Dr Arbind Kumar Choudhary, is an awarded editor and author of nine poetry collections. His poetic soulscape that has been glittering in Cambridge Dictionary of English Writers, London and World Poetry Almanac, Mongolia besides a number of Indian and western poetical works has bagged the crown of the best literary journal of India in 2011, Life Time Achievement Award in 2010 and Mandakini Award 2011.
Dr B.K. Dubey is presently heading the Department of English at Chandrakona Vidysagar Mahavidyalaya, Chandrakona Town, Pschim Midnapur, W.B.-721201.
Bijay Kant Dubey has more than eighteen poetry collections in English to his credit till date.
BKD: Please tell me about your genre, as a poet. Which kind of poetry do you like to write?
AKC: I do not want to be a mere puppet of the certain trends/techniques. Though I compose verses in rhyme, yet I compose in free verse also. The poetry that stirs most the reader for spiritual sanctity is my favourite theme. All sorts of disorder are elicited through my poems.
BKD: Tell me about your inspiration behind your poetry? Who is your favourite poet?
AKC: Groaning humanity fires up my poetic imagination. The Classical poets, the Romantic poets, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Tagore, Aurobindo etc. have shaped my creative spirit for literary mission.
BKD: What is the capital idea of your writings?
AKC : To expose social, religious and racial hypocrisy, superstition , discrimination , exploitation, cruelty to mute animals , terrorism, ecological disorder, natural calamity and ill- notion are the things that predominate all through my poetry collections. It is not my only duty to show the mirror of the ailing society but also to guide/ suggest for better spiritual life in future.
BKD: What is your poetic motto?
AKC: The prime purpose of my poetic passage is to perfume the people with the message of universalism, sanctification and spiritualism. Poetry is to promote peace for Tom, Dick and Harry.
BKD: How did you start to get interested in literature?
AKC: Suffering humanity, discrimination, exploitation, ecological disorder, natural disaster, moral degradation etc. fired up my imagination to bring to light such hypocrisy at the social level . Being a professional teacher of English the seeds of writings germinated from the soil of my mind and heart. As a result that seed is now turned in to a big poetic tree in literary world.
BKD: Why have you not opted your career as a professional writer?
AKC : Writing has become the part and parcel of my life not only because I am a teacher by profession but also because it is the result of my long pending inner urges that I dreamed long ago . Poetry is my passion, not profession.
BKD: What is your innovative poetic style? Give an example if any.
AKC: The ascending order of the alphabets in a stanza is my explored poetic style. Here is a stanza that is quoted from ‘Melody’ (2009) :
“The luxury of misery
Is the nunnery
For the osculatory
On the periphery of paltry.”
One can find the sequence of the alphabets- l(luxury), m(misery), n (nunnery), o (osculatory) and p (periphery) in a single quatrain besides the rhymed form and phrasal words.
Another example of the ascending order of the alphabets – M (moon), N (noon),
and O (open) enriches the poetic beauty of this quatrain of ‘Nature’ as is
obvious from this example.
“The moon’s noon
Opens the enchiridion
For the deification
On the land of companion.”
(Nature, 2011, P 19, Poet crit, HP)
Secondly, one can find the fine blending between Indian and western mythical characters in my poems.
BKD: What are your other activities besides writing?
AKC : As a poet I compose poems at the urge of inner feelings, as an editor I edit two refereed literary Journals Kohinoor and Ayush and , lastly , as a founding father of International Association of Poets, Essayists & Novelists, Bihar I organize poetry sessions from time to time.
BKD: How do you judge your books’ success? Have you ever thought about that?
AKC: Judging the book is secondary, not primary. My success lies in satisfaction, not in critic’s admiration. The more I enjoy pleasure, the more successful it becomes for me. Critics share our ignorance, not wisdom.
BKD : How do you comment upon the English writers from Bihar ?
AKC : Dean Mohammed (1759-1850) is the first Indian English writer who departed from Patna for Cork , Ireland and wrote the first creative book in English ‘Travels of Dean Mohammed’ published from O.U.P, London in 1794 . Bihar has produced a galaxy of English writers but most of them are still unnoticed by the critics , scholars and researchers .
BKD: What is your philosophy of Love?
AKC: Love is the jewel of the amative, for the amative and by the amative. It is the universal gift for all living beings in general and human beings in particular that sends only in the seventh heaven. Modern men are deeply influenced by the power of wealth, money and ego. People seek love in women, in wealth and in sheath of the sword. Those human beings, who are really in love, love the whole beings of this earth. The climax of love lies in spiritual union with the divine. The sensuous pleasure, lust for wealth, the world of earth, hunger and marriage try their best to robe the beauty of love in the name of love. Those who are in love are the luckiest men of this world.
BKD: What is your philosophy of Nature?
AKC : Nature is the universal code of conduct for all living beings of this earth. They must abide by the laws of nature otherwise be ready to face tsunami, earthquake, explosion of lava and many other disasters that will knock our door time and again. Nature is the treasury of mystery that must be kept in tact for our bright future.
BKD: What is your philosophy of poetry?
AKC : Poetry is the voice of the heart . The germ of it lies in our heart and at last blooms in its original form with slight alteration in its form , design, color etc. on the paper. The purpose of poetry is to sing the unheard melody and also to bring to light the mystery of men , women , nature and all other beings for the better life of the races.
BKD: What about your forthcoming literary adventure?
AKC: My tenth poetry collection ‘Leader’ is expected to be published by this year in which Tom, Dick and Harry can see their faces without jaundiced eyes. Irony, humour and satire are the forte of this poetry book.