Poet Basaba Dutta Mishra dishes on writing poetry in Hindi & getting published

First things first: how did you take up writing?

I never had even a slightest of thought that I will become a published author someday. I just started off scribbling poems in my diaries while in engineering. Earlier works of mine still are in the diary. They are not so good but yeah they were my humble beginnings and remind me of how it started and how its going now.

What was your very first attempt at creative writing?

As stated earlier, my first attempt was during engineering, when I started writing poems but never showed it to anyone. It was for my own satisfaction of putting thoughts to paper.

Where did you get the ideas for your stories?

I am a very emotional person. Most of my poems have direct or indirect connections of my own happenings or mishappenings and everything in between. Also, I connect with philosophy too much so you might find a lot of it in my writings.

What in particular gave you the idea for Aagaz?

One answer. My wife. We were just sitting one day chatting on whether should I take these poems and publish it somewhere when my wife said why not search for some publications who can publish it and voila!! The idea was incepted and from there it just took off for me. The name as it means is start of something so I thought it would be the perfect way to start off this beautiful journey.

Why did you choose to write in Hindi, especially given there’s a boom in Indian writing in English?

This is a very widely asked question considering English is most booming language in India currently, but if you ask me, the nuances in Hindi/Urdu make the poetries very subtle as far as I feel about it. Also I feel I am at my best when I write in Hindi/Urdu. I have tried writing English poems as well, but somehow I didn’t feel the connection to them when I revisited them at a later point of time. However, Hindi/Urdu poems gave me the reminiscence of the bittersweet memories of childhood.

Do you have particular schedules or writing routines when it comes to your work?

I don’t have any schedule whatsoever of writing. In fact I dont even carry my diary or notebook to write anything. I am an instantaneous writer for the fact that I note down whatever comes to my mind first in my mobile or laptop and then work on it and the final poems will be ushered into the diary. I started off writing in my diary but later on I have switched to this approach so that I am not dependent on my diary to write something.

What are your future plans for writing? Can you give out a teaser or two for your readers?

I might be in for a next book(who knows) as I am slowly and steadily working on new poems. Also since the market for English writing is so vast, I am contemplating translating my future book in English as well.

Do you have any particular poets who inspire your work?

I have a lot of poets who inspire me daily. People like Faiz, Jaun Aliya, Wasim Barelvi, Rahat Indori, Jigar Moradabadi, Sahir Ludhianvi etc. are poets of ultimate emotions who actually fill me with joy(at their expressions of love and wisdom) and then there is my favourite Ghalib whose writings transcend to another level. If anything, I would certainly like to have his skills.

What would your advice be to aspiring poets?

Write your emotions, you never know when they will spring to life through a book.

What would be an ideal gift for you

Any book by the authors as stated above.

What’s next for you? And when will the next Basaba Dutta Mishra book be available in the market?

I dont know, it might take a little while but yeah it will surely be available in the future. Keep following me on my digital media handles and you will get updates as well.

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Buy Aagaz on Amazon:

Paperback: https://www.amazon.in/Aagaz-Basaba-Dutta/dp/8194211255/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=aagaz+basaba&qid=1613550477&sr=8-1

Kindle: https://www.amazon.in/Aagaz-Basaba-Dutta-ebook/dp/B087958FGC/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=aagaz+basaba&qid=1613550526&sr=8-2

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