When touching tales become poems
Deepak Ramola shared his journey as an author, the inspiration behind his writing and his love for poetry with the Kalam audience in Faridabad. The author was in conversation with Alpika Garg. Ramola began writing poetry while at school, inspired by one of his Hindi teachers. The interest in writing soon became his passion. The author also shared that he loved to sing, but could not find enough options in Dehradun to hone his skills at that time. He started by adding his own lyrics to existing tunes from Hindi movie songs, and later went on to become a lyricist. Ramola also read out one of his old poems during the session. “Woh lamha de diya kisko, woh na lautega mere tumhare bulaane se,” he recited, receiving huge applause from the audience. The author spoke about his organisation, FUEL. “Every individual has a story to share at FUEL, life lessons are continuously collected, documented and converted into different activities,” he said. Ramola, who has taught in 27 countries around the world, started the project (FUEL) when he was just 17 years old. The project has assisted quake-hit residents in Nepal and also helped combat human trafficking in the country. The author takes home a lot of life lessons from people he meets during his journeys around the world, while working on the project. “I have interacted with around four lakh individuals during this time and learnt something new from each one. I have tried to translate their heartwarming and painful experiences into poetry,” Ramola shared.