught me the importance of being compassionate, taught me about the fragility of life and the value of memories, taught me to love or perish. She taught what immense bravery and standing up for others selflessly entails, when she stood in the face of death and told the gunman "I am Malala". She moved me in ways I hadn't been moved before. When  I thought I was hitting rock bottom, the alchemist showed me how the possibility of having a dream come true makes life interesting, makes every morning worth waking up to and that the secret of life is falling seven times and getting up eight times.  Rupi Kaur put her vulnerabilities in few sentences, on a paper for the whole world to see. Being honestly herself, she gave the world an insight on what a revolution it is to just love yourself. I wish to take something from every book I read. To become a reflection of every character that somehow touches my life. The person I am is the aftermath of all the books that I've read.

Book Review: SOLITUDE and other OBSESSIONS
 Shivangi Rawat  
 28 March 2018  

ReviewSOLITUDE and other OBSESSIONS is a thoughts and imagination treasury of Uma, Binod, Trupti, Shruti and Saurin. All the five poets have done an amazing work, they have compiled 73 poems in totals that reflect the emotions and feelings.A human mind is always preoccupied with various and numerous thoughts. From man to woman, boy to girl, minor to stripling every humankind is indulged with obsession, some people refrain but some they cant and become obsessed.Poems in the garner have a high and rich vocabulary, themes of the poem are multifarious. Poetry is something that has a power to control the mind, I was enjoying reading these poems on various topics, the book is full of awestruck and awesome pieces of poems of poets. Some of my personal favorite from this pile is Binod Panda's collection every poem has a story behind even years are mentioned, Life: With A smile amazing, Two to Tango, Who Am I, Send Me, Flute, The Light Princess, and In A Lap Of Death are few titles touched my soul.Title and cover both didn't make a place in my heart, but yes poems have left the print in my heart!Highly recommended to all the poetry lovers.4/5 startsBlurbWe are a species fueled by obsessions. Every human achievement, and every infamy, is the result of an obsession that tormented, possessed and consumed. This is a selection of poetry about solitude and other obsessions that have distracted, driven, destroyed and / or defined us. Spanning genres, styles, emotions, time & place, these works by a collective of 5 poets are a glimpse into the obsessions that have become us.All about the five Authors"Uma Sudhindra grew up in an army environment. After a decade-and-half of corporate life, she became an entrepreneur and has remained one. She loves books, music, travel & the Armed Forces. Her entrepreneurial venture Go Magic Trails reflects her passion for travel and experiencing the new & unique.She's co-founded I'm Every Woman, an NGO for women empowerment. Their flagship initiative, DURGA India, has worked tirelessly with communities, corporates & government to create safer spaces for women & children.Binod Kumar Panda is the classic mix of left-brain, right-brain. Gregarious and charming, he's an engineer and MBA with a hugely successful corporate, entrepreneurial and consulting career.His school and college years though were spent in the company of solitude and like-minded friends that resulted in thought provoking poetry.Trupti Kalamdani is a mechanical engineer by profession who investigates stresses developed on an aircraft body at work; while at home, releases her stress by penning down a few lines.Her tryst with poetry started during her school days, when she expressed her undying love for cricket in the form of a poem. Over the years, her limericks have grown into full bodied verses. A closet poet for years, she is finally out and exploring different platforms to share her work.Her poems have been published in literary journals like efiction India, Taj Mahal Review and Coffee Shop Poems. She is also a regular performer at ""Let Poetry Be"" events at Atta Galatta.Dr. Shruti Arabatti comes with a mature head over drooping arms and a mind ticking faster than an exploding bomb. Like her namesake, she is an orchestrated person living in a discordant cadence. She manages to hit all the right notes amidst all the gobbledygook yelping by her adorable preschooler.Saurin Desai's first love led to a roaring affair that's ongoing now since nearly 30 years. At the innocent age of 8 he met a comic book that whacked him on the head (pun intended) and he fell heels-over-head, literally (pun not intended).But being commitment-phobic, he had a couple of dalliances: with engineering, jobs & businesses, before succumbing to the seduction of the writer's life and giving up everything to become lazier than he ever was.About BookPaperback: 128 pagesPublisher: Notion Press,Language: English.

Aislin Fall, a poet and photographer
 StoryMirror Feed  
 18 April 2018  

StoryMirror interviewed Aislin Fall, a 25 years old maker of things. Writer. Photographer. Poet. Compulsive traveller. Joy Seeker. Knowledge sponge. PNW born and bred.Here is what she has to say.Q. Tell us about you and your background.I guess I was born and then a lot of things happened and I ended up where I am now.I'm from British Columbia, Canada. I was 16 when I started taking photographs using my dad's camera. I was really obsessed with fashion photography for a long time and was always making my friends crawl into bushes and peer from behind blooming branches and once, I made my best friend carry a small wooden giraffe around her neighbourhood. Eventually, I started photographing models in the suburbs and beautiful landscapes wearing lots of different clothes. Eventually, I stopped photographing models anywhere. These past few years, I've become more drawn to taking pictures that document life as I see it, which usually fits in the category of travel and portrait photography with a tinge of adventure and lifestyle. I still shoot fashion sometimes but it's not my main focus.Photoshop came before photography for me and by the time I picked up my first camera, I was already dabbling in graphic design and photomanipulation. I fell in love with retouching as I transitioned into fashion photography and I worked as a retoucher for a few years. I don't retouch professionally any longer. I like being outside more than I like being on a computer these days.Travel has been the dominant force in my life for the past four years, although I did travel a lot with my family while growing up. I am usually in a state of going somewhere. I haven't had a "home" for more than a few months in a long time.Q. What is your life's greatest passion? What inspires you? I think life itself is my greatest passion—life and all the things it encompasses. The swell and swoon and pull and press of existence. The miracle of existing at all. The hope is to be as fully present and here in this moment. It's strange how something so simple can be so hard sometimes! How easy to get lost in your head—to stop listening to footfall of passing strangers, trills of birds, pulse of water. So my greatest passion is life and from there, everything else flows. I have been a maker ever since I was little—drawing, writing, forming stories—and the process of creating is a huge passion of mine. Nowadays, it takes the shape of photography and poetry. I grew up travelling the west coast of North America with my family and in my 20s, I've spent a lot of time on the road in Canada, USA, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Travelling is definitely one of the other great loves of my life.But they are all so wound together. Photography, writing, travelling—they're all giant pieces of this life of mine. They're how I think and feel and experience. Life gives me inspiration and then I take that and make these things with it.Life inspires me, the world inspires me, relationships inspire me, art inspires me, emotions inspire me, light inspires me. Since I'm mostly photographing my life as I experience it, I just look for moments.Q. Take us through your work. I shoot people and places. I catch real moments and pull them through my perspective until they feel like me. I get my fingerprints on everything. I'm not one of those photographers who doesn't like to modify things (though if you are, that's fine). I see things as malleable. I love Photoshop.My work is me; my work is my life. It's the fleeting instant that I got my fingers around. It's a record of where I've been and what I've felt. The roads I've walked down, the people I've loved, the sunrises I've seen, the glimmers of light that took my breath away.It's travel or landscape or documentary or lifestyle or portrait or whatever.WhistlerUSATessTasmaniaTasmaniaSydneyScotlandPortoMaiteIrelandIrelandIrelandhowthhollandCanadaBeeAusAthensAthensQ. Can you share with us a 'behind-the-scene' memory of yours that has stood out the most? Back in October, at the beginning of this last backpacking trip in Europe, I went to the Acropolis in Athens for sunrise. I watched the twinkle of dawn wash over the ancient streets of the city and observed the quiet blue of night transform into brilliant, shining light. It was one of those times when you look around at your life and feel all the decisions that brought there to that specific, remarkable, precious point. A blink of overwhelming gratitude.During the day, Acropolis is a swarming beehive of human beings. There are so many people. But when the gates first open in the morning—right before the sun rises, it's nearly empty. There were only two or three other people there when I watched the dawn awaken the city. It was so private and personal, witnessing the sun crest over the mountains, pull the shadows long and far over the ruins.Q. Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?I have been to 25 countries in 25 years, and while that's not a "career" oriented "achievement," it's a personal achievement. I'm immensely proud of this life that I've carved for myself. I have seen so much and it's truly shaped me.Q. What is your life's philosophy?Love and interconnectivity. Be kind and compassionate towards everything—other humans, animals, the planet, yourself. We are all so tied together. Our actions matter.Q. If you could give a message to all the 20 year olds of the world, what would it be?Be patient. Remember that you are not your emotions. Gratitude is the key. Emotions are passing clouds in the sky—they are things that you experience but they are not your identity so don't be consumed by them or think that they're your truth. Patience because all things take time and it's really hard to really know who you are or what you want at 20. It's important to give yourself room to grow and discover and make mistakes. I view the 20s as being a massive opportunity for learning. Training your mind to practice gratitude has the potential to change everything.Q. How do you want to see yourself 5 years from now?Happy and fulfilled, though that's the aim for every single day and not the destination. I'd like to be sustaining an income from my photography and writing, and still engaged in creative projects that excite me. I hope to have more of a "home" in five years but still travelling a lot with at least another ten new countries checked off my list!Check out her website, blog and instagram.

Book Review: The Divine Throne Of Maharani Meeramani By Meenakshi Verma
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Book Title: The Divine Throne Of Maharani MeeramaniAuthor: Meenakshi VermaFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 278Language: EnglishPublisher: Invincible PublishersPublishing Date: 12 August 2017ISBN-10: 9386148773ISBN-13: 978-9386148773This story has Historical, Political & Social aspects. “JAIRAJGARH,” The Grand Empire of Rajputana, whose King is a great warrior, and a devious politician. He didn’t limit his devious politics to only the royal throne, but extended it to his personal relationships. He’s a ruler, who waited for a long time to have a successor for his grand empire and went on to design a conspiracy for the murder of his own child… The third wife of the King, Maharani Meeramani, who is a warrior by actions, and a hermit by thoughts. This ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, turned her pain into power and despite being a stepmother of a Eunuch Prince, Meeramani has not only loved, but has safeguarded the prince from his own father and beyond everyone’s imagination, she has tried to prepare him to take over the Royal Throne while fighting against all odds of society. A ‘Eunuch’ Prince, whose responsibility is to earn rights for the entire Eunuch community. A Political and Social war between the ‘King’& his ‘Queen’. Who will win and claim the Royal Throne Will Queen Meeramani convert the Royal Throne into “The Divine Throne”? To unravel the truth you have to be a part of the journey of Queen Meeramani’s struggle.MY TAKEStarting from the cover It’s one of the best I’ve come across in recent times in historical friction. The tile is perfect for the plot. “The Divine Throne of Maharani Meeramani” is the first fictional social novel of the author Meenakshi Verma, in which she has raised the question of respect and rights of the third gender, ‘Eunuchs’ along with the equal rights of all human beings. She has not only raised the questions, but also tried to suggest a solution to the society.This is the story of  Jairajgarh: The Grand Empire Of Rajputana of Maharana Ranjeet Dev Pratap Singh is a great warrior, and a devious politician. The story starts with announcement of next war and news of Prince Samar Dev marriage. While going for the war the news of  untimely death of Prince Samar Dev Pratap Singh everybody was shaken. The entire Jairajgarh was struck with grief. Maharana had locked himself up in his personal room. He had restricted himself to a personal dark room and the words of his Father Maharana Surya Dev Pratap Singh were echoing in his mind and then goes to flashback of Ranjeet childhood memories with his father Surya Dev Pratap Singh and two wives Queen Manorama Devi and Maharani Kesar Devi and seven children. There is no unity in the family and where is no unity, there can never be peace. Both wives and their children all are always busy in pulling each other. While remembering these lesson from his father life, Ranjeet has decided he will marry as many wives as he want but was sure enough that he will make his child from only one wife who deserves to get the throne. He first marries Queen Vaishali as per his father wish but there relation was not much successful.  He then marries Queen Ambika love of his life. Later Queen Vaishali realizes the truth of Maharana Ranjeet and commits suicides and Queen Ambika was all alone after the death of Queen Vaishali and she realize the pain of Queen Vaishali had gone through. Maharana had never loved her and then later Maharana Ranjeet marry Queen Meermani. Meeramani and Ambika share a bond more than real sisters rather than the life of co-wives. Later Queen Ambika with help of Queen Meermani  was conceiving. The child born was was eunuch. If a child gets good upbringing and education then he could do anything and become anything, even if he is a eunuch. Deformity in a body could be anywhere so how is the child responsible for it, if he is a son, a daughter or a eunuch, but isn’t he still  the child to his parents. He can be anything for society, but for his parents he is still their child and separating a child from his mother or a father is a shame on humanity as well as society. As per Queen Ambika request Maharana Ranjeet to give throne of Maharani to Meeramani and also gives the right of his son as mother to Meeramani. From there Maharani Meeramani and her struggle begins with the Prince Samar Dev and form a army of eunuch peoples to give them their right to live Shiva-Jan Army their main aim was to protect Prince Samar Dev. Will Maharana will get to know the truth behind the birth of his son? What happens to Meeramani? Will the bond with Queen Ambika and Maharani Meeramani will remain same? To know more go and grab the copy of book.Settings in the story are Jairajgarh, Ballabhgarh, Rajputana, Sambhalgarh, Kashi, Santpuram. The story revolves around the Maharana Ranjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Prince Samar Dev, Maharani Meeramani Devi, Maharana Surya Dev Pratap Singh, Queen Vaishali, Queen Ambika Devi, Prince Rudra Dev Pratap Singh, Princess Amritamani, Akroor Singh, Sushant Singh, Sukanya Devi, King Satya Rajsingh, Queen Manorama Devi, Maharani Kesar Devi, Neelima, Manjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Jagjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Rukma, Padma, Shobhana, Shamsheer Singh, Acharya Chaturanand, Prince Neelkant, King Krishnakant, Queen Jamuna Devi, Princess Ambika, Prince Khushaal Singh, Shiromani Pandit Gangeshwar Nath Shastri, Pandit Rameshwar Nath Shastri, Sushma, Heeranand, Ranjeet Singh, Janki Devi, Gulabo, King Surat Singh, Uma Devi, Kaushika, Prince Virat Singh, Sheetla Devi, Prince Somesh, Malini, Jagat Singh, Shambhoo Singh, Kaushika, Queen Padmavati, King Shantanu Dev, Shankula Devi, Sulakshana, Mungeri, King Gangdev, Baba Vishwanath, Kokila, Chanchala, Phoolan, Chammo, Gola, Gannu, Kaalu, Malini, Princess Sukanya, Shiromani Pandit Gopaleshwar Nath Shastri, Kamala Devi, Leela Devi, Dev Kumar Shashtri, Shyaamla, Govardhandas.Language is Simple, crisp and lucid. The smooth flow of words makes the narrative not only easy but engrossing too. The characters be they the protagonists or the supporting souls, are well articulated, thus making it easy for the reader to relate to them, their views, their actions and reactions. In fact one can easily don their shoes and live the story without feeling ill at ease/ appearing odd. Each one of them contributes to taking the story forward without a hitch, without a hurdle. The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book. To write is an art, to keep the reader spellbound and yearning for more is magic. The book brings out sibling love at its best and also addresses certain social issues in subtle yet powerful strokes. This book deals with every aspect of struggles a women undergone during the ancient time and also serves a great social message about eunuch community. There are a few typos and one or two places where the author has made contradictory usages that need to be rectified. My favorite protagonist of this story is Maharani Meeramani. The book has worth to be carried and flaunt because it has got a magical touch of love which can be done in a single sitting.A wonderful read, one I’ll strongly recommend to all book lovers. I’m sure that those who don’t like the historical friction will not get disappointed after reading the book.Overall Ratings- 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorMeenakshi was born on December 27, 1972, in New Delhi. She now lives in Gurgaon, Haryana, with her husband and a daughter. Graduated from Jesus and Mary College (Delhi University) in 1994, she got married in 1997. Despite being an Interior designer, she preferred to be a house wife, and invests her lone time in reading (literature, history, spiritual) and writing ( poetry and novels). She is a supporter of Indian culture and has a great faith in God and Karma. She is very religious but not superstitious and strongly believe in Humanity.  

Book Review: Twisted by Shravya Gunipudi
 Ayushi A Nair  
 4 July 2018  

Book Title: TwistedAuthor: Shravya GunipudiFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 254Language: EnglishPublisher:Notion PressPublishing Date:  1 edition 2017ISBN-10: 1947349090ISBN-13: 978-1947349094It is weird that I still meet my mother almost every day.I am 35 years old. But that is not why it is weird.It is because nobody else has seen her since 18th September, 20 years ago.Because, that is the day she died.”Meet Ria, the charming woman with an edge. Her life is nearly perfect. Or so it seemed, until one fateful day an accident wipes out parts of her memory. Suddenly, she starts to experience strange visions involving repressed childhood memories which send shivers down her spine.A man called ‘Anuj’ whom she can’t remember.The sadness that led to her mother’s sudden death.Answers that her husband Jay refuses to share.Secrets begin to resurface and Ria is left with no option but to confront her own fears.Twisted is a tale of love, family and friendship, where bitter memories and shocking truths drive everyone to the point where they have to decide – Will the relationships crumble to dust or can love really conquer all?My TakeThe cover is attractive enough to catch attention. Tittle of the book Twisted gives the in that the plot will have lot’s of twist and turns. According to the plot its apt title.The plot is unique; the storyline is gripping as well as intriguing and the narrative takes the story forward flawlessly. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it.This is the story of main protagonist Ria has a troubled childhood. After an accident, she lost her memory and not able to recognize any one from her family. Jay her husband supports Ria in her every good and bad time. To know more read the story to unfold the twist and turns in the book.The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. This novel is a perfect blend of love, friendship, emotion, hates, twist-n-turns revenge, psychological drama, and trust. Author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the story and live the journey with them.The language is simple to follow which make it easier for the reader to connect to the characters in the stories and resonate with them.The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc. My favorite character of this book was Jay. It’s hard to find a such a loving husband in these days after knowing all the truth between Ria and Anuj then also he is caring and supporting Ria. Something very magical can happen when you read a good book. I felt that magic in me after reading this book. It makes me realize what true love is, as it demands nothing but just to be expressed.Overall, An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end.Kudos to the author for penning down this book.Looking forward to read more books by the author.Overall Ratings- 5/5 Stars.About the AuthorShravya Gunipudi, a 23 year old CA and CS, has been writing ever since the tender age of nine. Now, more than a decade since her first journey with the pen, she has won numerous prizes for her Articles, Short Stories and Poetry. She was a part of 19 Anthologies with a total of 17 published stories and was recognised as ‘Best Writer of the Year, 2013’ by yourstoryclub.com. She is also the editor of the project ‘The Book of Dreams’, by Numerique Publications. Recently, she was awarded ‘Best Author of the Year, 2016’ by salisonline.Shravya wishes to explore her passion both in Finance and Writing. It is her dream to merge her creative side with her analytical one. Writing, she believes, is the best form of expression that calms the mind and frees the soul. Her favourite quote is ‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about’.Her Debut Novel, ‘Turning Back Time’, is now available in stores! Grab the book here- Amazon.in Amazon.com

A positive response to an introduction to birds
 saurabh pant  
 9 July 2018  

When I went on to type on this book and I have decided that It will be going to be my 1st Gk book, I might have not thought so many facts in consent and I may have been wondering whether It may get the involvement of the digital circles as My other poetry collections or other recent writing works have gone through But if I might have been thinking that in terms of international stature this experiment can challenge my pride then I have been fairly wrong and It proved out to be a remarkable journey till more than 1 month has gone by and It has been well received in international circles with particularly those countries taking hand on who prefer Environmental commitments and giving me the hope to survive well and do more better writing commitments.As a beginning fact, It was firstly great to take on the command after request to Nick sir to edit things well and hence after the approval of publisher the Ebook was re-published with complete satisfactory feedback by Lulu on 11th of March, with request of adapting some changes, and since then the Ebook has gone well and has given a trademark settlement to have in which the biggest commitment may be from Japan and Australia whose government has taken their responsible commitment to give me edge and hence the Ebook has been put into their websites through Kobo availability support which I has also shared on the Social media so it has been a positive beginning to start at first with bigger impact and bigger officials giving their priority to launch myself to a strong position. Apart from that As I said in beginning that those countries who prefer environmental commitments have done well to respond and China, Japan, Norway, Sweedon, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and other countries are giving great response as a starting point to the Ebook which feels great and boost my technical advantage in the wider stage as a digital writer so their commitment really give great value and the Oceanic and South East countries are also expanding the positive stand for the Ebook which feels good to look and give strong boost to examine and extend positive stature all around. No doubt the Ebook is a GK book and it talks about various species of Birds introducing their basic behaviour, natural habitat, and high classified complex culture but it is also an Ebook that not only talks about natural life but as well as the virtual scope with the biosphere impact and hence I am hoping that being an Environmental Ebook this one will be equally well responded as Warming boom and shall take my stature to a better level so readers thanks for your blessings, keep reading and keep backing me up which would be a great set up to gain momentum, and give proper aid and support which will result phenomenally and continue to inspire me to write more and more by all means... 

