Meera Nair dons many hats including those of poet, dancer, actor, writer and media person. Her first book of poems Grey; Born When Black Invaded White, published in 2015, won her the second place at the Muse India Young Writers Award, 2015. She has gone on to bring out two more volumes of poetry, Poetry Vending Machine (2016) and EnBody (2019)
Her poems have been staged across prestigious venues across the country by Alliance Francais and the Embassy of France. Meera has read her poems at literary festivals across the country including the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters, Kritya Festival, Kolkata Literary Festival and Ethos Literature Fest. Her poems have been displayed at ‘Crossing Boundaries’ an International Art Exhibition in Sweden. Her upcoming work is a compilation of conversations between her children and her due to be published in 2020.
For Meera, writing is all about cathartic moments and observing life from uncomfortably close quarters. A sense of immediacy pervades her poetry and it is quite possibly the philosophy that she abides by. The picture accompanying this post is proof enough! The poet in a life jacket, in the middle the mighty Ganges, smiling cheerfully. When asked about the choice of photo, she said, “Isn’t poetry about living on the edge?”
We completely agree. So, this week, we bring you Meera Nair and her world that seems to be constantly shattering and regrouping.