Pune, September 23, 2020: The renowned writer/poet Neelam Saxena Chandra’s thirty-second poetry collection “Kai Basant Dekhe Hain Maine” was released online recently, on the Facebook page of Jashn-E-Hind. This poetry collection touches on different aspects of life and contains fifty poems. Published by Saptarashee Prakashan, the book is now available on Amazon in Kindle as well as paperback version.
On this occasion, well-known national poet and ghazal-writer Laxmi Shankar Bajpai, the famous literary expert Khalid Alvi, the famous poet from Delhi Pratap Somwanshi, Film Maker and Television Director at Marwah Studios Sushil Bharti, poet and translator Tikam Shekhawat and also famous personalities such as Dr Mridula Tandon were also present. After the book release function, the well-known singer Shaqeel Ahmed sang a song whose lyrics were written by Neelam. Everyone joined the page through online medium. This is Neelam’s fifty-seventh book.
Neelam Saxena Chandra (51) works as an Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Pune. She is an Engineering graduate from VNIT and has done her Post Graduation Diploma in IM&HRD and also in Finance. She has completed a summer course in Finance from the London School of Economics. Besides 32 poetry books, Neelam has written 4 novels, 1 novella, 6 short story collections and 13 children’s books to her credit. She is a bilingual writer; writing in English and Hindi. She holds a record with the Limca Book of Records -2015 for being the Author having the highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi. She has won second prize in a poetry contest organized by the American Embassy and in a National poetry contest organized by the Poetry Council of India, 2016.
She has received, Sohanlal Dwivedi Puraskar for children’s literature by Maharashtra state Hindi Sahitya Akademi for the year 2018, Humanity International Women Achiever Awards 2018, Bharat Nirman Literary award in 2017, Premchand award by Ministry of Railways, Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry award, Soninder Samman, Freedom award by Radio city for Lyrics along with other awards and honors. She was listed in Forbes as one among 78 most popular authors in the country in 2014.
Her short story collection “Lines of Fate” remained in the top 10 on bestsellers list on Amazon (India) since its release and was on number 3 on new hot releases for almost a month.
“In the season of spring, beautiful yellow flowers bloom everywhere which makes the soul happy and delighted. But spring can’t last forever, isn’t it? Just after the spring gets over, not only us but even the environment is scorched in the heat of the sun. The rain makes one romantic, but sometimes even deluges come in this season. And, in winter, fog covers the earth.
If we fill our soul with so much happiness that there’s spring inside it, then despite the disturbances and upheavals outside, the heart will never lose hope and wade through all the streams of grief with a smile.” These are the emotions which have been brought forward in the fifty poems of Neelam Saxena Chandra in her poetry collection “Kai Basant Dekhe Hain Maine”.
In the online program, Dr Mridula Tandon introduced all the renowned personalities as well as Neelam, which was followed by a rendition of three poems by Neelam. Tikam Shekhawat also read a few stanzas of his favourite poems from the book and appreciated the writings of Neelam. Sushil Bharti analysed the writing of Neelam in minute details. Pratap Somwanshi, Khalid Alvi and Laxmi Shankar Bajpai also threw light on the various aspects of poetry writing and praised the optimism which is exhibited in Neelam’s poems. All guests were of the opinion that the poems are pieces of Neelam’s inside journey. The program ended with a vote of thanks.