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Visit Connects Sharma With ‘Forgotten India’

‘I have read most about this place through the writings of Fijian authors –Satendra Nandan and Sudesh Mishra’   Anurag Sharma, a well known poet and professor of Government College
08 Feb 2016 10:30
Visit Connects Sharma With ‘Forgotten India’
Indian Cultural Centre director Kishan Kanojia (left), with Professor Anurag Sharma of Government College Pushkar, Ajmer, India in Suva yesterday. Photo: Luisa Qiolevu

‘I have read most about this place through the writings of Fijian authors –Satendra Nandan and Sudesh Mishra’

 

Anurag Sharma, a well known poet and professor of Government College Pushkar, Ajmer in India, has described his visit to Fiji as a connection to a forgotten India.

Mr Sharma said: “I have dreamed of visiting Fiji for the past 15 years as I have read most about this place through the writings of Fijian authors –Satendra Nandan and Sudesh Mishra.

“I am very thankful that through my connections with these two Fijian writers I am able to step foot on this land and being here today is such a wonderful experience as it is my first time here as well.

“I have never seen such wonderful people who smile a lot, very friendly, loving and are always willing to help,” he said.

He said the beautiful scenic tall buildings; clean, neat and not so overcrowded environment of Suva is very peaceful and has captured his heart.

“I will make sure that when I go back, I will write a book on my visit so I can link Fiji to India through my writing and introduce Fiji to India and vice versa,” he said.

Mr Sharma is on a week-long visit to the country for the Oceanic Modernism Conference organised by the University of the South Pacific where all Fijian writers and poets are invited to give talks and readings of their work.

“I would like to thank the Indian Council for Cultural Relations here in Fiji for sponsoring my trip,” he said.

Indian Cultural Centre director Kishan Kanojia said: “Sharma has a colourful experience in writing and he could create anthology writings from the Fijian language, English to Hindi.

“Therefore he has successfully translated the book of ‘World Poetry’ that consists of 161 different poets from all parts of the world and from 59 countries in which one of it is a Fijian poet Satendra Nandan.

“We are very fortunate to have Mr Sharma here with us as his experiences here in Fiji could make a good contribution in India-Fiji relations and also a good way to make Fiji known to India,” he said. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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