Most authors write books to get them published and for others to read. But Tina Khamesra never wanted the world to read her writing. At the age of 16, Khamesra started writing poetry that reflected her feelings, thoughts and views on her family, friends, her job and the world around her. But for her, destiny had other plans. In 2008, after a severe head surgery, followed by coma she passed away. She was 39. Her mother, Rajni Khamesra went through a traumatic phase and it almost took over a year for her to come to terms with her daughter’s death. During this time, Rajni discovered Tina’s diaries that were overflowing with poetry.
“I was surprised, happy and sad at the same time. I didn’t know that my daughter, who was so cheerful, had such intense thoughts within her. I decided to compile her poetry,” says Rajni.
Her first poem, This Is Called Adolescence, is “something that all girls can find a link with and I can’t imagine that she wrote that when she was in class 12.” It took Rajni five months to rewrite the poems. “Tina’s handwriting wasn’t that good, so I had to figure out all of it,” she says. The cover features Tina wearing a dress she, a fashion designing student, had designed for herself. The book is priced at Rs. 100 and will hit stores in August.