I’m a technology professional by the day, amateur writer by the night. I dabbled in writing poems back in high school and college. But, had stopped for long time, only to restart in 2013.
The impetus to write was to hone my proficiency in Hindi (and Urdu) and Gujarati (my mother tongue), which I have started losing because of almost exclusive use of English in professional and personal life.
I experiment with all types of poetry. But I have discovered that sometimes using poetry forms provides a quick way to channel the creative process and allows ideas to be put on paper.
One form I have special affinity towards is the ghazal. A form which is quite prevalent in South Asia and is usually sung and set to music, and also reciting in poetry fest or slams. Some of my fondest memories are those of listening to Hindi/Urdu ghazals with my grandfather (maternal). Sung ghazals are a perfect confluence of good poetry, good singing and good music. I have written ghazals in Hindi and Gujarati, but at first writing ghazals in English felt quirky and challenging. It seems like the cadence of the language didn’t lend itself to the form. However, as I have continue to experiment with the form in English, I am much more at ease with it. The best thing about ghazal is that it can be as short as a 5 couplets or 10 lines and that works perfectly when I don’t have a lot of time to think and write. But, at the same time, it allows your thoughts and idea to be put in a poem.
I’ve only wrote sparingly in Gujarati, my mother tongue, which I would like to change at some point.
My most prolific output, usually in English, comes during the month of April during the National Poetry Writing Month, when I try to shoot for 30 poems in 30 days.