ARTISTIC Rajesh Hiremath's collection of poems is the result of an experience of intense emotions. NINA SIMON
Rajesh Hiremath's Outburst in a Volatile Age! is a collection of 50 poems written during his transition from a child to an adult. On interviewing this 21-year-old, one realises that there is more than poetry to the book.
Rajesh, a student at KLES College of Business Administration, travelled from Hubli (Karnataka) in search of a publisher (Dr. Amarkanti Ghose) only to find his son Dipankar, who convinced by the boy's determination, decided to publish the book as a Pri-am Foundation Initiative. Having taken leave from college, Rajesh commuted many a day from Mint to Avadi just to get his poems edited. Nothing comes easy. The poems talk of nature, love, religion, relationships and patriotism.
Why do you write poetry?
I love to express my mind and reflect on my thoughts. I write poetry only when I experience intense emotions and that is why the title.
Which is your favourite poem in the book?
Anticipation of a chance encounter.
Why should anyone read your book?
All of us live through the growing up years and many might identify themselves with this book.
Your message for young poets?
Don't lose heart and don't give up writing. Cultivate the habit of scribbling down your ideas or experiences.
On further reading the book I experienced a kaleidoscope of emotions, views and observations with the lines using imagery so strong, and emotional flavours sometimes so subtle that it makes the book worth reading.
Nina is a postgraduate student of Journalism at Madras Christian College.