~ Like with any other form of Art it is difficult to lay down strict guidelines as to how poetry should be judged if at all it should be judged. But there is no doubt that there is good poetry and bad poetry. One yardstick I would apply is to look at how honest a poem is. Poetry is above all about emotion. And when the emotion that a poem expresses is straight out of the heart of a poet, it touches the reader. And that is good poetry.
~ I write in English. And therefore my poetry reaches only those who have had an education in English. But if you look at poetry in my mother tongue Malayalam, it is popular among the masses. If you look at the lyrics of Malayalam film songs specially the old ones all of it is poetry and it is hugely popular.
~ I do not bother about interpretations of my poems. I think the charm of a poem lies in the fact that it is open to diverse interpretations.
~ I started writing poetry as a child. I do not remember how I got started. But my mother says one fine day, out of the blue, a five year old me recited my own poem out aloud!
~ I being in the media have not particularly helped in the promotion of my book. Whatever genuine appreciation my poetry receives is I believe because of its intrinsic worth.
~ It is no doubt a tight rope walk. I am able to pursue dance because I have found a teacher who gives me the flexibility of choosing my class timings. I do not dedicate special time to write poetry. When it chooses to come to me, I receive it! As far as family is concerned I apply my management skills in dealing with my boys!!
~ For me the answer to that question is a big YES. If not for social media I would not have been answering this questionnaire now. It was Facebook that opened up a whole new world for my poems. If not for social media, I would probably have written poems, but they would have stayed hidden in some diary in my cupboard.
~ Majority of my poems are love poems. So love or the lack of it no doubt inspires me!! I have no academic background in Literature. And I read purely for pleasure. I do not have a favorite poet or a writer. But there is always some book or the other that I am reading. Currently I am reading The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh.
~ It is true that publishing poetry is very difficult. This is because selling poetry is difficult.
~ I do not know whether I have the patience to write a novel. I write poetry because it comes to me naturally. A novel calls for hard work and a different set of skills. I do write short stories. But haven’t thought of a novel so far.
~ This is not a message. But thank you for taking this interview. Your questions are intelligent and well researched. I enjoyed answering them. I find your website interesting and relevant. Best wishes.
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