Learning and Creativity Magazine brings you an exclusive interview with Bahrain-based poet, editor and blogger Vaijayantee Bhattacharya about her debut collection of poems ‘Mosaic Vision’ which she launched in the city of joy, Kolkata. Editor and Journalist Vaijayantee Bhattacharya who is a ‘Kolkata Girl’ by heart and a poetic traveler by soul.
Mosaic Vision, the debut poetry book of Vaijayantee Bhattacharya which was launched in Kolkata recently, is a compilation of thirty-seven brilliantly composed poems. They have been written over a period of fourteen years spanning across various destinations like Kolkata, Delhi and Bahrain. It reflects the various shades of human life- love, happiness, curiosity, loneliness, melancholy – every shade finds a space and rhythm through Poet, Editor and Journalist Vaijayantee Bhattacharya’s beautifully composed poems.
The book Launch of Mosaic Vision holds great significance in Vaijayantee’s life, as she has been able to put together her thoughts, emotions and reactions in the form of a poetry book and release it in the city closest to her heart. She gave back to the city all the rich values, cultures and heritage that had gone in the making of a confident poet like her through her poems.
We hope you would be inspired to follow your passions after reading about the poet’s life and her poetic journey.
LnC: What inspired you to go on a poetic journey?
Vaijayantee: Life inspired me I would say. So many experiences, so much I have learnt and I keep learning. All of these have affected me emotionally and needed to be expressed through poetry.
LnC: How would you describe your poetry collection Mosaic Vision for your readers?
Vaijayantee: Mosaic Vision is a kaleidoscopic view of life through a modern woman’s perspectives, observations and experiences. It is an inclusive approach to life that holds disparate realizations and experiences into one conglomerate whole like life itself.
LnC: Why did you choose Kolkata to launch your first publication?
Vaijayantee: Kolkata was the city that saw my birth, growing up, the city that saw me evolve through life. Naturally, I wanted it to witness the birth of my first book, and that of me as an author in the city itself.
LnC: How would you describe the poetry culture in Kolkata?
Vaijayantee: Kolkata, the cultural capital of India has been the home for world famous poets and litterateurs which includes the great Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, and in the contemporary era, famous poets like Shri Joy Goswami, Shri Shakti Chattopadhyay and many such stalwarts of poetry. The vibrant culture of poetry has further been enhanced by various contemporary poets in the city who write with dexterity, both in English as well as in their mother tongue.
LnC: Do you have any favourite poem from the book? What makes it special than the rest?
Vaijayantee: My favourite poem in the book is ‘My Son, My Light”. It is a poem that I had written at a time when I was going through tremendous emotional turmoil and like in the poem, derived strength, succour and hope from my son, Shurjo.
LnC: Is there a recurring theme that you find yourself going back to while writing poetry?
Vaijayantee: There are a few recurring themes in my poetry I would say, the strength of truth over lies, the significance of motherhood, nostalgia for things gone by, and love.
LnC: What would be your message to budding poets?
Vaijayantee: Poetry is your communion of the soul with the Divine, the eternal. So keep nurturing your love for it. Keep writing irrespective of whether you can publish them, or others read them. Write for the love of poetry. That’s a reward in itself.
LnC: Poets are often said to be spontaneous, please end this interview by creating two poetic sentences regarding the whole experience of launching your book in Kolkata.
Vaijayantee: “In your lap my city of joy,
One fine day was I born
And today, at the break of dawn
My first book sees its first morn.
About the Author
Vaijayantee Bhattacharya is an Indian who has been living in Bahrain since 2010. She has worked as an Editor, Writer, Poet and Blogger with over 14 years of experience in the print and publishing media, both in India and Bahrain. She has also worked as a PR professional with the Kempinski group of hotels, Veritas PR, etc . While in India, she has worked with internationally acclaimed companies like Macmillan India Ltd and SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd, besides freelancing for various popular Indian Dailies like The Statesman, Hindustan Times, right from her University days.
Always an active participant in debates, extempore, creative writing, music and dramatics, right from her school days, Vaijayantee has won several contests and awards in these fields, and has also been the Literary Society President of Loreto College, Middleton Row, and Kolkata from where she had completed her Bachelors degree in English Honours. Vaijayantee had also been invited for a familiarization trip to Malaysia in 2015 by the Ambassador of Malaysia to Bahrain to visit the country and write about its people and culture.
In Bahrain, she has worked as an Editor for various magazines and newspapers like Bahrain This Month, Weekender, Sabaya, Mayadeen, Bahrain This Week, and so on. In the course of her career, Vaijayantee has conducted several high-profile interviews of several Celebrities, Industrialists, Actors, Artists, Ambassadors to Countries, besides writing about travel, food, lifestyle, architecture, and so on.
The book is available in Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle versions and would be reaching the bookstores soon.
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