Voice of the Verse eBook

Voice of the Verse

Contents

Poems by Celinaa Srivastav
Myself ………………………………………………………………3
Gravity ……………………………………………………………..7
Mistaken …………………………………………………………11
Ink …………………………………………………………………15
Just a Minute ……………………………………………………17
Emotions’ Play …………………………………………………21
Giving Up ……………………………………………………….25
In a Heartbeat ………………………………………………….29
Dear Mommy …………………………………………………..33
Death is Easier to Take ………………………………………39
A Metaphor for Love …………………………………………43
A Day in the Classroom ……………………………………..47
Conventional Change …………………………………………51
As the Rain Falls ………………………………………………55
Let Go ……………………………………………………………59
Son to Father …………………………………………………..63
Our Everland …………………………………………………..67
Right to Expression ……………………………………………71
Mirror Mirror on the Wall …………………………………..75
A New Beginning ……………………………………………..77
The Devil’s Touch …………………………………………….81

Hindi Poems by Kuhuo Bajaj
गर्मी ……………………………………………………………89
आज तो यर्मुना को बोलनेदो ………………………………..93
स्वराज है, सुराज बाकी है……………………………………97
कहानी …………………………………………………………101
नज़र या नज़ररया …………………………………………….105
खोज ……………………………………………………………107
हेर्मंत ……………………………………………………………111
अम्र्मा ………………………………………………………….115
लालाजी स्कू ल जा रहेहैं………………………………………117
लालाजी का क़सीदा ………………………………………….118

English Poems by Kuhuo Bajaj
Lines …………………………………………………………..123
The Banyan Tree ………………………………………….127
Little Things ………………………………………………..131
Fire …………………………………………………………….133
The Mansion ……………………………………………….137
Full stop ……………………………………………………..139
Following ……………………………………………………141
Summers …………………………………………………….145
When Ruins Speak ……………………………………….147
Circle …………………………………………………………..149
An Ode to Today’s World ………………………………153
Beauty behind the blues ………………………………..155

 

Foreword

I am enthralled at the depth of thoughts in the poems of ‘Voice of the Verse’, written by the young poetesses Celinaa Srivastav and Kuhuo Bajaj.

They explore a wide variety of topics right from social inequalities to truths of life and even death. It has been truly said by Celinaa and Kuhuo that ‘we bring light to some common, some often neglected, yet very fervid topics in a euphemistic manner’.

The poems are a reflection of their journey from a carefree childhood to a mature teenage. The poems show their transition from their former blissfully oblivious state to becoming aware of the stark realities of the world. The way their poems pick up the mundane, often neglected happenings, and provide it a deeper and metaphorical meaning is really commendable.

They have explored simple events like the ageing of Banyan tree in the backyard or the sea waves washing up on the beach, and have given it a deeper meaning, which really endow us with an outlook into their level of maturity.

Indeed, these poems provide us with a rich variety of topics, ranging from humour to self-love, to social stigma, to life and death. Their poems act as an eye opener and draw our attention to pressing concerns like the degrading environment, gender imbalance, communal hierarchy, depression, bullying and so on. They explore emotions that people casually shrug off as being trivial or harsh.

At the same time, the young writers emanate hope and make us believe in a better and more burgeoning world. As we go through these poems, they engage us completely and we get engrossed in the ideas they seek to express. The teens end their poems in a flawless manner too, with the just right words and phrases.

The voices of these verses convince us that age is no bar to expression. It is truly a work of art.

 

About the Authors

Celinaa Srivastav is a precocious, empathetic being and a passionate writer who gets her inspiration from nature and the fascinating world around her. She loves to look at the manifestation of universal truths in the everyday lives of people. Her keen sense of observation and simple yet alluring use of language is what extends credibility to her writing. Gifted with the power of expression, she has bagged various awards for her writing skills including winner position at the Young Authors’ Award, 2017 at Ahmedabad, and an award for her story at the Bhopal Literature and Art Festival, 2020.

She has also had numerous short stories published. She is a student in the 11th grade at Delhi Public School, Bhopal, where she holds prestige both for her academic excellence and for active participation in extracurricular activities. Apart from writing, she loves music and dance. She lives by the motto that ‘Fate will always strike a balance’ and the dream closest to her heart is to make a change.

Kuhuo Bajaj is an eclectic budding writer. As a grade 10 student at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi, she has participated in numerous debates, essay writing, and poetry competitions. Her works have been published in various national dailies and magazines. She is an avid reader and also enjoys painting and sketching. She has self-illustrated all her poems, expressing the thoughts not through mere words but also through art. Apart from this, traveling and the outdoors captivate her and provide new ideas for her poems. She sees the hidden fervour in simple everyday things. It feels like the inanimate objects, scenarios, and situations speak to her and she pens down their feelings with a touch of amiability and eloquence.

She has a firm grasp on both Hindi and English which escalate her writing skills further. Kuhuo and Celinaa met in the year 2011 and what started as a formal greeting, owing to their dads being in the same profession, grew into something more. Alike as two peas in a pod, they shared their interests and hobbies. Their friendship started over the love of books and then it
only strengthened over time. The magical five years spent in Ahmedabad were enough to forge an exceptionally strong bond between the two.

In each other, they found a writing companion who could appreciate and even critique their verses despite having discrete styles of writing and also distinct insights. From the nightly walks to the crazy pranks and building tents in the garden with coloured bed sheets, the memories that they made with each other were enough to keep them connected even when they had to shift from Ahmedabad to two different cities. This book is a testimony to their friendship, having been published collaboratively, enhancing the beauty of poetry and also their special bond.