Thursday, August 08, 2013
An interview with A.K. Choudhary
Contemporary Vibes July-Sept 2013,Chandigarh
A.K. CHOUDHARY in an interview with Prof. NDR Chandra , Vice Chancellor, Bastar University, Chhatisgarh .
Arbind Kumar Choudhary, the prominent poet, renowned reviewer, celebrated critic and the eminent editor, has been glittering at the literary horizon with his more than 1200 piercing poems in English including nine poetry collections and two refereed literary journals - Kohinoor (ISSN 0973-6395) and Ayush (ISSN 0974-8075) known globally amidst the writers. His poems have been published in U.K,
, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, and
a number of
foreign web journals. His interviews appeared thrice
in Mongolia Malta and
Mandakini, All Round, Literati, Notions, Voice
of Kolkata, Indian
Ruminations, Research Vistas,
Literary Jewels, and many others
in . What is
the unique poetic
aspect of his
works is description of
his philosophy of
life in ‘Melody’,
theory of nature
in ‘Nature’, philosophy
of love in
‘Love’ and philosophy of
poetry in ‘The Poet’. The critics
have presented their
research papers and
critical views in
a number of
UGC sponsored National
Seminars. Poetic Pigments
of A.K. Choudhary,
a critical anthology
on his poetical
works, brings to
light many dark
and hidden aspects
of his poetic
world. Teresinka Pereira, Kurt F Svatek, Joy Rainey
King, B.M.Jackson, Patrick J Sammut, Prof SCDwivedi, Prof Mahendra
Bhatnagar, Prof DTKDutta, Mahashweta Chaturvedi, B.K.Dubey,
Biplab Majumdar, Shujaat
Hussain and many
others including myself
have evaluated his poetry books
from various angles.
Shujaat Hussain justifies
his poetic personality in
go through the
quatrains of Dr. Arbind,
by power, theme and
temperament he is
the most Arbindian
soul and spirit. He is Arbindian
in his conception, style and
structure of the
kingdom of poetry.”
His innovative Arbindonian style
will continue to
ring in the
womb of time.
He has been
honoured with a
number of titles – Indian Keats,
Phrasal King, Quatrain
King, Indian sonneteer,
Poets’ poet, bard,
poet of the
soul, editor of the
editors, poet of
the paupers and many
others that speaks
volumes about his
poetic charismatic personality. Dr Choudhary
has been awarded
with Life Time
Achievement Award , 2010
by International Poets
Academy , Chennai, Mandakini
Award, 2011 by International Poetry
Society of Bareilly
and Editor of
the Best Literary
Journal, 2011 & 2012 by International Writers
and Artists Association , USA
and W.P.Q, China. His
name has been
enlisted in Cambridge Dictionary of
English Writers (2009),
World Poetry Almanac (2008) , India Mongolia, Contemporary Poets, 2011 and
English Poetry in ,
Q.1.NDR: What are the dominant and recurrent themes of your poems?
AKC: Ecological disorder, environmental pollution, emotional exploitation, discrimination, suffering, nature, life, love, death, friendship etc are the main themes of my poems. The capital idea of my writings is to arouse literary sensation to Tom, Dick and Harry across the globe. The social hypocrisy, exploitation, deforestation, dehumanization etc. are the main contents of my creative world.
Q.2.NDR:What are the reasons that cultivated your spirit towards the poetic world?
AKC: Poetry is my passion and it germinates and grows as naturally as the child to a mother. It is the result of the inner urges that takes shape in black and white. The suffering society , the paling pauper , discrimination, exploitation , humiliation , emotional exploitation , and natural disaster are the things that not only haunt my mind time and again, but also stir to support the deprived voices against these evil forces. Creation needs neither norms nor privileges. It germinates every where in all circumstances .
Q3. NDR: How do you get inspiration from Nature? What is your philosophy of nature? Comment.
AKC: Nature is the universal code of conduct and all human beings must honour and embrace it for the sake of better future of our peeping generations. It is Nature that sends the musers in the seventh heaven for the ecological music on this ailing earth where tempestuous wind of the materialistic nebulosity overwhelms the human beings. The sun spins a yarn of
The starry fays
stirs the mays for gala
days. The sun is the stallion while
the moon is the
matron. The staring
spring, wintry cheese, summer’s honey
breath, menstrual flood
etc are the
things that tickle
my poetic heart
for literary sensation
in life. Natural sanctity
is the prime
wealth of this
world and all
living beings are
the adopted child
of nature. Darwin
Q.4.NDR: What is the philosophy of your life ?What is the ultimate goal of your poetic life? Explain in few lines.
AKC : Life that is the blossomed flower is ever beautiful and fragrant. The main motive of my life is to spread the message of peace, brotherhood and friendship amidst all living beings on this ailing earth. Secondly, to arouse the world through my creative works is the part and parcel of my life. Thirdly, the proper utilization of the precious time for the sake of the common masses is the part of my life. Poetry is my passion in life. As a result I try my best to spread the fragrance of my poetic garden for Tom, Dick and Harry. In a nutshell I want to see life spiritually prosperous and divine amidst the stormy earthly winds blowing across the continent.
