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‘Put your thoughts on paper and have faith in your ideas’

Ashita Goel, student of Apeejay Stya University, gives an insight about her latest poem ‘O Lahore’

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The partition is a big blot on the independence of India. The trauma of the division still persists as an entire generation lost their homeland. Many still try to trace their lost relatives and get a chance to have a final glimpse of their once homeland.

Ashita Goel, a second-year student pursuing Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at Apeejay Stya University (ASU), Gurugram, has captured this emotion in her poem ‘An Ode to Lahore’. In the Apeejay Promising Poet interview series, the budding writer mentions how on the occasion of this Independence Day, she chose to remember and iterate about the pain of displacement the first generation of the nation felt through her poem. Read edited excerpts: 

At what age did you start writing poetry?

I started my writing journey when I was 15 years old.

 What was the inspiration behind picking up the pen?

It was my school teacher who made me realise my talent in creative writing. She analysed my articles and one fine day asked me to write a poem on a particular topic. That day, I realised that I can indeed write well. Therefore, she was the one who motivated me to pick up a pen and write.

Who is your favorite poet and what’s your favorite poem?

I actually have many favorite poems. Two of them are Ozymandias by PB Shelley and All is Life by Ruskin Bond.

Give us a peek into your process of writing a poem?

I personally don’t follow any particular process. What I do is just pen down the entangled thoughts my mind weaves on paper. I feel that it is not always important to think and then write. One can simply pen down his/her thoughts. That is also effective and powerful! 

Rhyme or free verse?

I don’t prefer any particular criteria. I am comfortable with both. 

Kindly elaborate a bit about O Lahore”

I wrote the poem “An Ode to Lahore” which is dedicated to the struggle of those Indians who had to shift from Pakistan during the partition. On the occasion of this Independence Day, I chose to look back and thus wrote this poem.

How does ASU help you to write such good verses?

ASU helped me by providing a platform for my verses. This really encourages me to write more such poems and articles. Furthermore, the edited version of my works helps me analyse my mistakes and gives me a chance to improve. 

One word of advice for budding poets?

I feel that every writer has his/her own writing style. It’s a hidden talent. You just have to put your thoughts on paper and have faith in your unique ideas.

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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