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Touching and Contextual Thoughts From the heart of BASANT CHAUDHARY at Vishwa Kavya Yatra

नहीं मांगता ऐ खुदा कि ज़िन्दगी सौ साल की हो… हो भले चंद लम्हों की, मगर कमाल की हो !

The Canada-US leg of my Vishwa Kavya Yatra has drawn to a close. There is a sense of fulfilment. But it is also tinged with pain for a person like me who revels in journeying than reaching the end of his sojourn. The pain becomes all the more pronounced when one ends a journey of poetry. Traveling from one place to another reciting my poems in these two great countries over a fortnight I was overwhelmed by the hearty response of the audience. Largely belonging to the Nepali diaspora, persons attending my lyrical soirees left me drenched in their love and appreciation. The soothing touch of the mother tongue transformed the events into an unbridled meeting of hearts. The magic of the muse was at its full play.

Literature can indeed bring together people driven apart in these fractious times. It is highly satisfying to contribute one’s little bit in creating a harmonious humankind.

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Most of us are prone to lauding the end product without bothering to notice the effort that has gone into its creation. But how can I forget the good wishes extended to me by my family and friends, the hard work put in by my supporters in organizing the literary events at different venues and the enthusiasm displayed by the media in covering the Yatra. News portals ensured that details of the Yatra reached far and wide. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.

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When a poet recites his creations, he offers to the audience a gateway to his heart. The listeners get to know his innermost feelings. The poet thus stands naked/uncovered. That needs some daring. No wonder then that the poet too expects the listeners to respond from the depths of their hearts.

My Vishwa Kavya Yatra Season II in the West has witnessed this two-way traffic at its most intense so far. I had the fortune of sharing my heart’s outpourings with most discerning and and appreciative literature lovers in New York. Their response has indeed been overwhelming. The way they interpreted my work and the meanings they saw in it, is what poetry is all about. Verses lend themselves to diverse views by listeners and readers. That is why poetry is seen as a gift from the gods. My Kavya Yatra has amply enriched me. I feel humbled by the love showered by poetry lovers in the West. I couldn’t have asked for more. I thank you from the core of my heart.

A big thank you to International Nepali Literary Society, New York Chapter and its President, Rajendra Shrestha, Former President and my dear sister Gita Khattri, Sakun Gyawanli, Somnath Ghimire, Rajendra Shalabh, Bharat Shakya and many others who spent sleepless nights to organize such a beautiful event.

I would be failing in my duty if I miss expressing my thanks and gratitude to Senator John C. Liu for presenting the Certificate of Recognition to me for my creative writing. I will cherish this honour which binds the USA and Nepal.

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Thank you Toronto !!

I am indeed overwhelmed by the love you showed to me last evening on my 1st episode of Vishwa Kavya Yatra Season II. Your gracious presence and soothing heart for poetry were all that was needed, to make the event much more special.

My heartfelt thanks also goes to Dr. Govind Singh Raut, Rabin Thapalia, Saroj Wagle, Mingma Sherpa, Rajendra Shalabh and all the friends, who worked day and night to make this a complete success. Indeed you mad it a most memorable event of my life.

I’m fortunate to receive undying love from all of you. You have made my dream come true, dear friends. Thanks once again and I love you all profusely!

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