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Dr Kumudini Nautiyal

Dr Kumudini Nautiyal

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Dr Kumudini Nautiyal

What inspired you to take up poetry? How would you define the art?

Be it emotions and feelings that mesmerize, or the pain and turmoil that one experiences, poetry is the most congenial mode of expression of one’s and others’ experiences. Art has the capability to make sublime human emotions and give a direction to thoughts and proclivities.

Please tell us about the conceptualization of ‘Hansi Kiraye ki’.

The poems included in the poetry anthology are those which were written on various subjects over a period of 30 years.These poems have been published over the years in various magazines and journals. thanks

What are the changes that are required to promote Hindi amongst the youth?

To capture the interest of the youth it is necessary to encourage works done in the Hindi Language.Today the English Language is not just seen as a necessity but it is also considered to be a status symbol. Despite people having command over the Hindi language more than on its English counterpart, yet English is used to exhibit status.

Uttarakhand has always had amazing Hindi Writers. What do you attribute that to?

It is a matter of pride that Uttarakhand has produced many eminent writers. It is the longing for nature and solitude away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities that has resulted in so many eminent writers making Uttarakhand their home. I myself belong to Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. I have been educated in Dehradun. After completing my studies, I stayed in Maharashtra and Delhi during my service tenure but once again I was drawn towards Uttarakhand and presently I am working at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBBSNA), Mussoorie. It is my deeply rooted desire to continue writing about Uttarakhand after my superannuation.

Please share with us the publishing process. Is poetry being encouraged by publishers?

My books have been easily published in the past. Be it prose or poetry, literature has never been a field of monetary gain. Even well known and prestigious writers have not made a living by their works.

What is the most encouraging development you’ve witnessed in contemporary poetry?

In terms of contemporary society and literature the most important change that I have witnessed is that the readers do not have time! According to the social circumstances poetry is being written on various subjects in different forms. After couplets and sonnets and having traversed through prose and poems, they have reached Haiku and readers are showing interest in all the forms of poetry.

How does one even begin to judge poetry? Is there some criteria that help you define a “good” poem from a not so great one?

It’s certainly possible to evolve a kind of criteria to assess the effectiveness of a poem. And that’s because a poem is a verbal entity. For instance, it’s not the emotion that makes a particular love poem successful, but how the emotion is expressed. There are ways of working and refining the “how”. That’s the craft of poetry, which can be as exacting as the work of a weaver or goldsmith.

Is there a change in the behavior of the Indian reader?

Absolutely! Readers are always changing! It’s difficult to say how, but what is clear is that the Indian reader is hungry for things to read, and that is for me the beginning of a major change, and they’re open to all kinds of books, which is also important. Look at the genres in the market now, jostling with each other and succeeding in interesting the reader : autobiography, fiction, detective fiction, cookery, cricket, blogs etc, etc, and in all languages. And there is so much exchange between Indian languages now – that is really encouraging.

About the Interviewee:

Dr.Kumudini Nautiyal is currently working as a Reader (Hindi Faculty) in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration(LBBSNA). She has been awarded the ‘Munshi Premchand Prize’ by Maharashtra Hindi Sahitya Akademi in 2002-03. One of her many stories has been incorporated in the Maharashtra Board Hindi Curriculum. Her poetries, stories and essays have been published in various journals and magazines.