27 November 1977 |
|Occupation||Poet, short story author, journalist and Translator|
Geet Chaturvedi (born 27 November 1977, Mumbai, Maharashtra) is a Hindi poet, short story author and novelist. He was awarded the Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Award for poetry in 2007. He lives in Bhopal, India. He is active both as a fiction writer and critic. He has been named one of the 'Ten Best Writers' of India by esteemed English daily The Indian Express.
Geet Chaturvedi is the author of five books including two translations of Pablo Neruda and Charlie Chaplin. He published three books in 2010, a book of poetry Aalaap mein girah, and two collections of stories Savant Anti Ki Ladkiyan and Pink Slip Daddy. His stories are quite longer in their length and he insists to call them novella, as he says in an interview, there is no synonym for longer short stories in Hindi and novella is the best word to name this form of writing.
His stories Savant Auntie ki Larkiyan, Sahib Hai Rangrez  and Gomootra are widely talked about. His novella Pink Slip Daddy (2009) was considered as one of the best works of fiction in recent year's Hindi writing by noted literary periodical Kathadesh.
Themes and style
He employs multi-layered narratives into his fiction and looks at the cinema to get his creative fodders. He uses cinematic techniques of master filmmakers in his fiction. Krzysztof Kieslowski, for instance, tell him how a frame can swiftly carry a couple of overlapping or independent tales, the secondary characters emerging as primary ones in the next. While he can appreciate Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki's minimalism, his fiction weaves a complex structure of incidents and characters.
His long poem Ubhaychar (The amphibian), published in 2010, is also taken as one of his major achievements. Representing our collective myths, Ubhayachar is the unknown fear of our soul, an unidentified tear of eyes, a smile waiting to explode on lips, a love lost in childhood, a grandmother died long ago, a memory struggling against time, an honest expression perched against the crumbling universe. Memory is among the major themes of the text, writes a critic, Geet meditates as he writes and like a hammer on the nail, he repeatedly hits against our consciousness, jostling our memories. Each episode is a meditation on an aspect of life — love, death, forgetting, women, tradition, politics — and together they form a collage, a narrative whose beads, uncover the surface, are woven into a series. In some episodes this narrator is coherent, in other switches over to gibberish.
Aalaap mein girah
Aalaap mein girah (Literal 'Nodule in Prelude') is the first volume of his poems. It received good reviews after its publication. Renowned Hindi poet Vishnu Khare wrote, Geet is among the few Hindi poets who watch the lumpenization and dehumanization of Indian society with a keen eye. With the poems about the state of the nation and the individual, he has emerged as an unfazed realistic poet.
Chaturvedi was awarded the Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Award in 2007 for his poem Mother India appeared in the October 2006 issue of journal Vagarth. His poetry has been translated into more than eight languages.
Aunt Savant And Her Daughters
Savant Anti Ki Ladkiyan (literal 'Aunt Savant And Her Daughters'), his first book of fiction, has three novellas. These three stories taken together create atmosphere of a town–village settled within the city of Mumbai. There are women in all of these three stories having their love stories, their desires to be loved, their failures, the aspirations of the city, pressure of the town. The films have strong influence on their lives. They do not know even themselves whether they are in love or not, but they are obsessed by the idea of love, and it is so aggressive that they are ready to go to any extent.
Pink Slip Daddy
Pink Slip Daddy, published in 2010, is also a collection of three novellas. Taking a departure from the provincial environment depicted in his previous book, Geet focuses on the cosmopolitan structure of Mumbai. The title story of an ambitious corporate-bug Prafful Shashikant Dadhich, PSD in short form, which also stands for "Pink Slip Daddy", is a wonderful connotation of upper middle class Indian aspirations and the deceits he can perform in a socio-religious style. How cunning a man can be to fulfill his dreams, is what the story tells when it tells about him. A mocker in love, a joker in sex, a murderer in relationships, a runaway in emotions, a fugitive in desolation, cruel in his perceptions. An awesome portrayal of a character you can not love, but can not escape him, too.
The novella has a few graphic portrayals of sex, unusual to Hindi literary scene.
The first novella 'Gomutra' (literal translation "The urine of Cow" which is considered very pious and somewhat divine in Hindu religion) presents a very harsh, tart and accurate critique of Open Market Economy. An unnamed protagonist, called I, a middle-class employee from the suburbs of Mumbai, buys a credit card after a constant persuasion from a bank executive. After using the card excessively, he finds that he is trapped in a vicious circle of debt. He fails to deposit his installments and the bank officials are after him. Frightened, he tries to hide. He begins to avoid their calls. The bank sends goons to his house. He finds himself in the middle of nowhere and realizes that it was a plot to kill him designed by the Finance Minister of India. He wonders what kind of enmity the Finance Minister could have against him. This literary Mystery unfolds to a surrealistic climax where the reader wonders whether it was a political murder of a common man by the minister or it was just a case of suicide.
Written with a galore exercise of Intertextuality, the story connects with several poems of world literature including Adam Zagajewski's Fire, Bertolt Brecht and Vladimir Mayakovsky, apart from Ramdas, a masterpiece by great Hindi poet Raghuvir Sahay. At some instances, The protagonist-narrator of the novella addresses his wife with different names such as The Woman who cooks food, The woman who makes tea, The woman who is a darling and The woman who sleeps with him. This way of addressing the wife was considered by a few critics as derogatory to women.
"Simsim" (Literal 'Sesame') is a beautiful love story which keeps resonating in the readers mind for long. It has a generational conflict between a young man and a decaying old man, in a melancholic background of a cast-off library where no one visits to rent a book. The young man is a metaphor for the young and dynamic nation what India seems to build everyday. Each chapter of this novella begins with the quotation of the work of some writer. These quotations set each chapter, the story line and its mood.
Many senior writers and literary journals consider him one of the best writers in India. Legendary critic Namvar Singh has named him as one of the best poets and novelists of the first decade of the 21st century.
- Aalaap mein girah. Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi. February 2010. ISBN 8126718536.
- Savant Anti Ki Ladkiyan. Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi. June 2010. ISBN 9788126719228.
- Pink Slip Daddy. Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi. June 2010. ISBN 9788126719334.
- Charlie Chaplin , A life. Samvad Prakashan. 2004.
- Chile Ke Jungalon se. Samvad Prakashan. 2004.