Saturday, 7 April 2018

Guest Author Balroop Singh of California.



The Scribbler is most fortunate to have Balroop Singh as our guest this week, agreeing to a 4Q Interview. She lives in California with her family and is originally from India.



Balroop Singh, a doting grandma and a dedicated wife, a former high school teacher and an educationalist always had a passion for writing.  She is a poet, a creative non-fiction writer and a relaxed blogger. She writes about people, emotions and relationships. A self-published author, she has written five books.  She always had a passion for poetry which evoked images before her eyes and carried her far beyond the horizon. She could see the visions of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first book ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’

Balroop Singh has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling of leaves and the sound of waterfalls. The moonlight streaming through her garden, the flowers, the meadows and the butterflies cast a spell on her.

Realism and fantasy blend perfectly in her poetry, which highlights the fact that happiness is not a destination but a chasm to bury agony, anguish, grief, distress and move on! No sea of solitude is so deep that it can drown us. Sometimes aspirations are trampled upon, boulders of exploitation and discrimination may block our path but those who tread on undeterred are always successful.


4Q: You have lately received high praise from author Deborah Stevens for your book of poetry – Emerging from Shadows. Please tell us more about this collection and your inspiration.

BS: Poetry is timeless as it carries a profound message, which remains eternally relevant. Poems capture raw emotions most eloquently, sooth our disillusioned minds and leave an everlasting impact on sensitive souls. It is the succinct style of writing through imagery that inspired me to embrace this genre.



Here is an introduction to ‘Emerging From Shadows’:

From darkness into light, from despair onto the wider ways of hope…life oscillates between sunshine and shadows. Emerging from shadows is a choice, which lies dormant, which can be gently inspired by self-talk. Each poem in this book banks on the hope of emerging stronger, saner, positive and resilient. Each poem in this book would talk to you, revealing layers of enclosed emotions. Each poem would divulge a secret path that could lead you into the world of poise and serenity.

When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.

Let one of the reviewers speak for my poetry:

“Forty poems, composed and curated by the author herself, adorn the book. All the poems, though not related to each other, seem harmonious to me as I finished reading. As if, they are pearls of the same string and, together they exude a feeling that resonates with your mind in more than one way.

Balroop’s poems liberate the mind of the reader from darkness to light. Life, for us, is not a bed of roses. It is a roller coaster ride alternating continuously with highs and lows. The carousel of life concocts love, discord, merriment and strife. Balroop made us understand this eternal truth and guides us to rise above mediocrity. Her poems would make you feel stronger from within, would help you ameliorate the pain and suffering life has thrust upon you, would lead you to have that insight towards self-discovery. There lies the magic of her poetry!


Portraying the philosophy of life in the poetical form, that is what the poet has done in the book. But, so subtle, so beautiful is her approach, that the reader will never feel encumbered. The language is a delight, exuberant bubbles of words rising softly upwards– leaving behind a sillage to cherish for a long time.”
 
- -Maniparna (read more at Amazon.com)


An excerpt from my poetry, liked by Cathleen Townsend, another reviewer: 
“I can no longer remain insignificant

Your harrowing hauteur is oppressive

Forgive me for finding my own avenues

My gratitude goes to my spirit.”

This is one of my favorite poems from the book:


OASIS OF PEACE 
Blooming blossoms, whispering wind

Carried me far into the haven of peace


Solitude softly spoke in serene tone,

We welcome weary travelers alone 
Divesting dirty robes of dissent

We revel in the glorious sun

You too can embrace this light,

Just follow it with smiling delight


The light that enlightens the mind

The light that permeates all around

Adds new dimension to thoughts,

Guides us out of those knobby knots


Illumines those innate virtues

When we try to shake them off

In annoyance, in rage, in resentment,

Leisurely hours are wistfully spent


Rejoicing in the new found glee

We sat and shared upon His knee

Palpable peace pervaded all around,

Into which all dismay drowned.



4Q: I’ve visited your blog – Emotional Shadows – (see below for link) and you spoke of teaching, sharing your thoughts and experiences in your pursuit of happiness. Does writing make you happy? How so?

