Poet Interview with Promilla Qazi : Experience The Essence Of Poetry With Her
Feelings to analyze the emotion of humans and nature is one of the key features of a poet. A poetry reaches the heart of readers when its phrases are penned down in a creatively emotional way. Promilla Qazi is one such poetess from India who managed to create a niche place among poetry lovers. She joined us to share her journey so far.
1)Promilla, You are already a leading poet of India- How was the journey so far for you?
Hello. First of all, a big thanks to you guys for giving me space in IndiaCafe24. I am delighted to be here. Reaching anywhere is not an easy process, even for me, who started from the point which was left behind more than twenty years back! The journey was tough initially but with time things started happening on its own. Hard work and passion is the Mantra but consistency is the lifeline of any dream which comes true!
2) What are the sensitive qualities which you feel need to be there to give birth to a poet?
I am convinced that poets cannot be made, they are born! You just need to be a human first who can relate to pain, joy, kindness and who can listen carefully and attentively instead of speaking non-stop. You need an eye and intuitions to ‘feel’ what others are going through, and then you need to be in their shoes to write about their joys and sadness.
What comes naturally to me is poetry. Somehow, I feel poetry cannot be crafted. I let go words and see them taking shape in whatever way they like. I don’t cage them, and I don’t mind being enslaved by them. 🙂 Even in Free verse a sense and a certain kind of rhyme and rhythm is must, though!
4) Whom you consider as an inspiration in your life?
My hardships are my inspiration. The dead-lines, difficulties, make me strong and creative.
5) When people appreciate your work how you feel?
I take a deep sigh and thank god that it reached to the deepest core of few hearts. I feel relieved!
6) Who is so far your Biggest Critics?
My readers and my mentor!
7) Recognition and Awards matter a lot in life of every person- What are the major awards and recognition you received?
8) You are into short story writing also. So what was your first story?
Yes, I love fabricating stories! My first story was about two people who became great friends through internet! It was in a diary format, his and her dairy! The name of the story is “The Life Goes On” That’s one of my favorites.
9) Penning down a poem or penning down a story, which as per you is more difficult and why?
Penning down a story is difficult because there you are fabricating incidents, and roping them into an interesting sequence. You need to be precise and careful. But in Poetry, as I said before you just have to give words to what you feel and writing about genuine feelings is never tough!
10) Which poem written by you is your Favorite?
This is so difficult to say, as I love all of them . Still I would like to put this one which says so much for all of us!
Mahabharata Of a Life
In slow motion
The murderer inside laughs
Paramour of split personality
Sighs with satisfaction
And the other half
Shrinks and gets lost forever.
Hides in faraway corners
A broken self emerges
From the debris of present
And bewildered heart
Gets up shaking itself
From the dust of past .
What a big lie it is!
That you are master of
Your own self
Reality is you are a puppet
In the hands of emotions
It is your choice you call it
Either destiny or fate
If you lose the heart
You turn precious but lifeless
Just a Midas Touch
And if you lose your brain
Your dreams crumble and die
The war between heart and mind
Is the toughest to fight .
Sitting on my time wheel
Without a charioteer
I have to pick the weapons
And drop my nerviness
I have to leave what was mine
Standing before the vast contradictions
I have to taste this wine
Tell the shadows to leave
Tell the heart to believe
I am deep into the war
It is the belief in Karma
That I would have to fight
Till the darkest corner of soul
Illuminates with light
11) Which is your favorite genre of poetry?
Free verse and Haiku .
12) How the theme behind any poem or story develops in your mind
A story takes a lot of time to brew, it is conceived and carried for days or months or maybe years! But a poem is instant, the first hand emotions sort of thing! There are few poems which take time to come out; they need their own sweet time to get delivered. For me things happen instantly! Be it a story or poem. I can leave a story midway and come back to that after few days but I can never leave a poem incomplete to get back to that.
My Life beyond poetry is like any other women! I love my role as a mother, wife and daughter. In fact I like to invest in relations. They give me energy and motivations. I love music, traveling, photography and reading!
14) Is there any story written by you in Hindi or its completely English language only?
Besides being part of numerous anthologies a book of my English short stories is in pipe line. I have started writing Hindi stories too, flash fiction sort of, small and crisp! I recently won a small prize too for my first Hindi story ‘Scarecrow’ and now it is used in an upcoming anthology. But somehow while writing stories I find myself more comfortable in English.
15) When we are going to read a poetry book of your in English? Dont you feel that a regional based language poem or story restricts you from reaching more readers worldwide
I am planning that soon. Although the material is ready but I am into completing some prestigious projects first. May be next year, both English short stories and poetry book will come together!
15) In one line describe Promilla Qazi- The poetess?
Simple, sensitive person who believes that there is nothing completely black; you just need eyes to see the spark or a ray of light in the darkness.Qazi