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Interview with Piyush Kaviraj- By Nainika Gautam

Following is an interview of mine by Nainika Gautam, Gargi Publishers.
Author of “Mahlon Ko Bikte Dekha Hai”, Piyush is a research scholar working on cancer biology at present. He has always been an avid reader and writer, and he got addicted to poetry during his school days. He loves to use the name ‘Kaviraj’ when he is in his land of rhymes and rhythm and uses his blog and other websites to convey his feelings and musings. He has a love for languages, especially Hindi.
Piyush aspires to be a socio-political activist to help society. He believes that we owe so many things to the society that we can’t get rid of our responsibility of paying back/returning the favour. He, along with some like-minded friends, tries to contribute to society through social services, be it through guidance to cancer patients and their relatives, blood donations, or visiting orphanages/shelter-homes. 
He can be reached at
To read his story in Crumpled Voices-2, order your copy here: Amazon/Flipkart
Here we get to know him more closely:
Nainika: Hi Piyush, please tell us something about yourself.
Piyush: Hello Nainika and all the literature enthusiasts.
I am Piyush.
I am a cancer Research Fellow at Tata Memorial Centre. I have been writing poems in Hindi and English since my schools days and of late, I have also started to write short stories. I enjoy both research and literature and have published research articles as well as literary collections. I also try to help the underprivileged, cancer-patients and needy people, with the help of my friends around. We have set up an organization called ‘The Benevolent Fools’ for this purpose.
Nainika: Since you are a research scholar working in cancer biology, how do you think can your passion of writing help you there?
Piyush: My passion for research and writing complement each other and enable a mutual growth. Research not only involves experiments but also communicating our research and findings to the peer and people in the most effective way. Thus writing comes into rescue there. Science research helps us to identify problems, think logically and find the most feasible solution. This aspect has helped my writing which has become more methodical and logical with time.
Nainika: Being a social activist, how do you think can your write-ups help you to make the world best place to live in?
Piyush: I have been trying to contribute to the society in my own ways, but I need to do more to qualify as a real social activist. As I mentioned earlier, Science research helps us to identify and solve problems. But writing helps us in bringing our findings to the general public as well as the specialists. Thus I can do a better research on the problems present in our society and can collaborate with personnel who can help us solve them. Our writing skills can make people aware of the situation in the society and also brings to the light the people who have, in their own way, inspired others to make the world a better place.
Nainika: Which genre do you feel most comfortable to write?
Piyush: I feel most comfortable writing poems. It comes naturally to me. I try to write more on social aspects now.
Nainika: If you would not have been a poet, what would you have loved to be?
Piyush: I would have loved to be a musician, if I had not been a poet. Music gives me a strength which I can’t express in words.
Nainika: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Piyush: I am not sure if I have understood the question properly. I try to avoid flowery languages and complex sentence constructions so that my readers are able to understand and appreciate what I write, not how I write. And writing in a simple but lucid language is actually tough. I also find it a bit difficult to write stories and am trying to get over the problems.
Nainika: Please throw some light on your story “The Guinea Pig” in Crumpled Voices-2
Piyush: When I was told about the concept of the Anthology- Innocence lost (Crumpled Voices 2), I liked it very much. News on child mishandling and exploitations are a daily affair in the leading newspapers. Many a times, even educated parents lack the awareness on these issues. Hence stories can be a good medium to highlight such issues plaguing the society and inform people. When I heard this concept, I was reading about ‘holocaust’ and the atrocities on Jews. Thus I wrote this story to underline the ordeal children might have gone through during the Second World War. It was not a usual war where people were just killed. They were exploited even after their gruesome death. The situation of children remain same; the method of abuse changes. In a so called ‘peaceful’ society, war is replaced by other measures. We need to figure them out and act against them.
Nainika: How do you think your story can inspire society?
Piyush: ‘The Guinea Pig’ tries to tell us that children are most-affected by all the calamities. The situation worsens in case of a man-made one. Children are abused physically and emotionally. Even today, they are being used as domestic helps and child-laborers in spite of legislation against it. They need to be educated and nourished for a better future of the nations and those of us who are privileged enough have to assert our moral rights to take care of such unlucky children. We need more of the likes of Kailash Satyarthi.
Nainika: Please tell us something about the lead characters of your story.
Piyush: The lead character of the story has undergone a traumatic condition in her war affected country and suffered all sorts of weird experiments in captivity. She would have lost faith in humanity and could have died unknown. But she got the guidance of a nice lady. Thus she grew up to be a responsible person who fought for the rights of children and rehabilitated them to better conditions. Having gone through a tormented childhood, she understood what children may go through; children are meant to be loved and nurtured, not to be experimented upon. They can’t be treated as guinea pigs, lest they are scarred for the rest of their lives.
Nainika: Would you like to give any message to our readers?
Piyush: As I said, we need more of the likes of Kailash Satyarthi. But isn’t it shameful that most of us didn’t know about a person who had been working for child welfare? I am ashamed that I had not heard about him till the day Nobel Peace prize was announced last year. We try to give our own sons/daughters all the comfort while don’t even notice the rag pickers on garbage heaps, beggars on traffic signals, and waiters working for chai-wallas. Let’s be more generous. Let’s help at least one unprivileged child, other than our own and we will actually rebuild and refurbish our own future.

