By: Kameshwari Kulkarni
There are events and then there are life changing events. I have been to one such—Poetry Tuesday (or PT, as commonly called by regulars). PT sessions are held on the first Tuesday of every month; a Tuesday that boosts the wandering minds of poets and writers refreshing them for the rest of the days. After some apprehension and reluctance, I was tempted to rekindle my passion for poetry. I attended a PT session for the first time in March 2013. Completely bowled over by my debut experience at the event and the charismatic Anish Vyavahare playing the host, I started attending PTs unfailingly.
How did it all start? How did Anish come up with this brilliant idea? Anish had been attending such poetry meets in Bandra. He planned to start and implement one such kind of event in Thane. In 2011 he started with a small event update on Facebook inviting poetry lovers. To his surprise, 19 people turned up for this meet at CCD in Korum mall.
Encouraged to the core and motivated for more, thereon, for Anish there was no looking back. From cafes to Amey Gawand’s One Stop Music Studio, the present PT venue, PTs have found loyalists in the young and the experienced. Wannabes, people from the craziest careers, unusual occupations, specialized professions and different fields bond over poetry, coffee and gupshup.
Gauravi Deo, a young teacher with passion for music and poetry, writes Marathi poems and has been a PT regular for long. Yashwanth Sahebrao Didhwagh, a lawyer and also a guitarist, writes wonderful Marathi poems. He commutes to Thane from Dahisar to attend these meets and also has a Facebook page for his poems, ‘Yethe Kavita Lihun Miltil.’ We have Shridhar Rao, a Java consultant at Capegemini, who is exploring his flair for poetry and is learning more with every poetry meet. Jayesh and Kalpana Ramaiyya are a wonderful couple who write in Hindi and Marathi. They say, “We look forward to PTs and that one Tuesday keeps us active for the rest of the days.
Due to PTs, we have started writing more. We have become a small PT family and feel good when the younger lot looks up to us for inspiration.Tribhawan Kaul who shuffles between Delhi and Thane is a retired freelance writer and an established author who has many books published and a few more in the pipeline. He finds this a wonderful platform to reach out to literary enthusiasts. Sunita Saldhana, proprietor at the know and Grow Learning Centre, is a poet, writer and teacher. She says,”PTs are my ‘me time.’ I am ‘me’ when I am at PTs. Not a wife, a mom, or anyone to others. Just Me..Myself.”
Encouraged by Anand Narsule’s employment engagement company called ‘Maxreach Resources’, Anish started Maxmeet Social group on Facebook to promote such events. Anish believes that such groups and gatherings are necessary and useful in today’s world of running around for a livelihood where friendships and meeting new people are relegated to the online world.
As I look back, everything about PT seems different than when I first joined. PT members have started writing regularly.The meet brings out the excellence in us. What is excellent in others belongs to us as well. Meeting interesting people, sharing ideas and dreams, connecting with people, discovering common connections just makes the big world outside seem small. People with similar passion make us happy. We meet people for a reason and some for seasons. Believing in the reason, here’s wishing Poetry Tuesdays success for a lifetime and umpteen seasons.