Interview with Kunal Narayan Uniyal

Tell us something about yourself… What does it take to be a poet.?
First of all I would like to thank you for giving me an opportunity to interact with all,through this interview.Well,all I can say about me is that I was always a poet,since I started writing from my childhood days.Be it nature,river,clouds,humans and beauty,all used to inspire me to write something about them,some beautiful words,which can define their presence to all.My very first poems being love,relations and death.I did my schooling from St Thomas College,Dehradun one of the most prestigious institutions in india.After that I got selected for a marine academy in chennai where I received my initial training and then joined sea as deck cadet,immediately after passing out of the academy.i was 18 then and with that my journey with sea,life and nature began.12 years down the line I am a ship captain,commanding huge ships over vast oceans traversing through pirates,cyclones.But that poet was always alive in me,wherever,whenever I used to go which ultimately led to composition of poems which formed part of my book.
Poet,I believe is in all of us,only difference being some able to revive it from its shell,while some sleeping their whole life over this idea of writing.I always tell people I am a captain by profession and a poet by passion and nothing gives more satisfaction in penning down your thoughts about beauty and disgrace of things,which actually needs attention but we avoiding it just because of the lack of approach
A merchant Navy Officer turned into a poet. Tell us your journey so far and how does it feel to be a poet?
You can take a man out of poems but never a poet out of a man.This is what I truly believed.I would like to share an incidence with you while I was sailing .Our ship got trapped between two passing cyclones and it was rolling and pitching heavily.All ship crew were running here and there,scared for their lives but I stood there on top very relaxed and composed,enjoying the battering of weather.My captain came to me and asked me why I was smiling,I said “sir,mother nature is trying to embrace us by waves and winds,and we stupid humans are tryng to save ourselves from such beauty of love”
This whole incidence describes,a difference between a Captain and a poet.Journey to this level from captain to poet,has definitely been filled with doldrums but each person,place,wrath of nature I met were all experinces which have taken form of poems and have found place in my books.Each poem is inspired from real event or people,which you can easily find out after reading the book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
WHEN YOU SEE YOURSELF ONE WITH EACH BEING,PLANT,STONE,METALS AS THE REAL SUPREME BEING RESIDING IN YOU.I GIVE WORDS TO THOSE INANIMATE THINGS WHICH CANT EXPRESS THEMSELVES WHICH INCLUDES US MORTALS WHO ARE TOO ENGROSSED WITH THEIR WORLDLY LIFE.
What do your fans mean to you?
THEY ARE EVERYTHING FOR ME. IN FACT THEY ARE THE ONE'S WHO INSPIRE ME TO WRITE FURTHER,MY NEXT CREATIONS MY NEXT POEMS DEPEND ON HOW THEY REACT TO PRESENT ONES.THEY ARE THE SUCCESS METER WHO JUDGE MY PROGRESS.
How does it feel when you called by French people in France and you were awarded with prizes?
O wow,the feeling was amazing.Actually,one of my friend is in france.After I got my book published,I sent few poems to her.She translated them to French and the poems were circulated among the literary circle.All the authors were quite impressed by the spirituality and they wanted me to come to France for a literary meet.I was sponsored by this organization “House of life”for various events.I was felicitated by the organization and the rotary club for my contribution to the world peace,through my spiritual work.They decided to get my poems translated to French and get them published.So rt now,the translation is in progress and soon we will have a French translation of my book.
On coming back to india I was felicitated by Nautical institute,London on 11th march 2014.My book is placed in Sahitya Academy,New delhi and Rastrapati bhawan,Library.I was nominated for sailors today award in 2014.was interviewed in various newspapers and radio khushi.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are no one specific as i love all those who write since that is what is important.but style wise definitely Shelley,Eliot and Sri Aurobindo ghosh who gave new direction to poetry.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My face in the mirror that is what truly inspires me to go all the way out to hug the brand new day waiting for me to create something new and offer it on the feet of almighty.
What style of poetry do you prefer (Sonnet, Ryming, Freestyle)
Initially I started with rhyming but slowly and gradually I realized that by trying to rhyme,I am shackling myself and preventing those beautiful thoughts from coming out.These days I am doing freestyle along with prose poetry using iambic meters occasionally.
What has been your inspiration?
My true inspiration has been my father who has truly inculcated that spiritual sense in me since I was very small.I always believe that it was my father who has always inspired me to write poems since he himself write poems.And ofcourse life and sea has inspired me to be one with all and ultimately be one with me
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes of course,it was by the name of "last 10 min" written when i was 10 year old.It described last 10 minutes of a dying man and what all he faces when he is on the brim of death.
Tell us something about your next book?
My book “Sparrow In The Mirror”is an English poetry book translated to french by the name of "LE MOINEAU DANS LE
MIROIR",which deals mostly in spirituality.You will find answers to all your questions be it maya,death,immortality,approach towards yourself all bringing us closer to us.This book will give deeper insight about indian spirituality and its practices to people everywhere.To summarise the book one of the poem says
“Wings need to be chipped, feathers need to be clipped, this pain need be taken, to steal this body from the mortal reigns
Let the body float in this thin, mystified air of lord, who picks us from this bond of death no rain will wet you, no pain will shiver you, this worldly life will be finally lost
o lord just hold me tight, let me be pulled to your land, where no wing is known, no rain to drench me, just you cuddle this bird, with so sweet your touch”
Published 2015-03-06.
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Le Moineau Dans Le Miroir
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,120. Language: French. Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » French Poetry
Depuis l'acte de désobéissance, l'homme a été en guerre constante avec son plus grand adversaire, son ego. Plus il cède à son ego, plus il obtient de son moi divin. Ses motivations matérialistes, quête du pouvoir et de l'indifférence l’aliènent et l'isolent. Réduit à l’esclavage par l'ego, l'homme se complaît dans la fausse fierté, la fausse gloire et la fausse sécurité. La quête ne se termine ja