Amateur poets to release book this May

Poignant Painter, an online poetry forum, is behind this initiative

Published - May 05, 2017 06:45 pm IST

Aishwarya Ashok

Aishwarya Ashok

Poems of Aishwariya Ashok, a resident of West Mambalam, will constitute a part of a book titled Whistling Silence .

The works of 46 other poets will be featured in the book. Aishwariya and the 46 others are members of Poignant Painter, a poetry blog on Quora.

Whistling Silence will be published by Story Mirror, a Delhi-based publishing house.

“The book consists of 70 poems, which are listed under various categories, which include life, love and musings. The book will be launched at Title Waves, a book store at Bandra in Mumbai on May 21.

“The blog-to-book idea came from Rohan from Hyderabad, who is also a member of Poignant Painter. We belong to different States of India and one member is from Philippines. We are from different age groups, ranging from 16 to 62,” says Aishwariya.

The blog, Poignant Painter, which was started about a year ago, aims to bring amateur poets on a common platform.

“Personally, being a member of this blog has been a great learning experience. The blog has introduced me to many brilliant and creative minds. From the different works submitted by the fellow poets, I learnt how to express my thoughts. My poems are predominantly based on the quatrain structure. Now, I have learnt to write under different genres, which include narrative poetry, light poetry and lyrical poetry,” says Aishwariya, who works as a marketing professional at a multinational company.

Since November 2016, the forum has been working towards converting its online works into a book.

“Though we have not met before, we have been working as a family to get our works published. We are all excited and looking forward to the book launch, as that would give us an opportunity to meet our online friends in person for the first time,” says Aishwariya.

Poignant Painter conducted an online poetry contest this February to welcome more amateurs.

“People from different parts of India submitted their works. Authors Priyadarshan Prabhakar Siras and Shilp Smita evaluated the poems. We collected an entry fee of Rs. 10 for submission of each poem and with the funds so collected, we gifted handmade cards (through courier) and e-certificates to all the participants and winners,” says Aishwariya Ashok.

The blog has about 580 followers now.

After it sees the light, the book will be made available on Amazon, Flipkart and other bookstores.

“A portion of the profits will go to an organisation that works for the welfare of underprivileged children and elderly people at old-age homes,” says Aishwariya.

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