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A Stroll Through Sonnet Mondal’s Literary Pursuits

December 1, 2014 | By

One of the most successful younger generation Indian English poets, Sonnet Mondal has a long list international literary magazines/ journal publications to his credit.

Sonnet Mondal

Sonnet Mondal (Pic courtesy: Internet)

In the words of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, “A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.” It is just few of those footnotes of a young & inspiring poet here today.

One of the most successful younger generation Indian English poets, Sonnet Mondal has a long list international literary magazines/ journal publications to his credit. This vibrant young poet who writes delicately rich poetry opines, “The love for writing poetry and the sweeping peace that breezes that love to a supreme level of pleasure is my inspiration behind writing poetry.

His most recent books includeInk and Linewhich has been co-authored with Sukrita Paul Kumar, and Prismatic Celluloid’. His first book A Poetic Peep into the Post Modern World was published in 2007, and since then this young and prolific poet has delved deeper in the poetic realm.

 

His fourth book released in 2010 saw the poetic innovation in the form the twenty-one line fusion sonnets

His fourth book released in 2010 saw the poetic innovation in the form the twenty-one line fusion sonnets

His fourth book released Twenty One Lines Fusion Sonnets of Twenty First Century in 2010 saw the poetic innovation in the form the twenty-one line fusion sonnets. The book was eventually archived in the Library of Congress, Columbia University in the City of New York, University of Chicago Library, Duke University Libraries and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

When the poet was asked about his future endeavors he says, “In my gone days, whenever I have tried to sketch my future I have landed up somewhere else. Hence I prefer staying in my present. At present I am penning another poetry book which is not even half a way towards completion.”

The poet further added, “Future is as uncertain as darkness. Still we try to plan our way through it. Perhaps we follow our intuition or rely much upon implications. Our voyage of life is just like a solitary sail amidst the Pacific. We might stop by any island but again the element of uncertainty prevails. Hence I don’t plan much about future now.” 

Recently, Sonnet represented India at the Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia from 20th to 26th August, 2014. The poetry festival is said to be the world’s oldest poetry festival which is endorsed and sponsored by UNESCO and the Govt. of Macedonia in particular. Before his visit to Macedonia, Sonnet has been in focus in the Bulletin of Ministry of External Affairs, Macedonia for contributing to international cultural exchange with Macedonia since 2011 through The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. (Supportive source)

Sonnet Mondal Books

Sonnet Mondal’s most recent books include ‘Prismatic Celluloid’ and ‘Ink and Line’. His first book ‘A Poetic Peep into the Post Modern World’ was published in 2007.

About achievements the poet says, “They are just like jewels upon my skin. Of course they decorate my journey but the real me is what I am through my creations.

Most recently, The Penguin Review published from the Youngstown State University, U.S.A., has included Sonnet as the first and only Indian poet to be featured in their editions over a period of 50 years since 1964.

A wonderful person to talk to, and a true achiever that he is, Sonnet’s take on life and poetry inspires one and all, “Be Like a Crystal-the more they break you, the more rays you scatter”.

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Anindita is currently a research scholar at the English Department of Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Her passion includes reading and writing.
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