Author Balroop Singh. Photo courtesy of Balroop Singh.
Welcome to the land of Poetic Parfait, and today’s visitor is author Balroop Singh. I have followed her blog Emotional Shadows for a while now, and it is nice to have the opportunity to chat in depth with her about writing, her poetry book Sublime Shadows of Life, and more. I put out a platter of assorted cheeses and crackers for us as we talk. You are welcome to help yourself to some too! Let’s get started with the interview, shall we?
Welcome, Balroop! Let’s start with an open-ended question. Please tell us a little about yourself and your writing background.
When I was young, quite young, I had no idea that books contained so much of knowledge that could be beyond our comprehension. I was happy with whatever reading material I could find and felt that I had all the information of the world.
When I gained some awareness about the vastness of this globe, I hardly had any time to read, didn’t have any guidance about the choice of books but I was highly imaginative or so I thought! I loved to read and during my flights of fantasy, I could see myself writing. I would consciously tell myself – ‘one day I would write my own book.’
But I had no time! Early, traditional marriage made my life extremely busy and hectic. I forgot all about reading… writing was a far cry!
I gave up my first and a very secure job at the age of 23 to start my family but I couldn’t stay away from the company of students, my most cherished companions who kept my creativity alive.
I chose a busy life to be with the youngsters who were my perennial source of inspiration. As I moved on, balancing various duties of a wife, mother, homemaker and teacher, I started recording my fleeting thoughts on whatever piece of paper or notepad I could find.
It was so easy to write! I didn’t have to struggle with the haphazard placement of syllables on a keyboard, trying to locate them. All my thoughts could flow so spontaneously from my pen!
My students continued to inspire me and many of the poems, which have been compiled in ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life’, were written when I conducted creative workshops to motivate them to write poetry. Those challenging hours and the competitive spirit brought the best out of me.
If you had to choose your favorite poets, whom would you choose?
The classic poets, who have inspired me for varied reasons, have always carried me away:
William Wordsworth for his Nature poems
Robert Frost for his realism and imagery
Rudyard Kipling for his poem “If”
William Blake for his sensitivity and “Songs of Innocence”
I will now read a bit of Blake… No, best to stay on track here (note to self to read more later). Balroop, let’s talk about your book. Who do you think would enjoy reading Sublime Shadows of Life? Continue reading