BS: Teaching molded me into a patient, kind and responsible individual and I discovered myself anew when I was placed amongst youngsters who spoke intrepidly and honestly. I stumbled upon my writing talent while I was encouraging them to pen down their thoughts. I was bewildered that I could compose poetry, when challenged to do so. Happiness filtered through those tireless moments of working together in creative writing workshops.


The elation of recording our feelings is so liberating! When we write, we can create our own world of fantasy, we can unlock all the doors, as the keys are in our possession…isn’t it a wonderful feeling?

Writing calms us and leads us to self-discovery. Words become our best friends, teach us tolerance, control our anger and rein our negative thoughts. They slash those emotional walls down, which ward off our progress towards becoming a better person.
All those hurts, the agony and emotional throttling gets assuaged when we pour it out. Healing starts the moment we pen down our thoughts. We feel relieved. We learn to forgive. We rise above human imperfections.

Writing has given me wings. I can fly anytime, anywhere. I often perch on the branches of my favorite trees and can communicate with anyone without any reticence. All those who sit far away, in the comfort of their homes can hear me as I let my voice merge into the clouds that float around, merrily.

4Q: Please share a childhood memory or anecdote.

BS:  Little children like to follow their moms and we were probably too determined not to be left behind. Our moms thought they could slip by while we were playing near the pond outside our grandma’s home. We must be too little as I have heard this story many times but have a faint memory of this incident.



The moment we saw our moms going out, my cousin Debi suggested we must see where they were going. So we ran after them. We were told many times to return home but we were made of sterner stuff and didn’t get deterred by the threats and gestures that we could see. We knew any punishment at grandma’s home was not possible!



They quickened their pace and thought we would return when we wouldn’t see them. We didn’t. Our moms returned home in the afternoon to discover that we were missing and were blamed for being irresponsible. The whole house was searched. My grandma rushed into neighboring houses, hoping we must be playing somewhere.

The big news was conveyed to my uncle, an authoritarian man with haughty demeanor who considered talking to women a waste of time. He was furious and thundered: “These women can’t even take care of two kids!” Only grandma could face his wrath and ordered him to send men all around the village. No success!

Having realized the gravity of the situation, my uncle took his bike out and told grandma that the kids must have drowned in the stream. Mumbling some obscenities about the women of the house, he drove away to request the local authorities to stop the discharge of water so that the bodies could be retrieved.

No one could have ever seen such a delight at the face of my uncle as he returned home with us, chatting away to glory! My grandma ran to the storehouse to carry round blocks of Gur (jaggery) to be distributed to all those who came to congratulate! Nobody was interested in our story and who saved us!

Within hours, my uncle announced that we should go back to our own homes next morning as he had had enough of our adventures!


4Q: What’s next for Balroop Singh in writing? Travelling?

BS: My next poetry book ‘Echoes Within’ is almost ready. I am looking for a suitable cover.

Travelling has been my passion though I have never made any bucket list. When I look back, one memory looms large and that is the wish to visit Switzerland. Though it had faded away as I grew up, it is returning now with passionate reminders.




Thank you Balroop for taking the time to answer our questions. For you readers, you can learn more about the talented author here:



https://balroop2013.wordpress.com/

Let’s connect:
https://twitter.com/BalroopShado https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emotional-Shadows/151387075057971

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BalroopSinghsrao/posts https://www.pinterest.com/balroops/ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh

https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

42 comments:

  1. I am honored to be your guest Allan. Thank you for inviting me to share my poetry at your blog. Stay blessed dear friend.

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    1. It is my pleasure having you as a guest. Thank you

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  2. Lovely interview Allan and Balroop... thanks for sharing. Sally

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    1. Thank you Sally, for your words of appreciation.

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  3. How wonderful to learn more about my friend Balroop here. Great interview Balroop and Allan! :) x

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    1. Thank you for visiting the Scribbler Debby.

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    2. Thrilled to have discovered this poet through you!

