IntenseNib™ ♦ Poet in love with words and life

Posted By Editorial team / April 8, 2017 / 0 Commentaires

IntenseNib is a poet from India, passionate about the magic of words.
Like some great artists from the indian and international scene who inspire him, IntenseNib also wishes to be able to inspire by its writings, to retranscribe the complexity of life in a few lines charged with signification.
Through his poems, IntenseNib works to describe the emotions that cross us, and the sensations that overwhelm us
Discover a talented poet!


About you

IntenseNib, where are you from, how old are you? Please tell us a little more about yourself.

I’m an ambitious twenty-three years old ambivert man-child from the city of Nagpur, the geographical centre of the colorful India, or one can say ‘the Heart of India’, quite literally; which has been longing to ‘officially’ belong to the better lot of Indian cities for quite a while now. I’m into the education field by profession. I teach subjects of Food Technology to make a living, if that’s how I best put it. An absolute movie-buff and an avid reader, I also happen to love world music with equal intensity. I’m instantly hooked to any form of art, you know, a gorger with an insatiable hunger for creativity. I feed on and I’m fuelled by creativity and art, yes. I like being with people, I like making friends to quite an extent, but I find the company of like-minded people the most… EXCITING of all.


You used a pseudonym to write. Why did you decide to keep your identity a secret? What does the name mean to you? Did your entourage know about IntenseNib?

There’s a film called ‘A Wednesday’, an Indian cult, the release of which had triggered waves of sensibility across the country. This film has one dialogue in its climax, which has more than just ‘stayed’ with me since I watched the film- it entirely changed my perspective of looking at the world and people around. That dialogue, mouthed by one of its protagonists, went something like- ‘He told me his name, but I won’t say it here.
(Because) A human tries to judge someone’s religion from their name.” It’s amazing how a bunch of words called ‘statement’, when mouthed by someone influential becomes a ‘dialogue’ and changes someone’s entire perspective just like that.
This single dialogue has become my life’s philosophy since- I want people to judge me, appreciate me, criticize me and make opinions about me based ONLY on my writings, and nothing else.

IntenseNib is the most apt representation of my alter-ego, I believe. A nib doesn’t release its ink, DOESN’T WRITE unless it’s made to experience friction against a paper. I don’t like expressing my feelings to people, most of the times; it’s, strictly speaking, time-consuming and absolutely non-productive. I experience friction in and against my life, I release ink, I bleed words, only in an engaging, intense manner.
Hence, IntenseNib.


Indeed, my entourage knows about IntenseNib, the people who I feel should know about it do, yes. There are only a few occasions when you actually get to tell people how much you mean to them. I consider establishing myself as IntenseNib and telling them about it one such occasion.

About your art

When did you start writing? Have you always wanted to write poetry?

It’s awe-inspiring how beautifully time has flown by. Eleven years it’s been since I penned my first poem. On the back cover of our Eighth standard Geography textbook, in my mother tongue, I’d penned a poem looking at the rain outside, a four-stanzas long poem about rain.

I loved the way Enid Blyton would write in her signature poetic flairs, marking our imaginations indelibly with the representations of her enchanted world. I could instantly connect to and enjoy the simple but mind-blowing poems by Christina Rossetti and John Keats and Gulzar Saab. I found them so engrossing and inspiring, you know, the way they show you the world from the vision which you never knew existed. So, just to step in the sands which had once been beneath the feet of these greats, I wanted to write poetry more than I wanted to write other stuff.


When and how did you realize that Instagram was a good idea to share your poems?

When I myself was searching for options to read quickly, while on a train or a bus or while traveling or busy, or when I could not find the time. And I discovered that this is the in-thing right now- you tell a story in less than a minute, you rhyme a rhyme on the go, and well- you’re appreciated or criticized instantly. How cool is that, right? Scrolling the screen of cell-phone and coming across the most beautiful of words, which could make someone feel that they’re not the only one with that feeling. That’s when I took up to Instagram for writing, which I most refer to as Instawriting.

We know that writing can sometimes be a process. So in your case, do you have a writing routine?

Erm, no. I have really hectic work schedules and personal engagements to look after. So, just like readers read these write-ups on the go or in their free times, I write them on the go and in free times. Nevertheless, I write when the feelings inside are uncontrollable and there’s no ‘someplace else’ to express.

What are the challenges of writing for Instagram? Does it limit you at all?

Instagram is a powerful medium. And power, attracts people with competitive spirit because they don’t want to spare a single opportunity to make gold out of. So yes, this cut-throat competition to churn out and present the best of words, in that limited space of a small image and that it should be visible as well as attractive, quite a challenge, don’t you think? 😉

Do you see writing as a career? Would you ever publish your poems?

Of course I do. I have a number of my poems not yet published anywhere, as well as it’s been ages I am working on a novel. So yes, I could really use writing as a career, but the time is not now.

