In conversation with: Xabiso Vili

We’re super excited to have Xabiso in Bombay and featuring at our next WTS open mic on 27th May. We asked him a few questions.. What does poetry mean to you?  I was an awkward kid growing up. All this charm and charisma was hidden beneath fear after fear and then insecurity. I spent all my…

Clichés – that old ball and chain !

Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with some fellow poets on a piece I had just performed, when somebody said I had a type. By type she meant there was a particular way in which I performed my pieces; a stance, a way of enunciation and intonation, a certain judiciousness of gestures….

Ashok Naigaonkar: The Man with a Serious Laugh

Jyotiba,  Thank you so much!         You helped her cross the threshold  by teaching her      त थ द ध    प फ भ म And it made all the difference.       Now, she doesn’t have to use her Thumb imprint as a signature. Now she can write before pouring…

Poetic Intersections..

 ‘With Surmah thing the black eye’s fringe                 ‘Twill sparkle like a star; With roses dress each raven tress,                 My only loved Dildar’      — Henry L. Derozio (Song of Hindustanee Minstrel) What a lovely use of Surmah and Dildar there…

Ghazal se Ishq..

Shor aur aawaz me kya farq hai?? Dono ek hi tarah se to bante hain, kuch elements ke aapas me takraane se. Phir aisa kya hai ki samandar ki lahare’n, barish ki boonde’n, patto’n ki sarsarahat, chidiyo’n ki chahchahana, nature ki koi bhi aawaz, chahe kitni bhi teekhi kyu na ho, kabhi shorn hi lagti….

The Art of Deciphering Poetry

“The history of melancholia includes all of us” is a line from one of Charles Bukowski’s poems. What’s so striking about this line, is the sheer brilliance of the usage of words, that hits you hard. This line stays with you. Why? Because you can relate to it. Poetry is like that, it stays, it survives for…