ON BEING AN EMCEE
 Preeti Tal  
 31 July 2018  

On being an emcee

Borislav award by Ivanovitch Committee
 saurabh pant  
 6 August 2018  

Borislav award by Ivanovitch committee It is a great day in Sveti Stefan in Montenegro for me and all the Indian visually impaired who are involved in the international field to share on and I am extremely glad first of all to be part of 4th Ivanovitch poetry meet from 1st to 3rd August.Before I share the big news I would like to express my gratitude to my parents, my author team, Nick sir and Priya madam, All my Visually impaired community mates and everyone who support strongly that makes the difference. Now there you go with the big news of 3rd of August 2018- The organisers of the Ivanovitch committee has decided to award the 2018 Borislav medal (Man of legacy price) to Saurabh Pant for his contribution in such a young age as author whith 32 books on his name including 1 novel, 5 Indian research works, 6 Lulu ebooks, 14 Scribd books, 4 Education books in New Zealand and 2 Education books in Ireland which include all to be 32 books in complete which is a great feeling. And When my coach told me all about it and the fact to be coming to reality this day, I became shocked with delight and joy and no worries he said to me that around it is about time indeed that my writing has been proudly appreciated. It was further collaborated by the organizers around the closing ceremony (that is according to Indian time around 5 pm), They have handed over this prize that contains 1 medal of gold, 1 letter of appreciation and strong prize money around. I have been asked by the committee members to present braille facts to performed the Borislav presentation which is the tradition to be for the person who achieves this award in which the receiver expresses the past where Sir Borislav Mendredevitch lived, how he was a man of legacy himself and how rich was his time of brilliance which can be revived in present day by rising poets. They were kind to ask me to do it with ease and I was up for the task; made quick braille notes due to team support, checked the facts to right value and finally managed to perform on stage with 4-page braille presentation and my voice swirling around the whole corridor of the organizer's premises. I also mentioned in my presentation that how The connection of the award is also deeply relative whereas it explains how every time this award is given to one of the country poets who participated in the poetry meet and how it showcases the realist touch of both the meet and the pride moments. this time It is me for which I am thankful to the mighty lord and all of you have been great support indeed... List of Borislav award receivers: 2012: Myneis Olgovitch, Albania, 'poet of 12 International books' 2014: Reigstler Alchmaineder, France, 'Author and poet of 23 books' 2016: Antonio Mardretch, Germany, 'Author of 18 poem collections' 2018: Saurabh Pant, India, 'Author of 32 Books'. Once the presentation was done, I also mentioned those above-listed names, how they are still valuable in the present day and how they can still lead to the world with their skills for the Blind community. Finally completing the words, I stepped forward to receive my award from the Chief leader of Montenegro and it was great feeling altogether. There you go with the memorable achievement and I am sure that India would continue to become better and better even in the Visually impaired sector and the revival of our country goes on... Once again a big cheerful thank you note to all of you, Stay blessed and keep your bliss to continue to help me become better... 

SPILL POETRY
 Preeti Tal  
 23 August 2018  
Art

Spill poetry

Cinema,mon amour
 Uday Joshi  
 23 September 2018  
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Cinema: the greatest hypnotizer

Historic Day 1 of Poetry world cup award ceremony 2018
 saurabh pant  
 11 October 2018  
Art

Sinaia has been representing this tournament in a unique way and has been prolific in it's approach, tendencies to back up and settle official mode. As it is a huge official ceremony, requires efficient security and proficient plans The officials are moving tactfully and in rapid transitions to take things from one stage to another and perfecting them all for the impression of global stature. Although Sinaia did possess habit of international stardom and collaborations, This award ceremony is very separate, unique and more prestigious as it joins Romania to it's culture of rising poetry and helping along Literature in it's goldest touch. thus the 2 day Award ceremony of the Poetry worl cup 2018 is touching, impressive and special in it's pattern and application as well.The day 1 of this historic event is much formal in it's approach, as all the award winners have been asked for to introduce themselves first on stage with their achievements, poetry and why they wished to be at such place on first. Once the process has done for, the poetry sessions from the local poets have been moving around in which foreign poets have also been asked to join if they are influential with some music in their voice or in their hands relative to the instruments. After the poetry proceeddings, The oficial World Championship mammo and pamplate was released by the honorary hands of the top level Country deligates on stage with huge applause and joy and it is great feeling to witness such official activity. Once this main formal process is done, The officials calm a bit as it's called on for lunch and the next movement should follow on afterwards. In the 1st session I completely enjoyed myself introducing what I do, how I write or type as a visually impaired through screen reader like JAWS and how much I have contributed till now to the cause of literature. Later on I got in great mood singing some local renditions of the song I heard recently, made some laughs across the crowds and made the most of it. Ultimately it was time of cheering along and i clapped around with all others doing the same as the official documents were released by grand deligates on podium and once it was declared lunch I went along with my guides twards the Cafeteria to have some snacks and had the best of mood and delight around. However it was not over yet, there was lot more activity that has been taking place and during the lunch people have been talking about next session to proceed furter. The biggest feature of this session was going to be 3 launches in which 1st included the Festival anthology and the other 2 included the 2 book launch of two popular writers living in Romania and it was going to be a great environment around when that task would go on. Once the session had begun, again some of the foreign poets were asked to come on stage and if they could get back to the musical insruments then it would be great to be on the task. In this way once the orders were done and the positions have been filled, on the  stage the deliggates with increased Mike sound announced the launch of the Festival anthology and showed the front and back cover of the same. Once that was done both the authors/poets were asked to join the stage as the music continued in background and one by one they were asked to hold on to their books, As the vital works were shown to the crowd gathered as intellectual one with poets from across the world and it was a memorable moment. In the all that was happening around, I was not in shadows and As I do like to be in the middst of activity it was great to be part of such a phenomenal environment. My 2 poems had been there in the Festival anthology which were based on 'Polip structure and their 'awareness and the poets around me were congratulating after consulting my name in the content list and smiling proudly which was great to see. Besides I was still thick in action of the music that was going around and was making people  laugh by making strange and funny faces which I always had been suited the best. I took on the Chocolates asked by the closer sitting poets and I was talking with them about the environment, the way things had gone since and was very delighted. When the authors/poets of the 2 books that were launched were called on the stage I did the same as everybody around me and cheered with loud claps and great atmosphere. I had been seated around in Alphahbetical order as everyone had been and we all from alphabet 'P' in our sirnames had been making so much rawcous around that was great fun. Ultimately as the processes were completed and the 'close was anounced we shouted in unison and I marched with my guide out of the place back to hotel and in all ways it was a historic and memorable day 1 for me there in Castelul Peles, Sinaia, Romania... 

Historic Day 2 of Poetry world cup award ceremony 2018
 saurabh pant  
 11 October 2018  
Art

The day 2 of the Poetry world cup award ceremony again started with a bang where few local singer performed solo rock performances and the foreign poets were again asked to join in Prayers, song and lyrics happening around as all had been fresh and had just finished breakfast before joining such a ceremony. However it was a much highly expected official day and hence the people who were administrating had been busy more often than not and had been working entirely to focus on the award distribution that would take place in the 2nd session of the day. It also meant that in 1st session there would be more activity around, But before all that process to follow, the Higher official delegates and administrators of Romania and Bulgaria were witnessed on stage speaking to all writers and they talked about peace and harmony amongst all the hearts which was great in all respects.Once that process had been done, it was now time for some activities by those who had been invited for receiving the award and it was great advantage for all of us as we were asked by the officials to join together in alphabetical order on the stage and get together for a common photo session first and then have some literary presentation for the crowd gathered so we were asked to entertain them with our presence noticed. What this literary presentation meant was that the authors/poets had to recite one of the poems they had submitted for the poetry championship and they were asked to sing it rather than only read it which was going to be more interesting and it was great environment starting to build as the poets gathered,, climbed the another dace one by one and recited their poems. It was not only making a great atmosphere of peace and harmony but was also responded by huge cheer and applauses with coffee and chocolates being served around that was unique way to start and get things on way. However when the announcer called my name, I got bit surprised as I was expecting person sitting on my front row to go  so the way I glimpsed back made other surprised as well and As I wanted there was some laughter which I have always liked to associate myself to make people laugh no matter whatever serious the mood to be. However I was ready and I went on with my poem instructing the Keyboard player what music I wanted and rhymed it on stage with good response and huge cheer. Not only I was getting happy to witness what was happening around, But I was feeling like I belonged to this place which was great and hence once I stepped back and was guided back to my place by some of my poet friends I was asked to join in Chocolate chips which I accepted happily. Hence the 1st official task for the foreign poets went well and I cheered in the speeches made by delegates before and at the end of function and at it's end after 2 hour show down It was called lunch so I went back to cafeteria in great spirits around. Although as the afternoon was progressing and the lunch had ended, the groups have started to chat and they all showed appreciations to the authorities who had taken charge to perform such a huge award ceremony and It was great fun to listen things all around. Once we went back to the auditorium on the ground floor next to the Momentum sphere building it was irry and peaceful once again with hardly voices going across and they were gurgling loud. Everyone sitting as poet had started to consider  his or her position as the time had passed very quick and since then they all had been expecting to get some sort of award as it was all happening here so not taking much time the proceeding  were announced by the Compare and we seated in lines and alphabetical order and applauded the delegates who again started the formal task by explaining what these awards matter to each and every poet so it was becoming such an environment now which nobody can wish to miss for ever. Before  the award receiving ceremony could be started, A brief short film was produced by the organisers which was based on 'World order and it's current stage' with globalisation coming to the fourfront and recognising it's proceeding. IN the starting and final scene of the film, Few words were exchanged by the experts of photography and cinema as they explained why those scenes were there and once that had been done they started to chant about the Award ceremony to proceed that was what for which we all had gathered and it was going to be a cracker. Finally the moment was coming closer and the Announcer on the mike was asking we the poets to be ready according to the category to be in line and make sure that things become with formal process and right decision making. To give the Awards, the highest dignitaries of the Balcan countries have been gathered together and hence there were categories like 'Naturalist poet', 'Humour', 'Dystopia', 'Non Fiction', 'Rising Poet', 'Impressed in Early age', 'Revolutionary', 'Balcanist', 'Secularist', 'Globalised' and so many other. In total around 23 poets were going to receive the awards and it would happen on basis of the category whereby I was going to be awarded 'Gustav Icalnou medal' which is named after the famous Romanian poet Icalnu who rose in middle age and hence this poetry award is awarded for 'Rising poet' across the globe which was not far from me now and I was getting more nervous an was asking for chilled milk again which was provided and I am thankful to the authorities for managing me around. Although Once the process started all the chill and raspness has gone from all the poets who were going to receive the awards and it was happening very fast and in rapid succession as the poet or poetess who was getting award on basis of the category would go on stage, would shake hand with the delegates, and would speak few word of his or her choice, an then lifting the bag with Award and prize money would come back to his or her seat. On the basis of the category when my name was called a huge roar erupted across all the stages and in the building and it was really pleasing to listen out as I was welcomed on dace and I shook hands with the Romanian dignitaries who presented me the bag with award and prize money and hence My  dream seems to be coming true and coming so close. I stood in front and lifted the mike to speak to the crowd that gurgled, and for a minute I let them celebrate and  shout, and then talked with them about why we poets need to continue to hold the thread of 'social bonding' and why it is most essential for all of writing community. Once the noise had silence a bit, they started to listen me closer and as I spoke further it became quiet as they gave their attention and listened to my words where I mentioned the role of writers, The power of digital sphere, the collective attempt, and competitions like World Poetry championship and ultimately why this passion should be with all of us. They clapped at the end, I turned to have a photograph with the officials and one of their juniors assisted me back with my goodies from the stage and I again ordered Chilled milk to have that calmness. Hence after that, remaining poets did the same, came to stage and enjoyed as I did and once the award distribution was over the delegates announced the final release of the Official pamplate notifying the success of award event which was phenomenal.  We all again went back to cafeteria to have a short supper, I shook hands with all winners and group photo clicks with them, enjoyed the Vegetarian deserts and in the early dusk the pleasant wind felt great to me as I walked and along side walked few Indians who I have met in my visit here. They congratulated with great spirits so with them I went back to my hotel after the final proceedings had been accomplished and one more memorable moment has been added to my life's chapter... 

Mantri Marku
 Mantri Pragada MARKANDEYULU  
 11 October 2018  
Art

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Don't Pack - Haiku Poetry
 Mantri Pragada MARKANDEYULU  
 11 October 2018  
Art

It's a Haiku Poetry. Don't Pack Air

U-TURN MASTER, Haiku Poetry.
 Mantri Pragada MARKANDEYULU  
 3 November 2018  

U-TURN MASTER, Haiku Poetry.

ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବର
 Dr. Shiba Prasad Tripathy  
 4 January 2019  
Art

