Q. What is the significance of “Muntazir,” your new book on poetry? Could you tell us about the inspiration behind this book? A. “Muntazir” holds a special place in my heart as it signifies the state of being hopeful and waiting. Dedicated to the concept of ‘Intezaar’ (waiting), the poems in this collection encapsulate a […]

Q. What is the significance of “Muntazir,” your new book on poetry? Could you tell us about the inspiration behind this book?
A. “Muntazir” holds a special place in my heart as it signifies the state of being hopeful and waiting. Dedicated to the concept of ‘Intezaar’ (waiting), the poems in this collection encapsulate a range of emotions tied to anticipation and the longing for that perfect moment in life. The name “Muntazir” embodies the essence of the book, reflecting the journey of hope and expectation that resonates with the human experience.

Q. Can you share your journey of writing and how it evolved over the years?
A. My journey of writing poetry is deeply intertwined with my sensitivity towards societal issues from childhood. Observing various social dynamics and having my unique perspective on them laid the foundation for my poetic expressions. My diaries, dating back to the 1970s, are filled with verses that reflect my evolving thoughts and emotions over the years.

Q. How has your profession as an advocate influenced or impacted your poetic endeavors?
A. Interestingly, my profession as an advocate and my passion for poetry coexist harmoniously in my life. While one sustains me financially, the other nourishes my soul. Although time constraints may occasionally pose challenges, I find that poetic inspiration flows effortlessly, often without deliberate effort on my part.

Q. Could you provide more insights into the themes explored in “Muntazir”?
A. “Muntazir” delves into the symphony of life, where anticipation and expectations play the sweetest notes. The anthology portrays a spectrum of melancholic emotions such as longing, the pain of separation, and isolation, intertwined with a perennial sense of hope. Many poems in the collection are adorned with nature’s metaphors, lending a surreal quality to the verses.

Q. What sources or individuals inspire your poetic creations?
A. My poetic journey has been enriched by the works of renowned poets such as Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Ustaad Waris Shah, Mirza Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and various modern Urdu poets. Their profound verses have influenced my thought process and served as a wellspring of inspiration for my own poetic expressions.

Q. Have you encountered any criticism regarding your books, and how do you perceive feedback?
A. While I’ve been fortunate to receive abundant appreciation for my books, constructive feedback has also been invaluable. I view criticism as an opportunity for growth and improvement, and I’m open to incorporating positive suggestions into future editions of my works.

Q. Are there any plans to adapt your poetry into musical compositions?
A. One of the ghazals from my book “Phoori” has already been set to music by a talented singer. I’m enthusiastic about potential collaborations to bring more of my poetry to life through musical compositions in the future.

Q. You’ve had your poetry translated into short films. Could you share more about this experience?
A. Selected poems from my books “Phoori” and “Muntazir” have been adapted into short films, featuring my recitations. The overwhelming response to these cinematic interpretations, available on platforms like YouTube, has been immensely gratifying and encouraging.

Q. What are your aspirations and plans for future writing endeavours?
A. Currently, I’m immersed in crafting my third poetry book, this time in Punjabi. The work is already underway, and I’m excited to continue exploring new themes and expressions through my poetic endeavors.

Q . What motivated you to donate your body to prevent the cutting of trees?
A. The decision to donate my body to prevent the cutting of trees was driven by a deep-seated desire to leave a lasting legacy that aligns with my values. By opting for this unique form of contribution, I aim to advocate for environmental conservation even beyond my lifetime. It’s a symbolic gesture that underscores my unwavering commitment to protecting our precious natural resources.

Q. What experiences or moments in your life sparked your passion for nature, leading you to become such an ardent nature lover? Can you share any specific memories or influences that have shaped your deep appreciation for the natural world?
A. My love affair with nature traces back to the earliest moments of my childhood. Growing up surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing landscapes, I found solace and joy in the simple yet profound beauty of the natural world. Whether it was exploring the woods on a holiday, marveling at the delicate intricacies of a flower, or basking in the tranquility of a serene lake, each encounter with nature left an indelible impression on my soul. As I matured, my appreciation for nature deepened, fueled by experiences like hiking through majestic mountains, camping under starlit skies, and witnessing the breathtaking spectacle of a sunrise painting the horizon with vibrant hues. These moments of awe and wonder instilled in me a sense of responsibility to protect and preserve the environment. Thus, my passion for nature blossomed into a lifelong commitment to nurturing and safeguarding the precious ecosystems that sustain life on our planet.

Q. Your annual tree planting initiative is truly commendable. Could you delve into the significance of this endeavour and the impact you hope to achieve through planting approximately 300 trees each year?
A. My annual tree planting initiative is more than just a personal project; it’s a profound expression of my dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability. With each tree that takes root in the soil, I envision a brighter, greener future for our planet. Beyond the immediate benefits of carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation, this initiative carries a deeper significance. By planting around 300 trees annually, I aim to contribute to the restoration and rejuvenation of our ecosystems, one sapling at a time. Each tree serves as a beacon of hope, symbolizing our collective responsibility to safeguard the environment for generations to come. Moreover, this initiative fosters community engagement and environmental consciousness, inspiring others to take action in preserving our natural heritage. Ultimately, my goal is to leave a positive imprint on the world, creating a legacy of environmental stewardship that reverberates far beyond the confines of my own lifetime.