Share your po­etry, join Dom­bivli poetic gang

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pad­mja Sinha pad­mja.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A café near Dom­bivli sta­tion was bustling with ac­tiv­ity last Fri­day.

The crowd, mostly stu­dents,were ea­ger to share their thoughts on girl child, trans­gen­ders and the chang­ing so­ci­ety.

This was the fourth time the group was meet­ing and it is slowly gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity.

Poetic Fri­day, as the event is known, is a gath­er­ing of like­minded tal­ented peo­ple who ex­press them­selves through po­etry. It is held ev­ery third Fri­day of the month.

“Po­etry is an ex­pres­sion of your soul. The ini­tia­tive helps us re­cite, dis­cuss and share the love of po­etry with other en­thu­si­asts in the city,” said Vinay Naik, 19, who started the ini­tia­tive with his friend Pushkar Kalkar.

Both are stu­dents of Nan­durkar Col­lege, Dom­bivli. Naik and Kalkar started the event so that it would help peo­ple take a break from the mo­not­o­nous A group of young­sters at­tend a ses­sion of Poetic Fri­day at a cafe in Dom­bivli. A young girl reads out a poem dur­ing the meet.

sched­ule.

“The two-hour ses­sion sees a lot of par­tic­i­pa­tion from stu­dents,” said Naik. “The idea is to ex­plore your cre­ative side, make friends and spend some time con­nect­ing with peo­ple in­stead of smart­phones.”

The topic is de­cided at the ses­sion, said Kalkar. “It can be any­thing rang­ing from traf­fic is­sues

to civic prob­lems. It should be some­thing that in­ter­ests us or both­ers us,” he said.

The two had never imag­ines that idea would be a big hit. “We started with seven mem­bers and we have 40 now. It’s not the num­ber count which drives me, but it is the en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy of the par­tic­i­pants which brings us un­der one roof,”

said Naik.

The group said that they are apo­lit­i­cal and dis­cuss only so­cial is­sues through their po­ems.

“We are all equal here and there are no lan­guage bar­ri­ers. We do not dis­cuss pol­i­tics. It is a plat­form for us to share ideas, en­cour­age oth­ers and make us all more open-minded,” said Naik.

Har­shal Sawkare, 19, a gui­tarist and mu­sic lover from Dom­bivli feels that this is the per­fect set­ting for peo­ple to ex­press their views.

“We are all work­ing pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents who hardly get any time on hob­bies. This is the time we get to put on our think­ing caps and in­tro­spect on the world around us,” said Sawkare.

Poetic Fri­day is open for all and en­try is free.

Chin­mayi Bhirud, 18, a Dom­bivli res­i­dent, has at­tended three ses­sions and is en­joy­ing her­self.

“We get to know dif­fer­ent views on is­sues. This widens our think­ing,” said Bhirud.

Sha­laka Lalit, 25, a res­i­dent of Dom­bivli, has got a plat­form to share her views.

“I love writ­ing and dis­cussing po­ems. I write po­etry in ad­vance, mostly on trend­ing is­sues and other civic is­sues in the city,” said Lalit.

Those who want to par­tic­i­pate in the ses­sion, can get in touch with Vinay Naik at 07506377654.

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