It was that time of the month. Poetry reading time! So, we gathered to read, to understand, to appreciate, to improvise. What makes the Poetry Circle readings at the British Council different from other poetry reading events is that here, the poets lay bare their wares and then, the poems are scrutinized, with fellow poets gracious in their praise and criticism. There is no place for any kind of ego hassle or pride to disrupt the poetry readings. No wonder, only the bravest among them all dare to come for the poetry readings! Of course, we have poets who like … Continue reading Poetry Circle Meets Again – October Session
Oh! Lord Ganesha, your long elephantine trunk blesses me limitlessly; those big flappy ears of yours – “Listen” they say, “talk less; forget the ‘I’, the ‘Me’. That precious ivory tusk which you broke to pen an enormous mythological tale still stands true teaching me to make good with what I have. That broken tooth makes me understand God resides even in that special child. Lord Vinayaka, Ganesh Bhagwaan, Humble pranaams from a chastened devotee on your special day! HAPPY VINAYAKA CHATURTHI DEAR FRIENDS. MAY LORD GANESHA BLESS YOU! Continue reading THANK YOU GANESHA!
It just fit. Shailimar Times! Out of the blue! Never thought of writing news in verse. But, here I am doing it. And, a regular weekly column at that. I need to thank my dear friend Sonia Rao for being so adventurous and trusting of me. Just imagine! You are the Editor of a famous website Mumbai Mom. Com when suddenly, you are suggested a weird idea of writing The News This Week in verse format and you are giving it a shot without a clue as to how the readers will respond! Well, the readers seemed happy looking at … Continue reading News in Verse at Shailimar Times!
When I saw a foreigner with a hat placed perfectly on her head and a long stylish chain dangling from her neck, lipstick and eye liner in place, I least expected the person to be the one I was to be meeting along with Sivakami on 9th August, 2016 at Amdavadi, T.Nagar. I had met innumerable writers and poets before so, it wasn’t that I was over-awed or something. It was just that she seemed to pop out from the pages of history, an old timer writer, poet, novelist and translator from every angle! What stood out (for me at … Continue reading Rendezvous with Priya Sarukkai Chabria
Saturday 6th August, 2016, an exciting theme event beckoned me. It called for poetry presentation on the topic of beauty and the pressures of looking good in society. And yeah, you got it right – it was about women! Apart from the theme that interested me, the fact that certain speakers were also going to voice their views on the above mentioned topic confirmed my place in the crowd. Sharada Vijay and Nandhitha Hariharan were the hosts for the event. Quite unlike other formal hosts, they put you at ease immediately irrespective of the fact whether you were performer or … Continue reading Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Does it matter after all? An Open Mic for feminism!
A pleasant evening, the first Wednesday of the month, time for the regular schedule nay tradition of Poetry Reading at the British Council Library. It is something we poets in Chennai who are part of this religious poetry readers group look forward to every month, especially for the ones who come from afar only to read and savour poetry for what it is. The theme for the month was Euphoria, already set by Vasanth Dev during last month’s Poetry Reading session. It is not a compulsion that one should write or read a poem on that particular theme but it … Continue reading Poetry Reading at British Council -August session
“The goal of my presence in the world is to make it possible for everyone to write poems. And not just that. The happiness. The answer.” Robert Kelly, Going To The Poem We had already had our monthly poetry reading at British Council but Sivakami and I, over a detailed discussion felt that we needed to read other writers, poets (for now). How long were we going to write our poems, read them, look at them from our Poetry Circle’s critical angle, make creative modifications and then, idly wait for the next poetry reading session the next month?! That is … Continue reading Setting Creative Buds on Fire at Zaitoon!