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Lost in forest of muse

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 00:16 IST
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Having BEEN dubbed a ‘plagiarist poet’ in the initial days of writing poetry kept the forester Mohammad Ahsan away from writing for 15 years. “From 1980 to 1996, the very thought of poetry would scare me,” he recalls.

Chief Wildlife Warden of Uttar Pradesh Mohammad Ahsan is a multi-faceted personality with a variety of hobbies. Besides poetry, the known interests of the forester are collecting caps and woods. “The poet in me refused to give in to the false allegations and I picked up the pen again,” said Ahsan.

The low-profile man, however, prefers to stay away from the hustle and bustle of poetry.

“I am not usually invited to mushairas or other gatherings of poets,” said and added, “May be because I have still a long way to go.” He has been writing poems in three languages—English, Hindi and Urdu. “I can’t write in one language, as I am no litterateur like others,” he said. He has written 300 poems in English, and about 500 in Urdu and Hindi.

As a forester, Ahsan is close to nature as his profession demands frequent visits to the jungles. “I steal time, and try to gel with the nature—the trees, streams and serenity,” said the poet.

“Every poet has his style of expression, and mine is a bit different too,” says the forester. “Normally, I pen poems in stanzas which may take from a couple of days to months, as and when thoughts come to me,” said Ahsan.

His collection of drift wood is but a manifestation of the feelings he expresses in his poems, he says. So far, he has held a number of exhibitions of driftwood and published many books on his collection.