Dr.Diwakar Pokhriyal

1.Take us through the journey of writing your book.

Answer: Trust me, being a poet is not an easy task. I have been to numerous poetry events and was surprised to see that diversity in poetry was really low. I loved the emotions inside the poetry, but it seemed that craft is only limited to emotions. This is when I decided to search more and dived into the sea of words to get the jewels of poetry forms hidden at its depth. That is when I realized that poetry is much more than just sheer emotions, I realized that it has various forms and I decided to work on it. While learning these forms, I realized that there is no single book available for the poetry learners and enthusiasts to look into and I decided to do something about it. I learned various forms of poetry that already exists and this energy and enthusiasm pushed me for even more. I tried with new poetry forms and in One and a half years, I was all ready with 50 different poetry forms. The day I completed the book, I was very satisfied and content. I thought that the poets who will be interested in learning various forms of poetry can use this book and then expand on it to stretch the boundaries of poetry. And this simple idea of the book made the poet in me enter into the “ Limca Book of Records 2017”.

2.Tell us something about your book.

Answer: This book is written with the idea of making everyone familiar with various forms of poetry. This book is written with the aim, that people will taste different poetry forms through their intellectual mind and sense the fulfillment of this beautiful world. The book ‘Poetry For Everyone’ part 1 consist of 25 poetry forms and the second part ‘Poetry for Everyone -2’ consists of another 25 forms of poetry, so in total the series consists of 50 different forms of Poetry. The First part ‘Poetry for Everyone’ consists of these poetry forms:

  1. Acrostic,
  2. Alliteration,
  3. Abecarderian ,
  4. Baccresieze,
  5. Cinquain,
  6. Couplet,
  7. Cromorna,
  8. Diagonal Acrostic,
  9. Enclosed rhyme,
  10. Epitaphs,
  11. Etheree,
  12. Etheree double,
  13. Fibonacci,
  14. Haiku,
  15. Senryu,
  16. Quatrain,
  17. Free verse,
  18. Rhyming,
  19. Tanka,
  20. Tetractys(triple),
  21. Remix Poetry form,
  22. Upside down poetry,
  23. Zig-Zag Rhyming,
  24. Fun with words,
  25. Heptaoem

Another interesting thing is that the first chapter of the book consist a conversation between two friends regarding these 25 forms of poetry in which they are learning to write these forms. So the 1st chapter of the book makes the reader understand each form of the poetry written in the book in a simple and interesting manner.

3. It’s a saying that writers are another creators. Do you agree with it?

Answer: Writer’s are no doubt creators. Their mind works as a machine that churns thoughts, emotions, and ideas continuously and they keep on working on that. This churning process is continuous and the writer can’t sit quite for a long time. Yes we are the creators of emotions, of strength, of hope, of light, of beauty and of any movement.

4. Your inspiration besides your family?

Answer: I always wanted to do something in my life and wanted to grow continuously. I always believe that a person grows from inside out rather than outside-in. I love writing and it gives me solace. This solace is inspiration for me that helps me keep writing. It is difficult to keep myself away from writing for more time because now it has become a part of me. I guess it has come beyond the stage of inspiration. Now it is a part of me, now it has become one of my language or expressions.

5.Tell us something about yourself.

Answer: I am just an ordinary human being who wants to do something extra-ordinary through the passion that my heart posses. I am a traveler, who is travelling in the world of words, emotions, rhyme and syllables to understand his own self. The more he is trying to solve the mystery, trust me it is becoming more mysterious. Whether I am strumming guitar, working in my office on Solar Energy or writing stories and poetry, I am re-discovering myself and this is just as interesting as anything can become. I have stop counted the poems I have written till now and I think till the time my breath will be in motion, I will be writing something for sure.

6.By holding your own book is a special feelings always. For you, how was that feeling?

Answer: Even having so many fancy words in my dictionary, I really have no concrete answer to this. Yes, I feel something, something very soothing, satisfying, happy, wonderful, blissful and much more, but I really can’t explain it in words. Literally after publishing my first poetry book ‘World of Love’ in 2011, I had realized the attachment and love for something that comes from you and I realized that this may be exact feeling of a mother that gives birth to a life.

7. Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?

Answer:I have read various authors and it is difficult of pick one, but I love Ruskin Bond as we all are reading him since our school English literature classes. In hind poetry Harivansh Rai Bachhan ji, Gulzar ji and few other greats are my favorites. Their poetry, their plots, emotions and deliverance made me think more deeply about the poetry itself. I realize the real meaning of depth in poetry or the amount of efforts that goes in writing an intriguing plot for a story. On Non-Fiction side Dr. Ken Robinson is one of my favorite thought leader. His book ‘The Element’ I have read numerous times and I believe it resonates with mostly all creative people. I also like to read spiritual books to try understanding the message it passes on.

8. Share some memories (good and bad both) of your reader’s response.

Answer: I would like to share the bad one first Two or three years ago, during an event when I recited poetry, there was a group and in that group 2-3 people were passing comments/suggestions to the poets who were reciting poetry. I wrote a poetry on the spot and recited but the review was really ugly as if I don’t know how write a poem or even a rhyme. It was like that the judge knew all about which rhyme was good and which was bad. But I left that negativity there itself.

On the positive note or I must say one of the good memory is one of the Review I got for Poetry for Everyone’. I really would like you to read the full review which is still available in Amazon page. I am sharing the heading of the review here.

The Bible for the beginners of poetry”. This is a really big thing for a poet like me that a reader considers this book as a Bible.

9.What are your other hobbies?

Answer: Playing Sports and Playing Guitar

10. What is your next plan of writing?

Answer: I have multiple plans and simultaneously working on them. I still have with me around 600 unpublished poetry, 28 unpublished short stories. I am currently working on the unfinished novel, which would be my 1st English Novel. Last year I had published my first Hindi Novel ‘Sapne Sach Aur Udaan. And writing poetry is just continuous for me. So in-short, writing has now become my habit.

11. Do you ever feel like writing is tough?

Answer: I believe this happen when you are stuck with in single or few forms of poetry or writing. If you have tasted various writing form and literature it is hard to feel that writing is tough. From God’s grace, till now I never felt that the writing is tough. Instead I feel that I have a lot to write still.

12.When did you first realize that language has some power to bind hearts?

Answer: I was a shy kind of boy in my school days and not used to talk with other students. But when I wrote story during my school time and it went on a round in the classroom (during a teaching period), I realized that the language has some power that can bind people irrespective of their introvert or extrovert nature. That is the time when I realize that skills are important and even if you have the skill to play with words, it can help you to create friendships.

13.Which genre you prefer the most for writing?

Answer: I love to write on introspection or something that will make the readers think. I write on romance also but the preference goes to something that can hook me up for the whole reading stint or a subject that resonates with the situations around us or the actions that are buried deep down our heart

14.What challenges did you face while writing and getting published ?

Answer: The major challenges are marketing your work and finding the right publisher. In the present era of internet, getting publish is not a big thing, but reaching your readers is a real big thing. I really believe that there are ample great writers that are not being able to reach their readers and that is why they are force to write whatever they listen or see as a Best Seller. From Publisher point of view, they are into a business and they too want to earn their bread and hence there are lot of things are happening that are demotivating writers to write something new. Well, maybe these are the challenges that the writers have to face, if they want to come out on the top of the competition. And those who are not bothered about the competition are either confined to smaller audiences or confined to their secret diaries. These are the major challenges that most writers (including me) are facing.

15.Few words for your lovely readers?

Answer: Let me paint a picture for you,

Of sun, morning and the dew,

A little drop of water is dying

A tireless ant continuously trying,

But the world is blind to efforts,

To them, miniscule change hurts,

So, how will the morning stay,

Oh God, the night is on it’s way,

Again we will see the death of life,

A world where creativity is strife,

But we can change this scenario,

I hope you all played Mario,

Let’s help ant to it’s destination,

Let’s fill this world with elation.

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