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Author Geet Chaturvedi

The most difficult task for me is to write about myself. And when I have to, I find myself gazing at the computer screen for hours, wondering what to say, where to begin! Do I really have anything to say about myself? And whatever little I may have, need that be told?

This whole process often tires me and then after hours of looking at the monitor, I turn it off to seek refuge in my favourite writers.

My life is made with others, there is very little ‘me’ in it. This is the reason I have named one of my books ‘Nyoonatam Main’ or The Minimal I.

Still, I want to mention those that I love- my family, my friends and yes, my readers. I love to live amid books and plants. When I am not doing anything, I am mostly tending to my plants, weeding and watering them. Watching them grow. A variety of birds visit my place as a result. This magic called nature enchants me and it is no secret that I’ve learnt my poetry and music from plants, birds, earth, books and people.

It is often the case that people begin their journey from smaller towns and villages and move to bigger cities, but my journey has been the opposite. I was born and raised in Mumbai. My education, love and marriage happened in Mumbai. Then, at the age of twenty-three, I moved for employment reasons to smaller cities and towns in Central and Northern India. I like to call it ‘my journey backwards from the sea to the rivers.’ I am now in Bhopal for the past few years, after living in quite a few places.

I have given, in my formal biodata below, details of all my books published so far. At the same time, however, I wish to tell you that writing is the breath of life for me. My favourite authors and books have more often than not resurrected me.

I have dreams but not absurd ambitions. There is not much that I desire. I just wish to write four beautiful lines before my time is up, so that when I die, those four lines will carry my funeral bier on their shoulders.

In the end, I would like to tell you that all important information about me would be on this website. Please get connected, subscribe to my blog and newsletter, and continue to send me your messages and emails.

Stay well, stay protected and stay safe.

Namaste!

Geet

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Formal Bio

Born on 27th November 1977 in Mumbai, Geet Chaturvedi is one of the most widely read contemporary literary authors in Hindi. He has published eleven books including two collections of novellas and three collections of poems. His books ‘Nyoonatam Main’ and ‘Khushiyon Ke Guptchar’ are included in the bestselling lists even though they are hardcore literary poems. His celebrated essays on literature, cinema and music are collected in ‘Table Lamp’ and ‘Adhuri Cheezon Ka Devta’. He is also a lyricist, screenwriter, critic and editor.

For poetry, Geet is the recipient of Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Award, Spandan Kriti Samman and Vaagdhara Navratna Samman. For fiction, he has received Krishna Pratap Katha Award, Shailesh Matiyani Award, Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship and Syed Haider Raza Fellowship. He is considered one of the best Indian authors by many literary forums and publications including the Indian Express.

Geet Chaturvedi’s works have been translated into 22 languages. In 2019, his book of poems in English translation ‘The Memory of Now’ was published in the USA. The English translation of his novella ‘Simsim’, translated by Anita Gopalan, was awarded ‘PEN-Heim Translation Grant’ by PEN America. Geet lives in Bhopal, India.

Fast Facts
  • At the age of 13, Geet published his first short story in children’s magazine ‘Tinkle’, Mumbai.

  • Geet’s first literary poem was published in ‘Jansatta’, a Hindi language newspaper from Mumbai. He was 17 years old then.

  • Geet’s tryst with translation began at the age of 20. His first literary translation was of the rare prose of Pablo Neruda, the great Spanish language poet, that was serialised in three issues of ‘Pahal’, a reputed Hindi literary journal. His Hindi text was based on the English translation of Neruda’s work.

  • Geet’s first collection of poetry was ‘Aalaap Mein Girah’, published in 2010 from Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi.

  • In the same year, he published two collection of novellas ‘Savant Aunty Ki Ladkiyan’ And ‘Pink Slip Daddy’ from Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi.

  • In 2012, Geet announced his magnum opus ‘Ranikhet Express’ by publishing eight excerpts in various magazines. Many literary forums and journals including ‘India Today’ have called it ‘one of the most awaited books of Hindi’. Geet is still working on this novel.

  • In 2017, Geet published his second collection of poems ‘Nyoonatam Main’ from Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi.

  • In 2018, Geet published his first book of essay ‘Table Lamp’, as part of ‘Raza Pustak Mala’, from Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi.

  • In 2019, Geet published his third book of poems ‘Khushiyon Ke Guptchar’, from Rukh Publications, New Delhi.

  • In 2019, Geet published ‘The Memory of Now’, his first book of poems in the United States of America, translated beaufully by Anita Gopalan. It was published by Anomalous Press, Rhode Island.

  • In 2020, Geet published ‘Rudra’, a mythological novella serialised in ‘Navbharat Times’.

