As an educated person what is your relation with poetry?
Any person who has the sensitivity to understand humanity, compassion and empathy will always be in a higher level of metaphysical plane and the thoughts will resound in a poetry form. That is my relation with poetry. You may be educated but if you don’t have the qualities of a Sufi, or a minstrel poetry will have no meaning to the person. To me poetry is divine.
Why do you read poems if you read poems at all?
We read poems because we find solace and peace in them. When we are dissatisfied with the world in reality we seek peace and happiness in poetry.
What type of poems do you like best?
I like poetry that paints pictures of nature in words which you can visualize. Or even the happiness of a mother who has unconditional love or the world of an innocent child.
What is your opinion on contemporary Assamese poetry?
I think that there is a transitional phase in the language of contemporary Assamese poetry. This is because of the thought processes changing due to the transition in society.
Do you have any suggestion for the poets today?
The poets of today must discuss and review the considerable changes that have taken place in the world of poetry and for better understanding the difficult Assamese words must have a foot note. This will help the poetry readers to understand what the poetry is trying to convey.
Asfia Ahmed is a certified storyteller, voice over artist and script writer based in Gurgaon, Haryana.