she acts, she completely transforms herself into
the character. When she paints, the canvas comes
alive. If an iota of boredom seeps into her life,
she packs her bags and voyages to Ladakh alone.
And if she ever gets depressed and needs a totally
different mode to express her thoughts, she composes
profound poetry. Meet the versatile Deepti Naval
whose posse of poems Black Wind and Other Poems
was recently released at the Oxford Book Store
in the Capital.
Published by MapinLit
(Mallika Sarabhai’s publilshing house),
Deepti’s book is divided into two sections:
the first, Black Wind, deals with the turbulent
part of her life (1989-94), while in the second,
The Silent Scream, she talks about the women from
a mental asylum whom she had met while researching
for her film Aks.
It took her a long
time to come out with this book of highly personalized
poems. Recalls she, “I would keep scribbling
something on the paper, but could never frame
the write sentence. I was worried at one point
that these poems might disconcert people. But
then I thought, the difficult phase of my life
is over and it’s time to move on.”
And even though her intense poetry oscillates
between facing the hardships of life and bouncing
back, Deepti for sure is back on track with A
Melody In Her Pulse. She states, “The dark
phase is over…. and I have moved on.”
cover painted by Deepti is quite reminiscent of
Van Gogh’s sunflowers, but Deepti’s
sunflowers are dull and withered, the wilted flowers
making a statement, teaching an important lesson.
“I want to accept pain as happily as I do
happiness.” What’s on the anvil, Deepti?
Prose, poetry, painting or photography? “Everything,
that I have always been doing backed by the freedom
to do it my way!” A final lull in the storm,