The Vintage Poet – An Interview with young, talented poet & author Piyumi Bhagya

Hola Beautiful People!!!

An Unseen Melody

An Unseen Melody

Ensconced beside the lamp post

He sits in solitude, so quiet

An inextricable bond 

With his sole companion

Rested tenderly under his chin

Unruffled by the strident pavement

He gropes for the bow with trembling fingers

The strings tugging deep into his heart’s core

An euphonious melody unfelt by the passing crowd

His shrunken eyes forever lost in darknessvintage-violin-portrait-in-black-and-white-emily-enz

Enclosed only within his world of music

The mellifluous notes – so pure, so soft

As of a virtuoso violinist

He quivers now and then in the perishing darkness

When the yuletide breeze wraps around his skeletal body

But drawn on his withered face 

A smile so innocent – and all sweet

As if fallen into a nostalgic reverie

Of the past, the love, the music of his life

Now engraved in the fiddle and pegs of tears

Amidst the congested traffic din

And the muffled voices of the street horde

Receding into the eventide

Is a plaintive cry of a soul,

Scratched upon a forlorn tune  

When I first read this poem, I tried to imagine an old man seated on the side of the street, playing a violin. It was such an amazing poem, beautifully written with the perfect use of language. I felt that the poet carries true talent and I reached her via Instagram. We had a few chats and I felt that the world should know about the talents that she posses within her. I decided to do an interview with her, which she happily agreed. She is Piyumi Bhagya from Kuliyapitya, Sri Lanka. So, here we are and let’s dive in;

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Young and talented poet/ author – Piyumi Bhagya

Q : How would you describe yourself? And tell us about your family?

A : I’m Piyumi Bhagya Nawarathna and I’m 21, currently studying as an undergraduate at the University of Kelaniya. My hometown is Kuliyapitiya and at present I live with my parents as my brother recently migrated for studies. Well, if I talked about myself a bit, I consider myself to be a quiet, simple person. I’m not much of a socialized person and I spend most of the time living in an imaginary world of mine. Apart from writing and reading, I’m a passionate music lover and also a lover of nature. I do drawing and capture the beauty of nature when I’m bored and love the art of gastronomy as well. I guess I was born with art.

Q : How and When did you start writing? What Inspired you?

A : I guess writing has been coming down through all the generations of my family. I was inspired a lot by my maternal grandmother, who was an unpublished hidden writer, who had even translated the whole book of Jane Eyre into Sinhala. With every moment of her life, poetry unleased. Unfortunately she passed away nearly two years back and I still have those papers where she’d scribbled verses of poetry.

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Her work, as a little girl

Then I should thank my dear mother, for if it wasn’t for her inspiration, I’d never be here today. She is an amazing poet and a wonderful story teller herself. I remember my school days when she used to feed me while narrating a story. I’d never open my mouth unless she starts narrating a story. I remember the times she used to narrate all sorts of magical stories at night when I slept beside her. Somedays when she was too tired to finish the story, she would stop right at the climax and ask me to imagine what would happen next. So I spent the whole night dreaming of all sorts of endings and I hope that imagination and curiosity laid the first foundation of my creative writing.

Then I began to write down the stories my mother told me and later began to fabricate my own tales. I remember I compiled my first book of stories using A4 papers when I was in Grade 2 and then wrote several stories, drawing my own pictures. I was too small then and my grammar was not too good. I started to read and fell in love with all the books that my father bought. It all began with the Famous Five series and now I have my own mini library at home.

I started doing poetry as well, when I was in my secondary classes. I should also remind one special person of my life, Mrs. Mangalika Fernando, my English teacher since Grade 2 and my biggest inspiration. If she wasn’t there, I know I can never come up to this standard. She laid the foundation for my English knowledge. By Grade 4, I was capable of knowing all the English grammar tenses. She was the person who taught us to refer a dictionary since Grade 3. We had to carry that heavy dictionary to school almost everyday. She brought out my true self and praised me among every one else. She loved my creative essays the most and motivated me. I’ll never forget how she guided me as a light to this path.

Q : What does poetry mean to you?

A : Poetry for me is like unleashing out the emotions and feelings out of one’s soul. The things people cannot say directly comes in the form of poetry and enraptures the heart of the readers. The ecstasy I feel after composing one proper poem, cannot be turned into words. Poetry gives flight to your imagination and wings to your mind. It can carry you anywhere even above the clouds and make your heart lighter.  A lover of poetry becomes a lover of nature as well. Every moment, every movement is an inexpressible joy for a nature poet. It’s only a poet who sees the beauty of the things around you in an extra special way.

Q : Tell me about the Children’s Novel you wrote few years back?

