Updated: June 5, 2011 19:04 IST

Straight from the heart

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Sandeep Silas in New Delhi. Photo: Special Arrangement
The Hindu Sandeep Silas in New Delhi. Photo: Special Arrangement

POETRY Sandeep Silas's Rainbows Don't Last Forever, deals with relationships

Sandeep Silas is a Secretary in Ministry of Labour and Employment. And, he has just launched his third book, Rainbows Don't Last Forever.

How does Silas manage to write despite his hectic schedule as a civil servant? “I write whenever I get a chance,” replies Silas. “I write when I wake up, I write when I am happy or when I am grief-struck, and, sometimes, I write at two in the morning. Whenever I get a feeling that is too strong to contain, I write.”

Adds Silas: “I don't think before writing. You don't use your mind to write poetry. A heart-felt expression that touches other hearts is poetry.” Gwen, whom Sandeep met while studying at Syracuse University in the U.S. is his muse. And, it was Gwen who prompted him to write, says Silas fondly.

His latest book showcases love, longing, intrigue, sadness, and even patriotism (‘Freedom Song'). The poet uses pictures and even postscripts in some of his poems to establish the period in which he wrote them. So, in one instance, you read a poem written in New Delhi on a starry wintry night, while the next takes you to spring in the lawns of Syracuse.

Besides 60 poems, the book also includes two songs.

For many years, my wife used to leave me speechless with her ability to recite Urdu couplets on demand. Standing in the kitchen, watching television, answering the phone, she had a couplet for each... »

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