There may be a hidden poet in most teenagers, but this one’s gone a step ahead. Abhirup Ghosh, a Class XII student at St. James’ School, has published a collection of 30 of his poems, and that too without knocking on publishers’ doors.
Abhirup, who has been writing since he was 11, has a book to his credit on Amazon Kindle’s self-publishing programme. “One of my friends gave me the idea and I found it quick, easy and hassle-free,” said Abhirup. “If you have a book ready, all you need to do is upload the cover and the content. The rest is taken care of by the Kindle team. ”
Romancing the Pujas is a compilation of poems Abhirup wrote during the four days of Durga Puja. “I started on Sashthi and every day I visited at least four to five pandals. I even wrote some poems while hopping from one pandal to another,” said the young poet, who reflects on the “darker side of Puja”.
Authors or publishers can make their books available electronically using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), a free service that even lets one make money as writers are offered 70 per cent royalty.
“Once the book is published, you give your account number, where they transfer your royalty,” said Abhirup, whose poems have been a regular feature in the school magazine.
“Abhirup started writing poems very early, when he was in Class III,” said Bina Ghosh, the boy’s mother and a teacher at Modern High School for Girls. “We always encouraged him to read and bought him books and took him to library. Even before he could read, I read to him from Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Aesop’s Fables and even facts from encylcopaedia.”
Topping Abhirup’s current reading list are Jeffrey Archer, Richard Bach and Ayn Rand. His favourite reads? The Bridge Across Forever and Atlas Shrugged.
If his reading habits have evolved with age, so has his writing style. “As a child, when one is introduced to poems in Class I or II, it is always about rhyme and rhythm. But modern poetry is different, it is more a confluence of thoughts. You need to just follow the rhythm,” said Abhirup, who loves reading Robert Frost’s poetry when he is not playing for the school basketball team.
Besides being a voracious reader, Abhirup’s habit of writing a diary also helped develop his writing skills.
“He has always been a very thoughtful and inquisitive child and writing diary helped him express himself,” said the boy’s mother.
Abhirup’s English teacher in school, too, was all praise. “I have read his works and they are excellent. He is very creative, imaginative and has a very clear sense of judgement. His poems have a melancholic touch. He writes beautiful love poems and apart from that he can create, imagine and write very fast,” said Rosemary Alex.
The boy’s dribbling skills may come in handy with board exams round the corner. “For the next two months, writing has to take a back seat. Managing studies and writing is difficult. Sometimes I sit down with a pen and paper even in math class!” said Abhirup, who wants to study law.
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