Arnab Neogi: The Poet

About the Poet:

Arnab Neogi, a computer engineer from B.I.T, Kolkata and a management graduate from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar is a poet and an author in his free time.

His writing career spans more than a decade. He got critical recognition when one of his earliest poems “Remembering the Dead” appeared in the “Inkspot” column of The Pioneer Ltd. He was 12 at that time. Thereafter, his poems started appearing regularly in national dailies like The Times of India, The Hindustan Times Ltd etc.

He published his first volume of poetry titled “Inspiration“(2007, Offset printer and Publishers, Lucknow). His second volume titled “Beyond the Silver Lining” (2013, Sanbun Publishers, New Delhi) was met with success and rave reviews.

He is featured in more than a dozen national and international anthologies. His works have also been published in leading poetry journals like the Taj Mahal Review (Volume 12, No 2, Dec 2012 issue), Muse India (Issue 49, April-June).

He was interviewed by the German magazine “Spotlight” in an online interview to share his success story about his latest book “Beyond the Silver Lining”.

He is the co-founder and managing editor of an art promotion group called “Creative Collaborations”. He is also project coordinator for ‘Poets’ Corner’, a poetry promotion and publishing group which published an anthology “Inklinks”  that was released in the “Delhi Poetry Festival- Jan,2013”. The anthology includes works from eminent personalities like Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, Gulzaar, Mr. Ruskin Bond, Hon’Ble Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal, Sandeep Nath, Irshad Kamil, Ibrahim Ashk, Sonnet Mondal etc.

His membership of literary organizations include the Indian Society of Authors (InSA, New Delhi), Poetry Society of India, The Indian Poetry Society, Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators Association and he has been granted the coveted membership of World Poets Society and the United Poets Laureate International.

Apart from poetry, he has a passion for guitar and loves playing the instrument.

 

Here are a few of his poems:

A THOUSAND WOUNDS          

The storm shan’t pass,

disaster on thy women with labour,

 

with pain fraught a thousand mornings,

rise each day and behold the roses

or your beloved by your side,

cuddling her to hypocrisy, to forgone passion,

 

the bed creaks, the panes shatter,

the house is on fire, the smoke billets cloud;

the couple, unfathomable deep, their passion

are unmoved, ’tis but natural for them;

 

a thousand tales told, listened and forgotten,

this one wasn’t told, a country bleeds,

the faces around harrowed, smells burnt human flesh,

and the blood is but water,

 

doth the past still haunt us, or ’tis but present?

I ruminate, as I sit with wine

on a lonely day, lonely place, heart….

Waiting for my girl, my disaster,

love or hate forebrings thine shadow,

in life or death, thy shadow moves and

inflicts a thousand wounds…

 

Colors of Imagination

As the heat builds, and the sweat drips,
Eyes fixated on that little smear of tinge,
Cursing and swearing behind his breath,
The painter shoved back and fell flat;

That little gentle stroke did more to the art
Than to the psyche of the hand that painted,
The hand in the sketch seemed to move sideways,
Or so it seemed to the eyes outside the frame;

And canvassed was the soul who painted, illusioned
To the very life he inserted into the hand he sketched,
And he questioned the reality, himself or the hand inside?
The painter thus shoved back and fell flat;

Art doth feed upon the artist brutally,
The artist dies and the art burns his pyre….

 

The Woman

 

A cyclical tale of two hearts,

Woven into a string
Manifested, the sparkle around the neck,
A pure shimmer in the eyes, blinked;

Love hath no destination
The journey be enjoyed,
A Woman, the woman’s big heart
Big eyes, big love shared across;

A completeness to each soul,
A song sung in every heart,
A tune whispered in the ears,
‘The woman’ blesseth the man;

How can I find a gauge
To measure the depth?
Or lets dive into the ocean
Asphyxiated, yet mutual air to breathe;

‘A woman’ is born
To absorb and fume our love,
And the man can’t reciprocate
Yes, incapacitated to reply love;

Such is the tale of ‘the woman’
With a single focus, change constant,
Only to love and be loved
Never to shed a tear…….

 

Through the mountains….

When the wind recalls a memory,

And puritans call it love,

Don’t I feel a familiar smell?

The roads appear winding and smiling;

 

The mind tries and breaks free,

And the body holds back,

Fake attraction and incurable death down,

Loves feeling the pain for love;

 

A little subtle gesture a lone solace,

Do everything for that one moment,

Turn side and behold the horizon,

Keep moving and see more;

 

The mountains are so still,

Changes color with time,

Just watches and never reacts,

Zenith in its lap, inertia at its feet;

 

I go, and would never come back,

Through the mountains I go and search…..

 

Book: Leaving Loneliness – A Workbook: Building Relationships with Yourself and Others

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Narang, PhD, is a psychologist who practices in Santa Monica, California. In his work, he has found that the people who come to him frequently want to work on problematic patterns they find themselves repeating in all their relationships—what psychology refers to as attachment styles. A psychologist, meditator and Buddhist, he helps his clients to construct good relationships with themselves and others. His motivation for writing Leaving Loneliness was to help large numbers of people end unnecessary emotional pain and build thriving connections with themselves and others.