'' ଅପାରେ କାବ୍ଯ ସଂସାରେ କବିରେବ ପ୍ରଜାପତିଃଯଥାସ୍ମୈ ରୋଚତେଂ ବିଶ୍ବଂ ତଥୈଦଂ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତତେ''କାଳର ପ୍ରବହମାନ ସ୍ରୋତରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନ ଯୁଗରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନ କବିଙ୍କ ଲେଖନୀ ମୂନରୁ ଝଙ୍କୃତ ହୋଇ କବିତା ସଦା- ସର୍ବଦା ପାଠକର ମନ ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଛୁଇଁ ପାରିଛି ଓ ଏହି ପ୍ରବାହ ଆଜି ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଶେଷ ଦଶକରେ ପହଞ୍ଚିବାରେ  ସକ୍ଷମ ହୋଇ ପାରିଛି । ଆଲୋଚ୍ଯ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଆଦ୍ଯ ପାଦରୁହିଁ ମନୁଷ୍ୟ ଯତ୍ନଶୀଳ ହୋଇ ସାହିତ୍ୟର ପ୍ରତିଟି ବିଭାଗକୁ ନାନା ପରୀକ୍ଷା ନିରୀକ୍ଷା କରି ଆସିଛି ଓ ବିଶ୍ବକୁ ଏକ ନୂତନ ଭାବରେ ଅନୁଧ୍ୟାନ କରି ସୁପ୍ତ ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଜାଗ୍ରତ କରିଛି ।ଫଳରେ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ ଭାବାଦର୍ଶ କବିତାରେ ଏକ ନୂତନ ରୂପ ନେଲା ।କବିତା ହେଲା ଆଧୁନିକ ଓ ଏହାର ସାହିତ୍ୟ ହେଲା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ ବିଶ୍ବର ବିଶ୍ବସ୍ତ ଅଭିଲେଖ ।କବି ଜନସନ୍ ଙ୍କ ଭାଷାରେ-''poetry is the art of uniting, pleasure with truth by calling imagination with the help of reason.''ମାନବ ସଭ୍ଯତାର ଇତିହାସରୁ ସଂଘର୍ଷର ଏକ ବିସ୍ତୃତ ରୂପ ଆମକୁ ଦୃଷ୍ଟିଶୀଳ ହୁଏ । ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ଏହି ସଂଘର୍ଷର କେନ୍ଦ୍ର ବିନ୍ଦୁ, ତେଣୁ ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ମାନସର ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ସହ ସଂଘର୍ଷ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯେକଟି ସ୍ତରରେ ଅଭୂତପୂର୍ବ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଆଣିଥାଏ । ମଣିଷର ଏପରି ଘଟଣାନ୍ତରକୁ 'ଆଧୁନିକ 'ନାମରେ ଅଭିହିତ କରିବା ଅଧିକ ସଂଗତ, ଏବଂ ମାନବର ମନ ଓ ପ୍ରାଣରେ ଯେଉଁ ନବ ଜାଗରଣ ର ମହାମନ୍ତ୍ର ଗୁଂଜରିତ ହୁଏ, ତାହାର କ୍ରମ ପରିଣତିହିଁ 'ଆଧୁନିକ ସାହିତ୍ୟ' । ଏହି ଦୃଷ୍ଟି କୋଣରୁ ବିଚାର କଲେ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ର ସଂଜ୍ଞା ବା ସମୟ ରେଖାକୁ କୌଣସି ଏକ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳରେ ଆବଦ୍ଧ କରିବା ସମ୍ଭବପର ନୁହେଁ । କବିତାରେ ଆଧୁନିକତା, କବିର ଏକ ମୌଳିକ ମାନସିକ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା । ଯଦିଚ ଏହି ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଦିନକରେ, ମାସକରେ ବା ବର୍ଷକରେ ଓଳିଆରୁ ପଡି ଗଜା ହୋଇନାହିଁ । ପରନ୍ତୁ ଯେଉଁଦିନ ଠାରୁ ମଣିଷ ନିଜ ସମ୍ବନ୍ଧରେ ସଚେତନ ହେଲା, ସ୍ବାଧୀନ ଚିନ୍ତା- ଚେତନା ମଧ୍ୟରେ ମାନବୀୟ ସ୍ବର ପରିପ୍ରକାଶ କଲା, ସେହିଦିନ ଠାରୁ କବିତାର ପ୍ରତିଟି ଛତ୍ରେ ବାସ୍ତବତା ଓ ସମାଜବାଦ ର ଧ୍ବନି ଶୁଭିଲା । ଫଳରେ କବିତା ହେଲା ବାସ୍ତବଧର୍ମୀ ଓ ମାନବଧର୍ମୀ । ଅବଶ୍ୟ ଏହି ପ୍ରବାହର ପଛରେ ପାଶ୍ଚାତ୍ୟ କାବ୍ଯଶିଳ୍ପ ଓ ରାଧାନାଥୀୟ କାବ୍ଯ ଶିଳ୍ପର ପ୍ରେରଣା ଅନେକାଂଶରେ ରହିଛି ।ଏବଂ ଏହି ଭାବଧାରା ଆଧୁନିକ ସାହିତ୍ୟ ନିର୍ମାଣ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ବିରାଟ ରାସ୍ତା ଯେ ଫିଟାଇ ଦେଇଛି ,ଏହାକୁ ଅସ୍ବୀକାର କରାଯାଇ ନପାରେ । ଯଦ୍ୱାରା କବିତା ଛନ୍ଦ କବଳରୁ ମୁକୁଳି ଆସି ମୁକ୍ତଛନ୍ଦ ହୋଇଛି ଓ କଳା ପାଇଁ କଳା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ଜୀବନ ପାଇଁ କଳାକୁ କବି ମୁକ୍ତ କଣ୍ଠରେ ସ୍ବୀକାର କରିଛି ।ପ୍ରାଚୀନ ଓ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ-କବିତାଦିରେ ସୌନ୍ଦର୍ଯ୍ୟବତ୍ତାର ଆବେଗ ଓ ଇନ୍ଦିୟାନୁଭୂତିର ଗୁଣ ରହିଛି ।ଏହା ଭିତରେ ଶବ୍ଦର ଗ୍ରନ୍ଥନ ଓ ତଦ୍ ଜନିତ ସଂଗୀତ, ସାଂଗଠନିକ ପରିପକ୍ୱତା,ରୂପକଳ୍ପର ଶାଣିତ ଓ ମାର୍ଜିତ ବିଭବ, ପ୍ରକାଶଭଙ୍ଗୀର ବୈଚିତ୍ର୍ଯତା ଓ ତୀକ୍ଷ୍ଣତା ଅନ୍ତର୍ଭୁକ୍ତ । ଏହାସହ ଅର୍ଥ ପରିପ୍ରକାଶିତ କଥା ବସ୍ତୁର ଓ ସୁସଜ୍ଜିତ ଦୀପ୍ତିକରଣ, କବିର ମାନସିକ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ,ଆବେଗ ଓ ଅନୁଭୂତିର ପରିଚୟ,ପୁଣି କବିତାର ଅନୁଭୂତି ଓ ଭାବରାଜ୍ଯର ପରିସୀମା ବାହାରେ ଥିବା ବାସ୍ତବତାର ଆଭାସ, ଜୀବନ, ସମାଜ ଓ ପୃଥିବୀର ଯଥାର୍ଥ ଏକ ମୂର୍ଛନା ରହିଛି ।ଏଥିଲାଗି କେହି କେହି କବି କବିତାରେ ନବ ପରୀକ୍ଷା ଓ ନିରୀକ୍ଷା କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ଆଲୋକର ସନ୍ଧାନରେ ନିଜକୁ ନିମଜ୍ଜିତ କରିଥାନ୍ତି । ଏହି ପନ୍ଥାରେ କେହି ପ୍ରାକୃତର ବିକୃତ ଘଟାନ୍ତି, କେହି ପୁଣି ଭାଷାକୁ ଇଙ୍ଗିତ ସ୍ତରକୁ ନେଇ ଯିବାକୁ ଚାହାନ୍ତି ।କେହି ବା ଶବ୍ଦକୁ ଅର୍ଥ ମୁକ୍ତ କରି ସ୍ବାଧୀନତା ର ସ୍ବାଦ ଭୋଗ କରିବାକୁ ଚାହାନ୍ତି ପୁଣି କେହି ବା ନିରର୍ଥକ ଅବ୍ଯୟ ପ୍ରତିନାମ  ଶୂନ୍ଯତାରେ କବିତାକୁ ମରୀଚିକାମୟ ମରୁଭୂମିରେ ପରିଣତ କରିବାକୁ ଚାହାନ୍ତି । ଏହା ସତ ଯେ- ' ପଥ ଖୋଜିବାର ଅଧିକାର ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କର ଯଦିବା ଅଛି, ପଥ ଦେଖାଇବାର ଅଧିକାର ଜଣେ ଅଧେ ଅର୍ଜନ କରିଥାନ୍ତି '।ଉଭୟ ଆଙ୍ଗିକ ଓ ଆତ୍ମିକ ଦୃଷ୍ଟି କୋଣରୁ ବିଚାର କଲେ, ଆତ୍ମବିସ୍ମରଣର ଅଳଙ୍କୃତ ଭାଷା ହେଉଛି ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ଓ ତାହାର ନିଷ୍ଠାପର ଭାଷ୍ଯକାର ହେଉଛି ଆଧୁନିକ କବି । ପତ୍ଯେକ କବି ଭାଷା ଓ ଭାବର ଗୋଟିଏ ନୂତନ ରୂପ ବା ନିଜସ୍ୱ ଶୈଳୀ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରନ୍ତି । ତାହାହିଁ ପାଠକର ମନ ଓ ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଆକୃଷ୍ଟ କରେ ଓ ରସ ପିପାସା ଉଦ୍ରେକ କରେ - ' କବି-ରସ-ମାଧୁର୍ଯ୍ୟଂ କବିର୍ବେତ୍ତି ନତତ୍ କବିଃ' ।ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ବର୍ହିଜଗତ ପ୍ରତି ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ସମ୍ବେଦନଶୀଳ । ଏଥିଯୋଗୁଁ କବିତାରେ ବ୍ଯକ୍ତିଗତ ସ୍ବର ମାତ୍ରାଧିକ । ବିଛିନ୍ନ ଓ ସଂଲଗ୍ନିକୃତ ଅନୁଭବ ଗୁଡିକୁ ସମଷ୍ଟିଗତ ଭାବେ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିବାର ପ୍ରୟୋଜନୀୟତା ପରିପ୍ରେକ୍ଷୀରେ କବି ବିଭିନ୍ନ ପ୍ରତୀକ ବା ସଂକେତର ସାହାଯ୍ୟ ନେଇଥାଏ । ଏଥିପାଇଁ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାରେ ବହୁବାଦ(Ism)ର ଛାୟା ଦୃଷ୍ଟିଶୀଳ । ଏହା କେତେବେଳେ ମାର୍କସୀୟ ଶ୍ରେଣୀ ଦ୍ବନ୍ଦରେ ଗତିଶୀଳ, କେତେବେଳେ ନୈରାଶ୍ଯ ଜର୍ଜରିତ ତ କେତେବେଳେ ବିଭୂ-ଚେତନାରେ ବିମୁଗ୍ଧ । ଅତଏବ ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ବିଚିତ୍ର ଭିଭୂଷା ଓ ବିବିଧ ସ୍ବରୂପା ।ସଭ୍ୟତାର ପ୍ରଗତି ଓ ସଂସ୍କୃତିର ଉନ୍ନତିକ୍ରମେ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ଗତି ଯଥେଷ୍ଟ ପ୍ରଗତିଶୀଳ, ଏଥିରେ ଦ୍ବିମତ ନାହିଁ । ପୂର୍ବରୁ କୁହା ଯାଇଛି ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସୀମାରେଖା ନିର୍ଦ୍ଧାରିତ କରିବା ସମ୍ଭବ ନୁହେଁ ।   ସେଥିପାଇଁ ବୋଧହୁଏ  ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ଗତି ଓ ପ୍ରବୃତ୍ତି ବିଭିନ୍ନ ସମୟରେ ଭିନ୍ନ ଭିନ୍ନ କବିଙ୍କ କାଉଁରୀ ପରଶରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନତାର ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରଦାନ କରି ଆସିଛି । ତଥାପି ଆଲୋଚନା ଗତ ଦୃଷ୍ଟି କୋଣରୁ ପର୍ଯ୍ଯାଲୋଚନା କଲେ ଜଣାଯାଏ ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଆଦ୍ଯପାଦ କାବ୍ଯ- କବିତା  ଗୁଡିକରେ ମୁଖ୍ଯତଃ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ, ସାମାଜିକ ବାସ୍ତବ ବାଦର ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରତିଧ୍ବନିତ ହେଉଥିବା ବେଳେ ଠାଏଁ-ଠାଏଁ ଜାତୀୟତାର ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରତିଫଳିତ ହୋଇଛି । ଏହି ସ୍ବର କେତେବେଳେ କେଉଁଠି ସତ୍ୟ- ଶିବ- ସୁନ୍ଦରକୁ ଜୟ କରିବାରେ ବ୍ଯାକୁଳ, କେତେବେଳେ ବୌଦ୍ଧିକତାକୁ ଆପଣେଇ ନେଇଛି, କେତେବେଳେ ଏହା ମାତୃଭୂମି-ମାତୃଭାଷାର  ଜୟ ଜୟଗାନ କରିଛି , କେଉଁଠି ପୁଣି ସରଳ ଗ୍ରାମ୍ଯ ଚିତ୍ର ଓ ଚରିତ୍ରକୁ ଚିତ୍ରଣ କରିଛି । ଏହି କ୍ରମରେ ରାଧାନାଥ , ଫକୀର ମୋହନ,ମଧୁସୂଦନ, ଗଙ୍ଗାଧର, ନନ୍ଦକିଶୋର ପ୍ରମୁଖଙ୍କ କାବ୍ଯ- କବିତା ଗୁଡିକରେ ସୌନ୍ଦର୍ଯ୍ୟବୋଧ ଓ ସାମାଜିକ ବାସ୍ତବତାର ଚିତ୍ର ପ୍ରତି ଫଳିତ ହୋଇଛି । ଯେଉଁ ଜାତୀୟତାର ସ୍ବର ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଆଦ୍ଯ ପାଦରେ ଅଭ୍ଯୁଦୟ ହେଲା , ତାହାର ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ସମୟରେ ଏହି ସ୍ବର ଅଧିକ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ହୋଇ ଓଡିଆ ଜାତିକୁ ଏକ ନୂତନ ବର୍ଣ୍ଣବିଭାରେ ରଞ୍ଜିତ କଲା ।ଏକ ତ୍ଯାଗନିଷ୍ଠ ଓ ଆଦର୍ଶପୂତ ମହାନ ଭାରତୀୟ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ-କବିତା ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଜାତୀୟ ଜୀବନକୁ ଗଢିତୋଳିବା ଲାଗି ଆହ୍ବାନ ଦେଲା । ଏତଦ୍‌ବ୍ୟତୀତ ବିଶ୍ବ ଜନପ୍ରୀତି, କର୍ମବାଦ ଓ ଆଦର୍ଶବାଦ ଉପରେ ଏ ସମୟର କବି ମାନଙ୍କ ଦୃଢ ଆଶା ଓ ବିଶ୍ବାସ ଥିଲା । ଏହି ସମୟର କବି ମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଗୋପବନ୍ଧୁ, ନୀଳକଣ୍ଠ, ଗୋଦାବରୀଶ ପ୍ରମୁଖଙ୍କ କାବ୍ଯ-କବିତା ଉତ୍କଳୀୟ ଜନ-ମାନସରେ ଜାତୀୟ ପ୍ରୀତି ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରିଥିଲା ।ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଦ୍ବିତୀୟ ଦଶକ ବେଳକୁ ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ ପରିଧିରୁ ଆଦର୍ଶବାଦର ସ୍ବର କ୍ରମେ କ୍ଷୀଣ ହୋଇ 'ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିସିଜମ' ଆଡକୁ ଗତିକଲା । ଫଳରେ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରରେ ଏକ ବିରାଟ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଘଟିଥିଲା । ଏହି ସମୟର କାବ୍ଯଧାରା ଯେତିକି ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ଭାବଧାରାରେ ଉଦବୁଦ୍ଧ ସେତିକି ରହସ୍ୟବାଦୀ କାବ୍ଯ ଚେତନାରେ ନିମଗ୍ନ । କିନ୍ତୁ ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ଭାବଛ୍ବାସରେ ଯେଉଁପରି ସମାଜ ଓ ସାମାଜିକ ଚେତନା ପରିପ୍ରକାଶ ହେବାକଥା, ତାହାର ପ୍ରତି ବଦଳରେ 'ସ୍ବପ୍ନବାଦ' ଓ 'ପଳାୟନବାଦ'ର ସ୍ବର ଅଧିକ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ହେଲା । ଫଳରେ କବିତା ଗୁଡିକ କୌଣସି ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ ସ୍ଥଳରେ ପହଞ୍ଚିବା ପୂର୍ବରୁ ବାଟ ହୁଡି ଦିଗଭ୍ରଷ୍ଟ ହେଲା । ସେ ପ୍ରଣୟ ସ୍ବର ରେ ନଥିଲା ଜୀବନ ସଂଗୀତ, ତ୍ଯାଗ କିମ୍ବା ଆଦର୍ଶର ଚିତ୍ର । ଥିଲା କେବଳ ଗଦା-ଗଦା 'ଡରଗେଲ'ବା ବାଜେ କବିତା (ଡ.ମାନସିଂହ)। ଫଳରେ ଯୌବନର ଏହି ଉଦ୍ଦାମ ସ୍ବର ଯୁଗ ଉପଯୋଗୀ ନହୋଇ 'ବାସ୍ତବବାଦ' ନିକଟରେ ନତମସ୍ତକ ହେଇଛି ।ଯଦ୍ୱାରା ଉତ୍ତର ତିରିଶ ବେଳକୁ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ରାଜ୍ଯରେ 'ଜାତୀୟ ଚେତନା' ଓ 'ଆଧିଭୌତିକତ୍ବର' ଦୁଇଟି ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରତୀୟମାନ ହେଲା । ଯେଉଁ ସ୍ରଷ୍ଟା ଙ୍କ କାଉଁରୀ ପରଶରେ ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ଓ ରହସ୍ୟବାଦୀ କବିତା ନିସୃତ ହେଇଥିଲା,  ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ କବି ଅନ୍ନଦାଶଙ୍କର ରାୟ, କାଳିନ୍ଦୀ ଚରଣ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ, ବୈକୁଣ୍ଠନାଥ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଅନ୍ଯତମ । ଯେଉଁମାନେ ' ଜାତୀୟ ଚେତନା' ଓ 'ଆଧି ଭୌତିକ ଚେତନାରେ ଉଦବୁଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇ ସମଗ୍ର ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ଯ ସଂସାରରେ ଚହଳ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରି ଯାଇଛନ୍ତି, ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଭାରତୀ କୁନ୍ତଳା କୁମାରୀ ସାବତ, ବୈତାଳିକ କବି ପଦ୍ମ ଚରଣ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ, କଣ୍ଟା ଓ ଫୁଲର କବି ଗୋଦାବରୀଶ ମହାପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ଅବଦାନ ଅବିସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ।ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ କବିର କାବ୍ଯସ୍ବର 'ମାନବବାଦୀ'। ଯେଉଁଠି ମାନବାତ୍ମାର ଅବମାନନା ଘଟିଛି,  ସ୍ବାଧୀନ ଚିନ୍ତା-ଚେତନାର କଣ୍ଠରୁଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇଛି, ସେଠାରେ ବିଶ୍ବ ମାନବର ହୃଦୟ ଓ ମନକୁ ନେଇ ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ଗତିଶୀଳ ହୋଇଛି । ତେଣୁ ଆନ୍ତର୍ଜାତିକ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରାରୁ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବର ମଧ୍ୟ ସ୍ବତନ୍ତ୍ର ନୁହେଁ । ଏହି କ୍ରମରେ ଉତ୍ତର ଚାଳିଶ ବେଳକୁ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ଜଗତରେ ଏକ ବୈପ୍ଳବିକ ଚେତନାର ଆବିର୍ଭାବ ହୋଇଛି । ମୁଖ୍ୟତଃ  ପ୍ରଗତିବାଦୀ ଚେତନାର ଦୁଇଟି ସ୍ବର- କାର୍ଲମାର୍କସଙ୍କ 'ସାମ୍ଯବାଦ' ଓ ଅହିଂସାର ମୁଖ୍ୟ ପୁରୋଧା ମହାନ ଆତ୍ମା- ମହାତ୍ମା ଗାନ୍ଧୀଙ୍କ 'ଗାନ୍ଧୀବାଦ'ର ନୀତି ଓ ଆଦର୍ଶ ଓଡିଆ କବି ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଅଧିକ ଆକୃଷ୍ଟ କରିଛି । ଏତଦ୍ ଭିନ୍ନ ଏହି ସମୟର କେତେକ କବିତାରେ 'ସ୍ଥିତିବାଦୀ' ଭାବଧାରା ଓ କେତେକାଂଶରେ ଜୀବନର ଶାନ୍ତି ପାଇଁ ମଣିଷର ଆକୁଳତା ଓ ବ୍ଯାକୁଳତା ପ୍ରକାଶ ପାଇଲା । ଯେଉଁ ପ୍ରମୁଖ କବିଗଣ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ସଂସାରରେ 'ସାମ୍ଯବାଦ' ଧାରାରେ କବିତା ରଚନା କରି ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ- କବିତା ଶିଳ୍ପକୁ ସମୃଦ୍ଧ କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ଦିଗ୍ ଦର୍ଶନ ଦେଇଛନ୍ତି,  ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ କବି ଅନନ୍ତ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ, କାଳିନ୍ଦୀ ଚରଣ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ, ସଚ୍ଚିରାଉତ ରାୟ ,ରଘୁନାଥ ଦାସ, ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀଧର ନାୟକ , ଡ.ମାୟାଧର ମାନସିଂହ, ରାଧା ମୋହନ ଗଡନାୟକ, କୃଷ୍ଣଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ତ୍ରିପାଠୀ  ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଶିଳ୍ପୀ ମାନଙ୍କ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ଅନନ୍ଯ ।ସ୍ବାଧୀନତା ପୂର୍ବବର୍ତ୍ତୀ କବିତା ଗୁଡିକରେ ଯେଉଁ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ, ସାମାଜିକ ଓ ଜାତୀୟବୋଧ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ଥିଲା, ସ୍ବାଧୀନତ୍ତୋର କବିତା ଗୁଡିକରେ ସେହି ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରାୟତଃ ବିରଳ । ଆଧୁନିକ କବିଗଣ ପରମ୍ପରାର ମୋହ ତ୍ଯାଗ କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ସମ୍ଭାବନାକୁ ରୂପାୟିତ କରିବା ଦିଗରେ ଅଧିକ ଯତ୍ନଶୀଳ ହେଲେ ।ଏହି ନିତ୍ଯ ନୂତନତା ର ସନ୍ଧାନହିଁ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବର । ଉତ୍ତର ପଚାଶ ବେଳକୁ  ଯେଉଁ କେତେକ କାବ୍ଯଶିଳ୍ପୀ ନିଜ କାବ୍ଯ ଚାତୁରୀରେ ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ଯଶିଳ୍ପର ଅଭିବୃଦ୍ଧି କରଣରେ ସଫଳ ହୋଇଛନ୍ତି,  ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ କବି ଗୁରୁ ପ୍ରସାଦ ମହାନ୍ତି, ଗୋପାଳ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ମିଶ୍ର, ଜାନକୀ ବଲ୍ଲଭ ମହାନ୍ତି (ଭରଦ୍ବାଜ), ବେଣୁଧର ରାଉତ, ଯଦୁନାଥ ଦାସ ମହାପାତ୍ର, ଦୁର୍ଗା ଚରଣ ପରିଡା, ଚିନ୍ତାମଣି ବେହେରା, ବିନୋଦ ରାଉତରାୟ, ରମାକାନ୍ତ ରଥ, ରାଜେନ୍ଦ୍ର କିଶୋର ପଣ୍ଡା, ସୀତାକାନ୍ତ ମହାପାତ୍ର, ରବି ସିଂ, ଶ୍ରୀନିବାସ ଉଦ୍ଗାତା, ବ୍ରଜନାଥ ରଥ, ନୃସିଂହ ରଥ, ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ମିଶ୍ର, ପ୍ରତିଭା ଶତପଥୀ, ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ପାଟଶାଣୀ ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଅନ୍ୟତମ । ଏତଦ୍ ବ୍ୟତୀତ ଉତ୍ତର ସତୁରି ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ଠାରୁ ସମ୍ପ୍ରତି ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ଆହୁରି ପରୀକ୍ଷା ନିରୀକ୍ଷା ଦେଇ ବହୁ କବିଙ୍କ ଦ୍ବାରା ସଫଳତା ହାସଲ କରିଥିବାର ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ କରାଯାଏ । ଏହି ସବୁ କବିଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରୁ ସୁରେଶ ପରିଡା,ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ମହାନ୍ତି, ସଦାନନ୍ଦ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ, ଡ. ନୃସିଂହ ଷଡଙ୍ଗୀ, ହୁସେନ ରବି ଗାନ୍ଧୀ, ରାଜ କିଶୋର ଦାସ, ନିରଞ୍ଜନ ପାଢୀ, ନିରୁପମା ରାୟ, ଶଶାଙ୍କ ଶେଖର ପଣ୍ଡା, ଅମରେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଖଟୁଆ, ସରୋଜିନୀ ଷଡଙ୍ଗୀ, ସୌଭାଗ୍ଯବନ୍ତ ମହାରଣା, ସେନାପତି ପ୍ରଦ୍ଯୁମ୍ନ କେଶରୀ, ଦୁର୍ଗା ପ୍ରସାଦ ପଣ୍ଡା,  ବିନୟ ଦାଶ, ଆନନ୍ଦ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ସାହୁ ସମେତ   ଆହୁରି ଅନେକ କବିଙ୍କ କାବ୍ଯ ଭାବନା ସାମ୍ପ୍ରତିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାକୁ ପରିପୃଷ୍ଟ କରି ଆସିଛି ।  ସ୍ବାଧୀନ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ କବିତାରେ ଆତ୍ମପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଥିବା କାବ୍ଯ- କବିତାରେ ଏକ ମିଶ୍ରିତ ସ୍ବର ପରିଲକ୍ଷିତ ହୁଏ । ଏହି ସ୍ବର ଯେତିକି ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ସେତିକି ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ ମଧ୍ୟ । ଏହାକୁ 'ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ବାସ୍ତବବାଦ' କହିବା ଅଧିକ ଯୁକ୍ତି ସଙ୍ଗତ ହେବ(ଡ. ନିତ୍ଯାନନ୍ଦ ଶତପଥୀ)। ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ଏହି ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ କାବ୍ଯସ୍ବର ପଛରେ ପାଶ୍ଚାତ୍ୟ କାବ୍ଯ ଆଭିମୁଖ୍ଯ ଓ ଦ୍ବିତୀୟ ବିଶ୍ବଯୁଦ୍ଧ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ 'ଅସ୍ତିତ୍ବବାଦ' ଓ 'ଅତି ବାସ୍ତବବାଦ' ଭାବଧାରା  ଆମ ସାମାଜିକ ଓ ମାନସିକ ସ୍ଥିତିକୁ ପ୍ରତିହତ କରିଛି । କବି  ସମାଜର ସାମାଜିକ ସ୍ଥିତି ଓ ପ୍ରଗତିକୁ ସମାଜ କୈନ୍ଦ୍ରିକ କରିବା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ନିଜସ୍ୱ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ପରିଚୟ ଦେବାକୁ ପ୍ରୟାସ କରୁଛି । ଏବଂ କବିତାର ଅନ୍ତଃସ୍ବର ଭରି ଦେଇଛି ଆବେଗ ପ୍ରବଣତା ଅପେକ୍ଷା ଯୌକ୍ତିକତା, ମାନବବାଦୀ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ କବିତା ହେଇଛି ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ ରୁ ଅତିବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ, ପୁନଶ୍ଚ ଏହି ସମୟରେ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ମୁଖ୍ୟତଃ ବାମପନ୍ଥୀ ବୈପ୍ଳବିକ ଧାରା, ସଂସ୍କାରଧର୍ମୀ ଭାବଧାରା ଓ ସମନ୍ବୟପନ୍ଥୀ କାବ୍ଯଧାରା ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ କରାଯାଏ । ମାତ୍ର ଉତ୍ତର ଷାଠିଏ ବେଳକୁ ଏହି ସ୍ବରରେ ସେତେଟା ତୀବ୍ରତା ନଥିଲା । ଫଳତଃ  ଦୁଃଖ-ବିଷାଦ-ଯନ୍ତ୍ରଣା-ନିସଙ୍ଗତା, ମୃତ୍ୟୁ ଚେତନା, ଇନ୍ଦିୟାନୁଭୂତିର ଅନୁଚିନ୍ତା ପ୍ରଭୃତି କବିତାର ମୁଖ୍ୟ ସ୍ବର ହେଲା ।ଆଧୁନିକ ଜୀବନ ଗଦ୍ଯମୟ-ନୀରସ-ଜଟିଳ । ଏପରି ସ୍ଥିତିରେ କବିତା ଗଦ୍ଯମୟ ହେବା ସ୍ବଭାବିକ ।ଯେହେତୁ ଆଜିର ମଣିଷ କୌଣସି ଏକ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳରେ ନିଜକୁ ବାନ୍ଧି ରଖିପାରେ ନାହିଁ ଇହକାଳ-ପରକାଳ ଭିତରେ । ସଦା ସର୍ବଦା ସେ ସଂସାର ଭିତରେ ବଞ୍ଚିବାର  ରାହା ଖୋଜେ । ଗୋଟିଏ ଜୀବନ ଭିତରେ ଅନ୍ଯ ଏକ ଜୀବନର ବିମ୍ବ ଦେଖେ 'ଏକୋଶ୍ଯାମ୍ ବହୋବୋଅହଂ '। କାରଣ ଏ ସମସ୍ଯା ବହୁଳ ସଂସାର ଭିତରେ ହିଁ ତା'କୁ ବଞ୍ଚି ବାକୁ ହେବ-ପାଦ ଥାପିବାକୁ ହେବ ପୁଣି ପାଦ କାଢିବାକୁ ହେବ । ଏହିସବୁ ସହ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯକ୍ଷ ଭାବରେ ସଂଶ୍ଲିଷ୍ଟଥିବା ବ୍ଯସ୍ତ ମଣିଷର ଜୀବନ ଧାରାକୁହିଁ ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ଚିତ୍ରଣ କରେ । ନା' ସେ ବିଶ୍ବର ମଧୁମୟ ରୂପକୁ ଦେଖେ, ନା' ଅବା ଆନନ୍ଦମୟ ସଂସାରକୁ ଦେଖେ । କାରଣ ଏ ଜୀବନ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯେକ ଯୁଗରେ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯେକ ମଣିଷ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ବୋଝ ଏବଂ ଏ ସଂସାର ଭିତରେ ଜୀବନ ମାତ୍ରକେ ମରୁଯାତ୍ରୀ । ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ଦୃଷ୍ଟିରେ ଏ ବିଶ୍ବ କଦାପି ମଧୁମୟ ହୋଇ ପାରେନା କି ଏ ସଂସାର କଦାପି ଆନନ୍ଦ ମୟ ହୋଇ ପାରେନା ।ପୁଣି ଏହି ଯୁଗର କବି ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ଓ ବିଶ୍ବର ବ୍ଯବଧାନକୁ ସ୍ବୀକାର କରେନାହିଁ । ବରଂ ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ଭିତରେ ବିଶ୍ବ କୁ ଦେଖିବାର ସ୍ପର୍ଦ୍ଧା କରେ । ଡ. ଜାନକୀ ବଲ୍ଲଭ ମହାନ୍ତି ( ଭରଦ୍ବାଜ)ଙ୍କ ଉକ୍ତିରେ 'ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ଓଡିଶାର ପାରମ୍ପରିକ କବିତାର ସ୍ବଭାବିକ ପରିଣତି ନୁହେଁ ଏବଂ ଏହା ଇଂରାଜୀ କବିତାର ଯେ ଅନୁକରଣ ମାତ୍ର, ଏହାବି କହିବା ଅନାବଶ୍ୟକ '।ଆଜି କବି ଜୀବନର ସଂକଳ୍ପ ତା ଅନୁଭବ ଠାରୁ ଦୂରେଇ ରଖେ । ଏଥିପାଇଁ ଯେ- ଜୀବନ ସଂକଳ୍ପ ନୁହେଁ, ଅନୁଭବହିଁ ଜୀବନ । ସଂକଳ୍ପ ହେଉଛି  ଜୀବନର ତାତ୍ତ୍ବିକ ପ୍ରତିଜ୍ଞା । ଯାହା ବାୟବୀୟ ଶୂନ୍ଯ ଗର୍ଭିକ। ଜୀବନ ବିଜ୍ଞାନ ନୁହେଁ,  ଏହା କେବଳ ସତ୍ୟର ପରିଧି। ଚାରିଆଡେ ଯେଉଁ ସତ୍ୟ ପ୍ରହେଳିକା ରହିଛି ତାହାହିଁ ଜୀବନ ବୋଲି J.P. Donleary ପରି ସାହିତ୍ୟିକ ମାନେ ବିଶ୍ବାସ କରନ୍ତି । ମଣିଷର ଅନାବୃତ୍ତ  ସମସ୍ତ ଅଙ୍ଗ ଓ ନିରାକରଣ ଆତ୍ମାକୁ ଦେଖିବାର ଚେଷ୍ଟା ସତ୍ତ୍ଵେବି ମଣିଷର କିଛି ସଂଗୋପିତ ରହିଯାଏ ବୋଲି ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ବିଶ୍ବାସ କରେ । ତେବେ ଅନୁଭବର କବିତାକୁ ଦ୍ଵାହି ଦେବାଟା ବି  ଠିକ୍ ହେବ ନାହିଁ । କାରଣ କବିତା ବା କବିତାର ସଜ୍ଞା କୌଣସି ଦେଶ-କାଳ-ପାତ୍ର ମଧ୍ୟରେ କୌଣସି ଏକ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳିତ ନିୟମ ଭିତରେ ଆଜି ଯାଏ ରହିନାହିଁ ।ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରରେ ଯେତିକି ଫେଣର ଫୁତକାର ଅଛି, ସ୍ରୋତର ତୀବ୍ରତା ସେତିକି ନାହିଁ । ପ୍ରାୟତଃ ସବୁ କବି ସାମ୍ପ୍ରତିକ ଜୀବନ ଓ ଜଗତକୁ ସମ ଭାବରେ ଦେଖୁଛନ୍ତି । ଏକା କଥା ମଧ୍ୟ କହୁଛନ୍ତି । ଖାଣ୍ଟି ଓଡିଆରେ ଆମେ ଏହାକୁ କହୁ 'ଦେଖା-ଶିଖା-ଓଡିଶା '।ଆଜି ଆଉ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରରେ ନାହିଁ  'ଦେଶ ପାଇଁ ପ୍ରେମ ଦୀପ ଜାଳ' ବା ପ୍ରବାହିତ ହେଉନାହିଁ  କବିତାରେ ସମରର ସେ ତରଙ୍ଗ କିମ୍ବା ମୁଖରିତ ହେଉନାହିଁ ଜିଜୀବିଷା ଜୀବନର ରଂଗ । ଆମେ ଏବେ ପାଶୋରି ଦେଇଛୁ ଆମ ସାମାଜିକ ସଂସ୍କୃତି, ଭୂଲି ଯାଇଛୁ ଆମର ଐତିହ୍ୟକୁ ପୁଣି କେବେଠାରୁ ଲିଭି ଯାଇଛି ରାଶି ରାଶି କବିତା ଗ୍ରନ୍ଥରୁ ଆମ ଗାଁ-ନାଁ-ଠିକଣା ।ଆଜି ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ପରାଂଗଭୋଜୀ ହୋଇ ଯାଇଛି ।ଫଳତଃ ଏହାର ଗତି ଓ ପ୍ରବୃତ୍ତି ବ୍ୟତିବସ୍ତ କରି ପକାଇଛି ସମ୍ପ୍ରତି ଆମ ଜୀବନ ରସର ଉଦ୍ଧାମତା, ତାରୁଣ୍ଯର ଉଷ୍ଣତା, ପ୍ରୀତି ଏବଂ ଆଧ୍ୟାତ୍ମିକ ଚିତ୍ତତା । ଏଥିପାଇଁ ମନେହୁଏ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ସଂସାରରୁ  ସବୁଦିନ ପାଇଁ ବସନ୍ତ ଯେପରି ବିଦାୟ ନେଇଛି,  ବା କବି ଜୀବନକୁ ବସନ୍ତ କେବେ ଥରେ ହେଲେ ସ୍ପର୍ଶ କରିନାହିଁ । ଏବେ କେବଳ କବି ନିଦାଘ ତାପିତ ମରୁଭୂମି କଥା କହୁଛି ଓ ଶୁଷ୍କ ବସ୍ତୁତାନ୍ତ୍ରିକତା ଆଡକୁ ଦ୍ରୁତ ବେଗରେ ମାଡି ଚାଲିଛି ।ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଆଜି କବିତାକୁ କହିବାକୁ ହେବ ସାଧାରଣ ମଣିଷର ଅକୁହା କଥା । ଆମ ପ୍ରାଚୀନ ପରମ୍ପରା ସୁଦୀର୍ଘ ଇତିହାସର ପୁରାଣ ଓ ଐତିହ୍ୟ କଥା । କିଞ୍ଚାଲିୟର ଙ୍କ  ସେହି ଅମର ଭାଷାରେ ନିଜ କଥା- ନିଜ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ର କଥା କହିବା ଏଠାରେ ସଙ୍ଗତ ହେବ- '' The weight of this sad time we must obey, speak what we feel, not what we ought to say, the oldest hath borne must .We that are young shall never see so much nor live so long".ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ସୁଖର କଥା ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ କବି ଅସ୍ତିତ୍ବବାଦ ଓ ଅତିବାସ୍ତବବାଦ ରୁ ଓହରି ଯାଇ 'ଜୀବନବାଦ' ବା ' 'ମଣିଷବାଦ' କୁ ସ୍ବୀକାର କଲାଣି । ବାହ୍ଯ ବିପ୍ଳବ ଅପେକ୍ଷା ଅନ୍ତଃବିପ୍ଳବ କୁ ନିଜ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ସାମିଲ କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ପଥର ସନ୍ଧାନ କରୁଛି । ପୁରାତନ ଭିତରେ ନୂତନତା ଆଣିବାକୁ ପ୍ରୟାସ କରୁଛି । ସର୍ବୋପରି କହିବାକୁ ଗଲେ ଦୃଢ ଯୁକ୍ତି ଓ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ କାବ୍ଯ ସ୍ବରହିଁ ଆଜି କବିତାର ଅନ୍ତଃସ୍ବର । ତେଣୁ ଭୂୟୋଦର୍ଶନରେ ଆମକୁ ଯାହା ଆତ୍ମକୈନ୍ଦ୍ରିକ ମନେହୁଏ ପ୍ରକୃତ ପକ୍ଷେ ତାହା ଆତ୍ମୋନ୍ନତ ଅବୈକ୍ତିକ ସମ୍ବେଦନ, ବ୍ଯାକୁଳ ଅସହାୟତାର ଆତ୍ମିକ ବିପ୍ଳବ । ଏହି କ୍ଷୁଦ୍ର ପରିସର ଭିତରେ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରକୁ ଆଲୋଚନା କରିବା ସମ୍ଭବପର ନୁହେଁ । ଉତ୍ତର ସତୁରି ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରକୁ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ପର୍ଯ୍ୟାୟରେ  ଆଲୋଚନା କରିବା ଠିକ୍ ହେବ । ତେବେ ପରିଶେଷରେ ଆଲୋଚକ ଏତିକି କହିବାକୁ ବାଧ୍ୟ ଯେ ଆଜିର କବିତା ବୌଦ୍ଧିକତାର ଏକ ବ୍ଯାକୁଳ ଓ ଏହାର ପରିବ୍ଯାପ୍ତ ବୌଦ୍ଧିକତା ହେଉଛି ସାମ୍ପ୍ରତିକ କବିତାର ପ୍ରଜ୍ଞା ।ଡଃ ଶିବ ପ୍ରସାଦ ତ୍ରିପାଠୀ  ସ୍ମୃତି ନିଳୟ, ଉଦୟ ନଗର ଷ୍ଟେସନ ରୋଡ, ବଲାଙ୍ଗୀର (ଓଡିଶା)shibatripathy262@gmail.com   

