Poetry is sidelined in India: Tishani Doshi
Tishani Doshi, an Indian poet and novelist sprang into the limelight for her new novel, The Pleasure Seekers. Here's the young author sharing insights as she delves into the issues of writing.
She is one of the young authors who've dabbled in both prose and poetry. The author's first love is poetry and she hopes the success of her novel will serve as an impetus for readers to reach out to her other work. "The question of the relevancy of poetry in India today is a good and sad topic. English writing in our country tends to sideline poetry; it's a surprising development given that a novel is harder and longer to read. But I suppose that this dissatisfaction can be traced back to the way poetry is taught in school," she says.
The writer also worked in Chennai with dancer Chandralekha, and recounts the time as an 'unexpected creative gift'. 'Creativity flows into its various forms, and becoming a dancer gave me the mental and physical discipline I needed to be a writer." The writer has received mixed reviews regarding her new novel, and admits that though the life
of a writer can be a 'schizophrenic' one - "You spend a lot of time by yourself, and then people like it and hate it, and then you have to explain yourself and your book. It's a weird process, but I enjoy having a conversation with readers, though my ultimate conversation will always be through my book."
Doshi is currently working on another book which not surprisingly, happens to be a book of poetry, the experience of writing a novel is wonderful but draining and after that writing a poem was like coming home," she concludes.