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  • 19

    So, the Peace Portal’s People Building Peace 2.0 book, which carries one of my stories, is finally out. To know more, click this link

    While I worked for WISCOMP, I wrote a story about their annual Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding workshops for the contest that this book’s winners were selected from. It found its way into the published 25, and I’m glad to see it here, but I’ve enjoyed reading some of the others even more. There are powerful, moving stories in here about ordinary people, all around the world, standing up to rebuild broken societies and create a world of peace and joy. It’s a great antidote to the overdose of hopelessness in much of mainstream media, and it makes me feel hopeful, reassured, and eager to work harder at building this world we are dreaming of.

    You can buy the book, or you can simply read all the published stories online on this page

  • 02

    Here’s a link to three poems, which were part of my reading at the Hyderabad Literary Festival, printed in the latest issue of Muse India. Unfortunately, my formatting has been messed up, with stanza breaks disappearing entirely, so I’m also posting the originals under the “Published Writing” tab above. But, for those of you who want a more official looking version, here it is!

    3 poems in Muse India 

  • 24

    Cha “Encountering” Poetry Contest

    Just to share that my poem “Reunion” won third place in a recent international contest organized by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. The winning entries will be published in the next issue of the journal, and in the meantime, the link above will give you a sneak-peak!

  • 08

    Oh, also, if you like listening to me ramble (which you must, or why would you be here?), do check out this interview in the online journal “Helter Skelter”. It’s VERY odd to read a transcription of your words — and thereby to realize how disjointed you can be! — but kudos to the interviewer because this interview does feel like me, and I’ve recently learned how rare that is 🙂

  • 27

    This was in the paper last week, and while not all of these quotes are real quotes, it’s enough in the spirit of what I said for me to share. The original article appeared in the Hindu (I think only in the Hyderabad edition) on January 19th. It can be found at:


    Poet of the fall


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    Aditi Rao, winner Srinivas Rayaprol prize for poetry. Photo: Vishnupriya BhandaramPhoto: Vishnupriya Bhandaram

    Aditi Rao, winner of the Srinivas Rayaprol prize, talks about what poetry means to her

    She is a writer, educator and a dreamer. Aditi Rao who won the last Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize says she started writing even before she knew that she wanted to write. “I don’t have a real answer for why. It started out because I saw it as play and fun; in some ways it still is. But it’s not towards a goal of publishing as such. It keeps me sane and rooted,” she says. However she cannot judge commercial writing, she clarifies, “I don’t write commercially, but that doesn’t mean that other writers shouldn’t. The filtering process happens at the readership level and it’s best left to them to choose what kind of writing they want to read.” She feels that there is a lot of reading material out there. Usually people don’t read all the books written by one author. She says that reading is a “mood-based thing”, you might not always want to read a serious book that will take up a lot of your time. Commercial and fun-reads come in handy then.

    Writing happened to her because she loves the language. “It’s the story you’re telling and the way you’re telling. Like Kiran Desai, the music of the language, the way it flows, the play of the words matters. Writing should be enchanting,” feels the Delhi-based poet. What really inspired her poetry was a summer spent in Latin America. “All the writing I did then was inspired by the place; the people I saw and met there started showing up in my poems, becoming characters. My poetry took a giant leap.”

    Aditi says that she is new to the world of publishing. In a world that’s dominated by bestsellers and reader domination, how difficult is it to not fall into the rut of writing for an audience? “I love the process of writing and there was a disconnect between that and publishing which is after all a business. I saw that writers often shaped their work according to what sells, I saw that in my creative writing programme as well and it didn’t sit well with me. Until I was sure of finding my own voice, I felt vulnerable and didn’t want to publish. I feel ready now.

    I can tell when I am being honest and when I am writing to please somebody,” she says. A personal connect with the readers is more important to Aditi than prizes and awards. Poetry she says is a more concentrated art form, “You’re packing in emotions and imagery in a small space,” she says.

  • 16

    The Boiler Journal just published two of my poems, “How to say Goodbye” and “Sometimes, You Must Talk Around the Elephant in the Room.”

    You can read them here


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