Vinati Bhola: A Super Power Poet
It was when I found the power of poetry, that I found myself. It was one of the keys that unlocked the path to my happiness and self acceptance.
During my lowest of points, I came across some powerful, female poets that sprinkled a little wisdom and calmness into my thoughts, and during my highest of highs, those same words left nothing but gratitude in my heart and allowed me to discover the depths of my soul.
there are people who leave
in our chest.
in our soul. in our spine.
and worship them
for they are the ones
who teach us
how to build a garden
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Last year, I came across Vinati Bhola, a fellow Indian sister based in Delhi, India whose work is truly magical so I reached out to her and asked if she could share her story. Her first collection of poems is called, Udaari - taken from the Punjabi language, means to soar free with nothing holding you back.
A 26-year-old corporate lawyer surviving the monotony of money minting by falling back on her super power poetry…
be a wildflower.
your heart beats
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Q - Who is Vinati Bhola and how did she get started? What inspires you to write?
A - A 26-year-old corporate lawyer surviving the monotony of money minting by falling back on her super power poetry. That’s me, yours truly.
Of all the things, I draw inspiration from fleeting moments which may seem insignificant but are not. I say this all the time, because I need this message, this mantra to reach as many people as possible: Poetry is so much more than romanticizing emotions. It is an art as simple as breathing and as complex as living.
Q - If you could go back and give your younger self some advice, what would it be and why?
A - One of the reasons I started writing was because it was easier to scream on paper and keep my voice tucked under the bed than share it with the world.
My advice to my younger self is something that I have suggested to many young poets and writers who’ve reached out to me:
Do not doubt your art. Do not question it. As long as it is making you happy, as long as it is feeding your soul, do not be ashamed of it. Do not leave its hand when life gets a bit rough.
Q - Udaari is hands down one of my favorite pieces. I’ve recommended it to so many of my friends no matter what stage of life they’re in. What does Udaari mean to you?
A - You’re a sweetheart. Thank you so much for giving my heart and soul a place in your life.
Udaari is a beautiful journey, something which started off as a ridiculous idea at the back of my mind is now sitting on the bedside table and in the hands of so many amazing readers across the world. Honestly, there is nothing more magical in my life right now.
Q - How do you balance creating space between your work and your personal life?
A - Oh, it is incredibly difficult keeping up with such contrasting fields of interest. My work takes most of my energy but sneaking out time in the middle of a busy day and filling up my work diary with poems or musings, recharges me like nothing else.
Q - Pouring out your soul onto paper and sharing it with the world is so empowering. What inspired you to be vulnerable and share your internal monologues?
A - Sharing my work on Instagram (@writingsofvinati is my handle, follow me if you don’t already #shamelesspromotion) without hiding my identity has taught me a lot. Most importantly, I have learned that artists are a bunch of brave people. It takes a lot of courage to share our art with the world, open to all sorts of reactions, comments or criticism.
But at the same time keeping our vulnerable side out in the sun only makes us stronger. Don’t you agree?
Q - How has your culture and ethnic background inspired your work?
A - I come from a simple middle-class Punjabi background. My maternal grandmother was also a poet and so is my mother. It is safe to say that poetry runs in my family. Although I am not as good as these beautiful women, I wanted to keep close a part of my culture and ethnic background and this is the reason my maiden collection Udaari got its unique Punjabi name.
Q - For those dealing with loss, with pain, with uncertainty, are there any books or authors you recommend?
A - Felicity by Mary Oliver. There is so much hope in her words that it will make you fall in love with the world with every single page.
perhaps it will
when we learn
the things hold us
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And that day finally came - the day that it all made sense. That was the day I let go of everything that was confining me, that was eating away at me, that was making me feel like I wasn’t enough. I learned to not let the voices and noise from my past haunt my today and my tomorrow. Once I released those thoughts and energies that once made me feel trapped, it wasn’t suddenly rainbows and butterflies. Day by day, nothing really changed, but it was when I looked back and observed how my perception of myself was so different.
And what I learned was that sometimes, the only person that can help you is yourself. Nobody.
Not a single soul in this vast universe can love you like you, can cherish you like you, can understand you like you.
My wish for anyone struggling with self love or self acceptance is they come across this powerful revolution - that you are strong, that you have always been and you are never as broken as you think you are. Please take care of yourself, and give your soul all the sun it deserves.
i am too full of
to be mournful of the rain
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The bedside table that started with one small book is now overflowing with the words of bold and courageous women who inspire, break barriers, and represent.
Thank you Vinati for sharing your story, and for helping me mend my once broken spirits. Even though you are 7,668 miles away I always felt like you are with me through Udaari.
To read more of her writings and hang with her on social media, please follow her at @writingsofvinati.