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Thriller, Afterlife, Love & Politics – The Diverse Sides of Poet Rajub Bhowmik

Bhowmik’s purpose for writing poetry was to express his thoughts and emotions and enrich the lives of those around him.

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Updated:August 17, 2019, 8:40 PM IST
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Thriller, Afterlife, Love & Politics – The Diverse Sides of Poet Rajub Bhowmik
Bhowmik’s purpose for writing poetry was to express his thoughts and emotions and enrich the lives of those around him.
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They say poetry is a reflection of one’s personality and experiences. Those who are designed to take a dip into the sea of thoughts, weave magic with their profound pearls of wisdom. That’s not what many would think of Rajub Bhowmik as a first impression. Being a law enforcement officer at the Critical Response Command at Counter-Terrorism Bureau of the New York City Police Department, Bhowmik is easily able to hide the poet that resides within him. But when you’ve taken to poetry as a teenager it doesn’t just remain a passion or a hobby, it becomes a purpose.

Bhowmik’s purpose for writing poetry was to express his thoughts and emotions and enrich the lives of those around him. His literary genius often focuses on feelings of love, loss, belonging and hope, which is reflected in his words and verses. How could one’s musings draw influences and inspirations from his surroundings? Let’s analyze some of Bhowmiks’ literary marvels, popularly known as Ayna Sonnets. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Ayna Sonnets are compositions consisting of fourteen lines, split into three stanzas of four lines each, summarized by a couplet in the end.

Bhowmik’s ‘Noyoner Asha’ (Hopes in the eyes) talks about finding hope in the face of adversity. Could this be a reflection of the testing times that life must have placed the author in? ‘Takar Pichu Pichu’ (Running after money) talks about the selfish pursuit of wealth and the importance that materialistic pleasures can hold.

‘SheshPrempotro’ (Last Love Letter) talks about unrequited love or loving without worrying about consequences. His job has had him witness the many idiosyncrasies and tendencies of human nature. His encounters have brought him close to suicidal people, those dejected in love, those who lack a sense of belonging and self-worth, and those who value material pleasures dearer than virtual happiness. Each verse penned by Bhowmik is food for thought.

Much has been written above about the man’s learnings through his experiences. But Bhowmik’s impressive educational credentials have equally contributed to arousing his imagination. The poet has majored in Psychology, Curriculum, Instruction, and Journalism and earned doctorates in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Business Administration, and Education in Leadership. The knowledge he has earned has helped him build grasping narratives for his literary works, including his crime thrillers and political dramas. Even while teaching young minds at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Hostos College, Bhowmik teases the imagination of his students with his poems and prose. When it comes to writing, he likes to maintain a two-way street.

Today, Bhowmik has over 20 published books to his name, these consist of his works on poetry, romantic novels, and thrillers. Besides, his written work serves as research at the John Jay College and the Hostos College of the City University of New York.

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