ABOUT THE BOOK

‘Leaving Loneliness : A Workbook: Building Relationships with Yourself and Others’ by Dr. David Narang

                  

We are not meant to be lonely. Building thriving relationships with yourself and others is one of the most rewarding parts of a life well lived. However, many people have difficulty building satisfying closeness, and many others feel trapped in patterns of painful and stormy relationships. If you have experienced repetitive, long-term difficulties with the way you form relationships, there is a way to understand your problems, and to stop them from spoiling your life. Using the precise and practical exercises in this workbook, you can harness the strength of an area of psychology called attachment theory, integrated with Eastern mindfulness practices, to assist you on your path out of loneliness. Exercises in the book will help you to identify specific problems in your relationship style and tackle those problems with precision, helping you build close, warm, and consistent relationships with yourself and others.

Anyone can learn how to build more successful relationships by using the easy-to-follow exercises in this book. Dr. Narang’s straightforward book Leaving Loneliness: A Workbook is a well-written, engaging read. Rather than lecture, Dr. Narang engages readers in exercises that allow them to create the change they want to see happen. It is the essential guide to building the satisfying relationships you have always been meant to have.

Author: Somnath Batabyal

The literary flower that bloomed out to be Somnath Batabyal, the author of ‘The Price We Pay’ (his latest release), had sprouted in the city of Siliguri (West Bengal) in the  year 1974. Nobody could ever imagine that the child, who avoided school in childhood and was concerned more about badminton while playing in Guwahati, would have the honour of topping in his degree of English literature at University of Delhi. But that was that! Once done with his degree, he spent a good six years as a professional reporter and gathered the experience of working with many of the most reputed news houses like The Asian Age, The Pioneer, The Hindustan Times and The Week. 

Somnath Batabyal

Somnath Batabyal

It was the two awards that he received for his journalistic skills that took him away from India. The first was Dhiren Bhagat Award for investigative journalism under which he got a two-month working scholarship with The Daily Telegraph. The second was The Chevening Young Print Journalist Award that included two months working at The Sunday Times in London after a two-month course at the University of Westminster. This was in year 2000.

Later on it’s not that he did not return to India. After being back in Delhi in 2001, he took to television journalism and joined NDTV (New Delhi Television) as a Special Correspondent from Calcutta. He continued to hold that position for two years.

It was again because of scholarships he received in the year 2003 that he went back to London. He did his Masters in Anthropology of the Media from SOAS, London. Then went on to do Ph.D. too. It was his research work that took the form of his first book ‘ Making News in India: Star News and Star Ananda’ that was published by Routledge.

The first was followed by ‘Ecology of Participation: A walk through the Media Environment’, which he brought out during the time he was Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Heidelberg in Germany from the year 2009 to 2012.  After that he joined as lecturer in Media in Development at the School of Oriental and African studies in the year 2012. He married musician and musicologist, Georgie Pope in the same year. He also has to his credit the much acclaimed documentary ‘Don’t Cut My Head Off’ as the co-director. At present he writes a regular column for The Sunday Guardian entitled ‘Nomad Notes’.

His latest book ‘The Price You Pay’, a thriller based on a case of kidnapping. It has the storyline of the adventures of a young crime journalist and it is set in Delhi, when it was at the turn of a millennium. 

Book Review: Barnabas

About the author:
Sangeeta Nambiar is a playwright and theatre director with a background in television and films. She has worked extensively in Delhi and Mumbai, writing, directing and producing for Indian television. In 2001, she moved to Singapore and began to explore her love for theatre. She has written and directed five plays and is currently working on her first feature film.

Introduction to the book:
British India, the summer of 1942, Bombay. From the leafy lanes of Wodehouse Road a British woman goes missing from her home. Her husband, Thomas Stanton, wants to keep the police out of the loop and thus calls in Bombay’s first Private Detective, Barnabas Mehta. But that isn’t enough to solve the mystery for him. His search for Rose leads him to the bylanes of Girgaum where he finds a murder to solve and webs of deceit to traverse. Who would murder Rose so brutality? Family secrets and the machinations of an evil mind – they are all there for Barnabas Mehta to unveil!

Overview and Analysis:
The book has a narrative that flows very easily and rhythmically. Although the story line is quite predictable, yet the plot keeps the reader get along very well. The book is successful in arousing the curiosity in you to know the end just like it is with detective serials. ‘Barnabas’ gives you a feel of old-time detective serials.
The writer’s experience of the theatre also adds to the interesting narrative. Even in the often obvious state of affairs there is a dose of surprises and revelations too.
A very positive aspect of the simple and creative style of writing of Nambiar is that each and every character has been carved out very carefully. None of them has been neglected.
The book definitely serves to be a good read.