We noticed that your poetry’s main themes are mostly about relationships,… Why those themes in particular?

Because I personally take my relationships VERY, I stress, VERY seriously. I am affected by how and why my actions and my words affected people in the way they did. And I am also affected by their attitude towards me. A relationship is, I believe, all about the way the people involved in that relation feel about each other. And the intricacies of that relationship are so beautiful and complex and, well, intricate and unpredictable that I can’t resist writing about them.

Can you please tell us a bit more about your sources of inspiration (art, spirituality, literature …) What are they? And how do they echo in your life and in your creations?

There are IDOLS whom I praise and worship and kneel before the works of. Gulzar Saab has been the greatest of them all (To be more precise about him, he’s the one who wrote the Academy-Award Winning ‘Jai Ho’ for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’).


I tell you one example: I was reading one of his works, this poetry book and no sooner I was halfway through the second poem in that collection than my head started aching. I was so exhausted mentally, trying to visualize and draw in my mind the world he had put so beautifully in words, I realized that I am yet to reach the level of maturity which has been put forth there by him. I can write good, I can be better than a whole lot of poets around, and at some occasions, I can even be the best. But I can NEVER be Gulzar. Not even a billionth of his poetic soul do I possess, and I never will.

My other inspirations when it comes to poetry are Christina Rossetti, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg and Indian Poets like Irshad Kamil, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Javed Akhtar and Prasoon Joshi. I try to set the meter of my poem like that of Vikram Seth’s. I try to be as deep and imaginative as Gulzar Saab. I try, that’s no less than being inspired.

Other forms of art I’ve really really been fond of include music by the greats like A. R. Rahman, Gustavo Santaolalla and Amit Trivedi. I try to make my works vibrate on the same frequencies as theirs.

Is there one piece that remains a personal favorite? And why?

‘Aadhe paune poore chaand, jitna tha sab maal gaya.
Bara mahine jama kiye the, jeb kaat kar saal gaya’

This masterpiece by Gulzar saab translates as follows:

‘Half, three-quarters, the whole of moons- all I had is gone right now.
I’d collected all the twelve of months, but the year went, pick-pocketing me somehow.

Just two lines. See? Just two lines and this great soul has spanned a whole year with so subtle an intensity, so strong an emotion, so heavy a heart. This remains a personal favourite for me because of its weight, because of the gravity it has, because of the way it so beautifully conveys the passage of time and emotions related to it.

Have you other artistic activities?

No. I have no other artistic activities. I sing, but I’m more of a bathroom singer.

Do you have someone you would like to do an artistic collaboration with?

It has to be Amit Trivedi sir. I’m a huge fan of his music and it’d be a dream come true to have my poems composed by him someday.


We know that you love writing, maybe you love reading… What is the last book you just felt in love with and why? Any quote you would like to share with us?

I pose myself with this question all the time, but as I’m telling you; I’m facing a dilemma, if it has to be ‘The Land of Green Plums’ by Herta Müller or ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’ by Anuradha Roy. I have fallen in love with these two book exactly equally. But to choose one, I felt a cozier embrace from ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’, it is a strange tale of vicissitudes, you know, the cycle of fortunes and misfortunes and an engaging concurrence of three different tales, with religion as a common backdrop.

I fell in love with it because it’s a brave and honest and enchanting tale, through complex and unnerving at times. If it gets gory, it annihilates the gore with some other poignant sequence. The narration is never happy, it is dark throughout, but this is the dark, this is the intensity, to which every living person on this planet should be subjected to, to realize that they’re not alone with the darkness they’re crying upon. This book connects to that level.

Self-love and sex….

You are from India. What are your personal views on the representation of men’s and women’s sexualities in India’s society? What do you think about women sexuality representation? From your point of view, does Occidental spirit influences Indian women’s spirit?

Women’s sexuality here, unlike men’s is suppressed under the burden of orthodoxy. We’ve progressed, we’ve moved on from orthodoxy and traditional taboos associated with women, but some beliefs are still strongly rooted. Let me state this directly that Indian society indeed is a male-dominant society, and it has been so since, like, forever. And somewhere I have this belief that women here are made to assume this mantle of being a second priority since their childhood. These women have seen and, even now sometimes, see their mothers, grandmothers and other women from an older generation holding back what they wish to say or what they want to express, suppressing their desires because their corresponding male counterparts ‘say’ it is wrong to show this desire. And they follow out of, well, tradition. I feel that this goes terribly wrong. We’re all humans, with a scientifically different genetic coding, which is the only factor through which the nature has allowed us to discriminate between males and females. We have no right to rubbish someone’s freedom of thought, freedom of expression and most importantly, freedom of equality just because of their gender. And a woman, in my opinion, is one of the nature’s most beautiful creations. It makes absolutely no sense to me as of why has she been forbidden to explore her own femininity, to explore what she is, in so many parts of the world.