(This interview was taken by Nainika Gautam under the internship program by Gargi Publishers)


No one wants war, yet no one denies it

Given the first opportunity, states have jumped into the warzones on command of the so called administrators, having mandate of their citizens. In the name of the land and people, wars are summoned and brought to the shores of those very citizens’ home. We all know and understand who has to bear the brunt of wars, strives and conflicts. Insurgency across borders, quest to seize more land, desire to have new nations, fanaticism to propagate one’s religion, or the insatiable hunger to be the world power have lead to numerous expeditions throughout the history, be it Alexander the ‘great’ or Hitler; ISIS or Chechen; China or USA.

The recent photographs of a drowned Kurdish child have been doing the rounds across the internet. It is actually ironic that the selfish needs of few lead to horrific experience for millions of innocents. As the photographer, Nilufer herself has accepted how difficult it was to click those pictures. She claimed her reaction on seeing the corpse of the small toddler was “becoming petrified”. In her own words, “Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi was lying lifeless face down in the surf, in his red t-shirt and dark blue shorts folded to his waist. The only thing I could do was to make his outcry heard” She took the pictures to share her feeling and make an “outcry”


Let’s ask ourselves honestly. Who is responsible for Aylan’s death? Who is responsible for the death of Children in USA, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand our very own country? It’s all of US-every single person from each country who remains nothing but mute spectator while carrying out the daily chores for him/her and the immediate family members.

We will make hues and cries on the social media for a few days. Some of us are so damned that we do it mostly in hope of getting more likes and retweets. Oh yes, Candle light processions are not to be forgotten, for a few days and then…. who cares! Life moves on, so do we.


Another crisis till I write another article, self-bashing. Let me enjoy till then.

Piyush Kaviraj


(Photo Credits: Internet)



I thank Poetry World India for this honor! Feeling privileged.

Cheers to Poetry!
Piyush Kaviraj




Name: Piyush Kaviraj


KS 04, Tata Memorial Center, ACTREC
Kharghar, Navi Mumbai 410210

Country: India

DATE OF BIRTH (dd-mm-yy): 01 11 1987

Achievements :

Author: Mahlon Ko Bikte Dekha Hai (Rochak Publishing)

Editor: Jazbaati Galiyan (In Press)

Contributing Author: Ishq the rain of love and Crumpled Voices2 (Gargi Publishers)



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ज़िन्दगी ही तो है.. जी लेंगे

ज़िन्दगी ही तो है..
जी लेंगे
कभी पानी की तरह,
कभी ज़हर की तरह
कभी गुस्से के दो घूँट
कभी जाम के दो बूँद,
पी लेंगे.

ज़िन्दगी ही तो है..
जी लेंगे
© पीयूष कविराज

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RIP James Horner: My Heart Will Go On

Aliens, Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Avatar…. The list goes endless. The background score for these movies have been their spine and the spine was provided by one person, the celebrated musician James Horner. It’s a sad day for music lovers (June 22, 2015) amidst the report of his death in a plane crash near California. Musical scores may never be the same again.


Already an accomplished concert hall composer, Horner got his movie break in 1979. However, his taste to fame came in 1982 with Star Trek II while his share of glory came with Titanic. The year 1997 was historic for Horner. Titanic smashed all records for an orchestral film track till then and won two academy awards: one for best original dramatic score and the other for best original song ‘My heart will go on’. It will not be an exaggeration to say he shaped the career of the singer Celine Dion. Besides, Titanic also brought accolades to him in the form of 3 Grammy and 2 Golden Globe awards for the same. His relationship with Titanic director James Cameroon flourished once again post ten years of Aliens with Titanic and the duo went on to make the marvelous Avatar.


Horner composed for over 100 movies, collaborating with famed directors like Ron Howard and Mel Gibson and many others. Among other awards he received include Satellite awards, Saturn awards and a dozen of Grammy. Impressive!

Horner has had his share of controversies with allegations of getting ‘inspired’ from his previous compositions as well as other works, and suitably modified to suit his tracks. To quote a review from ‘Filmtrack’, Horner was “skilled in the adaptation of existing music into films with just enough variation to avoid legal troubles”.

However, none can deny the talent Horner was and we all pay homage to him. Music has suffered a great loss from his untimely death. He was one ‘Beautiful Mind’ for whom My Heart Will Go On, and on.

© piyushKAVIRAJ 

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After lead in Maggi, samples of fresh milk found in Indian Railway pantry tea & coffee

A post from Faking News.. NIce satire on IRCTC tea and coffee quality

Last evening in a superfast train, a passenger yelled at the pantry staff after he found the coffee tasting milky. A similar incident happened to his co-passenger who bought tea.

“First I thought that in the coffee they might have mixed few droplets of 4-5 days old milk as usual, but afterwards I was shocked to know that the coffee I was drinking was made with ample quantity of fresh & pure milk!” a shocked passenger told Faking News, “For years, I was so used to the railway pantry tea and coffee that I loved it, but this coffee has totally ruined my taste buds. I won’t leave them until I get my compensation!”

Minutes before the cup was thrown away

Soon after this news started trending on social media, senior railway officials conducted a high level meeting to look into the matter of grave concern.

“In relation to this complaint, the food testing authority has found high amounts of fresh and pure milk particles in the coffee and tea samples. Adding milk into coffee would not only make the passengers greedy for pure milk coffee but would also burn our pockets. If we start adding milk to every passenger’s coffee, how would we add milk into our own coffee?” an official explained the entire problem to Faking News.

“We have already suspended the pantry staff who was responsible for this mishap. We have also decided to provide a compensation of Rs.5 lakhs to both victims,” the official further revealed.

For More click here: http://www.fakingnews.firstpost.com/2015/06/after-lead-in-maggi-samples-of-fresh-milk-found-in-railway-pantry-tea-coffee/?utm_source=fp_cat_widget


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