Meet Northeast India’s First Urdu Writer
- He has become the first published Hindi-Urdu poet hailing from the north-eastern part of India
- Rohan is a first generation Hindi speaker, and arguably
A northeast Indian author is in talks now. One Rohan Gogoi – the Pune-based multi-lingual Corporate Communicator, who debuted as an author in 2012 with the launch of his much-talked-about English novel, ‘Chasing Maya’. He has become the first published Hindi-Urdu poet hailing from the north-eastern part of India, the reports said.
According to sources, the popularity of ‘Chasing Maya’ lingered on and Rohan went on to write his second English novel; one fine day, he suddenly discovered his latent love for the Urdu language while he was working on a specific character for his new novel, who happened to be an ardent follower of Urdu poetry. Rohan wanted that character to sound reasonably authentic and felt compelled to infuse words and phrases of Urdu into his lines.
Meanwhile, Rohan said that he couldn’t read Urdu, but fortunately, many of the immortal works of poetry in that exquisite language were widely available in the Devanagari script… And then, YouTube videos on the masterpieces of celebrated modern Urdu poets in the likes of Kaifi Azmi, Sahir Ludhianvi, Nida Fazli and Gulzar came in as another huge blessing.
Rohan is a first-generation Hindi speaker, and arguably “I am not a conventional Hindi / Urdu poet,” says Rohan, who often expresses astonishment at how far his tryst with Urdu poetry has brought him. Evidently, the passion persists; as we see Rohan coming up with a full-fledged Hindi-Urdu poetry collection – “Rahgeer-e-Rehguzar”, which is being published by Pune-based Western India Imprints and is scheduled for release in January 2018. With 40 poems, sketching a cross-sectional portrait of a range of deep and dark facets of life, “Raahgeer-e-Rehguzar” is his first literary endeavor in Hindi / Urdu.
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