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 15 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: I completed my Honors in Political Science from D.U. Then did mu B.Ed from IP University followed by Diploma in English Journalism from IIMC.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?A: I was always in writing. Earlier I used to write scripts for a News Agency. Then I left my job, and now I write on social media platforms. Literature used to gave me an understanding of many situations that we face in our life. From there I also wanted to write something that will reach people and will stay with them forever.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: I was out of touch for 3-4 years. Got married and was completely involved in my family only. But the passion was still alive. So getting back on track, writing well after years of staying completely away from pen became a little difficult. And today I struggle to reach the audience with my writings which I am still trying to improve and get back to those writing skills that I earlier had. There are so many creative writers that I feel there is a lot of scope for improvement in my writings.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: I think it has reached completely different heights. In this field people have become so good. Every piece of work that I get to read is in itself amazing. Today's literary work has made the world seem smaller. People get to read about cultures which are followed far far from them.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Of course, it has given a new opportunity and a very good platform to people who really want to showcase their creativity. The opportunities today are unlimited for the talent to reach the people.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: Starting with scripts and small articles, after taking a little break, I am more into short stories and poems now. Love learning and improving my work with each passing day. My work is mostly about love and respect in relationships, that people have forgotten about, because of their busy lifestyles these days.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: My first work published in India Today Online. It was an interview with a music Jockey. After that I wrote my first story 'Child's unfulfilled wishes' and it was published here on StoryMirror for the first time. It was about a child who had everything except his parents' time and attention.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? A: Literature will continue to contribute the society the way it does from years. People will understand different lifestyles and cultures of other countries. The solutions to the problems that we face in our daily lives, might become available easily for the people. From our past, people will learn a lot. They will understand what all happened in different places and why. For future, the mistakes of the past might be avoided. And the favorable steps for further development can be taken.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: I want to reach the maximum audience possible plus I want to improve so much and write so well that people will love reading my work.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? A: Online video sessions among the poets, working in collaboration online and meeting each other through small get together or in live poetry sessions.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?A: I am myself a new and aspiring writer. But what I can suggest is, keep reading the works of good writers, keep learning and improving.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: It has been amazing and I love writing here on StoryMirror. Feedback from other writers encourages me so much. The contests make writing more exciting. Reading the works of others teaches us so much. Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?A: It is the best platform for those who want to showcase their writing talent. To those who want to read stuff, StorryMirror has unlimited options. It has all that reading crazy people need at one place. I have tried many platforms but this is the most reliable, promising, developing and totally authentic one. You can read my content on StoryMirror at https://storymirror.com/profile/yb5w2mj2/ 

StoryMirror in conversation with AUTHOR Atharv Nilesh Vedant
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 18 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: I am just a 12 year old school boy. I joined school at a normal age; but two roads diverged into the woods and I took the one less travelled by. I guess that has made the difference. I still vividly remember when I used to hold that ABC book upside down but read with as much determination as a NEET or JEE student. Slowly but steadily, I became civilized (Mentally) and particular.  The development of the mind resulted in improved ethics and a unique way of thinking.                Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: I first got exposed and associated with literature with this book called “PINNOCHIO”. It is a very popular story, and it has been adapted into movies too.Though Carlo Collodi had used much simplified language, but for then me being a first or second grader, it was literature to me. With this I developed the aptitude for reading literature (but now the level has changed from Collodi to Poe, though)I can say that my dedication towards reading inspired me to write. I never thought about writing poems till sixth grade. But rather this should be modified to “who inspired you to write”. If that’s the question, I can blindly say my father. He is the one who improved my vocabulary to this extent.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: Talking of difficulties, my biggest enemy is noise. I cannot concentrate when there is unnecessary sound. But the difficulty is never running out of fuel. For I am a poetry man, my point of view for literature is totally different. Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?Present literature is a mixture or different styles of writing. Writers like Anand Neelkanthan, Amish, and Chetan Bhagat etc. have their own way of weaving their yarn, but a little essence of other styles is prevalent. I cannot compare their skills because nowadays only two to three authors from the same genre are seen on the book rack and all the writers I mentioned are of different genres.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Digital media has provided a huge platform for young and aspiring writers like me. There are lakhs like me striving for recognition, and it has affected many lives. But social media has to be used for writing very carefully. If any inappropriate content is written and posted on social media, it can be a negative sign for the writer’s upcoming journey.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: This my first attempt into the world of literature. All I can tell about my literary work is that it is a poetry collection with themes that touch every aspect of life.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: My first book is about to be published in two months or so. I am very excited about it.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: In future, literature can contribute to all fields such as science and commerce and also in other businesses. Literature will be ergonomic.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: In 5 years I picture myself as a successful published author. Though not a big writer, but at least I will not go unnoticed in a crowd.Q: What ways would you suggest on building a community for poets?A: I was planning to build a society for poets’ right after seeing the movie dead poets’ society. My idea is that first a digital platform should be used to create a community for poets and writers and then there should be meetings, orientations, seminars etc.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: I would like to convey this message to the young aspiring writers like me:HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS,DON’T LET THEM DIE,WITHPUT THEM,WE ARE BIRDS THAT CANNOT FLY.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: My experience on writing on storyMirror has been a memorable one. StoryMirror has provided me a platform on which I can let my ideas and words at stray. I will continue writing on StoryMirror.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: StoryMirror is a great initiative. Appreciation will come out of everywhere for such a noble aim- WRITE, WRITE, WRITE.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/myy75nzd/atharv-nilesh-vedant/poems 

The lightboom band gig in Makati, Manila
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 19 February 2019  
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Makati is the city that is known for it's coffee pubs, cultural glory and equal set up by the way it responds to the cultural nights and that is what we had been hoping for when in the early evening as a musical band we prepared ourselves for the Musical gig. Generally uptil now people had come to know what the 'The lightboom band' does and we were up for the challenge as we also had to perform up to the task with experts coming to analyse and thence a poetry night was also planned later after the musical performances which had to be kept in mind while performing on stage. In such basic conception what was the major concern that we should keep ourselves up to the time limit set as when the fb event was created we had expressed ourselves very clearly for what time introductions, musical night and poetry sessions would go on and we had to keep ourselves into that time frame to set up all core meetings with hussle and bussle happening with more people coming to the event and making it a cracker.When we started the show though we were very great to see the early impression and thence having certain time limit on hand with all the musical systems getting set the night was going to be a cracker with every musical person of the team responded with loud cheers, jeers and delight and thence we took the advantage and launched on to make it a cracker by all means. First the introduction of the people from the academic group proceeded in which the 8 faces from India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia were included who introduced themselves gracefully and explained their cause. Once that was settled, the multigenre writers including me went to the stage and raising our hands into the stands we introduced ourselves and the genre for which we had been here which was phenomenal in all respects. However there was a small hiccop and the old poetry friend Nick sir felt deranged himself deciding later to quit from our co-author project thus the poetry book titled 'Winner's love' has to be disposed of and now it shall be my own responsibility to write a book by my own commitment separately titled 'Culture of World ward 2' by myself which I announced on stage and it was equally congratuated with loud cheers. Besides the third introduction had certain great writers from England and they had come to review the event thence they introduced their cause to the night where it was also met with great cheers. After that a short evening supper time was announced and all who have gathered hardly felt eating themselves into the great cultural night thus in the food gathering it was now all settled for the musical night that was approaching on all fours now. After the supper was over, everybody was curious enough and all the people that had come went back to their seats now waiting for the musical night to come and let the Indian music rock into the stage that was set for our singers to perform and make the most of it by their musical voices. As planned before there were exactly four musical songs written and composed by ourselvss that had to be performed with the introduction of the team so that went great with complete agreement. First the musical instruments launched to the musical gears and thence the singers took on making the most of it which was great in all respects. The momentum they had required was on and hence with huge cheers, loud night voices and gearing move the musical team has impressed all which was the need of the hour and it went fantastic in all respects. Finally after the musical night it was getting late and time was running out thus without any hesitation the Poets were asked to come on stage and Nick sir was also invited amongst all of them for his self-poetry book 'Winner's love' now who's poetic lines he would be reading for which from inside he was pleased no dout though he was still confused with all the performances of Indians going around with Hindi on it's top gears. In the poetry session around 8 poets recited their poems on basis of the alphabetical order and it all went great with the people smiling around, the crowd was thinning but still interested and it was a cracker. On my part I got the chance to read poems of 'Asian Winds' and I did it with great joy feeling elated to get such a great response. Ultimately it was time for closing and for that honorary owners of the Corner Tree Cafe went to the stage and by their gratitude, thank you note and our acknowledgements to them the night was almost over with all went well. We are extremely thankful to our parents, family, and all who have trusted and supported our judgement in this musical cause which was great to see and the smiles are great on those faces who have been faithful to continue backing us on. However for those who not trust or get confuse now also I have said it countless times that for me 'Community first' approach is the key and if they don't believe it no matter what be the situations then they dont count for us and in our community approach only those things matter that are trusted on us. Finally I am highly obliged to the Corner Tree Cafe, their owners and they have agreed also to host a charity event next day for local Disability circle that is pleasing, Thus it is great to see you all contributing with such enthusiasm and we shal be happy to you for yor great support. For now it's goodbye Makati, thank you all for your love and turning up in such huge numbers, it was a great experience by all accounts... 

