Nikitha Hingad is a young poet from Bengaluru. She graduated in commerce from Mount Carmel College. She is a voracious reader. Her other interests include occult sciences like tarot, astrology and numerology. She loves sketching and currently lives with her parents, sister and dog, Misty.
Vinita Kinra:Welcome to Global Asian Times, Nikitha. What draws you to the world of poetry?
Nikitha Hingad: In times when materialism is more important, people are foolishly following the crowds and when there is no place for emotions, poetry is the saving grace. Poets are respected in India for being able to see what others fail to see. Poetry is an old -fashioned, soothing form of art. Through this medium, I try to share my thoughts and feelings with this generation, as well as with the future.
Vinita Kinra: Talk to us about your poetic journey.
Nikitha Hingad: I wrote my first poem in grade 9. I showed it to a friend, and she told me it was good. But I felt embarrassed. I didn’t want to reveal my sensitivity and vulnerabilities to anyone. I never saved my poems. Then, in first year of college, my friend encouraged me to express my feelings, and she saved whatever I wrote. I never valued my poetry as much. But she told me I wrote well. Then I got busy with academics, and didn’t have enough time to write. I had about 50 poems written in college days. I wanted to publish them. But I thought I must write more. I wrote on Facebook and shared with poetry groups. It was strange being able to connect with people I had never met. These poets inspire me a lot. They have taught me various forms of poetry as well.
Vinita Kinra: Do you need a certain type of environment to write poems, or do poetic thoughts flow naturally anywhere?
Nikitha Hingad: I never force poetry. I only write when I feel deeply, and when I am all alone.
Vinita Kinra: Have you thought of dabbling with prose at any point in the future?
Nikitha Hingad: Yes, I have a written short story. I want to write a novel soon.
Vinita Kinra: Share with us your publishing journey.
Nikitha Hingad: Philia and Sophia: The book of love and wisdom is published by Partridge, a Penguin Random House company. I am happy with the publishing production department. My friend, Sneha, is a professional photographer, and she clicked my pictures which I sent to the production department. And you can see how the cover looks now. I also liked the font style and interiors designed by Partridge. And the book is distributed through Ingram, which is available in all online books stores.
Nikitha Hingad: It was a beautiful experience. From writing poetry, compiling them together, to illustrations and designing the book cover, this was the most memorable experience of my life. I have also shared pictures of the making of my book cover on my Facebook page.
Vinita Kinra: How different is writing poetry as compared to writing prose?
Nikitha Hingad: Prose needs a story with characters. But poetry is about expression, feelings and deep thought. I like using traditional rhyming schemes, but I also write free style.
Vinita Kinra: Who has been your biggest mentor through your writing journey?
Nikitha Hingad: Rik Bertrand and Francine Samuel, my online poet friends helped me a lot. While Rik’s poems inspire me, Francine guides me in my grammar.
Vinita Kinra: Do poets have to be sensitive and emotional, or is this a myth?
Nikitha Hingad: I think most poets I know are sensitive and emotional.
Vinita Kinra: What are your future projects?
Nikitha Hingad: A novel or another poetry collection.
Nikitha Hingad can be reached via her Blog: www.nikithahingad.blogspot.ca
Vinita Kinra is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.