“सुकून मिलता है दो लफ्ज़ कागज़ पर उतार कर,
चीख भी लेता हूँ और आवाज़ भी नहीं होती।”
Beautiful, right? Such is the power of words. It can rile up your anger and it can make you fall in love too. It can fan a flame and it can douse it too.
With the onset of internet, people must have thought the habit of writing and reading poetry would cease. But, you’d be amazed to know that one of the most viral stories that has trended on social media is a compilation of couplets by Piyush Mishra, like the one above. That’s because poetry has a refuge for everyone. No matter what your age, gender, emotional state or mood is. If you can find the right words you’ll connect.
While we all love reading poetry, writing it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. You just can’t wake up one day, pick up pen and paper and think you’ll write the most beautiful poem there is. Trust me, I’ve tried and failed miserably. Writing – and writing well is a craft. It takes patience, commitment, and of course some talent to hone it.
And that’s where I’ve failed but these young wordsmiths from Jaipur have succeeded. Habitual readers and crafty writers, they have spent years working on their writing and performance. And now, they are named amongst the finest poets from Jaipur. You can always catch them perform at the Poetry Recital Club.
“परिन्दों से जब भी बात करूँ, तो अच्छा लगता है
इश्क़ जितनी बार करूँ, सच्चा लगता है।”
A lawyer by profession and poet by soul, Tapish Khandelwal is a narrative nazm and couplet writer. Reading to other poets inspires him to write.
Asked to name his inspirations, he lists Basheer Badr, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Wasim Barelvi. He says that penning down his thoughts and playing with words gives him a feeling of ecstasy and peace of mind.
Tapish blogs regularly. You can read more of his poetry here.
“बरसा बहुत शबभर कल पानी,
वही दो आँखें, वही इक कहानी…”
A writer of nazms, ghazals and songs, Bhavya started his journey as a poet at the age of 13. It was the beautiful nazm by Rajendra Nath “तेरे खुशबु मे बसे ख़त मैं जलाता कैसे…” that ignited his passion for poetry.
For Bhavya poetry is the medium to express his emotions. His inspirations in poetry are Ghalib, Meera Bai, Kabeer, Amir Khusro, Ahmed Faraz and Pablo Neruda. Bhavya would soon be realeasing his own compilation of poetry in a book.
You can read some of his musings here.
“एक लेखक के तौर पर दो चेहरे नहीं हो सकते हैं,
ग़र इश्क़ है तो बेइंतहां होगा और नफ़रत है तो उसमें भी उतनी ही शिद्दत है|”
Praveen believes that every poet begins writing after having his heart broken.
He started his journey as a poet when he was in 7th standard and had lost a loved one. For him, writing is a medium to communicate what’s beneath and unspoken. His love for writing doesn’t end up at just poetry. He writes screenplays for Bollywood movies and TV shows and has assisted Umashankar Singh (writer of Dolly ki Doli).
Praveen loves to write on themes related to love and life. You can read more of his poetry here.
“मैं कहता गया, तुम्हे समझ न आया
अब मौन हूँ, शायद समझ जाओ |”
Manu is fond of reading couplets and poems in Hindi and Urdu and pens down his constant clutter of thoughts into beautiful words. Be it romance, or satire, he loves exploring different genres of poetry.
His favorite moments as a poet are when he composes music for his poetic storytelling session. What’s more, he’ll be publishing his own book next month.
You can read more of his poetry here.
“वक़्त तो आकर रहेगा, नहीं पता उसे किसकी क्या वजह
जो होना है होकर रहेगा, फ़िर क्यों न करले कुछ बेवजह |”
Who isn’t familiar with RJ Ravindra (Red FM-93.5) and his popular show “U-Turn.” He loves making people laugh with kadak humor and sarcasm.
But what you might not know is that he is a gifted poet too. He writes under the pen-name Wazir (Urdu) and Banna Ji (Rajasthani). Ravindra’s love for words started in school where he actively participated in debates. He used to recite his own couplets which used to make the audience go gaga.
It was this love for poetry that made him start “The Poetry Recitals” club where all the young poets from Jaipur gather and perform poetry sessions.
You can read more of his writings here.
“उँगलियाँ उठती रही हम सवालों में रहे,
मलाल ये है कि हम मलालों में रहे।
वजह कोई भी हो वजूद बरक़रार रहा ‘आवारा’
तस्सल्ली इस बात की है उनके ख़यालों में रहे।”
The luster and tehzeeb of Urdu language attracted Shubham towards writing. His life experiences and often helpless situations found an outlet in poetry.
A huge admirer of Ghazals and old Hindi songs, he lists Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Sahir Judhianvi, Faiz and Mirza Ghalib as his favorites. Shubham became a published author when he came out with his book ‘Parvaaz.’ You can expect another one from him soon.
Read more from Shubham here.
Featured Image: Himanshu Atre