Monday, May 26, 2014

An Interview with a beautiful soul....Sanober Khan

Turquoise Silence by Sanober Khan

A disclaimer: This book is a part of a blog tour conducted by The Book Club and all the reviews are done in exchange of a copy of the book from the publisher or author. No monetary trasaction takes place.

The Blurb
The book is a collection of free verse poems that encapsulate the poet's most heartfelt emotions about life. They speak of moments that sweep our breath away, of beauty that bewitches the heart, of people, memories, sights, sounds and smells that awaken a sense of wonder and wistfulness. With rich metaphors and eloquently flowing imagery, the poet's love for the simple things in life unfolds in different moods and tones, ultimately ending up in words felt, cherished, concieved and written... in turquoise silence

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Our Little Chat ....

I am not a poet. But Sanober Khan's words has touched by heart. I don't review poetry. I revere them. How can I tell a poet that her silence spoke something else to me? How do I ask a poet why did the winds and clouds speak to her and not to me? Every writer has a poet hidden within her or him.. some have tapped their inner poet and some just take pleasure in the words of others. 

I fall in the latter category. I have read her poetry. I won't deny that. But review I won't. I love her silence. The way a simple trip spoke volumes to her while the same trip will mean journey, packing, irritablity and pics for me. Her silence engulfed me in such a bondage that a deep routed love I had for poetry has agian come to surface. Do read on .. pssst.. a cuppa is enough to inspire her... :( and here I am brewing coffee after coffee after coffee..... 

Meet the Beautiful Soul behind some beautiful words.

1. Welcome to the Blog tour Sanober. What is the story behind Sanober Khan writing poetry?

Thank you! My story is quite simple. I started writing poetry in my teenage years. I can’t say how exactly it came to me, I wasn’t even much of a reader back then, but I had all these words and images jostling around in my head that I knew I had to let out. I’d go crazy if I didn’t. I guess that is how it begins for any writer, with a sudden urge to express yourself, to capture a thought or feeling in your own special way. So I started posting my stuff on various online sites, received some praise and criticism, got inspired by so many different poets and their writing styles and then there was no looking back from there. 

2. How do you get your inspirations?  Had to ask this...:)

From so many things, they need not be anything grand. Sometimes, it’s a cup of coffee that tickles my fancy, other times it’s my dad’s laugh, or a rainy afternoon, sometimes a memory from my childhood, or some beautiful line I read somewhere. And then it’s like, the whole poem is already in my head, like a readymade garment and all I have to do is wear it. Reading other’s poetry inspires me a lot, especially in times when I don’t feel like writing at all. It has definitely influenced my writing style in all these years. 

Sometimes it doesn’t even matter what the source of inspiration is, as long as I have a thought or a single line in my head that resonates deeply with me. The rest of the poem just falls in place in then. 

3. Of all the emotions, which emotion is the most motivating for you?

Nostalgia, definitely, which I believe is one of the most powerful emotions. I find that I am nostalgic about almost everything in life, be it beautiful or sad, present or past. I am most motivated when I’m in a bit of a melancholic mood, and I love lingering in it for as long as I can. It is said that poetry feeds on misery, but it’s not always true. Sad can be beautiful too. 

4. I read your poems. Very soulful. In one poetry I understand you went for a trip with your family and wrote the poem. I went to hundreds such trips and nothing happened. What clicks at that instant for you to pick up your pen?

You will be surprised to know that I am rarely moved to words when I’m ‘in the moment’.  I’m so busy soaking in the sights and smells that there is no time or space for anything else to drift in. I wait and wait, but the words come long after the moment is gone, like when I’m brushing my teeth or doing something utterly mundane. It’s the memory of the moment that does it for me. 

5. Who is your favorite poet? If you have to choose one line for his or her poetry, can you share it with us?

I have so many favorite poets, my current favorite is Rolf Jacobsen, and I absolutely adore this line from his poem “Moon and Apple” – “For the Earth itself is a blossom, she says,
on the star tree,
pale with luminous
ocean leaves.”

6. If you close your eyes, does silence really speak to you or is it romantism that makes you search for such soulful topics?

Sometimes the silences are eloquent, and sometimes they have nothing to say. I love romanticizing the everyday things in life, for me, it is the essence of poetry. It evokes a sense of mystery and beauty in a way nothing else can. 

7. What is the favorite part of the day for Sanober? Can we have two lines in honor of it?

It has got to be the night, without a doubt. Serene nights with a full moon. When the rest of the world is winding down, I feel like I’m coming to life. Almost every poem I have ever written, it has been in the dark hours. Here is a little verse:
“ in between the gentle
haunting of the moon, and trembling of the shores
the night pulls my face in close,
and never lets go”
The Book Club wishes you the very best. Such pure form of poetry deserves all the adulations.


Meet The Poet

Writing poetry is a very different, mystical experience. There is no plot, no storyline, no characters…just a stage set for you and your own deepest self. When I wrote my first poem six years ago, I never imagined it would someday become such an important aspect of my life.

 I have always loved poetry for the creative freedom it offers, the minimal rules, its ability to elevate even the most ordinary moments. At the end of each poem I write, it feels as though I have not just evolved in my style, but also as a person.  My work first appeared in Cyberwit’s international journal, the Taj Mahal Review, which paved the way for me to getting two books published.

I have long been inspired by poets like Khalil Gibran, Rumi, Rabindranath Tagore ,Rolf Jacobsen, E.E Cummings, and John Keats. A voracious reader myself, I enjoy reading poetry and novels from around the globe. 
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  1. Nice to know a bit more about you Sanober. Wonderful expression in the beginning Rubina.