In conversation with Kaushik Sanyal

Kaushik Sanyal

                            was born and brought up in Khagaul, Bihar in India. He completed honors in English literature from Patna University before moving to Kolkata. As he grew up he got interested in sports and computers. He always had a heart for creative writing since school days, though he never took it seriously until more recently. His love towards new cultures and languages has made him a traveler and a person who likes to talk to people and learn from their experiences. He strongly believes that words speak about a mind and impart structure to our world and meaning into our life and in this quest, writing has become the perfect meditation in his life.
He is an avid follower of sports, music and movies. He currently lives in New Delhi.

In this interview with Kumar Rahul, Kaushik talks about his love for poetry, writing, his ideas and recently published book, ASPECTS OF LIFE

KR-  What is different about the book ?

KS-  I think the most different thing you will see in my book than any other books is my name below its title. My name is the most unique feature there. Well jokes apart, I think chapters like emoticons, lost cause and cosmic science, the way they are written is a bit different from what I’ve gathered in this ocean of literature.

KR - How has your writing about your experiences changed ?

KS - According to me, experience is something which you gain every day and every moment and similar has happened with my writings. Now when I look back at my writings during my college days, it looks immature and surely after a decade same thing will happen when I will look at what I write now.

KR- Why do you find 'mankind so naive' ? (Reference - event horizon)

KS - Again according to me, There are two point of views on this one. firstly, mankind has always neglected the bigger picture. Our general perception is always flawed on simplest of things and I don’t know why on earth we always get offended. Secondly, according to the poem, mankind here is naïve because whilst we fight our survival battles on earth, there are much bigger things going on in the cosmos which are endless.

KR- How difficult it was for you to jot down the most difficult aspects of your life?

KS- I always wanted to write a book but “Aspects of Life” was not the one I planned. It all started at the end of the year 2016 when I was writing too much, and after 13-14 poems, I somehow noticed a connection within them and realized that it could be turned into a book. Gradually titles and chapters formed and I realized the real challenge.
See, now you can go and easily write a poem on a thought that’s overflowing but it’s always difficult to write on a new thought. The next was that I was never satisfied with my poems, always looked like something missing, and even now when it has been published, I still feel the same.

KR - How do you see 'thoughts of eulogy turning into elegy' as a poet's problem ?

KS -Well as I said earlier, I’m never satisfied with my poems, and this sometimes used to switch on my panic button and that’s what my impression is here. The positive aspect was always that I overcame it everytime.

KR - What poets do you continually go back to ?

KS -My connection with poetry started with odes of John Keats and sonnets of William Shakespeare. To write in a certain pattern is always a challenge. I also love the poetry of William Wordsworth and William Yeats. Among the contemporary ones, I like the writings of Rupi Kaur, Najwa Zebian, Lang Leav, Micheal Faudet, Pierre Alex Jeanty.

KR- If you had to choose , what would you say are the two best poems of yours ?

KS - Now this is very difficult to answer, It’s like asking a mother to choose between her children.

KR-  What are your future projects ?

KS -  There are a few actually, three come straight away in my mind, all are related to poetry including what may be a volume or say a sequel because you can’t include all aspects of life in one book. I also dream of writing lyrics and script in future.

KR - Any last thought for the readers ?
KS - The first thought I would like to share with the readers is to suggest them to keep on reading  whatever they like, even if it’s a comic strip on the newspaper. I understand life is now much more busy but at the same time it’s important to understand that readers and writers co-exist. One will always be incomplete without the other.
(Rahul is a poet and an avid reader)


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