We have no right to rubbish someone’s freedom of thought, freedom of expression and most importantly, freedom of equality just because of their gender.

As far as Occidental spirit is concerned, yes, I think it influences Indian women with its independence, with its liberal aura and with the strength it radiates. Nevertheless, Indian women could barely be found disrespecting or disregarding their Indian spirit. They’re respectful towards everything. That is one of the perks of being an Indian. You respect a lot.

According to you, what are the secrets of a fulfilled sexuality?

It’s a subtle art, honestly, as far as I’ve experienced. I’d deem those people liars who say they are never concerned about fulfilling their or as it may happen, someone else’s sexuality. I think at a certain point of time in your life, fulfilling your sexuality becomes a necessity, and it has to be so.

I think one of the secrets to is is keeping no barriers, as far as absolutely anything is concerned. Nothing can be as sexually satisfying as realizing that someone is as much into you as you’re into them when you’re making love, or talking to each other or just walking along the sidewalks. Fulfillment of sexuality can be poignant as well as fierce and passionate. It all depends on the intensity of the bond you’re sharing, may it be intellectual or emotional or spiritual or physical, as it may turn out.

From an Indian perspective, do you think women and men in India could freely live love outside marriage?

Now, in the present times, the answer could be YES to quite an extent. Though some parts in India still consider falling in love with someone they desire a horrible mistake, people are even killed sometimes for doing that; the better, developed parts of India could be found cherishing the feeling of being in love with the freedom it demands. This contrast is heartbreaking though, you know, when you realize how ‘India is a country of diversity’ starts to hold true in both positive as well as negative sense. This diversity could be seen when it comes to falling in love, too. So, summing everything up, though in India people have learnt to live love freely outside marriage, there still are hurdles in their divine paths of love.

We often hear that men hide their emotions, deny their sadness, heartbreaks and stay silent, do you think that is a true statement? And why that?

True. Let me ask you this- what comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘masculinity’? You instantly start imagining a chiseled, puffed Hercules bending to its fracture-point his neck and balancing the Earth on his shoulders. You may quickly draw the image of a strong, supportive and steady man brimming full of masculinity, who’s doing anything but crying. In India, there’s a common saying which goes like ‘Ladkiyo jaise rona’ (‘Crying like a girl’). So somewhere I believe, every man has a thought process that his emotional acts like crying, expressing and bringing upon their face sadness, and staying silent and less-invigorated, no matter how inevitable and obvious, may hamper their image of a man, may affect their projection of masculinity. No one likes being called a ‘less-man’ or a ‘less-woman’ right? And as it goes, it has been passed on through generations that MEN DON’T CRY. So obviously crying is considered by most men around, less-masculine. But I will admit that men do cry, it’s just that they don’t like being noticed or talked about when they are doing so. Hence, they hide it, though there’s nothing, honestly, wrong in doing that.

Too much women struggled with self-acceptance, what advice do you have for women and men who are struggling with their own body and hate themselves?

I’d say that nothing is as beautiful as the way you naturally are. People tend to hate themselves or to struggle with their own body because ‘What will people think?’ I’d say that’s why they’re people. It’s their job, to look at you, to criticize you, to talk about you, and forget eventually. The last part is what matters the most, THEY FORGET. So should you. If you’re affected adversely by the way people are looking at you, there are three things you can do- You can pull their eyeballs off, you can ignore what they think or you can change the thing, if possible, the thing they’re looking at. I don’t think anyone would do the first thing now, would they? And what’s wrong with other two by the way? A win-win situation, I’d say it is for people who are struggling with accepting what they are or what they look like. BE PROUD OF YOURSELF.


If you had a wish for women and men in India, which one would it be?

“May they all get to breathe in an orthodoxy-free air.”

This is THE Place to post a youtube link about one of your favorite artist. Which one do you want to share with us? And why?

This is the link of the song of ‘Dil Gira Dafatan’ from the movie ‘Delhi-6’, composed by A. R. Rahman, Lyrics by the great Prasoon Joshi and sung by Ash King and Chinmayi. I believe this is the most underrated song by A. R. Rahman. What a masterpiece! You feel you’re actually there in that song, you feel it to that extent. Indescribably beautiful, this piece. “The sea is sleeps beneath the pullover of waves, but I stay wide awake, because some high, some hypnotism is there”. Beautiful words, beautiful music, close to my heart.

IntenseNib, you have one superpower, which one is it? How would you like to use it?

I melt people with my words. I could really use that to spread love around me, to make no matter how small a difference.

Any current and upcoming events that you would like to promote?

None around my home town. Otherwise I really would have had.

We give you a blank check : Would you like to add anything else?

Your time to read my writes.

Many thanks for your answers 🙂

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