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Piyumi’s first book – Blossom in Summer

A : My very first book ‘Blossom in Summer’ came out in 2015 as a children’s novel. It was the time I was so much in love with Enid Blyton’s books and I wanted to write my story in the Blyton style. Hence, the setting is an English background. The story revolves around the summer vacation of the five sisters – Berta, Belinda, the twins Bessy and Becky, and Briada the youngest. This marked a turning point in my writing career along with both the positive and negative remarks that I received, which inspired me immensely to develop myself further.

Q : What does it mean for you, to become a successful writer?

A : Being a well known writer, loved by everybody is my dream. Since my childhood days when somebody asked me what would I like to become, I would say ‘I want to be a writer’, without a second thought. I hope to improve my creative writing abilities further and reach my goal. I dream about the feeling of seeing my own books on shelves of bookstores one day. It’s not to be the best writer, but to be the most loved writer of all.

Q : What are your plans for the future? Do you have any idea of doing a poetry collection?

A : I’m working on a novel these days, completely different from my first novel, as I’ve detached from the English background and added Sri Lankan flavour to my story. I guess it will be a different one, one which will get familiar to your life and one that you will all love. I do hope of doing a poetry collection in future including about thirty poems. I’m working hard on them and once they are done, I’ll do a compilation of my poetry works. Further, I hope to write more stories for children in future, which will help them to delve into the magical beauty and buoyancy of childhood.

Q : How can we read and access your work?

A : It was recently I opened up my first and newest Facebook page ‘A Vintage Poet’ where all my creative works are uploaded, including poetry, free verses and inspirational quotes. I hope to start out a website as well and will soon inform once its done. You can find me on;
Facebook  & Instagram

Q : Before we wrap up the interview, anything that you have to say?

A : Special thanks goes to Hasanthi, of Hasanthi’s Book Blog –  one of the coolest, most motivating people I’ve met, for sparing her time in conducting my first blog interview. Also, to my beloved parents, for being my forever shadow, my inspiration and the foundation behind my success.

 

It was really a wonderful experience in having this little chat with the beautiful and talented, young author, Piyumi Bhagya. She is such a humble soul that has a big heart. I am very sure that she would definitely become a leading poet and an author in Sri Lanka. Wishing her all the success in all her future endeavors.

Do not forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

That’s all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed this post. You are most welcome to leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.  Until the next post stay safe!!

XOXOX

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Roses and Thorns – Poems by Hasanthi 01

Hello Booklovers!!!

Roses and Thorns is the newest addition to my blog. I have started to write poetry and I thought of sharing them with you all. Whenever I feel that I have written a good piece I will share it in my blog.

Roses and Thorns is about love, hatred, betrayal, pain, anger and passion. If I put it in a simple way, it is all about human emotions. All the ideas written in the poems are my own.

I hope you will enjoy ………..

 

I still Wonder……

by Hasanthi Navaratne

I still wonder….

If things are the same between us.

I still wonder….

If you think of me,

When you are isolated and being consumed by your own thoughts.

 

I still wonder…..

Every minute, every hour of my day,

what you might be doing.

If you are happy or sad.

I still wonder….

If you can still feel the warmth and love, that we carried in our hearts.

 

But,

Sometimes I wonder if is worth, to wonder about all this.

Battling and struggling with my own thoughts.

I wonder….

If….

You are worth all this fight……………

 

I hope you enjoyed. Do leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. I really appreciate it.

Hoping to meet you with another Roses and Thorns session soon.

XOXOX

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In Over Her Head : Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series #2) By Krysten Lindsay Hager – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

Foe today’s book review, I thank the author, Krysten Lindsay Hager for sending me a free copy of the ebook, in exchange for a honest review. I read the first book of this series and fell in love with the story, so when Krysten emailed me to ask, if I could read and review the second book, I was more than happy to do it.

You can read my review of the first book of the series by simply clicking here

Without further a do, let us head into the review.

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Synopsis

Cecily wants a big life, but can she handle it?

Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her.

Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?

My Review

As I mentioned before, I have read the very first book of this series. Therefore I did not hesitate to read the second one. This is what made me the book so special to me;

  1. The Characters – Specially the character of Andrew, made me want him as my boyfriend 🙂 😉 He is understanding and he is the type of boyfriend, every girl wishes for.
  2. The story deal with a few deep topics, such as anxiety, dealing with anxiety and relationships at a deeper level.
  3. Completely romantic and cute, full of love and drama.
  4. Speaks to the hearts of the reader, I feel specially to the young once (not forgetting not so young once, like myself 🙂 )
  5. The  book can be called as a clean young adult book.
  6. It is well related with the first book, but it can be read as a stand alone too.

I told Krysten, that I will need more time to read this book, since my schedule is way too busy, but here I am finished reading the book in a couple of days. It was that nice and sweet. Helped me to forget some problems that I was facing, and allowed me to get myself buried in the cute love story of Cecily and Andrew.

My Rating

four-stars-copy    4/5     Exceptional