StoryMirror in conversation with Author Richa Dixit.
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 20 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of lifeA: I have done my schooling and Graduation (B. Com) from my hometown, i.e. Gwalior (M.P) . And later did my Post Grad (MBA) from Lakshmangarh Jaipur (Raj.)Q:How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?A: From the childhood days i used to enjoy reading & writing poetry. Words and the emotions they generate and expressing myself by ideas and words have been my passion throughout. Writing has been a soul calling for me, words have been a source of healing to my emotions and zest to find myself through words. Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?A: Although my family has been always supporting me in my writing passion, but still the society limits us by such creative fields to be as a career option, specially being a woman. A qualified woman in most houses are the ones who have attained degrees to get married to high earning spouse to do the dishes at end of the day, freedom of expression has always been a highly neglected zone for women. though not that case with me but still being at the shore, that ripple effect tickles your feet in some or the other way.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?A: Literature needs to be honored in its true sense, education system in schools and colleges and the awareness for literature subject has to be rolled out. Without creativity and those floating ideas, being a human race is undefined. Roots of literature are needed to be strengthened.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?A: Yes, it has served a lot and a new hope has arisen to let the light shine. Young writers are gaining there worth through this a lot, were they can showcase their talent and be recognized. Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: Talking about my literary work, I have been always fascinated by poetry (English, Hindi, Urdu), i really wish to rekindle the magic of poetry to world again. I have published my Hindi/Urdu poetry compilation in my two books.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?A: My first literary work was my online book issue (DILSOZ ALFAAZ), that was a compilation of some of my poetry work. This is what the significance of social media that has enabled me to publish my work online, with no cost involved, where in I got a good response and later decided to compile another book (lamhon ki oot se) in print media.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature can totally define the roots of us, it holds a great contribution percentage, era has to be brought back so that art n culture, traditions can be put into flow . Literary world must be enriched with creative young passion, literature is a science and art of healing in my perspective. With our wall bounded, numbers-oriented job world, we are turning into barren souls, literature can bring the showers of peace and harmony to create a world and life worth living.Q: There do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: After 5 years I see myself as a writer figure, nurturing my soul calling and purpose, sharing with society my ideas and work that can heal and inspire others. Q: What ways would you suggest building a community for poets?A: System has to be modified from ground level, schools & colleges need to be taking participation in same so that our youth can revive the vibe of creativity and build our literature stronger, society needs young writers as the successors of our literary world. It has to be a prominent career opportunity for people who wish to pursue it, due to lack of awareness and opportunities in literary world, youth is getting brain drained towards numb career zones ending up in stress and losing one self.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: I would like to share this view to aspiring new writers, that let your words say it all, no matter what follow your heart, collective efforts of all of us will make us and this literary society of ours shine and we will establish a strong foundation, they are the crucial pillars of it.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: Writing on story mirror was really an amazing experience, getting my work selected at it was really a pleasure. Q: Would you like to say something about Storymirror? A: Story Mirror is a wonderful platform, I really feel blessed to come across it, they people really make our worth being notified to world out there, Great to be writing on it and felicitated by it for letting my words find their true light. Read my content on https://storymirror.com/profile/wmz2b5q5/richa-dixit/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author MANTRI PRAGADA MARKANDEYULU
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 21 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.My Education, in olden days completed up to basic 10th class in a Sultan Bazar Government High School, Hyderabad. Then Two-Year Pre-University Course from Badruka College of Commerce and Management at Hyderabad.  My Graduation in Commerce went in from Osmania University Affiliated College, Badruka College of Commerce & Management, Hyderabad.  I did Diploma in Business Management (DBM) course from a Private Institute. I also did Post Graduate  Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) from Private Institution.  I did Typewriting Higher Grade and Stenography Higher Grades from then combined Andhra Pradesh State Board of Technical Education, Hyderabad.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? My family heredity has Literature blood. By inspiring elders Literary works right from my childhood, I happened to inculcate the habit of literary writings. I have also worked hard to learn good English and Telugu  languages for this purpose, though my mother tongue is Telugu. My Blood has got some Literary Blood Cells Therefore, I am a little-bit fluent in my writings, as I on and off keep my brain thinking always. More so, I don't like to keep idle myself. If I don't write and work each day, I don't get sleep, and I become erratic without work.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? In the initial days, when I was writing literary type of work in especially in English, Readers used to comment about the mistakes. I used to refer to English Dictionary for better words. I used to correct myself with patience. I used to write better words in a bad sentence. I have developed the habit of writing English in Flowery Language, so that people/readers should read my literary work i.e., stories, song lyrics, haiku poetry, articles, essays, quotes, so on and so forth. Now  I have become a little bit perfect, as I think myself, and started writing so many things pertaining to literature work.  I am not getting any negative comments for my work. Only I used to get appreciation letters, good comments, and good encouragement and praising notes. I thought I would still contribute more to this World, where Top Level Literary Writers/Authors should Appreciate my works, and my ambition is to have my name in the World Famous Authors/Writers List, as a good Literary Writer, My Ambitions are more and I am working accordingly on daily basis.What is your view about the present day literary work? Present day Literary work is not that of a good Literature work, as evidenced by many Writers works. The standard of English writing is slightly just average. I have observed that my of the Technical and Management Graduates are unable to contribute to literary work, because they are all, to say many  on software line. I observed  that many of the software people never in the habit of writing  articles/stories/songs/literary works, etc. This generation is such.  Only old people used to write good English, as I knew and observed well in my life.  More so, people and writers who are interested to write good literary work, need to get trained from senior mentors and continuously make a habit of writing, as a regular feature in their life. Then only, at once point of time such Literary work could be well recognized. Lest, there are chances of Literary Work getting drowned, due to not having good Writers in the coming generations.  As one knew well, that "Old Water Go, New Water Come".Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes definitely. Digital and Social Media Tools/Devices play an important role to create more Writers and thereby more Readers emerge. Social Medial play an important role in shaping good Literary Writers.  Social Media gives good opportunity for Writers to present their Write-ups through few Blogs which facilitate Writers to present their Mind of Writing. Here, below I will give you a brief Article on Social Media:YOUNG AUDIENCE GRAB & CONQUER SOCIAL MEDIAEach minute, the technology is changing in rapid competitive market segment. Every business entrepreneur wants to have an edge over other competitors. Every businessman aspires for quick turn-over on their end products sales proceeds and wants to become a millionaire or a billionaire bypassing the Constitutional working systems, Acts, Rules, Regulations by violating norms & guidelines of the Ministry of Finance and  Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) and  Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)Evolving marketing & advertising strategies are a prerequisite and essential in these competitive days in reaching out to customers and for public acquaintance is one part, while giving quick ads in latest tools and websites like LinkedIn, Face Book, Twitter, Wi-Fi and Internet through which messages, communications, ads, gist or gigs or contents of any subject matter of one’s personal, business or marketing could reach global people in quickest time, that too at no cost. But, whereas, reaching global people through News Papers, TV channels, hoarders, sign boards, pamphlets or through any other old fashioned system of ads looks to be little bit costly, slow and may not reach all the global people/institutions/companies.  It has been constantly and incessantly observed that increasing use of social media in personal, business and marketing fields is seen on a higher side. There is no doubt in this.The younger audience use social media technologies too much that too on daily basis, without which, the day will not pass.INDIA, Land of Opportunities: The younger generation and audience, now-a-days look for quickest communication, quick Return on Investment (ROI) and money rotation to meet their business and personal ends. The days are rolling-out with updated new technologies in the fields of Research & Development, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Software Development, Science & Technology, Sports & Culture, Tourism and Film Industry, Liquor Industry, Steel Industry, Printing Technology, Plastic Industry, Leather Industry, TV-Press-Media-Print, Grain Industry, Food Industry, Wood-Mattress & Furniture Industry, Glass & Crockery Industry, Cosmetic & Perfumes Industry, Prefabricated Building Material Industry.Face Book, LinkedIn, Twitter, Wi-Fi and Internet are the present days’ excellent media through which one can develop, personal, business, marketing & sales and for diversification and expansion of business plans and to establish good contacts with global people/customers/clients.These are equipped with wonderful media presently available for all the young audience, all at free of cost, for exchange of various aspects and for expression of ideas and business programs, which ultimately keep one busy in public eye. Moreover, global people view and use these latest technology tools in their daily life for publicity purposes. These are the present day TOOL TECHNOLOGY being used by billions of people all-over the world.YOUTH FOR NATIONAL INTEGRITYTODAY’S YOUTH – TOMORROW’S LEADERS:Today’s youth of the nation are all tech-savvy, broad-minded and rebellious with vast ideas, who could mobilize people of all religion, caste and creed as the youth of India play a crucial role in promoting communal harmony which will lead to socio-economic constitutional changes in maintaining peace in the country, as the youth are the future leaders of tomorrow.The youth’s education in engineering, medical, pharmacy, bio-technology, automobile engineering, R&D, management and in all fields of study, can mobilize people due to professional understanding in maintaining peace and communal harmony without interfering in issues like caste, creed, religion or ethnicity.Tech-savvy youth spreads the peace, love and communal harmony through social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WhatsApp and blogs. Rapid changes took place through media postings then, after the conviction of culprits in December 2012 Delhi rape case issue. Nirbhaya Fund for survivors of gender violence started due to this case. So, the above tools play an important role in bringing about social harmony.Fine Arts play an important role in spreading the message of brotherhood and peace. Also, young authors, writers, poets and artists come together to enlighten people of India about the secularism in Indian Constitution.One can understand the culture at major cities like Mumbai and Delhi, that the youth cares for personal growth based on their talents rather than they do about caste or religion.Youth having good jobs by virtue of their talent, can bring changes on people around them to maintain peace and harmony in the society without any negative mind set on caste, creed or religion.The government has to work with the youth to bring about unity in diversity for the future of nation.Please tell us something about your literary work. : I am in the habit of writing a good number of stories, song lyrics, haiku poetry, articles, essays, quotes and other content material needed by various people/institutions for so many ways. I did receive a good response for my work. I was being encouraged by few websites like Story Mirror (Mumbai-India). My works below you can view:(1) Haiku Poetry, Book 1 (139 Haiku Poetry)(2) Haiku Poetry, Book 2 (100+ Poetry)(3) Haiku Poetry, Book 3 (100+ Poetry)(4) Haiku Poetry on color photos (100+ Poetry)(5) Fraud Hubby, Story in English 150+ Pages(6) Songs in English (Lyrics) 155 Songs Lyrics - 250+ Pages)(7) 325 Special Quotations in English (Each Quote 6-10 Lines): 250+ Pages)(8) 01 Telugu Language Story titled: JEEVAM (100 Pages, 30 Episodes)(9) 01 Telugu Language Story titled   TOP COP RANI, IPS, 28 Episodes)10) ENTANGLEMENTS Story Book (13 Stories in English) 150 PagesMY GOOD STORIES IN ENGLISH:MY FLOWER TO YOUR HEARTWHAT CAN I DO IN MY LIFEDERAILED MISSIONFRAUDULENT HUSBANDWINGS OF LOVEMY DARLINGSHATTERED AFFECTIONTHE DEATHTHE DEAD AND THE GHOSTDECEIVERS LIFEFRAUDSTERGAMBLERS LIFEMARRIAGE & DIVORCEHORSE RACESNGOTRUST NOTE(1) LADY POLICE, a Family & Crime Investigation Story (160 Pages), published through just now and latest, is in the global market. (E-Book, Digital and Paper Back Book i.e., print on Demand. This story could be made as a commercial movie.(2) THE DEAD AND THE GHOST, A Scientific, horror, thriller, dead, rebirth, ghosts, aghoras, entertainments like club, pub, horse race story is good for movie making purpose. This Book also published just now and latest, is in the global market (E-Book, Digital and Paper Back Book i.e. Print on Demand. This story could be made as a Horror Movie by Movie Makers.What was your first literary work and how was it published?  I used to write few essays, write-ups, articles to Times of India, English News Papers, as a Freelancer writer. Then I wrote one good article, 'SICKNESS IN PUBLIC ENTERPRISES, CAUSES AND CURES", Submitted to the Public Enterprises Board, New Delhi, during l986-87.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? Literary works can contribute to the Society in future in countless ways. There is no end to literary work.  The future of the World in Particular India, has got lot of Literary Writers and their work would definitely put India Map in the Top of the World in Literary Writings. It will happen in the coming generations.  Now, the world's good literary work is known as British Literature.  Indians have good knowledge in literary works. But, as Indians, we have learnt many of the Literature from British Literature. British Literature is a standard literature and its famous World Wide., as per my knowledge.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?.My Literary work can go outdated. New Literary works by young blood and new generations would lead the good literature work. It is quite possible that in the next 5 years, the literary world in India, would compete with British Literary work.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Community of Poets should be there in each State, and in each Website, including in Social Media.  Each Story Websites in India should have one POETS BLOG, to inter-act with Poets in India especially, directly.  This will be a good proposal. Blogs should have, Poets for Stories, Poets for Song Lyrics, Poets for Writers, Poets for Article Writers etc., so on and so forth.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? My message to aspiring Writers are that, Go on writing. put good proper words, get good meaning, get good flower language. To write good English or Telugu or for that matter in any language of proficiency they are.  Inculcate the habit of writing.  Present the sentences and language in a good way, so that  Readers should hail the writer.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?:  StoryMirror is a good platform for all Writers, beginners, children, youngsters, youth, elders and aged Writers. Story Mirror works as good Mediators to Writers and Readers through the august Story Mirror. and it encourages all Writers in their sphere of work in all fields, especially in literature work.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Story Mirror should have a tie-up, MoU, Agreement, Contract with Film Field and Literary Associations Worldwide, so that the best writings  should be recognized by various fields/associations.  This gives a good motivation and a good recognition to Writers on their Literary Work.  Story Mirror also to diversify in other languages including Telugu, so that Story Mirror can spread to World Telugu People, apart from others Language Speaking People. Story Mirror has to work dashingly and gate-dash in various World Associations Organized contests, for the purpose of Indian Writers including Children, and all contests should be kept open to all people without any age bar.  Story Mirror also to motivate Writers, by giving good gifts and presentations, as is being given by various Story Websites around the World.  This will keep the image of Story Mirror in the World Circles.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/7lljf2p2/mantri-pragada-markandeyulu/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author Samreen Shabab Wadkar.
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 21 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I have completed my schooling from National English School,Rajapur. Current am in Std 12 science in Navjeevan High school and Junior College, Rajapur.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?I loved APJ Abdul Kalam's quotes very much. I had made a separate book where I wrote his quotes. It was then that something clashed my mind that," even I should write my own quotes." After having ample of quotes my confidence boosted and I moved on for my first poem which dated 16 April 2016. The stage I have reached today in my life I give all its credits to my English teacher Mrs. Asolkar Mam. It was she who made me believe that I possessed the power to write. It was she who motivated me and she still does motivates and guides me alot.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Nothing yet! Because I have a guru who trains me before I meet any other difficultyWhat is your view about the present-day literary work? Literature is best tool to spread ourselves through our writings amidst the people.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes...it has provided a platform to all such people including me.Please tell us something about your literary work. I love writing poems and stories. I love reading novels too. I started writing poems when I was in Std 10. A year later I started to send my poems to 'Children's world' magazine.What was your first literary work and how was it published? My first poem was 'is it a trend?' it highlights the fact that people today will take a scooty ride instead of walking. I have written a story whose title is 'The Shuffled History' and am currently writing the book ' The Guy who never married'. I am all set to publish my first book which is collection of my poem as soon as I wind up with my boards.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? Infinite!Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?I want to see myself in list of the best sellers but I would always be a student to my English teacher no matter whatever success I achieve.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? Poetry writing contests in schools and colleges and workshops for themWhat message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Just write...feel yourself and let your writings make others feel you. Keep expressingHow was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? It was very precious... I thought this year I wouldn't be able to write much since I knew I have to appear for my boards...but as soon as I saw those variety of competitions I couldn't control myself it kept me in contact with the literature.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? I love its feature that provides a range of competitions that provides the strength that the whole of the India is reading me.

StoryMirror in conversation with author Ankit Jaiswal
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 21 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: I am a student currently pursuing my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi. I completed my elementary education from my hometown itself in Bihar. For my secondary education and JEE preparation, I went to Sri Chaitanya, Vishakhapatnam               Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? A: It was under the light of my teachers, in class eighth, where my interest in literature grew. But my maturity in poetry owes its presence to the couple of years I spent preparing for JEE. It was here when solitude became my best companion, and I composed poems prolifically. Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: I love to ponder over things and discuss about them. I am an avid reader of the writers of the Renaissance era and romantic poets, and I have found them the most difficult to comprehend. My urge to write sometimes also clashes with my academic schedule, but I try to manage both effectivelyQ: What is your view about the present-day literary work?A: When it comes to contemporary writers and modern literature, I love them equally, as I find their work symbolic of the society, I live in. I usually trifle with my mobile phone a lot these days reading random poets and authors, and it's their work only from which I learn.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: I strongly believe that the emergence of digital and social media platforms has helped budding writers to reach out to a large number of readers. It has helped them to establish themselves before they got published. I too am no exception in this.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: My writings mostly reflect what an ordinary person would usually overlook. I try to find poetry in almost everything around myself. As is the case with most of the writers, initially the theme of my poems used to be centered around 'love', but now I write about a number of topics, including love, Nature, past experiences, desires etc.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: I remained a 'recluse' poet for almost over a span of five years since I began writing, but now have started reaching out to the people, thanks to the various social media platforms. My poem titled 'Meera' is getting published in an anthology by Delhi Poetry Slam soon, and I am very ecstatic about it. I also maintain a page quivering glimpses on Instagram, where I usually post most of my worksQ: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A There are several things on my mind which I wish to achieve in the next five years. The foremost thing is to build a readership for me. Till then I am in no mood to get myself published. Since I have started lately reaching out to people, I guess I would need some years to get recognized among the readers. But to be honest, after five years, I want myself to be sitting in the sun and reading a book of my own. Plus having completed reading around 150 books. Q: What ways would you suggest on building a community for poets?A: I strongly advocate the use of social networking sites for building a community for poets. Since the talent is strewn across the globe, to bring them together one needs a platform. And I can't think of a better option than these social sites. I also urge the conduction of various literary activities, book festivals and workshops, where poets can come together, showcase their works and learn too from others.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A To the aspiring new writers, I would ask them to always remember ' A writer is a reader first '. Before you write, read as much as you can. Trying to express oneself requires words, and these books are what gives you, your treasure. Additionally, never try to constrain yourself in the maze of 'writing for others'. Write what you love to write about as it what that will give you satisfaction. Be a poet at heart!Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: My experience of writing here was pretty good. It offers a platform for anybody who wants to write and get recognized. And since it incorporates all the major languages, you can choose any language you want to write in. There are contests too which are held regularly, so you get to learn many things which make you better.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: I would wish StoryMirror good luck for future and love to see it growing to one of the biggest platforms for writers across the globe.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ftlohpee/ankit-jaiswal/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Suman Mishra
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 22 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.  A: I am of 11th std, science student in odm public school , bhubaneswar odisha . Preparing and aiming for medical in future. Besides i love writing and discovered this passion of mine at an early age.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?   A: Literature has always been my favorite. I used to read novels, short stories and poems which later inspired me to write. I love playing with words and try to write every sentence with the deep and realistic feeling.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?  A: Coming to difficulties, I have tried to write a novel many a times yet i am just not able to write the way it should be. Aiming to have my solo novel published is not just a dream but needs a lot of hard work as well. Literary writing brings the original though from a writer’s mind yet if not completed, gives disappointment as well.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: The modern day literature has become so modernized that we are forgetting out ethics and culture and it leads to the degradation of the literature as well.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Yes the emergence of digital and social sites have given a lot of opportunities for the young , modern and aspiring writers to showcase their talents.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: My literary work involves everything that is around me . May be it on social causes , emotions , abstract or anything that connects me to the deepest of my emotions , that’s where I start to pen my thoughts , mostly in poetry . Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: My first literary work is titled as 'maa' which i wrote on the eve of my mother's birthday and had submitted the poem on a theme based poetry anthology it got selected that is going to be published in the upcoming months.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature can contribute to the society in a million ways , may be it changing the mindset , society's rules , literature has the power to change the thinking in unstoppable ways. Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: After 5 years , I see my literature world in a totally different way. Having got my solo book published that time would be a dream come true, planning for more such to change the world with my words and verses.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: A community of poets would basically have mentors, experienced writers , learners , young writers and would form a group to aim for better literary knowledge and more anthologies.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: To all the aspiring writers , you can do it . I know its a bit of a difficult journey at the start , but eventually things would fall in its own place. Just pen down your feelings and let the words express what you want to convey. If you think u can do it you would definitely be able to do it . All my best wishes to you.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: My experience in storyMirror has been incredibly nice. Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: StoryMirror provides an amazing platform for all the writers to know more, learn and grow from it .Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/z3dv6kea/suman-mishra/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author Suman Mishra
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 24 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: I am of 11th std, science student in odm public school , bhubaneswar odisha . Preparing and aiming for medical in future. Besides i love writing and discovered this passion of mine at an early age.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?   A: Literature has always been my favorite. I used to read novels, short stories and poems which later inspired me to write. I love playing with words and try to write every sentence with the deep and realistic feeling.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?  A: Coming to difficulties, I have tried to write a novel many a times yet i am just not able to write the way it should be. Aiming to have my solo novel published is not just a dream but needs a lot of hard work as well. Literary writing brings the original though from a writer’s mind yet if not completed, gives disappointment as well.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?A: The modern day literature has become so modernized that we are forgetting out ethics and culture and it leads to the degradation of the literature as well.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?A: Yes the emergence of digital and social sites have given a lot of opportunities for the young , modern and aspiring writers to showcase their talents.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: My literary work involves everything that is around me . May be it on social causes , emotions , abstract or anything that connects me to the deepest of my emotions , that’s where I start to pen my thoughts , mostly in poetry . Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?A: My first literary work is titled as 'maa' which i wrote on the eve of my mother's birthday and had submitted the poem on a theme based poetry anthology it got selected that is going to be published in the upcoming months.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature can contribute to the society in a million ways , may be it changing the mindset , society's rules , literature has the power to change the thinking in unstoppable ways. Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: After 5 years , I see my literature world in a totally different way. Having got my solo book published that time would be a dream come true, planning for more such to change the world with my words and verses.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: A community of poets would basically have mentors, experienced writers , learners , young writers and would form a group to aim for better literary knowledge and more anthologies.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?A: To all the aspiring writers , you can do it . I know its a bit of a difficult journey at the start , but eventually things would fall in its own place. Just pen down your feelings and let the words express what you want to convey. If you think u can do it you would definitely be able to do it . All my best wishes to you.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: My experience in storyMirror has been incredibly nice. Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?A: StoryMirror provides an amazing platform for all the writers to know more, learn and grow from it .

