Effectively dealing with writer’s block

Here’s a few tips on how to face your writer’s block head on! Acceptance is the first step towards healing – We all need to be healed from time to time but how many of us accept what we’re experiencing isn’t normal? Do we always seek help instead of turning a blind eye to what’s…

Humour in Poetry: A dying art

It was November 12th, 2016. In my desperate need for validation after a fairly traumatic breakup, I signed up for “The Bombay Slam #1”, an event I’ve since come to love even though that particular performance was horrifying. You see, “The Bombay Slam” is Words Tell Stories’ premiere Poetry Slam and pits Bombay’s finest poets…

In conversation with: Nupur Saraswat

So happy to have Nupur Saraswat in Mumbai and performing for us! Nupur will be performing on the 23th of July at the The Artist Experience.  We asked her a few questions about her poetry journey and her inspirations. Come to the gig for a one-on-one conversation with her. What does poetry mean to you?  I…

In Praise of Haiku

For writers with a serious case of long-windedness, the best cure is a few doses of the humble Haiku. And for readers who have little patience with poetry, it can serve as a delicious starter, so much so that one is often left drooling for more. A Haiku is a very short poem, mostly written…

My First Encounter with Performance Poetry

I’ve been writing for years now and hadn’t really ‘found myself’ yet as ‘we’ like to put it. Hi! I’m Aditya Bhatkal and by ‘we’, I mean the entire clan of writers around the world. It’s a long journey, an enticing, not-so-easy, frustrating-at-times. but mostly one that has a ‘learning all the way’ tag following…

Unite and Rule: The future of performance poetry in India

“I’m 65 and I’ve never heard rap before,” an audience member said, addressing the South Dandies Swaraj, a Tamil and English rap crew during the Q&A session after their performance. “But I loved your act and you guys reminded me of Gemini Ganeshan [the yesteryear Tamil film star].” The event was called Me Versus Them:…