The beginning of a poet’s journey
Right from childhood, I always liked reading books across genres like adventures, thrillers, mysteries, historicals, science fictions etc. Gradually, I got interested in writing stuff like short stories etc. One day, many years back, me and one of my friends decided to write a novel. We developed the synopsis, the main characters, the plot etc and even wrote a few pages. But then, as life is, we were slowly drawn away by our daily life routines, office jobs, family life etc. So, the novel remained unfinished and my writing process also stopped. All these years, the desire to write something worthwhile and reaching out to the wider world with it remained burning inside, but I did very little to fulfil it. I thought with ever increasing responsibilities in life, I will never be able to do it and so did not even try doing anything about it. I also realized that writing a full-length novel is indeed a very compelling task, in terms of dedication, time, mental energy involved and it requires a lot of patience to plan the whole thing out as well. Maybe I lacked the patience and determination to carry out this task. I did use to write short poems to popularize a few office activities like cricket tournaments in 2015 and 2016 and wrote a few blogs about our offsite trips as well. However, something was still missing and I was not getting fully motivated to write further. During one of the office events last year, I witnessed some wonderful stuff displayed as exhibits like paintings and photography done by some of our colleagues. I felt that I also can do what I want to do and felt encouraged and motivated. I made up my mind to capture some of the experiences I had in life in the form of short poems. I made a separate Facebook page dedicated to my poems and wrote several of them which got good reviews and I felt confident enough to think and plan and write more stuff.
About The Lonely Drummer & Other Poems
The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems is my first book and it is a collection of 35 poems. It got published in November 2017. This collection of poems covers various topics like Life, Spirituality, Nature, Humor, Mystery, Science, lives of famous personalities and even science fiction. This book is intended for age groups 10 and above and can be enjoyed by one and all. We all are surrounded by natural objects like the Sun, moon, stars, clouds, trees, rivers etc and a few poems are dedicated towards these objects. Also, there is one poem in this collection titled ‘The Blue Book’ which I have written in 5 parts as it is a suspense/mystery genre poem. In brief, as humans, we all have various emotions, feelings and interests, this collection of poems reflect the true variety of all the things we are made of. This book takes the reader through a gamut of human emotions and feelings and tickles the reader’s imagination and curiosity levels as well. If the ‘Lonely Drummer’ talks about the fate of a performing artist, the ‘Memoir of a Currency Note’ deals with a first-person account of a currency note’s life journey and how it is similar to humans as well. There are poems based on Alliteration (‘Striking Storm’, ‘Butter Biscuit’), Limericks and other styles (prose, non-rhythmic) which talks about our connection with nature and how we can take a few learnings out of it. (‘The Floating Messenger’, ‘The Long Walk’). The younger readers can also expect to read and enjoy some lesser known facets about our solar system, scientific discoveries and history in a few other poems. (‘Signs of Science’, ‘Original Nine’, ‘The Brightest Jewel’).
For aspiring authors
• Never think you cannot do it unless you have tried it once
• When you think you cannot achieve as planned, (in this case, writing a full-length novel was tough for me), try to think and plan what best you can do alternatively which will be worthwhile in the same direction. In my case, I started writing poems as they take bit lesser time as compared to novels and the end to end concept is better captured. (Bear in mind that poetry by itself is not very easy to compose and can be lot more tedious sometimes!)
• Go all out to achieve it once you are in the middle of it. In my case, it was very tough to get any publishers to even read my sample poems (Hazards of being a first-time author). Still I persisted and sent samples to around 12-13 different publishers, and with a little luck and help from one of my friends who has published one book, I could finally figure out the scheme of things and make my way forward. It was a very challenging and sometimes lonely and frustrating journey, but I kept my self-belief and went on.
• I do not know the fate of the book and how it will be received, but I do know now what it takes to get published here. This experience will surely help me in future as well.
About the author:
Born and brought up in New Delhi, Abhishek Goswami did his graduation in Science from the Delhi University and later on did PGDBA in HR. He has 15 years of work experience in reputed MNC firms and is currently working in Gurgaon. He has a keen interest in reading suspense/mystery books and mythological fiction. Listening to music and watching cricket are the other two important hobbies he mostly enjoys in his free time. This is his first book and the collection of poems do reflect his keen interest in Science and Nature and the constant interplay these topics have with people. He looks forward to your comments/feedback/suggestions and can be contacted through Facebook
Author(s): Abhishek Goswami
Publisher: Notion Press
Release: November 2017
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