21. XI. 2007
1. Dear Deepak, what proverb from your culture could be the best to characterize your artistic personality?
“The eyes are the mirror of the mind” (Chokh Moner Ayna)
above Bengali proverb in someway would characterize my
2. What did influence your choice to become a writer? How, when and why did you first start writing?
I enjoyed writing more than speaking. In
writing since my secondary education but again it was a very turmoil time in Calcutta
as the newly implemented socialistic structures were being changed to suite
American Market when 10,000+ highly talented youth (the crème of the society)
were slaughtered labeling them as terrorist (Noxalites)! Many of them were my
friends or neighbors! I still carry that nightmare with me. My coming to West, settle
and learn about the society and culture, only helped me to see that basic needs
3. Being a poet is difficult? What is the identity of the poet?
Poetic expressions are unique which others cannot correlate to spontaneously! In Arabic there is saying each poet has a Genny (Gin) by his/her side! In other words the shadow personality whispers to poet what becomes poetry! I am sure most poets talk to themselves (the inner self)!
Thus the identity of a poet is in his/her creation revealing the very nature as context of the poems!
4. Do you believe that a human being has something absolutely good in the depths of its psychic processes or spiritual dimensions? Or we become human beings only in the result of the difficult process of socialization?
I believe each individual is born with similar potential which can be cultivated towards Godly manifestation under egalitarian-equitable social environment with variations inherited from hereditary uniqueness! Constructive socialization makes us a better human being enriching heart with the goodness of sharing and caring!
5. What is poetry as a phenomenon for you? Do you feel the intrinsic values of the metaphorical language in the poems? Or something else?
To me poetry is the humble expression of the soul that eagerly awaits to be recognized by other souls stimulating thoughts for evolution and revolution! Thus poetry can carry and deliver messages faster and effectively for harmonious causes be it for entertainment, literary creativity or much needed socio-economic-philosophical changes for the establishment of true participatory democracy in the world!
6. What is a metaphor?
Metaphors are comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in one important way. Metaphors are a way to describe something. Authors use them to make their writing more interesting or entertaining.
7. Could you presuppose the genologic and morphologic peculiarities and transformations of the poetry in the XXI century?
I see XXI century as turning point in history where people finally realize the ill effects of colonialism that mostly began with Alexander the conqueror destroying ancient Greek as well as Roman democracy while rewriting history glorifying feudal aristocracy leading to global feudal capitalism! Thus it is obvious that poetry is transforming at an unthinkable way being more realistic and solution driven instead of being an instrument of passing idle past time!
8. Has the poetry tradition changed since the XX century?
Poetry tradition certainly changed since XX century as world embraces English as common worldwide media of communication and past unheard voices rise above the local languages enlightening global villages! That is why the theme of poetry varied addressing problems/solutions in post colonial true democratic free world!
9. What are the latest trends in the new poetry in your country?
10. How could a person change a language as a way-of-perceiving-the-world and start writing poems not in his mother tongue? As for me, poetry is some sort of philosophy, embodied in the language…
Irrespective of upbringing and future professional cultured language one’s emotion and thought would be biased to culture and philosophy of the mother tongue! But in my case I have lived and worked among English friends, colleagues and culture for more than half of my life, seen the real world more in the west than the east. Also, I learned on my own about most religion and just a coincidence that my mind is universal in seeing people/being and feeling for them without preconception. This helped me to write easily in my 2nd mother tongue English.
11. Can poetry be a remedy? Don’t you think that the modernity of the poetry will be connected with simultaneous music, rhythms?
Poetry can certainly be remedy in
12. Dear Deepak, don’t you think that in the post-informatics era people won’t need poetry at all as they have new digital sources of relaxation?
Poetry is as old as the beginning of the civilization which is evident in ancient hymns, chanting and epic! It evolved with the civilization and will always serve to satisfy the inherent craving of the soul to be in union with the very rhythm of the creation. Post–informatics digital sources are certainly bringing home entertainment for relaxation including poets and poetic expressions! Rather the digital sources can be seen as helping means for bringing home global poetry as entertainment while delivering messages – be it social, religious, philosophical or metaphorical!
13. What is ‘writing’ for you as a process (remedy, escape, precipitation, healing)? What does it associate with?
It started as remedy or healing at my early age to vent my anger and frustration against state
sponsored violence against own young people labeling them as anti-social/terrorists. But it
evolved with my academic and professional exposure in a process to serving people, the world
and God feeling I belong to them and owe these creativities as my responsibilities
14. Do you know any Ukrainian poets or writers?
Yes I do. I read about Vasyl Makhno and some of his
work, currently he lives in
15. If you had the chance to change your life what would you do?
Well, in a way I already changed myself committing all
my time for writing and campaigning for achieving peace through truth, equity,
and equal justice for al