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    3. I'm equally pleased to have her as a guest. Thanks for visiting.

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    4. Every interview reveals some more layers of a person Deb...that is the fun of being interviewed. Allan's questions are so different. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  4. Thank you for introducing me to this poet!

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    1. You're most welcome Claire. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. I am honored. Thank You Claire.

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  5. What an amazing take on happiness--'happiness is not a destination but a chasm to bury agony, anguish, grief, distress and move on'. I see that, Balroop. Wonderful.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Jacqui and your kind comments.

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    2. I am glad you liked my take on happiness Jacqui. Thanks dear friend.

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  6. Terrific interview, Allan and Balroop. I love the childhood story, Balroop, and your reference to poetry being a succinct form of writing. It forces us to condense our thoughts into potent words ❤

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    1. Thank you for visiting Tina.

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    2. Thank you Tina...poetry is indeed a wonderful way of expression. :)

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  7. What a lovely interview and deeper glimpse into Balroop's life and thoughts. I love the inclusion of some of her poems. I'm reading one of her books now and this post added a layer of significance to my enjoyment. A beautiful and talented soul.

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    1. Thanks a ton Diana, such words coming from you are no less than music! I hope you are liking my poetry. :)

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  8. Thank you for dropping in to the Scribbler Diana.

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  9. An amazing interview with Balroop. I really liked it when she said, 'Writing calms us and leads us to self-discovery. Words become our best friends, teach us tolerance, control our anger and rein our negative thoughts.' Writing for us writers take on a a journey for the better. It might be a hard one reflecting on ourselves but reliving our experiences through words make us stronger, better people. Congats to Balroop on her published and the next one :)

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    1. Thank you for visiting Mabel and your kind comments.

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    2. Thank you Mabel. Who can understand the value of writing more than you dear friend. Stay blessed!

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  10. I follow Balroop’s work diligently. It is so good to know more about her 😊

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    1. Thank you for visiting Alok.

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    2. Thank you Alok, I am feeling blessed. :)

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  11. Wonderful interview, Allan. I'm one of Balroop's faithful fans and look forward to reading her book. I also enjoyed learning more about her.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lauren

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    2. Thank you so much Lauren, you made my day! Love and hugs.

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  12. Enjoyed reading the interview Allan. I have been following Balroop's blog and admire her poetic expressions. This childhood anecdote is interesting too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Somali.

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    2. Thank you Somali...since no one else mentioned anything about my childhood anecdote, I felt it was probably too long and uninteresting! The poet in you is waking up to the spring :)

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  13. Enjoyed reading the interview Allan. I have been following Balroop's blog and admire her poetic expressions. This childhood anecdote is interesting too!

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    1. Thank you for visiting the Scribbler Somali.

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  14. Allan, it’s lovely to learn more about Balroop on your blog and you some great questions! Balroop, your poor grandma ... just imagine her fright but what a relief you were all safe! Your words about writing touch me deeply, eloquently describing your emotions, the effect of writing which is indeed so powerful and healing ... I’m coping some of your words to save and read over. Congratulations on the wonderful and in-depth review which is itself so beautifully composed and I know how much the means for you. Hugs, my friend. ❤️

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    1. Nice to see you back Annika, I am glad you could connect with the emotions embedded in my childhood adventure! Ha ha I have many more of this kind, having lost two more times and falling into a drain opening, left open in front of my home :) and near death experience when my car flew away three times before stopping!
      That was one of the first reviews I got from a poet, who writes intellectual poetry and therefore holds a special place in my heart. Thank you for your kind words dear friend. Hugs back to you.

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    2. Thank you for visiting Annika and leaving such nice comments.

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  15. A wonderful interview with the beautiful (inside and out) Balroop. I learn much by reading about her poetry. I learn even more just reading her poetry, period. I love the way she expresses what so many of us - her fellow writers - feel. Writing gives us wings.

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    1. Thanks a ton Pam! I happened to read this just before going to bed and so would say, you made my night! I would be dreaming about you and your lovely words :)

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    2. Thank you for the visit Pam.

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