Family Matters

Families are strange things, and I have had my share of learning and unlearning about what families really are. Like halogens and noble gases, apples and roses, and Homer and Bart, poets and madmen have been instrumental in this learning. My family today includes each one of you in addition to the proverbial menagerie that our home and our lives have grown into.

A couple of weeks back, a group of poets were busy chatting outside Landmark Book Store after their monthly meeting to share poetry and poetics. Linda had just returned from launching her first volume of verse at Kolkata and was discussing the title of her next volume with Madhavi. Nivedita and +sandeep ingilela were busy comparing how getting married impacts poetic output. I was busy checking out the landscape for inspiration.



Nivedita is a poet, writer and a publisher who has been instrumental in getting many of us networked. She has already published three books. Linda edits a magazine on education and is an avid (and acclaimed) Haiku writer. Her book Significance of the Insignificant is a collection of Haiku and has nothing to do with Herodotus. You can buy her book online here. Sandeep is an artist, a poet, and a music buff who presently obsesses over animation and computer graphics. I am a self-employed full-time tea drinker. As we passed the smoke around, Nivedita mentioned that her next publishing project was going to be called Family Matters.

All of us asked in unison, "Why Family Matters?"


She explained that it was because family matters matter more than anything else individually, socially and politically, and even more so in today's global scenario. The depiction of "family matters" by writers and poets from across cultures would help create a holistic perspective on this aspect of social life. We all nodded our heads as if we understood what that meant.

The anthology is going to be edited by Frank Joussen, Christina Cowling and Nivedita herself. Like her earlier publications, this project too has put out a global call for submission, and the deadline for submissions is July 1, 2013. You can find detailed guidelines for submission at the Nivasini Publications blog.

The poetry group, recently rechristened Red Leaf, meets every second Saturday at Landmark. The Facebook event page for the next meet on March 9 can be found here. If poetry is your thing, do take a look.

If you long to belong, if you are searching for that sense of family, stop now. What you are feeling right now as you read these line is what family is all about. You are no less important than the sum total of all our beings. Get in touch. Stay in touch. You are home. Family Matters.

27 comments:

  1. Great to hear about my family and the starting of a new poetry. Recently I realized the power of community and family in shaping our individual lives. Privileged to be a part of this ever growing family. Like you said, keep in touch.

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  2. humbled at this kind note of yours on poetry and family... u r a great blogger and wont hesitate to disclose thank you for being a part of my creative family. :-)

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    1. Extremely honored, Linda, to have known you and to be a part of your life.

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  3. A small speck of dust, I feel connected to you all !

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    1. Pattuji, you are one of the most inspiring members of our family, and your comment is but a reflection of your humility.

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  4. Family does matter... the most. Good luck to everyone involved in this new initiative. :) And by the way, congratulations on the 100,000 views. Great achievement. :)

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    1. Thanks, Akshay. Have been tirelessly working towards building this community of likeminded people, and it is so rewarding to see the results trickle in. Thanks for noticing the pageviews. Aint it grand?!?! I sometimes really wonder how people have several hundred thousand views on their blogs. I guess I will find out in the course of time.

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  5. Would love to connect with this family though I hardly have any understanding of poetry. But relationships and family, I know a thing or two there.

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    1. :) You are already connected with this family, Rachna. Understanding of poetry, I have hardly any too. It has not stopped me from being an active member of this group though. Hope there will be an opportunity for all of us to meet and celebrate this wonderful community, this family of writers, poets, poetry lovers, artists, musicians, music lovers, bloggers, and the occasional uncategorizable crackpot.

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  6. Thanks Subho... you always come with something that is not only useful but also enlightening in same post :)

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    1. Thanks, DesiTraveler. Honored to get this comment from the person who wrote the "responsible travel" post. :)

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  7. family does matter a lot .. no matter what one must always stick together in thick and thin!

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    1. Thanks, Rahul. Nice to see you here after a while. Like Robert Frost said, "Home is where, when you go there, they have to take you in." Welcome home, Rahul.

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  8. Happiness keeps you sweet. Trials keep you strong. Sorrows keep you human. Failures keep you humble. Success keeps you glowing, Friends and family keep you going...Auhor unknown

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    1. Thanks, Mousumi, and welcome to the madhouse. Trust you will find more than you bargained for. So glad to have discovered your blog, and to my surprise, the top story on it was about Sting, my absolute favorite!!

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  9. Interesting. Is it Delhi based?

    Geetashree

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    1. Glad you think so, Geetashree. It is Hyderabad-based. In case you know someone in Hyderabad who will be interested, please do pass on the information and the Facebook Event page link. May our tribe increase.

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  10. Hi Subhorup,

    Indeed, the title sounds apt. People have become more & more pressed for time off lately and this is the primary reason for the high incidences of divorce filings and broken families. People just do not have the time to stop and ponder for a second, that there are finer things to life as well.

    Thanks for sharing this post. :)

    Regards

    Jay
    My Blog

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    1. Thanks, Jay, and thanks for introducing your blog to me. I couldn't agree with you more; once you reflect on it, you realize that the things most of us are running after are ultimately things that do not matter.

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  11. From the title, I thought that you too got encouraged by the facebook way and decided to talk about your family matters, albeit in a manner befitting a writer. :)

    I learnt something here. I can now borrow the words "self-employed tea-drinker". :)

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    1. He he he. I also like "I was into soul-searching, but now I am taking a sabbatical."

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  12. the initiative sounds great ! i guess blogging is networked on a wider scale in the North ? Esp in kerala where i am from such families are a rarety . Thanks to the ' net' work , i can connect to like minded people virtually atleast :) I am intrigued to check out the haiku collection by Linda . .Congratulations on the 1 lakh count . Its grand indeed !

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  13. I am so impressed by your community building initiatives, Subho. I hope I can drop in on one of your meetings the next time I visit Hyderabad.

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  14. What a fantastic initiative and soemthing which is just my cup of tea ! But then I live in Delhi !

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  15. Interesting and a wonderful initiative :-)

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