  • In 2021, Geet published his second book of essays ‘Adhuri Cheezon Ka Devta’, from Rukh Publications, New Delhi.
Highlights
  • The first award that Geet received in his life was Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Award for poetry, 2007.

  • Indian Express included him in the list of ‘Ten Best Writers of India’ in 2011.

  • Geet was awarded Krishna Pratap Katha Award in 2015 for his collection of novella ‘Pink Slip Daddy’.

  • The English translation of Geet’s novella ‘Simsim’ got his translator Anita Gopalan the internationally acclaimed ‘PEN-Heim Translation Grant’. ‘Simsim’ is only the second book of fiction from India to have received such honour. Anita Gopalan is only the second translator from India to have received this award.

  • Geet’s second book of poems ‘Nyoonatam Main” was listed in the ‘Dainik Jagran’ Bestseller list for the most parts of 2017 and 2018.

  • ‘Nyoonatam Main’ was included in the Best Hindi Books of 2017 by ‘Navbharat Times’, ‘Dainik Jagran’, Femina et al.

  • Geet was awarded with the reputed Shailesh Matiyani Katha Award for ‘Pink Slip Daddy’ in 2018.

  • In 2019, within three months of its publication, Geet’s book of poems ‘The Memory of Now’ (translated into English by Anita Gopalan) was listed among the best-selling books of Small Press Distributions.

  • In 2019, Geet was awarded the prestigious Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship for Fiction writing.

  • In 2019, Geet was awarded the celebrated Syed Haider Raza Fellowship for fiction writing.

  • In 2020, Geet was awarded the Vaagdhara Navratna Award for poetry.

  • In 2020, Geet was awarded the reputed Spandan Kriti Award for his book of poems ‘Nyoonatam Main’.

  • ‘Khushiyon Ke Guptchar’ was included in the Best Hindi Books of 2019-2020 by ‘Navbharat Times’, ‘Dainik Jagran’ et al.

  • Six universities from the USA have, so far, carried Geet’s works in their various publications, journals and websites, all in Anita Gopalan’s English translation.

  • Geet’s works have been translated into 22 languages.

Selected Praise

'One of the Ten Best Young Writers of India.'
– Indian Express
'Among the contemporary Hindi poets, Geet Chaturvedi enjoys the top position.'
– The Lallantop
'Geet Chaturvedi is my favorite poet and novelist of the 21st century.'
– Namvar Singh, great critic
'Geet Chaturvedi is the herald of the new progressive writing in Hindi. He has got a fresh and flamboyant language. He is thoughtful and visionary.'
– Gyan Ranjan, short story writer and editor, Pahal
'Geet Chaturvedi has shown a truly avant-garde spirit in his fiction and poetry. He brings his vast reading, unusual for his generation, to bear effortlessly on his writing, which is innovative in language and style. He has an evolving vision, which is not bogged down by clichés or clutches of current ideological stances.'
– Ashok Vajpeyi, Hindi poet and critic
'Geet’s mastery over the art and craft of poetry is evident from the fact that within one poem, he comfortably covers the long distance between the real and the imagined, the substantial and the abstract, the coherent and the incoherent, the sublime and the mundane. In the avenues of history, he walks like a time-traveler, and at times, like Charlie Chaplin. There are very few poets who keenly and penetratingly observe the lumpenization and cruelty of Indian society. Geet Chaturvedi, an audacious realist, leads them.'
– Vishnu Khare, Hindi poet
'Like any good poet, Geet Chaturvedi has a third eye with which he uses cinematic techniques in creating scenes that are wild, innocent, and playful. His subtle style and sensibilities make these poems pure joy to read.'
– Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi-American poet
'Informed by his reading of world poetry, postmodern European literature and the Sanskrit-Pali traditions of Indian letters, Geet Chaturvedi's poetry is obviously intertextual.'
- Arundhathi Subramaniam, Indian English language poet
'Geet Chaturvedi is an outstanding poet.'
– Sudeep Sen, Indian English language poet
'Geet Chaturvedi’s poems are captivating, filled with the essence of poetry, translucent imagery, extraordinary metaphors and a distinct playfulness with the language, that give the reader immense synaesthetic pleasure. He employs incoherent poetic structure, each line or stanza is a world in its own, each line a new beginning as well as a new end. His poetry is an embarkment on a multifaceted journey from the real to the imagined, from the substance to the abstract, from the coherent to the incoherent, from the mundane to the sublime and vice versa. He is a rare poet, a historian of heart, an archaeologist of soul.'
– Anita Gopalan, PEN America awarded translator
'Geet Chaturvedi is a rare writer.'
– Akhilesh, novelist and editor, Tadbhav
'Geet Chaturvedi is sensitively meticulous, imaginative and innovative. He is like a breath of fresh air.'
– Naresh Saxena, poet
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