Interviews

#PoetInterview: Nivedita Tomar

Hello Nivedita, thank you so much for taking the time out to talk to BUZZ Magazine. ☺

First things first: how did you take up writing?

I didn’t take up writing as such. I guess I should say  writing itself came into my life. It began quite in the personal realm. I used to write stuff and things that did  impact me one way or another. I couldn’t share with people  about how I feel or how my mind being messed up, so I  just began writing it down. 

What was your very first attempt at creative writing?

I don’t exactly remember my very first attempt  at creative writing. It began during my school days. I used  to write on loose papers here and there. I don’t have any  of those papers with me anymore. It was just raw. It was  highly abstract as I wanted to keep all that confined to  myself. So even if someone could have anyhow found  those papers, no one would be able to exactly fathom  what was going through my soul. 

Where did you get the ideas for your poems?

Ideas for my poems have myriad sources. Things as  they happen around me. People with whom I come into  contact. Nature as I experience it. Books that I read.  Bewilderment that my soul experiences.

What in particular gave you the idea for Songs of Shoreless Winds?

 Song of Shoreless Winds contains poems that I wrote  over a long span of time. As I said I did never want  people to read my stuff. But gradually it happened that I  landed on a writing App YourQuote. Thus my poems saw the realm of public platforms. I was still not thinking about  having a book published. It too gradually happened. My dada gave me confidence about my writing. Eventually  Songs of Shoreless Winds came into being. I was also  looking for an avenue to live. I thought a book  can be that avenue.  

Do you have a favourite piece in this collection or is it hard to choose from?

Frankly speaking I don’t like my poems as such. I mean  to say whenever I read something written by me, I  always go like no, it’s not that good. Still the poem I have  written about my dada is my favorite.  

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

I do not have a writing schedule as such. I write  whenever my soul urges me to. I don’t force my heart to  write. At times too many days pass before I do write  anything. I write only when my soul wills to write and is  able to find words.

What are your future plans for writing? 

 I am working on a few things. Let’s see how time  shapes them. 

Can you give out a teaser or two for your readers?

Here are a few lines 

I think color of Silence is Orange 

Not pure, mixed with pieces of yellow, 

Blue holds and resonate Sounds, 

and dark isn’t silence. 

It’s annulment of voices. 

As Day recedes, 

it paints Blue with Orange  

for few moments. Shallow sounds 

submerged under deeper depths.  

Feel the calmness transcending 

down through your Soul. 

Do you have any particular poets who inspire your work?

I can mention Rumi. His words leave a lot to think. In Hindi, Dharmavir Bharti and Agyeya weave words so beautifully. I love how Rabindranath Tagore writes about  nature. I haven’t read much till now in my life. I hold a  technical background so life mostly read about science. I  am trying to read many things now.  

What would your advice be to aspiring poets?

Advice is simple. No matter what, be true to your emotions. 

What would be an ideal gift for you?

I like watches and books. Books that do touch some  deep aspects of life. 

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

I am not sure when the next book will be there. In all  probability, it would be a collection of hindi poems.

Thank you once again for talking to BUZZ Magazine. We wish you all the best with your current work and future works. ☺


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