Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City

Finding solace in writing poetry

- Prerna Gauba Sibbal prerna.gauba@htlive.com

Lockdown fueled the creativity in people. Cooped up inside their houses, with some extra time at hand, many resorted to poetry, irrespecti­ve of their profession.

Calling herself a closet poet, nutritioni­st Kavita Devgan says, “During the pandemic, I got back to poetry and ended up writing a lot, as if I was trying to make up for the lost time. The uncertaint­y of the pandemic changed me and my mind, and I tried to understand the change through my poetry.”

Resonating the feeling, Mridula Ghai, a senior bureaucrat, also delved into poetry. “For me, writing poetry is solace. It helps me rejuvenate and heal as I write down what my inner self is feeling and dealing with,” shares Ghai.

On this newfound love for poetry, psychologi­st Pulkit Sharma says, “As poetry is associated with positive feelings and allows a person to express constructi­vely and deal with negative emotions, many have taken it up not just like a hobby but also a profession.”

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