‘Pain is a rich emotion, which takes nothing from life and instead enriches it with an understanding of emotions,” feels Bubbu Tir, 47, who has penned many a poem on the emotion, apart from other sentiments of the human nature. Ready with her latest book on poetry, Gwache Warq, she talks about carrying forward the legacy of her father and solving women’s problems.
Bubbu, who has been writing a column called Guftgu Zindagi Naal for Punjabi newspaper Jagbani for the past 13 years, considers the role of a journalist as one laden with responsibilities. “Everyone has energy, but if you emit positive energy, you become sought-after,” she smiles.
Bubbu is the daughter of Dr Gurnam Singh, an eminent satirist who was popularly known as ‘Chacha Chandigarhiya’, after the name of his column that appeared in Punjabi newspaper Ajit for 15 years. “My writing is certainly inspired by my father’s preaching, which said: ‘Soch buddhi jivi di rakh aur gal aam admi vangu kar’ (Think like an intellectual, but speak the language of the common man).
The common man does not have many people to fall back upon, so I try to connect with his life through my writings,” says Babbu, a postgraduate in English Literature from Panjab University, Chandigarh. “As a child, I grew up meeting intellectuals from various fields — actors politicians, authors and singers who visited my father. When I lost him in 1991, people encouraged me to carry forward his legacy. I took it as an emotional responsibility and started writing,” she shares.
Bubbu’s first book was titled Surmayi Shaam — a collection of Punjabi poems released in 2001. Her second book, a collection of socio-political essays, came in 2009, titled Ik Baat Main Paavan. On her latest book, Bubbu says, “Like always, this time too the truth is not hidden behind words, Lafzan da naqaab nai hai.” The writer adds that her book is an amalgamation of her diary jottings.
Give her a paper and a pen and Bubbu’s thoughts will pour, she claims.
“The minute God gave me a pen to write with, I knew I wouldn’t be writing anything petty. I want to contribute to the betterment of the society by being honest.”
The poetess-author has also been a part of many radio and TV talk shows in India and abroad, including Sher-e-Punjab aired in Vancouver, Canada.
One of Bubbu’s major concerns has been women’s problems, which find mention on her columns.
“The most powerful things can be eclipsed, so, I would advise women to not succumb to circumstances but learn to conquer them. They shouldn’t underestimate themselves and remember that pain enriches life,” she says.