StoryMirror in conversation with author Bipul Banerjee
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 25 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.:I am a science graduate with an M.B.A in marketing. I work as an Associate Vice President-Sales and Business Development with a Life Science research organizationHow did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  :Since my school days English as a subject has been my love. I was inspired by the poems taught to us in school. Human emotions are my source of inspiration. In my early days I used to write romantic poems in rhyming patterns, slowly my work has evolved into life emotions written in free verseWhat difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? :In today’s world of information explosion and internet at your finger tip, plagiarism is a major issue. Furthermore exploitation of budding writers by commercial houses who do not understand literature is an issue that I have been coming across everyday. Getting a right platform to showcase your work is very important What is your view about the present day literary work? :The present day literary work in my opinion is stupendous. It is really heartening to see youngsters pursue their literary skills and take them to new heights armed with latest technology which was not the case of yesteryears.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? :It definitely has and this is a huge opportunity which creative writers should optimize on Please tell us something about your literary work:I write to pursue my passion of penning emotions. I am not a professional writer but write in free verse, penning various emotions of life. I believe that emotions should rhyme rather than rhyming of words. A lucid and vivid pen picture of your emotions should be presented to the reading to which your audience can immediately relate to. My work has been published across various national and international platforms. A brief summary is as follows :The author is management leader by profession .He has 5 research publications  to his name in the field of CRM and two book chapters.A well read and vastly published poet.Featured among 100 emerging poets of Asia. Featured poet of the month in PoetrySoup.com in 2016-17Featured poet as contemporary Asianpoets of 2016-17Featured artist of the week in The 13Alphabet Magazine- 2017-18Featured artist at the St.Charles Artsfest gallery- Chicago- 2018Conferred ‘The Author of the year 2018’ by Story mirror 20 international and 25 national poetry publications in paper backs and e-books . Popularly known as ‘Dusk’ in literary circles                                    How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? :Literature can contribute to the society only if it is able to inculcate basic values in children. The future of our society lies in our children, their basic literature will only be the lighthouse in their journey called lifeWhere do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?:I don’t take writing as a profession hence there is no set benchmark for futureWhat ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Social media is the best platform to bind poets and build a communityWhat message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? :Be honest in your writing. Inspirations are good but being influenced is not. Be yourself and pen what you think is right. It is not necessary that your thoughts need to be caged into rhyming verses, as I have said earlier, it is important that the emotions rhyme.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  :My experience of writing on StoryMirror has been good so far and I find a very welcoming and professional culture here backed by politeness and graceWould you like to say something about StoryMirror? :StoryMirror is the home for writers from all facets of the society. They are doing a good job and improving on their own set benchmarks day by day. My sincere gratitude and best wishes to themHere is the link to read all my content https://storymirror.com/profile/uh6hb5p3/bipul-banerjee/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Devika Das
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 25 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. Army School was the basic foundation of my personality. It helped me in developing an all-around personality as I had a healthy balance of academics and co-curricular activities.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  I was a deep observer and used to daydream and keep scribbling lines in my notebook. I wrote my first poem 'For Those At Kargil' as a part of the school's feature in Hindustan Times, Jaipur.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Finding the right publisher and spreading the message to the audience takes time. I am patiently trying to build my audience organically. What is your view about the present day literary work? With self-publishing and online portals such as StoryMirror, writers have a platform to showcase their literary work with ease. However, it also gives rise to plagiarism. I still believe that good quality content will attract the right audience. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes, definitely. Writers get instant feedback about their writing style. Please tell us something about your literary work. I have 5 publications under my name. My first novella, '7 Vows of Marriage' is a personal take on the institution of marriage. Reminiscence, published by Blue Rose Publishers is a poetry collection. The recent title 'The Mind Game' is a self-improvement book that helps readers understand the importance of emotional intelligence. What was your first literary work and how was it published? 7 Vows of Marriage is self-published through Amazon Kindle. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?Literature can help in understanding different perspectives about a topic. Reading literature helps people expand their horizon and broadens their thought process. Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?Through literature, I want to address several social issues that have cropped up in the modern era. I hope to make a difference in the lives of my readers through my books. What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Recitals, open mics, contests, and online journals/newsletters are good methods of building a poetry community. What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Be honest with what you write. Try to adopt a new writing style and be unique. Keep reading to improve your vocabulary and take formal education if necessary. Self-learning is the best method for a writer. How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  StoryMirror has given me a platform to voice my opinion. The experience has been good so far.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Can you organize a quarterly meetup of contributors from the same city? e.g. A Writers' Meetup or something similar.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ojm7qq5g/author-devika/followers

StoryMirror in conversation with author Kritika Mittal
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 27 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I'm from a small town in Punjab and I am appearing for class 12th board exams this year and I want to be a social worker. How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  I've interest in literature from the very starting, poems, stories the way they are written and the hidden meanings have always inspired me to read and write more. For me writing is my passion, a way to outlet emotions so I would say my emotions are what inspires me to write. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? There have been many problems the top one being I've not taken classes for writing so yeah sometimes it backfires.  What is your view about the present-day literary work? Present day literary work is really great, new ideas with this new generation are spreading, people are becoming aware and literature is about love and that's exactly today's writers are doing. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes, I do think that the emergence of social media has given a new platform to the aspiring writers and artists. If it would not have been social media then I've been not writing this mail to one of the best organization. Please tell us something about your literary work. I'm a poetess and poetry is what makes me, when all the emotions are on the page, just in few lines and you can tell what the poet is feeling is amazing and wonderful. Literature is a way of living. What was your first literary work and how was it published? My first literary work was a poem on loneliness, and it was published in an anthology on loneliness with the help of delhipoetry slam and poem pajama. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? Today's life is full of chaos, it's about materialistic things and literature is what gives joy and knowledge and it can change the world by changing the minds. Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?  Where people know my name, where my poetry connects to their heart, on tours for my book and meeting my lovely readers. What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? I guess starting with a team of 40 with different languages and ways of writing each and every with its own unique style and then spreading the love, conducting workshops for free, having open mic and contests. What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? The message I would like to give to the new aspiring writers is guys you're doing great, do not leave your pen because your pen is your sword and your words are your voice, you're the change that people desire. How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  Story mirror has helped me to change as a person, to evolve as a writer, to connect with others, it has been a wonderful ride with the team. Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Storymirror is the best place I've discovered and I would love to be a part of this, there journey.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ocsu5rk7/kritika-mittal/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Hinal Mhatre
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 28 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: Currently I am studying in class 9. Till this day I've written over 30 poems, and the credit goes to the interest I have in literature and the way I somehow live my life to the fullest by being anxious.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: Nothing specifically inspired me to write for there is a lot going around in teenage years. Being an amateur in writer, I have a lot to face now. Come what may, my words won't be wasted. Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: As times change, so does the face of literature. Though not so large in number, but there are various rising patrons publishing their own little worlds. Poets like me have new assets of the digital and social media. But sometimes these forums just mentally freeze a person as literature is an overwhelming field.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: My poems are basically like a heart that sings alone. This includes narrating the aesthetics of some incidents, unanswered questions and  whimsical daydreams. Some of my literary works reflect self-assessments done at 3 am, uncertain love interests, phases of life, ghosts of people that are still alive, and deep messages conveyed through simple words. And the rest are stupid desires, abstracts, negative glimpses, anxious drama, confessions, longing memories, unspoken words, etc. I have tried to fit them in various poetic styles such as haiku, limerick, acrostic, sonnet, sometime free verses or created my own styles. Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?A: My first literary work was a small Marathi poem that I wrote when I was 8, though I don't have it written somewhere but I do remember it. After that I hadn't written poems and stories for some 4 years, except some school homework.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature contributes to the society in various ways that we don't even realize. On a smaller level, it might make someone's day and on a larger level, it acts like a eternal communication. To be honest, I do not like visualizing myself with a all 'down to the earth' attitude. I'll go where my poems will get me, also, I am considering to publish my poetry collection. I would suggest the build up a community where a every person gets recognition due to his/her poetic excellence and not the other way round where a poem gets recognition due to its poet/poetess. I am, myself, a aspiring writer and from the little experience I have, I would suggest them to write as per their own terms and conditions, not necessarily tracing some great writer's steps. Initially the context stays simple and text seems jumbled but as it moves forward, context deepens and words get cleared.One's written works are little parts of one's mind you give to the world.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: I am enjoying my experience with StoryMirror.I would like to add that, earlier I would surf through internet searching for writing communities based in India and would always end up on a abroad or almost closed writing communities. I am really grateful for coming across and being a part of StoryMirror and the respective contests, for being a platform for me to showcase my creativity.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: Also, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to share my views and opinions through this interview.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/e2cgoydy/5-crookedfingers/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Shrestha Mukherjee
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 28 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of lifeA: I have done B. Pharm and MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai, with almost three years of corporate experience.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?A: Writing was always my passion. The form of art which is closest to my heart. I stared writing poetry early 2017. The poets that inspired me and my poetry in Robert Frost and John Keats.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?A: I feel the difficulty is managing time for writing. Creative writing needs time to develop. As Lisa See, an American writer and novelist says “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?A: Present-day literary is innovative, personal and straight forward and beautiful in its own way. But personally, I love the charm of the classics like ‘DAFFODILS’ by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH or ‘THE ROAD NOT TAKEN’ by ROBERT FROST Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?A: Yes, I’m a blogger which helps in showcasing my work globally and get feedback and comments from the strangers across the globe are motivating me to keep writing. So yes, social media gives an opportunity to share my work as well as learn from others.Q: Please tell us something about your literary workA: I write poems and prose about love and life usually with ciphers, this is the writing style which I am learning and interested to grow with. I draw inspiration from nature, the books I read, places I visit and people in meet. Proses I usually characterize by the use of full sentences and paragraphs that tend to proceed uninterrupted in a linear fashion until they are complete to give description to develop concrete, complete ideas, aiming to leave the reader with his own interpretation of it. Whereas poetry, on the other hand, I write in nonlinear fashion, using fragments of thoughts, feelings, and images to convey a certain message to the readers aiming to generate feelings which I hold while writing. Like smiling together with the reader or crying with the pain that the poetry holds.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: I started my journey initially with articles related to real life events or current events, which grew into short stories and novels. But I truly find myself now as a poet. I enjoy getting lost in time when I’m writing, liking living in a completely different universe.My poems are published in WordPress and StoryMirror. Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literary works serve as a food for thought and encourage imagination and creativity. Exposing oneself to good literary works, is equivalent to providing one with the finest of educational opportunities. On the other hand, the lack of exposure to good literature is equal to depriving oneself from the opportunity to grow. Literature allows you to understand and experience systems of living and other worlds. We get a view of the inside looking out, a personal view and insight into the minds and reasoning of someone else. We can learn, understand, and appreciate it; and that how society can grow. Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: In 5 years, I see myself to be a more matured writer with my few poetry books published. And to be growing in people’s heart.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: Develop a place where poets can share there works and get feedbacks from fellow like minded poets. This will not only give more opportunity to grow but also to learn from each other, like a writer’s club.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?A: Follow your heart, take risk, and have courage to take the road least traveled. Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: It is a very good platform for both readers and writers. Writers get a platform to share their work and get recognition for it whereas readers get good content to read and learn. Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: Keep going strong. Wish you all the success as your success is your writers’ success. Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/4hkaj7vg/shrestha-mukherjee/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Rashmi Jain
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 4 March 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: I’ve done MCA and was there in the IT industry for few years. But, always had a flair for writing since my childhood. I didn’t remember when I first picked up the pen, but I do remember one thing. It changed my entire life!Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: Literature liberates your soul. Words empower you. If you ask what inspires me, I would say, inspiration is everywhere around you. You just need to have an eye for it. I'm surrounded by a lot of people around me. Each one has a story to share. I just get the idea from the everyday life of all those.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: To present a piece of literary work (something worthy, something close to your heart, something upon which you have devoted your time and effort) in front of a huge audience out there, and the related doubts of meeting the expectations of and fear of acceptance by your readers can be the scariest part. It’s challenging yet exciting.Q: What is your view about the present day literary work? A: No doubt, the present day literary work has come a far way. People are eager to put forth their views, share their ideas and narrate their stories.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Yes, the emergence of digital and social media has played a crucial role to showcase the talent of creative writers. Writers are getting more exposure than ever before.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: Writing is a form of art and I love creating it. It is like painting your emotions vividly on a canvas. I believe Pen is the most powerful weapon and Writing is the purest form of therapy. My writings mainly revolve around the freedom, equality and empowerment of women. It also involves exploring life by means of travelling and the life lessons learnt in the entire process.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?  A: ‘Be wild again’ is my first literary publication. I owe to the BlogChatter team for the support and direction for publishing it initially. The book is now available onAmazonalso.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature is liberating in itself. I always feel rewarded when someone somewhere can relate to it or when my writing brings that beautiful curve on someone’s face or if it brightens someone’s day or uplifts someone’s emotions or motivates someone. Just like a small stone can also create a big ripple, a few words are enough to capture the hidden emotions and deep thoughts beautifully. And to that, if it conveys the message of love, strengthens the connection between the mob, it’s definitely going to uplift the society overall.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: Not only I would love to see my work in more hands, but also would love to see myself in more smiles and like to find a place in more hearts.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: Apart from the connection on social media, if we can organise more events on poetry, I think it would leverage the community for poets.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: Some tips for the aspiring writers:      Self-doubt is the biggest enemy. Don’t fall in its trap.      Put your unique voice forward without any filters.      Never stop exploring yourself. You never know what opportunity is waiting at the other side.      Go out, share and connect with others. There’s a lot to learn from the beautiful world out there.      Be consistent and make your presence feel.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: StoryMirror projects a mirror image of your own life stories in varied forms. It’s a great platform to represent your writing skills, whether it’s a story or a poem of any genre. And it provides a vast library as well to engage its readers. Honoured to be a part of it.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?A: More power to you. Wish you good luck to make it bigger and more successful.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/syuwol1r/rashmi-jain/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author Yashfeen Asif
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 4 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.Got the privilege of being bought up in two different countries. I did my Honours in Linguistics and Masters in Business Administration.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  Reading and listening to stories has always been a passionate hobby of mine.  It was out of mere curiosity of reading a story as per my taste, that I started my hand at writing.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Getting a right platform to showcase my work and getting established as a writer in this competitive market.What is your view about the present day literary work? A lot has been done and a lot more needs to be done. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A very big YES! Along with opportunities social media has also provided courage to people like me to try their hand at writing.Please tell us something about your literary work. So far I have three books under my name and been published in four anthologies. What was your first literary work and how was it published?  I started my literary journey with a novel, but the work which was published in a book format was a self published poetry book "Bittersweet Lines". Later on my first novel "The Billionaire's Pursuit" was picked up by FicFun Inc to be published in an e-book format on their website. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?The only answer to this question is INFINITE.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?Hmm. I guess as a full time established writer.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Conducting more and more engaging competitions starting right from the school levels.. What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? If you are passionate about it, keep on writing without thinking about its outcome. Just write what you want from heart, pave your own path don't follow or copy others, create your own identity, rest shall follow.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  Writing on Storymirror has always been a pleasure. With its ever engaging competitions, whenever you feel like giving up or you're stuck they'll pop up with something new, bringing out creativity to a whole new level.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Amazing platform for amateur writers to showcase their work along with endless opportunities.Here is a link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/6sjazbqi/y-a-indie-indie/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author Nupur Chowdhury
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 5 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I was raised in Patna for the first eight years of my life, after which my family moved to Kolkata. I completed my schooling from Garden High School, Kolkata, and later studied English Literature at Lady Brabourne College under Calcutta University. Finally, I received a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Most of my childhood memories consist of my grandfather reading me stories, which sowed the first seeds of my obsession with storytelling and all things literary.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? Everything that happened in my life served as inspiration at one point or another, as well as the stories of other people whom I met or read about. I have also always been inspired by movies and TV shows, and routinely get obsessed with characters, whom I then proceed to write about and reinterpret in my own stories and poems.I guess my interest in literature was first born partly because of my grandfather, who would read stories to me every afternoon before we took a nap. That made me curious about storytelling, because I wanted to learn more about the characters and the world, even after the story was over. It was a mixed blessing, really, because I spent most of my student life hiding novels under my textbooks and almost flunking several exams as a consequence.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Anything worth doing is hard to do, you know? The more you care about what you're doing, the more difficult it is, because you worry about the smallest mistakes and want the final product to be perfect. You also worry about what other people will think, whether or not reviewers and readers would like it, whether something might be misinterpreted, etc. But that's a good thing, really, because it wouldn't matter so much if you didn't love the work. The fact that it's difficult only proves that you're constantly trying to get better. When it stops being a challenge, that's when you need to start worrying.What is your view about the present day literary work? I think we're living in one of the best times in the history of humanity, in terms of literature, or artistic work of any kind. The variety and scope of opportunities that modern writers have is absolutely unprecedented. Earlier, in order to find an audience, you had to find a publisher who'd agree to invest in you, you had to then write in a way that would appeal to the largest section of people possible, to ensure that your publisher made a profit. Or you had to be insanely rich in order to opt for vanity publication, which was very expensive.Now, in various corners of the Internet, you can find all types of literary work – from fanfiction to poetry, novels to flash fiction, there is a place for everything. And all you need to access it is a smartphone and a data plan. And for the most part, you don't really have to worry about being censored or redacted. Writers have never been more free to experiment, try out new things, and have their voice be heard by people around the world.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Absolutely. I think that the Internet is the best invention since the printing press for writers and creatives in general.Please tell us something about your literary work. I write across mediums and genres. So far, I've written two and a half novels, more than fifty poems, numerous articles, four short stories, and two fanfiction stories. Really, it depends on the type of emotion I'm trying to convey at that point. Almost everything I've ever written can be found on my blog. Well, apart from the novels. Those can be found on Amazon and also on Wattpad.What was your first literary work and how was it published? Well, I suppose my first officially published work was my novel, The Classroom Effect. It was published via Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing program around 2015.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? In the same way that it has contributed in the past, by keeping a record of the times so that future generations can learn from our mistakes, and the present generation can reflect on the realities of the world while at the same time being entertained.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world? Writing more stories, spinning better yarns? I don't know, really. As long as I can keep writing things that interest and excite me, I'd be happy!What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? The best way for creative people to build communities, I think, is by freely sharing their works with those who might enjoy them. You can't connect with people if they don't know you exist. And sharing has never been as easy as it is now, with the Internet. So I think poets and writers in general should take advantage of this opportunity, and share as widely and as freely as possible.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Well, I'm pretty new at this myself, and I do aspire. So I'm still in the process of figuring it all out myself. If there's one thing that I have learned, though, it's that in order to do any creative work, you absolutely HAVE to give yourself the freedom to fail. You have to allow yourself to do your absolute worst work, because that's the only way to learn and get better. There's really no way around being a novice. You can't reach grade 3 without going through grades 1 and 2. If you try for perfection from the very beginning (which is what I did initially) you'll just keep disappointing yourself and never get anything done. The desire for perfection is the birthplace of writer's block.How was your experience of writing on Storymirror? It has been wonderful so far! I've read some fantastic poetry on this site and had a lot of fun sharing my own work with this lovely community!Would you like to say something about Storymirror? I think Storymirror is a fantastic platform for young writers and poets to share their work and find a community of other creative individuals. I have been on many online writing forums and websites, but this is the first time I have come across such a platform based primarily around Indian writing. We have long needed such a platform, and therefore, I think it's an amazing initiative that all budding Indian writers and literature lovers should participate in wholeheartedly!Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/vkzhvfka/nupur-chowdhury/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Suchismita Ghoshal
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 7 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.-I completed my schooling from Barlow Girls’ High School in Malda, currently pursuing my graduation In Zoology from Malda College.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  -I have always been a curious soul from childhood.I love to read ponderous amount of books & I always get inspired through the incidents of my surroundings, this qualities influenced me to put my thoughts in a diary.I started finding happiness in writing.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? -Till now, my journey of literary world has been going smooth & everyone around me supports me & shows zealous response to the words i weave.I didn't face anything wrong or demeaning feedback towards my work.What is your view about the present day literary work? -With the increasing population, our era has been modernized at a high level. We’ve evolved into a very fast society & everything here is mobile & much more related with internet.The least number of gem writers we had in our past days has increased a lot in today’s world.Most of us love to share our thoughts & connect with others.In my opinion, literary work has been spread in a higher level of audience in comparison to past & we have so many talented emerging writers here in our country.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? -Of course, the emergence of digital & social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers in various ways, like everyone can connect with each other through many writing apps & exchange their views with a single click of 'comment' option & direct messages.Please tell us something about your literary work. What was your first literary work and how was it published?  -As I said, my surroundings inspire me a lot to scribble & this way i found the charm of writing .I’ve been writing since 4 years & i love to write poems, prose, quotes & articles.My first literary work which was published was a poem named “DESPONDENCY” & it was published by Delhi Poetry Slam’s Poem Anthology “The Last Flower Of Spring”.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?-Literature has an endless sphere in our society & can lead a pivotal role in bringing a drastic change towards society.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?-I  want to be a good author as well as an expert book reviewer in near future.I want to influence people with the power of my ink & try to bring a change in their mentality.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?-It would be great to join with such poetry-emerging apps like StoryMirror & connect with other poets for a helpful & healthy grow when it comes to build a community for poets.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? -To the writers giving yourselves a chance in this field, i want to tell you to only follow your heart & the vibes you get from your writing.Never listen to the negative comments.Write what your mind wants to.Everyone starts somewhere,don’t dwell in the competition of likes & comments as nowadays people double taps everything they get in front of their news feed.Trust your ability & never get demotivated.How was your experience of writing on Storymirror? Would you like to say something about Storymirror? -To be honest, I am in love with the platform & ambiance I’ve been provided on StoryMirror. Good fellow writers,quality poems & supportive editors have made me addicted with this amazing platform.I would only give love in feedback of StoryMirror's service & want to work with them for sure if I get eligible in near future!Here is the link to read all my content https://storymirror.com/profile/a5fofadt/suchismita-ghoshal/stories 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Niomi Nicole Salitico
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 11 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of lifeI'm only in my last year of sr. High school, nothing much special or big happened to me yet .How did you get interested in literature?I'm fond of reading ever since I can remember, I love fictions and magic because it makes life more colorful.What inspired you to write?Everything, myself mostly. I need something to let go of emotion I can't handle and poetry is the answer.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Other people's criticism and my self-doubt... I have no confidence in my works.What is your view about the present-day literary work? It's pretty good for me. I love how literature improve just like technology is.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes! IG's where Nikita Gill started (She's my most favorite poet)Please tell us something about your literary workI'm not yet working on stories or such.  But I'm giving my best on my poetries.What was your first literary work and how was it published? Not yet... It's not yet published, and my very first literary work is a fanfictionHow many ways literature can contribute to society in future? Many many many ways...Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world? Still aching to publish my works (will ya guys help me here?jk.)What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? Hmmm... I'll leave this to the expertsWhat message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?Someday you will be someone's favorite author. Keep going darlingHow was your experience of writing on Storymirror?  Its’s full of excitement.Would you like to say something about Storymirror? Good job helping the writers on pursuing their (our) career. We are grateful.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ikhujexq/niomi-salitico/poems 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Morgan Tomas-Klostermann
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 12 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I graduated a semester early from Beckman Catholic High School and started taking college courses early on. Currently, I attend Northeast Iowa Community College. Given my hectic life, at the moment I am only enrolled in online courses. Ever-so-slowly, I’m working towards my Associate of Arts degree before I transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  I have always had a fondness for literature—there’s just something immensely intriguing about finding a great book and escaping into the literary world it provides. I’m always adding new books to my kindle. As for writing, I discovered early on in my childhood that I had a talent and interest in poetry. More often than not, I used poetry writing as a therapeutic tool and it proved to be a helpful means of coping with the struggles of my daily life. It still is. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? The difficulties that had the most impact in relation to my writing would probably be writer’s block and finding FREE ways to get my work put out there and/or published.What is your view about the present-day literary work? In regard to poetry specifically, the majority of my favorite writers are modern-day and from this generation. I find that I tend to gravitate towards writing styles similar to my own. I think that there has been a recent increase in writing that has a positive subject matter, which I find refreshing considering most of my own work tends to be on the negative side of life. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? I definitely believe that social media and technology both have made a HUGE difference in the amount of opportunities available for writers. For me, personally, the digital world has skyrocketed my writing and certainly improved it.Please tell us something about your literary work. My work is almost solely poetry, and that’s what I’ve chosen to dedicate my time spent writing to. Every single piece has some sort of deeply personal connection to me or my life and, in numerous cases, my past. I haven’t had the most sunshine-y life, but in the last five years things have taken a turn for the better in the best ways. I think this positive turn for me is becoming visible in some of my writing. What was your first literary work and how was it published?  My first real piece of writing that I put out there was a cheesy Love poem that I wrote around age twelve specifically for a contest hosted by what previously was Poetry.com. It’s called Definition of Love, and through the website at the time, it was published into an anthology entitled Collected Whispers. I was quite proud then, but reading it now, I almost want to blush at how obvious my youth was. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?I think that, in the future—as well as now, even—literature and writing and poetry will (hopefully) open people’s eyes to what the world was/is like today and explore the endless possibilities of what the world COULD be.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?In five years, the hopes I have in regard to my writing all revolve around the simple goal of being recognized and successfully putting myself out there. It’s been a struggle finding ways to do that that won’t affect me financially. What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?I think that many positive strides have been made to do exactly this, and many more are already in the process. I do wish that there was a singular poetry community online that provided ways for writers to share their poetry with others, receive feedback, build a collection of their poetry, AND enter FREE contests/calls for submissions. I feel like, the ways things are right now, poets have to bounce around from site to site or place to place to accomplish all of those things.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? The best advice I could ever give isn’t my own advice at all, but rather the words of Ernest Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway once said, “Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? To be completely honest, I have only ever been on StoryMirror to enter a contest. When I got the email requesting an author interview, I was so pleased because I feel like no other writing community appears to care about or get involved with its members/writers. Instantly, I wanted to be a more active part of StoryMirror, so I’d say my experience was wonderful.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/drmr5sia/morgan-tomas-klostermann/poems 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Shoumeet Saha
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 13 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I had completed my High School from Our Own High School, Al Warqa', Dubai, I am a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate from Heriot-Watt University, Dubai and a Master of Business Administration graduate majoring in Finance from Manipal University, Dubai.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  When I first wrote a poem, I was in grade 10, say before the CBSE board exams started off. There isn't exactly a how I got interested in literature because back then and even now music has been my inspiration, and how various genres bring out what you feel from within was one of the keys that triggered me into writing. It helped me dive deep into my imagination and what I felt inside. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? The difficulties while writing can be just one or many things combined to be honest. Like one of the difficulties I faced was loss of words, there will be times where you are trying to describe a certain thing or a feeling and you know how the lines should be formed but you are not getting that word that can complete it, and then you may be like ok this is not working and you strike off the line you wrote and then start from scratch to use a similar word or phrase that expresses the same.Another difficulty that I have faced and I guess the other writers too would agree on this is continuity or simply called a flow. When we are in a flow of writing not just poetry, fictions or anything for that matter, we can generate ideas within a few minutes or less depending on how often we write or how deep our imagination goes. I did have difficulty in getting back my flow after I was done with school and it took me around 2 years to get back in writing and I thought I was back but then again with various things happening around you, it does become difficult to carry on. After a pretty much on and off in between, I got my flow back again after my MBA. Yes, we all struggle at one point or the other but the only important thing other than imagination, creativity is the flow. The stronger your flow, the more confident you become and the more you can dive into your imagination bringing out the best in you.What is your view about the present-day literary work? Literature has been evolving over the years, now people not only write about what they imagine or feel, but they also write on current issues too.There are people who have come out speaking about out about their difficulties, abusive relationships, etc that have in turn encouraged others to come out and speak. Words always had the power to inspire people, bring people together in times of oppression, many singers/songwriters have done it, like Bob Marley and many more, whose words had inspired people, brought peace around.Now, Literature has got a new platform that is digital media, where millions can connect and express what they feel, what they may have gone through and help each other out in the process.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Definitely, Digital and Social Media has now become a hub of new and emerging writers, it has given them the opportunity to showcase their talent in writing, given them the opportunity to learn from other writers whether new or experienced, this has also given the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with each other regardless of their geographical boundaries and linguistic barriers.Instagram is one of the major tools for this has encouraged millions in expressing what their passion is, what they are interested in and continue to do follow their path, to not just gain followers but also to inspire more and more to do the same.Please tell us something about your literary work. I am a poet, and I write poetry in English and Hindi / Urdu, I write about love, motivation, relationships, and many more. I had started writing for myself when I was in 10th and I used to keep a book separately just for my work back then. As years passed by, you gain more experience as to what life gives you in your journey and I guess that had helped evolve from just writing about how I felt by just looking at someone's face to how you feel in certain situations which may be so realistic yet not so easy to express to people around you.      I do have a WordPress blog that I have been maintaining for a few years now           WordPress Blog: https://shoumeets.wordpress.com/I also have a Facebook and Instagram page where I keep posting my work and try to reach out to as many people as possible.      Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/shoumeet.saha.poetryInstagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/shoumeet.saha.poetry/What was your first literary work and how was it published? My first literary work was a Hindi poem "Haseen" back in 2012. This was the first one to make to my WordPress blog which I had created.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?Literature has played a very important role in expression, expression of our thought, expression of our feelings and expression of our opinions.Today, literature has become the power to heal someone from depression, motivate and inspire people from day to day, comfort those suffering from various difficulties and pain and letting them know that they are not alone. Literature has always and will be able to contribute its part of healing, inspiration, and love in the future, which now is really essential for our existence and survival in this world.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?In the literary world, a person can be inspired anytime by anyone and anywhere and in this world, learning how to dive deeper into our imagination is always a constant. I would say I am taking it day by day to learn more, to experience more and find ways to inspire myself to write more.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?To build a community for poets, I would say we need to encourage them to express what they feel from day to day. We may also suggest a word or phrase that they may be able to write upon and let them bring out the best of their work through the use of those words and phrases.We can also give them the opportunity to collaborate among themselves, this, in turn, will help them learn from each other's experiences and also help in the different competitions that they may participate in.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? My message to the aspiring writers is to learn more, learn from people's experience, your own experiences, learn how to express your feelings better and learn to take control of your imagination, the deeper you go, the more you will be surprised as to how many ways you can write about something.Another message is that life will have its ups and downs, but never be discouraged by it, never give up on what you really love and never lose your flow in writing.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  StoryMirror has been a great platform to showcase my work and a lot of competitions to participate in, some of which I would like to take on soon.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/zlnwbvgb/shoumeet-saha/poems

