Hard to believe but Nitin Soni of Delhi is all of 25. The Broken Boat, his maiden poetry book, that was steadily climbing the bestseller charts, reached the number 1 position on Amazon India within a few weeks of its release.
"I just can't believe it," says Nitin who was contemplating a book launch to be noticed at the time.
"People told me poetry doesn't sell, and I said, OK, let's see."
On being asked about his huge fan following on social media as the curly poet, Nitin says, "I write poems with all my heart. Maybe, I'm more sensitive than the others. Poetry is an expression I'm most comfortable with and people are able to connect with my work."
As someone who has studied in a Hindi-medium school and writes about social issues like rape, abortion, prostitution and other gender based violence, Nitin's achievement is noteworthy. Here's one of the many poems from his collection that we found moving indeed. Its dense and multiple layers keep refining the reader's thoughts with each re-read.
There is a room
Full of darkness
It seems, there is a cat
With blue eyes
But in the corner
Deep in the darkness
A small girl is weeping
With open eyes, sleeping
She cannot get rid of darkness
Some light can be seen in those eyes
But she cannot see that light
Because she is blind.
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