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….

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…

Poetry Tuesdays in Thane

In 2009, after 3 months of absolutely unplanned travel from Goa to Chandigarh, Delhi, Rushikesh, Jaipur, substance, alcohol, at the mercy of the hospitality of friends and strangers, white water rafting, learning how to paraglide and doing everything with no real source of income, fresh out of the euphoria of a published book, out of…

Where page and performance poetry intersect.

Six months ago, if I had to choose, I would have called myself a page poet. I’ve written for a long time but it is only recently that I have fully been able to explore performance poetry, for a variety of reasons. Moving to Bombay is definitely one of them. I was vaguely aware of…

On the Poetry of Definitions

As a kid, I never used to think of myself as a poet; even after I wrote my first poem, when I was 8. It was a terribly silly one, about an imaginary cat I had. Of course, since cat rhymed with hat, I had an imaginary hat in the poem too. When I finished…

Words Tell Stories – Review

I started writing poetry towards the end of 2012. All my poems, like most beginners, reached out for easy rhymes, became fictional to sound more beautiful, and struggled with telling the same stunted story again and again. Until I met Rochelle D’silva at an open mic in Bandra. While I  found in her a friend I am going…