She gave meaning to words, coming from soul

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Geetika Kohli

Geetika’s inclination towards writing started at a very young age and it didn’t take much long for others to notice that. Her father was one of the earliest lots who witnessed her knack for writing, being the first reader of the poem she had written at the age of five. Amazed by the deeper meaning of the words she wrote, he only encouraged Geetika to write and she reciprocated in the best way she could. Her writing skills improved and so did her knowledge of various languages, as in her teenage, she was penning down poems, songs, stories, articles in no less than 5 different languages. The themes she wrote upon covered a lot of genres, the prominent ones being nature, love and sorrow; she often provokes thoughts on one’s existence as well as raises the question ‘to be or not to be?’ regarding ordinary things in most extraordinary ways.

“It was always a wish of mine to be able to express my thoughts in a manner they can communicate with many people, not being particular about a target audience. My poems were not written for any popularity but only to satisfy my yearning to write what I find delving deeper into my soul. With time, I saw people liking my work and that worked as a huge booster for my quest,” Geetika shares how it all started. She adds, “The idea of sharing my work with the audience was also supported by the desire to connect with others. I am a believer in destiny and its antics and I want to be available if and when my destiny seeks me for a connection.”

Geetika rose to popularity at the age of 21 when her poetry was included in an American anthology, ‘Blossoms of India’, edited by Richard Brotbeck and Elaine Polin, containing poetry from Indian women authors. One of her poems, ‘The Canvas is All Bright’ went on to find its place as the opening ode to the book. In 2014, Geetika’s pen name – ‘The Lost Sonnet’ eventually became the title of her debut book- ‘The Lost Sonnet and Other Poems’. Published by Authors Press of New Delhi, it contained 50 poems of various genres in classical and contemporary English Literature, including Italian forms like the ‘Petrarchan Sonnet’, Japanese forms like Haiku and English forms like Shakespearean Sonnets, Black verse poetry, free verse poetry and a fair collection of experimental poems. The book established her as one of the most popular names in the writers’ fraternity across the country.

The success Geetika achieved with her first publication was followed by another book ‘Yonder’ in the same year and ‘Nothingness at Boiling Point’ the later year. Both these books went on to become fairly successful and got rave reviews from authors worldwide. It also distinguishes Geetika in a very special way as in spite of coming from a place like Jammu, she has three books to her name and all this at the age of 28 only! We asked her how special does it feel to which she replies with a smile, “It was never the number of publications that mattered to me and for that matter to anyone in this field. Like the age or the experience of the artist, the number of books or paintings to her credit is immaterial. However, what does make me feel special is the fact that my efforts are impacting others, in a positive way. Most cherished of all messages I have received on my phone so far are those which communicated the motivation my efforts gave them to resume writing.”

Geetika, who is an MBA and currently works with an MNC in Chennai, has more to herself than only her poems. She is a much-admired painter and orator, having won numerous awards in various painting and oratory competitions. She is also a life member of the prestigious Poetry Society of India. Not only this, Geetika has been brilliant in academics, having topped CBSE (regional) in 2006 and Jammu University in 2009. She runs a popular YouTube channel, a FaceBook page and a blog, where she shares the glimpses of her exquisite poetry, with her audience. The wide following she has attained, has been largely benefitted by Geetika’s continuous efforts in enabling them to stop for a while, listen to their inner call and respond to it in the best possible way.

Being an accomplished writer, Geetika is an avid reader as well and finds solace in reading Kafka, Chekhov, Nabokov, Tolstoy, Sylvia Plath, Oscar Wilde, Woolf, Eliot, G B Shaw, Whitman and Fernando Pessoa. She even advises the aspiring writers to read as much as they can as ‘best writing comes out only when one writes from the heart and not resort to imitation’. Geetika finds writing easy as well as difficult for different reasons. “As one matures, one realizes that any artistic work, in order to be of merit, must appear artless, and thus effortless. This is what makes writing easy as well as difficult – easy and convenient because you draw from your experiences, speak the truth; difficult because you ought to strip the thoughts of their tapes – a poem should be seamless,” she explains.

Apart from other passions she has, Geetika likes to travel, often without any purpose, only ‘to surrender herself to nature and its magic.’ She adds, “My dreams rob me of sleep often. I meditate to keep the stress away. Star-gazing is a hobby that keeps me grounded. Music too is therapeutic.”

Speaking of her upcoming projects, Geetika beams with excitement, “I have many books on the cards, first of which is ‘Lucid Blood’. It would be followed by a free verse compilation in Hindi, ‘Shunyaansh’. There are two more compilations of songs and Ghazals in Urdu and Punjabi, which would, hopefully, soon be published.”

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