Write ups




NEW DELHI, Dec. 2 “Rotten life! Rotten relationships! Strip every moment to stark nakedness,” says actress Deepti Naval in her poem Black Wind. Naval read stanzas from her collections of poems Black Wind today at the Oxford Bookstore.

Accomplished actress, painter and an amateur photographer, Ms Naval said, “My poetry is about life and death. It has dark as well as bright shades. The poems were written during a period when my personal life was going through turbulence. This is reflected in my poetry also.”

Deepti Naval who acted in the award winning Hindi film Mirch Masala, believes that writing poetry is no different from acting. “I just gather impressions from around the place and put the same on paper,” said Ms Naval. Some of the poems are about her sojourn experiences of trekking expedition in the Zanskar valley in Ladakh.

Her poems are also about discrimination and problems that women face in society. “In The Silent Scream, I tried to capture the emotions of women who are suffering from mental depression,” she added. A special mention is made in the book about her visit to a mental hospital in order to study her role for the film Ankahi.

During the poetry reading session, the poet came out in full colours and presented the poems with emotion. She has written poems on the people who have influenced her. Her poems also talk about her relationship, including her friendship with Smita Patil.

“Deepti is a woman of many talents, who has written even in Urdu,” said writer and social activist, Mrs Urvashi Butalia. Ms Malika Sarabhai, who was present on the occasion, said a dance performance based on the poems of Ms Deepti Naval would be held at the theatre called Natarani in Ahmedabad.