In an interesting take on interviews, poet Abhay K and Anupama Raju discuss how the subject of love has been approached in the book The Bloomsbury Book of Great Indian Love Poems (Bloomsbury, 2020), and also by many writers.
Perhaps love has been around as long as we have. We could even be so bold as to claim that very few have lived a life without experiencing this rather complex and ambiguous emotion. Predictably, it has also inspired generations of artists and writers no matter what the art form or literary genre.
In recent decades, a few anthologies of love poetry have tried to explore the manner in which this theme has been approached. And despite the debilitating changes and malice that may be overshadowing our times, ‘love’ continues to fascinate and arrest our imagination and attention. It is in this context that The Bloomsbury Book of Great Indian Love Poems (Bloomsbury, 2020) becomes significant. Edited by Abhay K., the anthology brings together poems from 28 Indian languages, spanning almost 3000 years.
Abhay is in conversation about the book and questions related to writing about love, with poet Anupama Raju, who often utilises experimental motifs to describe love in her verse.