Fifty English poems compiled in a book, ‘Outpours of a Teenage Soul’ written by Nidhi Kumari (15) a Class 10 student of Nazareth Academy in Gaya, Bihar, was released by Honourable Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna at Royal King Resort on April 23.

The book is published by her father, Mr. Rajesh Bali. “At 15, I never thought that I will be able to have a book of poems released,” said the excited Nidhi to an audience of around 100 intellectuals, well wishers, teachers and family.

Nidhi started to write poems from Class 8. She has a collection of 75 poems. “I have a passion for reading. Writing poetry is my way of expressing my feelings for I am introvert,” said Nidhi in her address to the audience.

Sister Vijaya Chalil congratulates Nidhi Kumari, the author.

Other distinguished guests present were Padamshree Dr. Ravindra Rajhans, Guest of Honour, Mr. Shyam Rajak, Food and Civil Supplies Minister of Bihar, Dr. Sukhada Pandey, Art and Culture and Youth Minister of Bihar, Mr. Ganga Prasad, Member of Legislative Assembly, Bihar, Prof. Shaileshwar Sati Prasad, Head of the Department, English (Retd.) Patna University and Vice Chairman of Bihar Sangeet Natak Academy, Dr. Chhote Lal Katri, Associate Professor of English, TPS College, Patna and Chief Editor of Cyber Literature, Dr. K.K. Narayam, Head of the Department of English, Gaya College and Sister Vijaya Chalil, SCN, Principal of Nazareth Academy, Gaya and chairperson of the event.
Dr. Khatri, in congratulating Nidhi said, “There is a poet in every person. Nidhi has expressed this talent beautifully through her poems.”

Prof. Prasad said, “Nidhi’s maturity and sensitivity at a tender age is evident in her poems. Nidhi is a symbol of the dreams of many teenagers like her.” He further noted that Nidhi’s teachers taught her to be sensitive and her parents nurtured it. Her book of poems has given her an identity as a woman in the society.

“Talents are not less in Bihar but we need opportunities to express it,” said Mr. Modi. After reading Nidhi’s first four poems I felt she needs to be recognized for her extra ordinary work, said Mr. Modi. The present education system is geared towards obtaining a job therefore no takers for studies in art and culture today, lamented Mr. Modi.

Sister Vijaya, said, artists are needed to express human feelings. They are a mirror to their times.”
Dr. Rajhans said, “Nidhi’s poems are a powerful expression of her inner feelings. She is a poet of promise”.

Malini Manjoly, SCN

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