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Interviewing Pakistani Poet and Writer, Nayyara Rahman
Thursday, 27 August 2015

interviewing-pakistani-poet-and-writer-nayyara-rahman-01 As India and Pakistan celebrate their 69th Year of Independence, Amitabh Mitra talks to foremost Pakistani poet and writer Nayyara Rahman about love, life, chasing passions, poetry and indulging in it by the Pakistani youth of today. Nayyara lives in the beautiful city of Karachi, she visits Delhi often and her poems on Delhi have been published in Dilli, An Anthology of Women Poets of Delhi, Edited by Semeen Ali.

1. Dilli is a city to which you are joined with memories and belief.  This familiarity evokes the beauty and the splendor of a common culture, India and Pakistan. As a young poet joined so articulately to both these countries, do you believe, young women which this book represents, fuse their emotions, loving and living, irrespective of our boundaries and differences?

I believe they do.

I have been following up on the interviews, the reviews Dilli has received. Even without knowing the poets of Dilli in person, I certainly feel there is a strong commonality, and some very deeply felt and shared values.

Dr. Amitabh Mitra: A Creative Approach to Healing
Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Noted Writer/Poet Sola Osofisan interviews Amitabh Mitra, his life in detail, his poetry, his military involvement in Niger and Congo and his life revolving around Gwalior and Mdantsane

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Interview that appeared in the South African Medical Journal, August 2013
Tuesday, 20 August 2013

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Interview from South Africa - poet Amitabh Mitra
Sunday, 07 June 2009

by Patrick Sammut

1. How does Amitabh Mitra reconcile medicine, poetry and printing? Is there a balance between the three activities or does one or more of them rule over the others?

Medicine is Science and therefore it has certain laid down rules which one has to follow, it could be an art if one is allowed to play with it which only a few in developed countries do in terms of research. As a trauma surgeon, I deal with violence and aftermath of extreme violence in my daily work. Medicine becomes a chain of events that follow. Poetry and Publishing on the other hand are creative involvements which need words, color and images in a vivid realm. There are no balances, just changing of hats and clicking the mind to different superhighways.

2. Both medicine and poetry are a vocation. How do you react to such a statement?

Medicine is a vocation, it chose me. Poetry can be a vocation only up to a certain limit as words cannot fulfill the desires till the end, it is then the poet goes on to the next step of indulging in visual arts and the cinema.
A short poetry film-

3. Can you describe Gwalior, and the place where you live in the present?

Gwalior is my home town, a small town in Central India, littered with palaces, forts and royal intrigues. I remain a part of that landscape.
One of my art and poem on Gwalior


I stay in East London which is in South Africa
A poem on South Africa


4. Amitabh Mitra, South Africa and sources of inspiration?

South Africa is a young democracy, multicolored in a variety of hues. The contemporary literature movement here has the varied ethnicity one expects, very similar to the literature movement in India with its variety of languages, colors and traditions.

5. You are also editor of New York based Poetry magazine “A Hudson View” which specializes in free verse and abstraction. What is the genesis of this publication, its objectives and its contributors?

‘A Hudson View’ is an international print poetry journal being published by Victoria Valentine in New York, USA. Victoria herself a well known writer and poet also publishes Skyline Review and the Literary House which she edits too. ‘A Hudson View’ is printed simultaneously in USA and South Africa. As its editor, I have encouraged the free verse form and abstraction, ‘landscape poetry’ becomes limited for any poet to a certain stage. We are proud to publish relatively unknown poets from the US, UK, Europe, Southern Africa, Middle East and SAARC countries. We actively participate in poetry festivals worldwide.

6. Amitabh also seems to have found a twin artistic expression together with poetry, painting. How do poetry and painting complement each other for Amitabh?

I illustrate my poems which gives the much needed visual effect a poem needs. It allows you to read the poem again and again.
An Example

7. Internet: a blessing or an obstacle for poets and literature lovers?

I believe Internet is more than a blessing. We could publish poets who could never have been published before the internet revolution. Yes, we still need the print but cyber literature is here to stay.

8. How is Amitabh Mitra as a person, and how does he occupy a normal day?

Poetry, Poetry, Poetry………

9. Last question: love is one of the themes you write about in your poetry. Another theme is the past and memories. Can you elaborate some more about your themes?

I write only Love Poetry because it is the poetry of the man on the street, it is the poetry of strangers and it is the poetry crossing global barriers of caste creed and religion. Love poetry is bliss, for the poet who creates and for the reader who reads it.

Dear poet Amitah Mitra, many thanks for your sincere answers.
See also: http://poetsprintery.book.co.za/blog/2009/02/06/an-interview-with-patrick-sammut/

A Chat with a modern day Da Vinci
Tuesday, 11 March 2008

by Ramendra Kumar

mitra_lightboxAn Orthopedic Surgeon and Aviation Medicine Expert by profession and a poet, author, editor, publisher, painter, photographer and film maker by passion, Amitabh Mitra dons all these hats with a panache that is awesome. Ramendra Kumar caught up with the modern day Da Vinci to unravel his ‘code’ of success.  Reproduced from www.boloji.com

Sahar Rizvi and '78 Datsun
Tuesday, 16 October 2007

The beauty of the Frontier provinces in Pakistan, dust in eyes and the rich aroma of culture - prominent Pakistani Poet Sahar Rizvi talks about them to Amitabh Mitra.

Amitabh Mitra Interviewed
Thursday, 07 June 2007

Dr. Amitabh Mitra interviewed here by Sue Tordoff of WAH2 online magazine.

Kahmiriyat and a New Dawn in Kashmir
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

Renowned Kashmiri Poet Bashir Athar talks to Dr. Amitabh Mitra.

The Poetic Style of Jan Oscar Hansen
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

Jan Oscar Hansen is a conjurer of symbiosis, a weaver of magical words and images, passion and pathos that have stood the test of time, Jan talks all about these to Dr. Amitabh Mitra.

Fantasy, Poetry and Much More
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

Dr. Amitabh Mitra talks to Australian Poet Janine Daniel.

Love, Struggle and the Poetry of Nepal
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

Dr. Amitabh Mitra talks to popular Nepali Poet Mukul Dahal.

Children’s Poetry and The Making of a Good Poem
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

An Interview with Popular British poet Philip Bell by Dr. Amitabh Mitra

The Poetry of Kolkata, Its Hidden Expanse
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

Dr. Amitabh Mitra talks to Prasenjit Maiti about The Romance that is Kolkata.

Royal Heritage, a Legacy in Poetry
Monday, 04 June 2007

Dr. Amitabh Mitra speaks to Shreekumar Varma : Poet, Novelist, Playwright and Columnist

The Poetry in the Moors
Monday, 04 June 2007

Dr. Amitabh Mitra asks British Poet Tim Jarvis about various shades of Poetry in England and the heart of true British Poetry, the poetry in the moors, cobbled dockyards, Scottish bagpipes and Irish pub poetry.

A Dialogue with Victoria Valentine
Monday, 04 June 2007

Interview by Dr. Amitabh Mitra:

1. You were publishing the Skyline Literary Journal from New York, which was unique in its contents and quality. What made you start such a print publication?