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‘You must love your You+Universe’

Budding poet from Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park speaks about her latest poem; a humble tribute to her close ones

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Have you heard of the Thai word ‘Neung’? It means number one and is usually used to signify a person who is treated as a priority in life.  Class 10 student Neha Jibin very creatively used this unique word to write a delightful romantic poem. In another work of hers titled Youniverse, she pays a tribute to her loved ones who are her entire world. The poetess from Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park in this week’s Promising Poet series explains why there is no greater joy than having just completed a poem.  

At what age did you start writing poetry?

I started writing at 14 years of age. Poetry helped me channelise my inner creativity and also gave me a platform to express myself effectively.

What inspired you to write poems?

I feel my emotions and feelings are my biggest inspiration. Nothing parallels the joy of self-expression and the immense clarity in thought one gains from the same. Poetry has been a vehicle that has helped me understand myself and my emotions better and use their force to build something constructive.

Who is your favourite in the world of poetry?

Emily Dickinson! She is my favourite poet, I simply love all her compositions. They enrich the poet within me. It would be tough to choose one poem amongst all her works but Wild Nights is my favourite poem. I feel Emily Dickinson is at her romantic best in this poem.

Rhyme or free verse?

Rhyme! I have always preferred it over free verse. The rhyme scheme literally helps the poem stay longer with the reader or listener. It adds more beauty.

Writing poems in the day or night?

I am not a night person. So, I like to write during the day.

How does your school help you to write such lovely poems?

I owe a lot to my school. The environment at my school gives me a big boost our lovely teachers inspire us to write

How do you approach writing a poem??

I mostly write poems when I am feeling lonely. It usually takes me about 14 to 15 minutes to write a poem. I mostly like to write on love and its emotional complexities. It is a treasured theme for me.

Best thing about writing poetry for you?

The relaxation! A completed poem is a great satisfaction.  

Lastly, your thoughts behind your poem Youniverse?

It is a humble tribute to my loved ones and people whom I call close. This includes my family, my brothers, friends and so many others who have a place in my heart. 

Senior Correspondent at the Apeejay Newsroom, Arijit has written more than a thousand articles across varied genres and also shot video interviews and live coverages with the highest viewership, displaying his versatility and skill. Be it a special achievement article, feedback from a parent, high profile alumnus interview or a featured write up on culture, literature and sports, he is the go to person. His initiatives like Aspiring Artist, Promising Poet and Book reviews have earned him special place in the hearts of all students and readers. Arijit initiated video interviews with a wholesome campaign on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, consisting of 16 match review articles and 3 video interviews of budding football players and enthusiasts across various Apeejay schools in Delhi. He also did the live coverage of Apeejay Noida's mega event Runathon 2023 and also many other special interviews. All his videos created new benchmarks for views, especially the latter crossing 2k views in just days. A performing poet, short story writer and football player in the other half of the day, Arijit leads a colourful and passionate life. You can watch his performances at his YouTube channel- Arijit Roy Poems, and also read his poems and short stories at his blog with the same name. He can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected]

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