Question a thousand times before accepting – Dr.Pratyush Mishra

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A short and sweet introduction of yourself. *

First and foremost, a seeker who is experimenting with life and trying to understand myriad facets of living ,through the wisdom and algorithms envisaged by ancient ancestral lineages ,in the master disciple tradition of Rishi Vidya. Apart from that, a physician and wordsmith.


When did you first start writing? *

When I was 9 years old. (July 1999-2000). I wrote poetry at first before moving into sci-fi many years later.


Do you remember what you wrote first? *



How did you get interested in writing? *

I was a voracious reader devouring one book after another in quick succession. I was an introvert and never spoke much. My mother suggested that I wrote what I felt. I didn’t know what to write but she encouraged me to express whatever I felt.


Who or what has been inspiration? *

Life and its intricacies! The need to understand own self, own thought process and surrounding, the need to Understand these led me to put pen to paper. I would say, initially writing poetry was all about expressing the pain through the pen. But later on trudged on into different dimensions .


Who are your favorite authors/poets? Why? *

I never read much of poetry, I was more into prose. But I somewhat liked the writings of Mikhail Naimy, Pablo Neruda,Kahlil Gibran, Isaac Asimov, Dickens and Jules Verne, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Isabel Allende, Bolano. In Hindi, I was struck by works of Agneya, Niraala and Shivaani. I swear by the medieval Odia poetry of Kabisamrat Upendra Bhanja while I relate to the modern Odia poets Rabi Singh and Brahmotri Mohanty .


How do you feel when you write? *

It’s a tricky question. But I can only say while writing, the outside world completely shuts off. At that moment, it is important to collect all that juice that is being channelised through my senses and transform them into words. Even if a thirty percent of those feelings get converted into words , I consider it a fulfilling process.


What are your other hobbies? *

Anything adds value to my living and helps me live a qualitative life. (Alternative medicine, indology, cooking , travelling etc )


How did you feel when you got your selection mail? *

I would say I was elated.


What do you think about poetry? *

Imagination interwoven with the mathematics of language , that seeks to transmit the subtlety of emotions which in turn inspires and kindles the spirit of enquiry – for me, poetry is that.


Do you think rhymes are important for poems? Why so? *

Rhyming for the sake of rhyming should be avoided. Clarity of expressions and the idea what one wants to convey takes precedence over rhyming… Yet without rhythm and rhymes, poetry would feel a bit raw, wouldn’t it.


A few words for your readers? *

Question one, Question all! Question everything in and around you . Question a thousand times before accepting the world, its prevalent rules and dogmas.


What do you wish to say to budding writers? *

It is important to understand that there were thousands of poets before we came, there will be thousands after us, you and Me are not the first ones. So instead of entertaining any hubris, it is more important to stay true to one’s own craft. None of us are greater than the spirit of poetry or the demiurge of language it self.


Thank you for your valuable time. Hope you had a nice time answering us. All the best for your future endeavors.

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