Published in January 2017, ‘Nyoonatam Main’, is the second book of poems by Geet Chaturvedi. It carries 63 poems written between 2010 and 2014. The recipient of ‘Spandan Kriti Samman’, ‘Nyoonatam Main’ was included in Dainik Jagaran Bestseller list immediately after its publication. It remained there for the most parts of 2017 and 2018.
This book is especially appreciated for its appealing themes of love and interpersonal relationships as well the precise depiction of urban middle class Indian psyche and Indian politics.
Shaped in his formative years by post-Emergency India and later by the paradigm shift of economic liberalization initiated in the ’90s, Geet’s poetry started out in a realist mode. In his first book ‘Aalaap Mein Girah’, he was more of “a fearless realistic political poet” but in ‘Nyoonatam Main’, he turned to a more Meta-realist poetics, as he began to integrate Indian myth, philosophy, a political sensibility, and his wide reading of world literature into poems that grew into complex textual organisms. His incoherent poetic structure is quite evident in this book.