Author: Abha Iyengar

Poetry and a Call for Change

Reading Time: 8 minutesHere’s an interview by Abha Iyengar, exclusively for Different Truths, with Aabha Vatsa, who brings the winds of poetic change to Faridabad. Vatsa feels that we are living in times of terror and social maladies. So poems on change will work as a wakeup call for where we are today, and where we need to be, for […]

On Writing: Is Destruction Necessary for Creation?

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe dynamics of creative writing has often eluded writers (poets included). In response to Jeanette Winterson, advice on writing, “Experiment, play, throw away,” Abha, an author of repute, talks to a cross-section of contemporary writers, and differs with Winterson. Here’s an interesting debate, exclusively in Different Truths. Recently I came across a statement that filled […]

We Mean Business, Baby

Reading Time: 2 minutesHere’s a protest poem by Abha, on the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD), exclusively in Different Truths.    They say You have come a long way, baby. I say I have a long way to go, baby. But I am getting there. I know The long and weary path We women have trudged for […]

Words Matter: The Lateral Learnings of a Writer

Reading Time: 3 minutesAbha describes how as a writer, editor and book reviewer, she picked up interesting words through casual conversations, some word that flies in the air, or a work she suddenly stumbles upon. She finds a poem in her name, ‘Abha’ that resonates with her. Three more interesting words that she found were ‘chumma’, ‘itemgiri’, and ‘mamitsu’, with different meanings. […]

A Creative Writing Workshop in Bihar: Assumptions and their Happy Destruction

Reading Time: 6 minutesRenowned author and poet, Abha, shares her experience of interacting with the students in the hinterland of India, in Kishanganj, Bihar. She attended the Seemanchal International Literary Festival (SILF), on Nov. 17-18, and participated in a couple of panel discussions to do with gender, literature and writing the short story. But what really excited her was that she would […]