It is sometimes said that the interview is a flat format. This is merely a matter of perception. In the interview numerous details about the interviewee are brought out. Here talking to Adrian Khare a poet ,a literator, journalist, music lover and a "vagabond", Nirmala Bhuradia carefully pulls out the roots that have gone into his making.
When did you begin writing poetry ?
Well, it must have been around 1965-66 or thereabouts. Most of what I wrote at that time was Nature oriented...Naturally, I had yet to acquire depth and variety at the time.Do you think poetry can be taught or poetry explained by a teacher ?
Taught by a teacher ? No, no. But explained, yes, provided the guide has the soul of a poet and the sensitivity of a butterfly. Otherwise, everyone will be trying to sail a boat on dry land.
Do you agree that a poet or an artist must have a Muse?
Yes. But the Muse need not necessarily be a person. It can be an inspiration powerful
You are a music lover and have interviewed a fine musician like Louis Banks...What have your impressions been of him and his music?
He is a humble man and has made his way through deep waters. This genius from
You have also interviewed M.F.Husain...Can you say something of your interaction with him ?
I believe Mr. Husain is as much of a showman as he is an artist. I was
Husain has a lot to say in his other paintings, not so for Pritish Nandy. There was a time when he turned out paintings not
Are any of the stories that you have done while in BLITZ still close to your heart ?
Oh, yes! One was the coverage of a ghastly incident. Briefly, it was the murder of a girl inside an examination hall. She was burned to death ny a man who was said to be her "lover”. It was reported that he later committed suicide. The other was a piece of the Mondal- Nandy show which still stands out in my mind.
Who is your favourite author? And your poem ?
I find it hard to think of an author better than J.G.Ballard whose writing is like sharp edged hallucinations. Dylan Thomas and Arthur Rimbaud are two poets I have already mentioned. No serious reader can overlook their "Fern Hill" and "The Drunken Boat" respectively. But to the new generation of readers I would definitely recommend Adil Jusawalla and Dom Moraes. There are so many books for them to read. They may dismiss Jusawalla and Moraes as old hat.They are entitled to their own opinions but they should read Khaled Hosseini "A Thousand Splended Suns"
Your book of poetry is titled "Majoun" what does this title mean?
I was pondering over a title when I came across this word in a book called "Report from the Bunker" by Victor Bockris who has spent time with Burroughs in
Simply because the poems have been drawn from many sources, just as majoun is made up of various ingredients. Add to this the cut up and spliced method.
What are you working on at present ?
This is a state secret -- no, seriously, it is a book of poems. yes, AGAIN!