Q.5.NDR: What is your philosophy of suffering ?Give your comment if any.
AKC :Tribulation is a curse for them who believe in the carpe diem theory. The treasury of the misery is an infantry for the corking time of the sophistry. Suffering is the spiritual vision of the saintly life for the exploration of the new vistas of knowledge. God is a saving grace for those burning in furnace. Struggle is life, idleness is death.
“Paupers are not the time’s fool,
But time’s best jewel.
The palmy days of life
Is the felicity of strife.”(My Songs, p.26)
Q6. NDR: What is your concept of Love? Elaborate it.
AKC :Love is the spiritual feeling of the living beings that lies in pure heart and sound mind. It is the fragrance of life that blooms only in perfect psyche. The immortal love episode of Radha and
Krishna, Sita and Ram, Laila
Majnu, Heer and Rangha and many others
spread the fragrance of the love’s nectar for the generations
next to them. Love
is the jewel
of the amative,
for the amative
and by the
amative. It is
universal gift for
all living beings
in general and
human beings in
particular that sends
only in the
seventh heaven. Modern
men are deeply
influenced from the
power of wealth,
money and ego.
People seek love
in women, in
wealth and in
sheath of the
sword. Those human
beings who are
really in love
love whole beings
earth . The climax
of love lies
in spiritual union
with the divine.
The sensuous pleasure,
lust for wealth,
the world of
earth hunger and
marriage try its
best to robe
the beauty of
love on the
name of Love .
Those who are
in love are
the most lucky
men of this
world. Here is a rhymed quatrain
the fragrance of the spiritual
“ The incense of Mary’s sight
Is a vital feelings of delight
Over the fatal feelings of delight
For the embroidered Knight.”(Love,p.46)
Q.7. NDR: Whom do you consider better capital idea or style ?
AKC: Capital idea is the bride and style is her ornaments that enhances the blooming beauty to its climax. Style is to enhance the poetic beauty of the capital idea the poet implies in the poems. Style may change, but capital idea needs sensation rather than alteration .
Q. 8. NDR: What does literature mean to you ? Do you think it has relevance to our day to day lives ? Does it have anything to do with all that is happening around us.
AKC: Literature is the call of nature for the florescence of the humanity on this strife-stricken earth. It is to fire the imagination of Tom, Dick and Harry in general and poetry lovers in particular for the divine message of universal brotherhood and tranquility. Literature is the soul of my fleshy life that keeps me ever in the seventh heaven. The poetic paysage shapes the materialistic fellows for the spiritual message of the sages. It reflects not only the ups and downs of the day today lives but also stirs the spirits for spiritual sanctity. It is only the literary world through which the shaping spirits frame of minds of all those suffering from viper thoughts for a counsel of perfection.
The pulp literature that spreads like wild fire gives heart failure to the sensitive souls. It is also one of the root cause of the immorality of the existing generation across the globe.
Q9. NDR: What is the purpose of your creative works?
AKC: Creation unlocks the mystery of the universe that is the most precious wealth of the society. Creation goes on as naturally as the fragrance to the flower. All poetical devices are secondary. The intense joy that the creator enjoys goes over the head of the critic and the general readers. This ecstasy can be realized, not expressed in black and white. To sooth the ailing hearts through the crack of Nature’s lock is the main motto of my poetry . It is clearly sung here :
Is the wisecrack
Of the flock.”(The Poet,p.12 )
Q10. NDR: How do you comment upon the mythical characters of your poems?
AKC :I have gone through western mythical world in general and Greek and Roman in particular. I have been reading about Indian mythical and historical heroes/heroines from my childhood. The Indian and western mythical characters bloom side by side across my poetic grove. All these mythical characters enrich my poetic beauty to a great extent. I am indebted to all these Indian and western classical writers who added fuel to my creative flames for the poetic perfection in life.
Q.11. NDR: How do you rate the present day poetry/ fiction?
AKC : Creative writings has come of age now a days because Indian English poets in general and novelists in particular have established their credit at the global level though they are deprived of required privileges in comparison with their western counterparts. However, Indian English writing has to do a lot for its upgradation, globalization and perfection.
Q12.NDR: What are the most tormenting things for Indian English writers?
AKC : Surprisingly government aided statuary bodies such as The UGC, Sahitya Academy, and many others take little interest in helping the peeping poets/writers nor can they arrange proper platform for assessment of them.
Q.13.NDR: How do you react about North Eastern Indian English Writers ?
AKC: North- East India has produced a galaxy of English writers – Mitra Phukan , Mamang Dai, Dhruba Hazarika, Ananya S Guha, Rupanjali Baruah, B.R.Barman, Temsula Ao, T. Bijay Singh, Hare Krishna Deka, Bipin Patsani, and many more. Penguin, Rupa , and Harper Collins have published many of them, but they are little known in the popular psyche of the masses inside and outside region . Even North –East based Universities take little notice of their own sons/daughters of the soil so far curriculum is concerned . North –Eastern English Writers are the most neglected voices of this region.
