She started by writing a patriotic poem after the 1962 India-China war, which got published in a magazine when she was a student in Hoshiarpur. But over the years, poetess Manjit Indira’s sensibilities leaned towards the injustice and pain suffered by the common man.
Encouraged by her educationist father Harbhajan Singh Kalsi and classical vocalist mother Naranjan Kaur, Manjit gradually acquired and cultivated an impulse, vision and voice to write and recite poetry filled with innocence. Later, after pursuing an MA and M Phil in Punjabi literature from Punjabi University, Patiala, Manjit grew to be a vivacious and versatile writer, devoting more attention to her passion for poetry. She was also the drama voice artist for AIR Jalandhar and Doordarshan.
The woman behind publications in Punjabi such as Anteh Karan, Chandrey Hanerey, Tareyan Da Chhaj and Geet Hi Geet, launched her eighth book, Roh Vidroh, at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh on Sunday.
The book focuses on the present day social and political turmoil plaguing the society, says Manjit, adding that her poetry reflects her protest at the misuse of the names of patriotic icons such as Bhagat Singh by political bigwigs and unethical happenings that are now commonplace. Present at the occasion were a large number of writers, authors and literary critics who lauded Manjit’s courage for sculpting meaningful poetry, the intellectual depth of her works, intensity of her imagination and simple vocabulary weaved in the pastoral medium of peotry.
Manjit, who feels that naïve and enthusiastic young poets sometimes write poetry to only get published and earn mileage, stresses on the importance of a writer acting as a responsible human being and using the pen to disapprove of the injustice in the society.