Asian Winds as Ebook on Lulu
 saurabh pant  
 19 April 2019  
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This book was published first in print through support of Dublin poetry forum by Poetry Ireland in July 2018 and was greatly appreciated by all readers in print form.But the publisher wanted to make sure that the digital technology also take it part and after taking the royalty back in October 2018 it was discussed that Mr. pant should plan a way forward by which the work can be brought as an Ebook in it's prime impression. For this he did suggest Lulu where he has published his works as ebook and the publisher also agreed recognising the prominence and impact of the publisher to which Mr. pant belongs as a digital author. A short press release was issued by the central press command of the publisher in Belfast and there it was agreed first in october 2018 that an Ebook titled same should be published. Though it was based on that there Mr. pant should add few more poems to certain topics inside the book to make it equally prominent. After certain discussions Mr. pant agreed to all formalities and proceeded in early January 2019 to make the impact in which he decided to add more poems in the early 4 chapters and also to present an Introductory chapter which he has not submitted in the print book itself back in July 2018 which would now be featuring around. The chapter like China-the key sentiment was elated with 4 more poems that were based on Sino-Indian relations and the other three chapters like 'Hindu fear in Bangladesh', 'Pakistan Border problem' and 'Dominal masks in Philippines' had 2-2-2 poems added respectively for the progress of the work. In the Ebook Mr. pant also added certain online links without which the Ebook can't proceed and he made sure that those must be links of other virtual online portals rather than his previous ebook that would count for the virtual process. Once assuring that all photos are covered, showing them to Gordan Johns and Ayana Roberts who both agreed, and proceeding through he got sure to work on to make the mark. By such process he was planning right, created the headings of the chapters through the word tool on Microsoft and Then felt elated to bring it soon on Lulu as an ebook around. Around 4 days before the arrival of Ebook on lulu, he visited the website, logged in with his team details and created the ISBN for the Ebook and shared the news on social media which was welcoemd with great relief and cheers around his supporters. Once that was done he then proceeded on 14th night according to Indian time to submit the E file first and though he had some worries, the Ebook's doc file was submitted with equal great response and was accepted for which his head coach also got elated. And thence the proceedings were tkane to core now and the last step was not far now when the ebook would be arriving on Lulu. On 15th of January 2019 when the local Kumauni people were busy cooking home made cookies and sweets for the local festival called 'Kalle Kawwa', Mr. Pant took advantage and started the process of all the formalities required on the lulu website. There the information was received well and he was finally able to creat the Ebook which he downloaded and shared its link as well as photo on the social media forum by which his supporters also got delighted. It was great news for him and sending a print note to Publisher 'Poetry ireland; where the work was first published; they were also informed who felt very happy to see it through and arranged an official party at their place. By all means it was a great news, Mr. pant and his support staff was delighted and family had great support for which he was gratified by their blessings and he has one more Ebook on Lulu now that makes it 9 in total with 4 co authored works also. Now he look forward to February when he will be introduced to Smashwords through his coach as they go for Co-author work, Till then it's cheers from charlie... 

Historic day 1 of European poetry championship award ceremony 2019
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 10 May 2019  
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When back in April 2019 I got great response from organisers of such a great award ceremony, i didn't have any idea that I shall get such a great response and support even being a visually impaired and Today I am delighted to be part of such fond memories here in sinaia in Romania that is a prominent cultural hub and provide phenomenal cultural eminence.To present a basic outline, This ceremony is for prize distribution of Awards for European Poetry championship of 2019 but It shall also represent some book launches, official moments, musical events and touring hot spots and hence it is going to be historic for sure. It generally established itself in early beginning from press note of the official organisers, the launch of the festival anthology and musical performances of two famous Italian names that make it a cracker. And from there on things started to span out in phenomenal colour and response that were certainly delightful to be part of as a great legacy. Further on more official steps took place, people from various countries introduced to each other and it was formal mood in it's early beginning from 1400 hours on 4th of may 2019 on it's first opening day for sure. Once that was done it was time for Writer's colloquiums on first historic day and that is what I looked for as a poet or author attending such meet at large. Generally here has to be four different colloquium sessions in which 1st has been devoted to the Balcan touch including writers from prominent countries, second is focused upon countries that are closer to Russian federation, third goes on with writers from big european countries to act upon and the last one has been with Immigrent countries which are popular but not belong to Europe with their writers getting chance. And hence it is a great environment for a visually impaired author like me to meet with all of them and make the most of such great award ceremony that shall go on for 2 days. Now coming to the four sessions that were very high of standard and where I really appreciated the way response was available to have most of it- such sessions had general theme divided in four different subsessions and certain countries were going to take part diversely by their own strides in different forms of literature represented by their writers that was going to make it a great one for sure. The first session had Balcan countries in focus and countries like Servia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Romania, Bulgaria and Montenegro were on stage where they presented Poetry as their core focus and thrilled us with great percentage of performance. Once they had done in the first session and photo clicks were taken, The countries that has closer affinity to Russian heartland came to stage including Albania, Azarbaizan, Bellarous, Moldavia, Poland and Sweedon and they took story writing as their core presentation to respond which was also exciting to listen out and have great response. Once their impact has been covered the 'Big ticket nations' of Europe took centre stage including England, Germany, Italy, Luxoumberg, Turkey and Mesidonia and their plays were phenomenal to watch that made it a cracker. Finally the Immigrant nation came to fourfront at the last session including Iraq, israel, India and Kroetia represented them as nation observing the core discussion where these four nations discussed the existence of writing, why it is valuable and how to present the core intensity to save writing culture which was a great experience altogether. Ultimately the evening was over with laughter and jokes amongst newly made friends, the joy was on great glow and the moment of award ceremony was coming closer as the next day was approaching for which we all have to wait one more day and the prominent galore shall come to impact very soon. The first day ended with the local vegetarian feast for we who like it the most, photo clicks amongst all the representatives from all countries and it was almost phenomenal knowing so many people from Europe for me as a visually impaired author that made the day. Though there is one more glorious day coming, It was a day I shall remember for long as a person. And by shaking hands all around, knowing that more trust has been gained and with more respect for each other we went to our places of stay and it was over for the moment of it with patience for the next day of office of culture coming at large... 

Historic day 2 of European poetry championship award ceremony 2019
 saurabh pant  
 10 May 2019  
Art

The beginning of the second day started normally with cool fashion with all prominent people greeting each other, officials welcoming writers of all 21 nations with smiles and handing on schedule of the day to take on, And it was going to be one more day of fun, galore and happy smiles all along.It kicked off with the Honorary directors, organisers and other people being honoured for their service, their short gratitude and explaination of the role they have handed in such time so well, and their wishes to all who have come to represent expecting that preservation of culture in writing shall go on which was agreed by all of us. Once that was done, the proceeding started and it was field adventure to come on where some local sites across Andree Pension, Castelel peles and other local areas were introduced and their impact was explained by the guiding experts while we were observing them that helped the early start to be a prominent one. In such exploration it was great to know the Historic medieval tradition of Romanesque pillars, the way people used to preserve Candle cultures in marvel stones, The way fountation measurement was applied for water management system by early modern Romanian ruling groups and We also came to know the way things were applied in historic fashion. Besides we got the oppurtunity to look after cultural pillars that stand tall inside Castelel Peles and we got the oppurtunity to touch the prime Royal Amblem, the cultural symbol of peace of arts, and we felt great to have it's experience as explained by the guides along side us. Once that was accomplished, we got back into our cabs, took the oppurtunity to reach cafeteria to have vegetarian lunch and it was time approaching now when things would become formal as well as People would have to go back. But the exploration was great in all respects while visiting such hot spots and touring them made it so special after observing such traditions in such great way. Once our outyard adventures have got over, We had lunch, and have been enjoying each other company Thence we decided to take a short experience note with journalists present about the trips in local areas and the writers/poets from all 21 countries took their positions on 6 different podiums inside explaining their experiences altogether. After the experiences and feedbacks were done, things started to get more formal and one more confrence was planned by the organisers but this time not in separate subsessions but in one whole group structure involving all and it took place on the second town hall integral place. Here we all as authors/poets gathered to discuss the future of creative writing and this confrence's main aim was to discuss that what may be the plans to protect the writing culture? How to save it for the next generations? And in what way right steps can be decided? It went all well for around 3 hours with participation, enthusiasm and great thought process of all the writers providing feedbacks for what can be done and how things can be affective and I listened out, argued with some and enjoyed it a lot for sure. And once it was over the final proceedings were on show coming very close now reminding me again of the past happiness of World poetry championship award receiving and I guess this time the process was going to be same one, though the Award ceremony has been much different than that with it's title which suits the best, and I now awaited hoping to have more great fond memories at large. it was time for the last proceeding now and It was as mentioned in above lines has to be the award ceremony where all writers, jury members, associates, guests and prominent names were settled according to their names, places and position waiting for their name calls and receive such prestigious honour. I was only told on the early momentum of 1st day that an award known as 'Best Asian community poet' award has been confirmed in relative to me and I held my breath waiting for the right time. In the beginning the most high ranked officials, organisers and deligates were first called to receive their honours one by one. Once they were over the members of Jury from Europe were called to receive their awards on basis of their literary ranks. Then the official leaders of certain countries were called upon to gain, oblige and receive such prominent awards on basis of their literary standards. And after that all honorary process was over,  thence our numbers came by to get the honours done by receiving our prestigious awards on basis of our commendable performances in field of literature. We were seated according to the alphabetical order on basis of sir name and I seated myself behind Pane, Panoe and Panser waiting for my turn which was not far and meanwhile other honorary writers have started to get the awards I engaged myself holding Mango shake aloft as well as enjoying Veg muffin and once the name was called it was great to settle. I went to stage supported by a volunteer, received the honorary trophy, saved it in my bag, spoke for 5 minutes on transition of Technology for creative writing and didn't extend my hand for the prize money as I have discussed earlier with the award giving committee that the fund should go for the weakened Literary families of Balcan community. And a smile on my face I shook hands with the honour giving members, had some photo clicks with them and Ultimately it was over for me. But it was not all over yet, other remaining writers/poets were receiving their awards and My newly made friends continue to crack jokes while we enjoyed Mango shakes all along, thus once the last alphabet 'Z' was over Thence the award ceremony had come to the close. At the end of all such formalities, the key organisers came to the stage once more and presented their analyses of whole 2 days as the contributory moment of the Validictory function explaining how things went, where they wish to improve more, and how management went through with great support of all of us. Once that was done, night crackers went high into the sky, the memory has almost converged to a glorious one, And with smile all around us the 2 day European Poetry Championship award ceremony was over at large... 