Q.14.NDR:Can you claim that natural beauty is blooming in this N.E. Region ?
AKC: North –Eastern Region is the heaven of the earth so far natural beauty is concerned that blooms beyond vision. Unfortunately this heavenly land is bleeding due to terrorism, regionalism and demographical disorder .
Q15. NDR: What is The Satra ? What is its significance ?
AKC : The Satra is the pious place for Vaishnavite cult and centre of wisdom in Assam in general and Majuli in particular. To propagate the message of universal brotherhood amidst all living beings of this planet is the message of all Satras. It is mandatory for all living Bhagats (monks) to remain ever bachelor so long they are in the Satras. However there are few Satras that allow the Bhagats to do double duty at a time. It is also memorable that nuns ( female priests) are not allowed to observe their duties as the nuns in the Satras.
Q16.NDR: Quote a quatrain that brings out your autobiographical materials?
Ganga’ is one
of my best
autobiographical poems. Here
is an autobiographical quatrain:
Is a good humour
For the Vidur
Of Sirajpur.”(Nature Poems,p.23)
Q.17. NDR: Some critics call you Indian Keats? How can you justify it ?
AKC: I am neither critics’s critic nor Indian Keats. Romantic elements in general and Keats’ in particular run throughout my poetic veins that makes my poems fragrant worldwide. My poetic heart lies in romantic rather than classical world.
Q18. NDR: Some critics call you a phrasal king in English poetry. Give an example if any:
AKC: I have nothing to do with phrasal king or queen. But the phrasal words are found in plenty across my poetic works besides compound, explored, proverbial and mythical words. Here is a quatrain in which three phrases are wreathed artistically.
“The fancy work
Is a high water mark
For the donkey work
Of the shirk.”(Love,p.20)
Q.19. NDR: Do you have a specific writing style? What is your innovative style ? Give an example of it.
AKC: Rhymed verse is my favorite poetic style. However, you can find many of my poems in free verse too. Apart from rhymed verses there are a number of other poetic qualities such as plenty of the phrasal words, and the proverbial sentences, mythical blending, compound words and many others all through my poetic grove. To maintain the ascending order of the alphabets in a stanza is my innovative racy style across my poetic works.
“The liven moon
Is the noon
For the osculation
Of the helion.” (Nature,P.23)
The ascending order of l (liven)-m (moon)-n (noon)-o (osculation) in a quatrain is my explored style to the literary world. Here is a stanza that is quoted from ‘The Poet’ (2011) :
“ The enigma, facetiae and genre
Heal the infidel’s conjecture
That enrich the oeuvre
Of the father- figure.” (The Poet,p.43)
One can find the sequence of the alphabet- e, f, g, h and I in a single stanza besides the rhymed quatrain.
Q.20.NDR: What has been the response from readers and reviewers so far to your poetry collections are concerned?
AKC: I got myself interviewed for 21 literary journals and anthologies besides more than 100 criticisms and reviews published on my poems in journals, books, websites and anthologies by prominent poets, professors, philosophers and critics. Is it good or no? I do not know.
Q.21.NDR:As a writer, do you see yourself belonging to some tradition ?
AKC :Creation rarely invites categorization or literary similarity nor is it mandatory to be in the line of some traditions / movements of writings. Majority of my poems are in meter, but few of them are also in free-verse. I don’t want to be the mere puppets of the writers writing in any styles now a days.
However I leave the answer of this question for the critics who will go through all my works and will assess of belonging if any.
Q.22.NDR:How do you paint the contemporary political scenario ? How much do you expect from them for literary prosperity?
AKC: You can take an example of our modern leader who is the product of caste, creed and compromise. Everyone can enjoy his/her caricature described in my poem ‘Leader’. What can one expect more from such sorts of people?
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Sheds crocodile tears for the suffering.
O Blood sucker of the sufferer!
Your name is Leader.(My Songs,p.18)
Q.24.NDR: Do you have any advice for other writers?
AKC: The writers are expected to be impersonal while dealing with the subjects and harsh critical comments. They must be true to their inordinate passion of writing. Ignore comments of those who lack proficiency in their respective fields. Be voracious reader and highly sensitive. Fortune will embrace your poetic potion; if writing becomes your passion rather than profession.
His Famous Works:
1. Eternal Voices (2007), 2.Universal Voices (2008),
3.My Songs (2008), 4.Melody (2009),
5.Nature Poems (2010), 6.Love Poems (2010),
7. Love (2011), 8. Nature (2011),
9. The Poet (2011),10.Leader (Press),
11.Haiku (Press), and 12.Majuli (Press)
Editor of the Journals:
1.Kohinoor(ISSN 0973-6395)2.Ayush (ISSN 0974-8075)