A Ten Question Interview With The Artist… Kushal Poddar

Why do you write?

I began writing as a challenge to myself but the real urge was stirred while reading books to my late uncle then becoming blind rapidly. While reading to him I often was disturbed with the original version of the text the famous writers rendered. I would create an instant edited version which I would offer to my uncle. God bless his soul. If he ever detected my deception he never told me so.

I write because without it I am hungry and blind. Without writing I feel smothered and often do wild things my friends won’t like me to do.

What books do you read?

I am proud of my book collection. My friends from all over the world helped me building it. My deepest regards to them.

I read poetry, novels, nonfiction, Wikipedia, Facebook scribbles. I read Inferno. I read John Grisham. I read my friends. I read those who ceased to be so.

What inspires you?

Nature. Dreams. Words and phrases uttered by completely strangers. Other poets writing to me. Actually at present I am co-writing three such books where another poet or a bunch of poets are exchanging mails with me.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer and when?

I never really thought about it until someone pointed out I am failure in everything else.

How do you deal with rejection?

By submitting to the same editor again. He or she better accept my new bunch otherwise another one is heading towards him or her.

Who are some writers you admire?

Charles Simic, Ted Kooser, Hecht, Franz Wright, Carol Ann Duffy, Jim Harrison, W.S. Merwin, Donald Hall, Michael Ondaatje, Tomas Transtromer, Rilke, Frost, Hesse, Neruda, O’Hara, Roth, Updike, Hemingway, Marquez and all other fashionable name I probably should name but I cannot because I didn’t read them yet.

Is writing the only artistic medium you do?

No. I paint. I photograph. I writhe to make love.

What would be some advice you would give to your younger self?

If you want to give up then do it now because later you shall never do it.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write as if your death waits for you to stop somewhere.

What is your writing process?

I write on whatever is handy to me when my mind is inseminated by some random scene, sound or phrases uttered.

Kushal Poddar

Photograph by Sufia Khatoon. Kushal Poddar, widely published in several countries, prestigious anthologies included Men In The Company of Women, Penn International MK etc, Van Gogh’s Ear, been featured amongst the poets for the month December by Tupelo Press, Vine Leaves Literary Journal’s Best of 2014 and in various radio programs in Canada and USA presently lives at Kolkata and writing poetry, fictions and scripts for short films when not engaged in his day job as a lawyer in the High Court At Calcutta and an English Language Trainer in various universities. He is editor of the online magazine ‘Words Surfacing’ He authored ‘The Circus Came To My Island’ (Spare Change Press, Ohio), “A Place For Your Ghost Animals” (Ripple Effect Publishing, Colorado Springs), and “Understanding The Neighborhood” (BRP, Australia). His forthcoming venture is “Scratches Within”



One thought on “A Ten Question Interview With The Artist… Kushal Poddar

  1. Very interesting interview. Enjoyed his little insight into the writer. I am curious Kushsl, if your day job as s lawyer provides material for you to write about? I would imagine it does.

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