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.3
 Dhwani Shah  
 22 May 2019  

Manage Your Resources - In Gita Verse 1.3 O my teacher, behold the great army of the sons of Pāṇḍu, so expertly arranged by your intelligent disciple the son of Drupada.When Duryodhana spoke to his Teacher and his army commander he uses the words Your Intelligent Disciple, instead of saying an Intelligent Person like you, who has given the training to Son Drupada, has placed the army in a particular style. Now use your expertise to rearrange our side. His words don’t show any due respect to Dronacharya his teacher and commander of army. He was trying to belittle him and his responsibility.Duryodhana was not interested in what he has and how to manage his resources. Even though he had the Narayani Sena, which was trained by Krishna himself. His whole focus was on what Pāṇḍava has and how to defeat them.In our life too we always feel something is missing in us. We are looking at others and comparing our life with others instead of using whatever resources we have we can manage and start from what we have, which is our present, the whole universe will support you and help you to accomplish your dream. When you start from what you have in this moment immediately you will feel everything is available and achievable. As your consciousness will shift from scarcity to abundance. When we are looking at others and at what they have, we reduce ourselves to poverty instead focus on whatever resources we have and manage to start our act from that we become an emperor.To live in abundance is the only spiritual thing in the world.Just look at the existence and its abundance. What is the need of so many different types of flowers in the world? Just roses would have been enough, but existence is abundant: millions and millions of flowers, millions of birds, millions of animals.Nature is not ascetic.Abundance is the very nature of existence, that richness is the very core, that existence does not believe in poverty.This is a very thin line, line from where you can become a beggar or be an emperor it’s our choice. No one is responsible for our circumstances except us. No one is stopping us from being emperor, except ourselves. Becoming is beggar and being is emperor.There is only one thing that can make you emperor, and that is your own being. Just find it.The original source of all tension is trying to become. One is always trying to be something; no one is at ease with himself as he is. The being is not accepted, the being is denied, and something else is taken as an ideal to become. So the basic tension is always between that which you are and that which you long to become. You desire to become something. Tension means that you are not pleased with what you are and what you have, and you long to be what you are not and what you don't have. Tension is created between these two. What you desire to become is irrelevant. If you want to become wealthy, famous, powerful, or even if you want to be free, liberated, to be divine, immortal, even if you long for salvation, moksha, then too the tension will be there. Anything that is desired as something to be fulfilled in the future, against you as you are, creates tension. The more impossible the ideal is, there is bound to be more tension. So a person who is a materialist is ordinarily not so tense as one who is religious, because the religious person is longing for the impossible, for the far-off. The distance is so great that only a great tension can fill the gap. Tension means a gap between what you have and what others have. If the gap is great, the tension will be great. If the gap is small, the tension will be small. And if there is no gap at all, it means you are satisfied with what you have. In other words, you do not long to be anything other than what you have. Then your mind exists in the moment. There is nothing to be tense about; you are at ease with yourself. You are in the Tao. If there is no gap you are religious; you are in the dharma. The gap can have many layers. If the longing is physical, the tension will be physical. When you seek a particular body, a particular shape – if you long for something other than what you have on a physical level – then there is tension in your physical body. One wants to be more beautiful. Now your body becomes tense. This tension begins at your first body, the physiological, but if it is insistent, constant, it may go deeper and spread to the other layers of your being. If you are longing for psychic powers, then the tension begins at the psychic level and spreads. The spreading is just like when you throw a stone in the lake. It drops at a particular point, but the vibrations created by it will go on spreading into the infinite. So tension may start from any one of your seven bodies, but the original source is always the same: the gap between a state that is and a state that is longed for. If you have a particular type of mind and you want to change it, transform it – if you want to be more clever, more intelligent – then tension is created. Only if we accept ourselves totally then there is no tension. This total acceptance is the miracle, the only miracle. To find a person who has accepted himself totally is the only surprising thing.Existence itself is non-tense. Tension is always because of hypothetical, non-existential possibilities. In the present there is no tension; tension is always future-oriented. It comes from the imagination. You can imagine yourself as something other than who you are. This potential that has been imagined will create tension. So the more imaginative a person is, there is a possibility of more tension.Then the imagination has become destructive. Imagination can also become constructive, creative. If your whole capacity to imagine is focused in the present, in the moment, not in the future, then you can begin to see your existence as poetry. Your imagination is not creating a longing; it is being used in living. This living in the present is beyond tension.

Arts and Humanities- Prospects and Best Colleges
 Rageshree Sengupta  
 23 May 2019  

India is the country that has given birth to a variety of arts and cultures. The prospects of studying humanities have been increasing by the day. I can confidently say that studying the following streams, even though looked down upon by the Indian society, is a blissful experience. These are the sciences that deal with human beings, society and culture. If you planning a career in social science (any field), you have come to the right place. Let’s unleash the plethora of opportunities and build a dream career for you!1. Architecture:Even though it is often debated if B.Arch is art or a science degree, it is safe to say that it has traits of both. Architecture is the art and science of designing and planning buildings. It requires mathematical proficiency and creative thinking. Planning and architecture have been the very foundation of urban life.Career Prospects:Technical Architect: Information Technology based specifications, models and managementDesign Architect: Creative drawing and planning of the basic structure of the buildingInterior Designing: construction documents, furniture layouts, power and communications, designs, materials and finishes.Top Colleges:Department of Planning and Architecture (Delhi)Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur)Sir JJ College of Architecture (Mumbai)Manipal Institute of Technology (Manipal)Chandigarh College of Architecture (Chandigarh)BIT- Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra)2. Classics:The course on classics is an interdisciplinary study of literature, society and culture of Greeks and Romans (both ancient and modern). It is a popular course in humanities in foreign countries, especially Europe. Study of classics in India can help us understand the dynamics of various ancient civilisations, literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, epics, philosophy, religious studies and so on.Career prospects:Museum and gallery curatorSharing expertise through teaching and research in universitiesSharing subject knowledge in legal firmsJournalism, editorial assistant and content writingTop Colleges:Nalanda University (Rajgir)Serampore University (Kolkata)University of Mumbai (Mumbai)Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh)Madras Christian College (Chennai)3. English Literature:English literature examines various literary works such as prose, poetry, drama etc. It was initially restricted to Britain but today it is one of the most popular choices of social science graduates all over the world. It analyses the growth of literature, Indian, British and American, novels, authors, writing styles and impact of literature in the modern world.Career prospects:Web content writing, digital copywriting, editing, publishing, translating and authorshipJournalism, Social media manager, newspaper and magazine journalistLecturer, education consultant, information officer and tutorTop Colleges:University of Delhi (Delhi)Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)Jamia Millia Islamia University (Delhi)English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad)Loyola College (Chennai)4. Fashion & Designing:This course needs no introduction! Many of us aspire to be even half as creative as designers. With multiple career options after a degree, fashion and designing have become one of the most sought after course in India as well as abroad. It mainly focuses on beauty, fashion, costume designing, graphic designing and so on.Career prospects:Fashion designing: costumes, accessories, fabrics, designs, textures and style outfits.Retail buyer: business and management, working in the fashion marketStylist: Picking out the best from a wardrobe/designer’s collection, makeup and hairstylist- magazines, weddings, photographers, models etc.Top Colleges:NIFT – National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata...)Pearl Academy (Delhi)Symbiosis Institute of Design (Pune)Vogue Institute of Art and Design (Bangalore)5. Fine arts and Performing arts: If your passion is to build a creative career then this is the choice for you. Every moment will be joyous but the rising competition in this field is also a matter of concern. This course needs hard work and perseverance to make it big. Fine arts/Visual arts include drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, film studies, photography, music, poetry, conceptual art etc. Performing arts include theatre, music and dance (western and classical).Career prospects:Broadcasting, film and mediaMusic, dance and theatreScreenwriter, actor, producer etcArts administratorExhibition and graphic designerCommercial art gallery managerTop Colleges:Annamalai University (Tamil Nadu)IPS- Indore Professional Studies Academy (Indore)Savithri Phule Pune UniversityRoyal Global University (Guwahati)Parul Institute of Fine Arts (Vadodara)5. Geography:Human geography mainly covers the study of people, communities, cultures and their interaction with the environment. It is a much sought after course for nature-lovers and graduates who are keen on making a difference in the environment.Career prospects:Cartographer and map illustratorEnvironment consultant, town planner, landscape architect etcRecycling/Conservation officerLecturer or ProfessorTop Colleges:Fergusson College (Pune)Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce (Pune)Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi)University of Delhi (Delhi)6. History & Archaeology:One of the most wondrous branches of social science is the study of the human past, ancient and modern civilisations. While history uses written sources, archaeology focuses on the remains to decipher the events that have occurred in the past. This course helps us understand the implications of history and how it has shaped our unique cultures. This is perhaps the most popular course in social science in foreign countries.Career prospects:Civil service administrator, solicitor and archivistAcademic librarian, journalist and heritage managerLecturing and tutoringTop Colleges:Loyola College (Chennai)Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)Miranda House College (Delhi)Presidency College (Chennai)Institute of Archaeology (Noida)7. Language and Linguistics:Does your passion tell you to challenge the monotony of your tongue? If yes, this is the best course for you. There are nearly 1,652 languages in India and several others in the world. Ancient languages such as Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit etc have great prospects in modern society.Career prospects:Teaching English as a foreign languageLexicographerPublishing, copywriting, editing and proofreadingSpeech and language therapistTop Colleges:Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (Hyderabad)Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)University of Calcutta (Kolkata)Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh)University of Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)8. Law & Legal Studies:Are you interested in the legal/judicial system of our country? It is time for you to save this world from criminals and law-breaking persons. Let’s discuss LLB and LLM. These courses mainly give you an overview of the laws in the constitution, rights and duties, quantitative analysis and problem solving, judicial system of not only but also other countries and international relations.Career prospects:Paralegal, Arbitrator, Jury consultant, attorney, case managerCivil services administratorLegal analyst and assistant, social activist, legal services director etcA judge or advocateTop Colleges:National Law School of India University (Bangalore)National Law University (Delhi)NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad)The West Bengal University of Juridical Sciences (Kolkata)The National Law Institute University (Bhopal)ILS- Indian Law Society’s Law College (Pune)9. Philosophy:It consists of classical and contemporary philosophical writings, the nature of truth, knowledge, mindfulness of the soul and body, the difference between right and wrong, the existence of God etc. It represents the poetic form of one’s life.Career prospects:Business, finance, marketing and salesProviding subject knowledge at legal firmsJournalism- newspapers and magazinesTop colleges:Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)Loyola College (Chennai)Christ University (Bangalore)Miranda House (Delhi)Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)10. Politics and International Relations:India, being one of the largest growing nations in the world, seeks graduates who are willing to take studies relating to the position of India with respect to other countries. This course requires extensive knowledge of current affairs, the political and legal system, different national and international organisations, economic development, and trade relations with other countries and so on.Career prospects:Legal consultant and policy analystLegislative assistantPublic relations specialist and social researcherMarket research analystCivil service fast streamerTop Colleges:Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)Jadavpur University (Kolkata)Christ University (Bangalore)South Asian University (Delhi)Madras Christian College (Chennai)11. Psychology:The human mind often baffles us. In this modern world, it is very important to know what goes on in that little device of ours. Psychology helps us learn and examine the various clinical, behavioural and emotional aspects of the human brain. It is a highly recommended career choice for most social science graduates.Career prospects:Psychiatrist, career counsellor, probation and parole officerAdvertising agent and market researcherHuman resources professionalLaboratory AssistantTop Colleges:Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)Jesus and Mary College (Delhi)St. Xavier's College (Mumbai)Presidency College (Chennai)Christ University (Bangalore)Mithibai College of Arts (Mumbai)Gargi College (Delhi)12. Social work:Is caring for humanity your most cherished skill? If helping and assisting others in need gives you pleasure then this is the perfect course for you. It gives you an opportunity to learn the technical aspects of social work. It includes cultural diversity, social institutions, underprivileged groups, human behaviour and education.Career prospects:Nursing in hospitals and clinics, medical and psychiatric social work- mental health counsellor, family/marriage therapist, speech pathologist etcChild welfare services and health educatorSocial/Community Service ManagerTop Colleges:Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai)University of Delhi (Delhi)Rajagiri College for Social Sciences (Kochi)Loyola College (Chennai)Christ University (Bangalore)13. Sociology & Anthropology:A course in sociology/anthropology will give you the ultimate guide to the knowledge of human society.  It comprises family, education, religion, social institutions and associations, culture and traditions of the society etc. It is highly sought after course in India and other countries.Career prospects:Guidance counsellor and journalismHuman Resources Representative, lawyer, policy analyst, social activism etcManagement consultant, public policy analyst, market research analyst and media plannerHuman services administration, social work, education and law enforcementTop Colleges:Loyola College (Chennai)Miranda College (Delhi)Christ University (Bangalore)Hindu College (Delhi)Hansraj College (Delhi)Punjab University (Chandigarh)Ashoka University (Sonipat)

Best Asian Community poet award received in Sinaia
 saurabh pant  
 29 May 2019  
Art

This award in romanian language is commonly known as 'Pentru cel mai bun poet al comunita-ii asiatice' Honour and has been a great one to have as a poet for any Asian born person.It is generally given to those people who have suffered any challenge in their lives belonging to the Prominent Asian continent and still come out of that making a phenomenal remark for themselves by contributing to culture, literature or in the academic field. In this way this is an award that gives empowerment to certain cultural sectors in Asia and it is for the community's power through recognising them by appreciating their potential for which it is ultimately presented. The award basically contains a shield with a medal with symbol of 'Falcun' on one side and of 'climbing birds' on other side that represents flight sorted out with challenge. A strong prize money also given to apreciate the contributions done by those certain persons appreciating his or her commitment in their prominentn field by their hard work being paid off. And the letter of appreciation by the jury that  gives the same in sinaia in Romania on a certain huge ocasion to recognise the virtual representation of such affiliation for which it is ultimately presented to the recipient presenting the virtual impact for his or her great commitments. I was asked during the invite of the European Poetry championship award ceremony to specify my presence which is to say that I should express my views on the certain award which I mentioned that should be better if it is kept secret and I should come to know about it later once I have been part of fond memories and hence it was agreed and I was yet unaware of the award till the early afternoon of the 1st day of the Poetry award ceremony which was also good being patient. Once I was cornered by the European jury, explained that such award titled 'Best Asian community poet award' shall be on my name and I shall receive it on the 2nd day's award ceremony thence my joy was infinite and It was extremely greatful to all of them. I thanked the lord, my parents and family, gratified poets and author and as well as expressed my joy to the jury who has confirmed and they were equally delightful that made the day first on 4th of May coming to know that such certain award shall be presented to me on eve of 5th of May. Though one thing I made clear that I would not take the heavy prize money offered with it thus satisfied with letter of appreciation and the medal, and that shall go to the contributions of literary communities in Balcan core and difficultly though the jury agreed calling the representatives core who's joy was also on top and hence it was great to be part of such happy moment altogether. In the speech that followed when I was receiving the award, there were things I wished to convey to the writer's community and thence understanding my intentions the award handing team provided me the mike to speak out with galore and joy to express for which I was up to the core. I spoke about the culture of preserving human rights, Talked how culture of writing can be inspired and protected, explained that why Certain communities need to contribute in writing for their ultimate existence, and after thanking everyone with huge cheer and loud clappings all around it was over. I followed the volunteers who have taken me to the podium, asked them to help me out with the wait of the award's trophy which they did greatly, and after all things were rightly managed I went back to my position. Thus having such an award like 'Best Asian Community poet award' is one more memory for me to cherish and I shall keep it in my mind forever as I witnessed other poets/writers receiving their awards and I clapped in their turn like they have done for me that made it a great moment in the validictory function at large... 

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.13
 Dhwani Shah  
 1 June 2019  

Excitement and Lack Of Teamwork - In Gita Verse 1.13 After that, the conch shells, drums, bugles, trumpets and horns were all suddenly sounded, and the combined sound was tumultuous.This verse conveys two things - Excitement and Lack Of Teamwork.Excitement:As soon as Bhīṣma, the grandsire blew his conch shell, the Kaurava army also started beating the drums, blowing bugles, trumpets and horns all suddenly. It says suddenly started. The combined sound was tumultuous and a confused noise. It represents excitement, eagerness.Excitement is a sort of anxiety, anxiety is a sort of excitement. If you are after excitement you cannot be meditative, you cannot move to a subjective world, you cannot move inwards, because there you will be alone and there is no excitement. Excitement needs the other.Even before the war started they are excited, is indication that they are not focused on what they have. Their focus was on others. Like the Hare, after challenging the Tortoise the Hare was so excited that he even forgot that right now he was in a running competition with the Tortoise. It thought that the Tortoise is very slow and he can rest. He rested and what happened - he lost. With all the capacity to win he still lost the race.As I have mentioned in my blog Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.7, - objective world is a reflection of our subjective world. All the simultaneous sudden sound made by the Kaurava army was tumultuous. It was not harmonious. This tumultuous sound by Kauravas conveyed that they are not focused on their resources. Their whole focus was on others, they were excited. This doesn't mean that you should not look at others and their arrangements. We must be watchful towards objective world but not get stuck there. Get all the possible and maximum information regarding others, objective world and then look at your resources and plan, don’t become unconscious at any time. Another reason for their excitement was that they had got an opportunity to exhibit their bravery, talent, weapons etc. Everyone in Kauravas team was ready for their individual victory. Like in scientific experiments the expected result is also required to be taken as a resource. Unless we learn to take victory as resource we cannot connect ourselves with our subjectivity. Learn to wait and go inside, connect yourself with your subjectivity. Take victory also as circumstance given by universe. Every circumstance brings new challenges and new assignment. Don’t get excited about it. Focus in this moment; what can be delivered? How can I become a participant? Immediately you will notice in the midst of the world you calm down.Man has infinite capacities but is utterly unaware of them.He has tremendous treasures but they have completely gone into his unconscious, he is no more conscious of them. From the very childhood we are made to look outside, our eyes are trained to look outside. Gradually we forget how to look within.Connection with Subjectivity is the beginning of looking inwards; don’t be against the outside, but just to live on the outside is to live a very mediocre life, is to live a very prosaic life. Unless one starts diving deep into one’s own subjectivity, the poetry does not arise, the song does not happen, life remains danceless; the juices do not flow.And once you start looking in, it is not going against the world. In fact your eyes become so rich with the inner flavour that when you look outside, the outside is also transformed because your approach is transformed. Then the world is no more just the world; it is no more just matter. It becomes divine, it is God. But first God has to be known within, from your subjectivity, only then he can be known without.Lack Of Teamwork:For Duryodhana his team was special but not unique. As Duryodhana was proclaiming from the beginning that we have strength, victorious people with us, sophisticated weapons, etc. These words made the team excited about it. All this was available to them but on the personal capacity. Not as team strength. By making everyone special he created a rift within the team. Everyone was special, not unique.Difference between special person and unique person - special person is out of comparison they are different from other person, they feel that they are extraordinary, while unique person knows that they are simply unique, as they are without any comparison. Unique person is connected with everyone as he knows that everything in the existence is incomplete, imperfect.Everyone of us may have seen a concert and a solo performance. Even though the musician is same but when they give a performance as a solo it is different compared to performing in a concert.In Duryodhana’s team everyone was excellent as a solo but there was no teamwork. No one was really concerned how as a team they can fight the war. As everyone was special they need was to exhibit their speciality. All of them were excited and were proud of their individual expertise. When all together they started beating their drums, bugles, trumpets and horns it all suddenly sounded, and the combined sound was tumultuous. This gave the message that they are lacking teamwork.To Duryodhana even experienced people like Bhishma or Dronacharya couldn't say that we were lacking teamwork. Before the war started they spirit was dead in their living  body. For Duryodhana his will was of paramount importance.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.31
 Dhwani Shah  
 16 June 2019  

Action And Activity - In Gita Verse 1.31 I do not see how any good can come from killing my own kinsmen in this battle, nor can I, my dear Kṛṣṇa, desire any subsequent victory, kingdom or happiness.Slowly Arjuna becomes more unconscious. He has now started seeing this war as victory and defeat. Nothing is wrong in evaluating anything. But stuck in it he is forgetting his assignment of the Universe.Whatever act we do, definitely must evaluate but with respect to our assignment of the Universe. With respect to our assignment we need to think with logical mind, and direct the logical mind.Mind is a perfect means to keep you independent, to keep you alert. It is a good fighter. So when there is need to fight, when there is need to stand up for your liberty, use the mind; subjectivity will not be of any use. But the context is totally different, and that man is conscious who can use his capacities in their right context and does not get mixed up. Eyes are for seeing ― you cannot hear through them. And ears are for hearing ― you cannot see with them. So use them whenever their need is, and don't let them come in each other's way.Use this quality to fight, to become more conscious and liberation from unconsciousness. Subjectivity knows no way to fight.Mind is a beautiful instrument. It has to be sharpened, but remember its limitations. It should remain a servant to our subjectivity. The moment it becomes the master, the subjectivity simply dies. In slavery, the subjectivity cannot exist.So there is no contradiction in what I have said ― just two different contexts. And your consciousness is different from both, so a conscious person can use his subjectivity when needed and can use his mind when needed, can put both to silence when he wants to be absolutely in a state of nirvana, where neither the mind is needed nor the subjectivity. When he wants simply to be himself, both are not needed.If you are the master of your instruments, there is no problem. If you have a flute and I ask you, 'Can you stop playing on it for a few moments ― I want to talk to you,' and you say, 'I cannot do it; the flute won't stop,' what will we think about you? You are insane. The flute won't stop? So you are not playing the flute, the flute is playing you. When you want to stop the mind, just say, 'Stop' ― it has to stop. If it moves even a little bit, that means something has to be done urgently. This is dangerous: the servant is trying to be the master. The servant should be a servant, and the master should be the master. And beyond both is your being which is neither servant nor master... which simply is. That 'isness' is the goal of all meditations.Also we need to understand the difference between Action and Activity:Action comes out of energy, out of delight. Activity is businesslike. Action is poetry. Activity creates a bondage because it is result oriented: you are doing it not for its own sake, you are doing it for some goal. There is a motive, and then there is frustration. Out of a hundred cases, ninety-nine times you will not achieve the goal, so ninety-nine times you will be in misery, frustration. You did not enjoy the activity itself, you were waiting for the result. Now the result has come, and ninety-nine times out of a hundred there is frustration. And don’t hope for the remaining one percent, because when you achieve the goal, there is frustration also. The goal is achieved, but suddenly you realize that all the dreams you have been dreaming about the goal are not fulfilled.Activity means there is a goal; activity is only a means to that end. Action means that the means and the end are together in it. That’s the difference between action and activity.Arjuna was in his unconsciousness moving from his subjective world to objective world. To understand more precisely he is moving from action to activity. He is gripped in fear of unknown. In that fear even if he will win the war he is now not sure what to do with his victory as his words, happy, shows clearly that there will be no one with whom he can celebrate his victory. Now he is looking at the war as an object to exhibit his victory but not as an assignment of the Universe.When universe gives us the assignment it’s very clear indication that what we need to do with the end result. Victory will also become assignment and not celebration to exhibit our strength.In my blog Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.13, I wrote that even victory is resource. It means whatever is the end result it’s a new assignment for us.When we are unconscious towards ourselves, like Arjuna knowing well what is our assignment we miss our responsibility towards Existence. At this time turn towards God not for asking to fulfill our desire but to help us to bring ourselves back in our consciousness, our subjectivity.