#ChaiLines with RJ Shilok and Varsha Nichani – Even Her Lactose Intolerance Inspires #Poetry in Her

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“If I were to translate you to the language I was taught as a toddler, you and I would be the same,” writes Varsha Nichani in her poem, ‘Five Things I Want to tell the Rain’. Varsha is a young spoken-word poet pursuing a Bachelors degree in Arts. In this episode of Active Women, a lively conversation between two wonderful poets, RJ Shilok and Varsha, ensues.

Varsha talks about her life through her poems. Her first verse was called ‘Crossroads’, which is a cathartic expression of her own dilemma about career choices. She pens down a part of herself on paper every time she writes. She gave her first slam performance at the ‘Open Sky Slam’. Further, she reads her poems ‘Words’ and ‘Intolerant lover’. The latter is about her lactose intolerance metaphorically expressing the pain of lost love. Yes, even her lactose intolerance makes her write poems!

In the show, she reads her poems ‘Words’ and ‘Intolerant Lover’. The latter is about her lactose intolerance, metaphorically expressing the pain of lost love. Yes, even her lactose intolerance makes her write poems!

“Dear Oblivion, do not bring me another you,” she reads from ‘Ode to Oblivion’. Poetry for her is therapy; it fills out the emptiness around her with peace. She also talks about the bond she shares with her parents and mentions about her father’s dream of publishing a book of her poems.
She takes inspiration from Sarah Kay, Phil Kay and many other well-known poets. “Just keep writing,” is her advice to all young poets.

Listen in…

 

Written by Vybhavi Adiga.

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