Geetanjali Shree

1. Your journey as an author.
  I preferred to tell stories rather than hear them even as a child!  But it was only in the 1980s that I formally began to write stories. I spent some unsettled years deciding the language to write in - Hindi, which was my mother tongue and surrounded me at home and around, or English, which I learnt formally.  Hindi chose me, I like to think! It is a challenge unwinding and separating both these languages in me and I enjoy that. In any case I belong to a moment which chooses eclectically and my language reflects that freedom. I have written five books of short stories and four novels in Hindi, fifth forthcoming, done some theater writing  in Hindi, and do some formal talks and discursive writing in English. 
2. Tell us about your upcoming novel "Ret Samadhi".
It is not the kind of novel where I can say this is its story, because it is about things acquiring shape and meaning as you go along reading it. But if I must, then baldly stated it is around  a woman who will soon touch eighty, who seems to have 'died' along with her husband, the way she turns her back on her kids and grandchildren and just lies in bed. But it gradually turns out she is turning her back on this life with her family, and moves away to discover some things anew (such as her body, which makes for both humour and pathos since it is an 80-year-old rediscovering her body like a 14-year-old might!) and some new, in her onward journey. In the process she slips out of one frame after another and one border after another and towards the end of the novel, after curious twists and turns, crosses the national border across to Pakistan and is arrested for being without a visa! But like I have already said,the novel has to be heard, seen, experienced in the reading.... 
3. How do you see feminism? What is feminism for you?
I see feminism as a conscious assertion by women for their place and voice in society, and that entails a more equal, humane and just society, for all the silenced and downtrodden.  For me personally it is about sensitivity towards these issues without overly worrying about the conflicting ideological formulations on it.
4. What do you think is the role of literature festival?
To celebrate literature, to put the Word as a proud thing in the cognitive map of all and sundry. People begin to want to congregate to it, to know more about books (and authors!), want to be learned and it becomes worth their while to attend lit fests as 'the thing to do'!

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SINCERE LOVE

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Candid and dear??

Indesigning and upfront??

Regular and unaffected??

Yes,what women love

First make the truffles,

I just want to let her know

She mean the world to…

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SHE -THE WARRIOR

Posted by Arpana Bina Vora on March 22, 2017 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

SHE-THE WARRIOR

Looking deep down the mirror and I said ‘ I love you’

Immediately an electic current ripples throughout my soul,

I be in my own skin,

Longer than in anywhere else,

I always promise myself

“you…

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SOUL LOVE

Posted by Arpana Bina Vora on March 22, 2017 at 4:28pm 0 Comments

Soul love

I have not fallen in the love of body

But merely wwith a soul,

And it makes a difference..

And then my soul saw you and

It kind of went on ‘oh there you are I have been looking

For you.’

He was…

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It takes it personally when you do commit a personal offense

Posted by narendrasinh chauhan on March 22, 2017 at 1:44pm 0 Comments

It takes it personally when you do commit a personal offense

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Economical Moving with Packers and Movers in Gurgaon

Posted by raj malhotra on March 22, 2017 at 6:36am 0 Comments

 

House is just a place that is constructed of bricks but house is made of love. Along side enjoy you can find so a number of other things that are needed to make home a great place for living and these essential things of the…

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સ્વર્ગ પર હિસાબ !

Posted by pravin patel on March 21, 2017 at 6:40pm 0 Comments

મૃતાત્માઓ સ્વર્ગના પ્રવેશદ્વારે લાઈનમાં ઉભા હતા !



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મૃતાત્માએ કહ્યું " મહારાજ હું એક ટેક્ષી ચાલક હતો વર્ષો સુધી ટેક્ષીમાં મુસાફરોને તેઓના ઈચ્છીત સ્થળે મુકી આવતો હતો !… Continue

ગઝલ

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હેપ્પી વિશ્ર્વ કવિતા દિવસ 2017...

આંખથી જે રંગ છલ્કયા યાદ છે?

ને,પછી જે રંગ બદલ્યા યાદ છે?

લાલ લીલો વાદળી ને જાંબલી,

દિલમા જે મેઘ વરસ્યા યાદ છે?

કાન-રાધા ગાઇ સંગે રાગ જે,

લોક…

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THE CONCERN!!!

Posted by Payal on March 20, 2017 at 1:33am 0 Comments

The stars are willing to fall on the

Blank paper of earth

And wanting to write an unending poem of

Love , care and share:



But the sky is holding them tight

Aware of the difficulties lying

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WAR WITHIN ME!!!

Posted by Payal on March 19, 2017 at 8:07am 0 Comments

The lights went dark

I hid myself within me..

Had made up mind to fight the loneliness

Was determined to win the conquest of solitude

Will I win the war within me..?





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દોસ્તી,दोस्ती,Friendship

Posted by Dhruvkumar Rana on March 18, 2017 at 9:26pm 0 Comments

મસ્તી -મસ્તીમાં થઈ ગઈ દોસ્તી, દોસ્તો : આ દોસ્તી છે ઘણી સસ્તી, પણ રસ્તામાં પડી નથી મળતી,લાગણીઓની મજૂબત દોરે બંધાય છે આ દોસ્તી, હસાવે અને રડાવે પણ છે આ દોસ્તી, સુખમાં મજા અને દુ:ખમાં સાથ પણ અપાવનારી છે આ દોસ્તી, દોસ્તીની આ જ વાત તો છે બહુ નિરાલી તેમાં… Continue

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