Each success story contains at least few common ingredients in the recipe of making it successful- the passion, the dedication and the perseverance. Our protagonist has to be the epitome of these three adjectives- passionate, dedicated and firm, like none else. Building on her passion, Kiran Kanchan has slowly but strongly made it big for herself in the literature fraternity of the state, not in one but three languages at it. Kiran Kanchan’s story definitely makes for an interesting read.
The beginning of Kiran’s journey as a poetess started at a rather very young age, that too in a very unique way. “The times back then, and even now, were dominated by academics preference over anything things and I was just one among many other victims. Though I was a creative person at heart but there was hardly any outlet to let my creativity out. As things were getting difficult for me, one day I decided to shower in a bit of my creativity in my answer sheet at school and this was where everything started to change,” she shares.
“I started walking on a path not so well beaten and wrote the answers in exams in a very different way, unlike other students. Though I was scared that it might harm me in my marks card but then it was well worth the risk. When the results come out, the creativity reflected in my score card, but in a very good way. From a mediocre student, I shot up to be considered as a bright one, encouraging me more to become a poetess even in my academics,” Kiran recalls.
Kiran who started with her first serious poem in ‘Saamne Khada Hai Sipahi’ in school was soon known among her classmates and teachers alike as a talented poetess to be. “At this moment, I feel I was blessed with an extra bit of good luck to have found teachers like mine who instead of dismissing my efforts, encouraged me to write more and my parents who never pressurize me into anything but to follow my passion,” Kiran smiles.
As Kiran was climbing the ladder of success step by step completing a handful of degrees with great scores, finally getting selected as a teacher in education department, one thing that she never kept herself away from was her passion for poetry. Her work kept on getting published in many reputed magazines within and outside the state, and with a considerable amount of audience heavily impressed with Kiran’s talent, it was only apt that she publish her work in a better way and it was exactly what she did.
Kiran’s first book came in the year 2013 in the form of ‘Ujale Ki Aur’. The book was a collection of 100 poems in Hindi and garnered appreciation from all over the region for Kiran’s form of expression which was stated as ‘a fresh take on Hindi poetry.’ Establishing her as a poetess with a positive outlook on things, the book earned Kiran fame and name, her work preaching love and humanity above everything else.
The coming years were even more fruitful for Kiran as she released two more books in next two years, consolidating her place in the literature fraternity. Another collection of poems, this time in English, was released in ‘A Ray of Hope’. The book came out in the year 2014 where as in the year 2015, Kiran released another book, yet another collection of poems, in ‘Sucche Moti’ which was in her mother tongue, Dogri.
Both the book were critically appreciated and managed to make a special place in readers’ heart for Kiran. Accolades like ‘her work encourages readers to develop a quality of creativity and also to be merciful for others’ and ‘poetess has a relation with nature like none other which is reflected in her poems’ were showered over Kiran.
How difficult it has been for Kiran to write three books in three different languages. “To be honest, not at all. Poetry is nothing but to express what we feel in a way that readers can connect with and this is what I have always been doing since the very beginning. It is important to have a positive mental attitude due to which so beautiful thoughts come to you and then you write down your feelings and share it with others for them to get benefitted. Language is a secondary tool, I believe,” Kiran answers.
Through her poems, Kiran is telling what she sees around her. The prominent subjects of her poems are nature, social conditions and the innocence that ‘we all used to have once but have been losing slowly as slowly.’ “I write on almost everything and anything that has any connection with me in any way. I talk of random and even the most arbitrary things if I feel that they can benefit me or my readers or public at large in any way. I don’t want to confine my pen in certain boundaries and this I believe is the right way of doing things,” Kiran adds.
We asked Kiran what is the best compliment she has received so far for her work. Kiran smiles with twinkling eyes as she shares, “When I was working at Government Higher Secondary School Nawabad, a very hart warming incident took place. A colleague’s daughter was assigned a work from her school where she had to paste four poems for a project. My colleague used to read my poems and he suggested her daughter to paste my poems which she did. This belief that my colleague had in me and my talent was a great compliment to the efforts I had been making in this field for long. Later I talked to the young girl and it was another lovely memory I made enroute my journey.”
A ferocious reader ever since she was a kid, Kiran reads as much as she writes. Kiran’s favourite book comes from her favourite author. “Rabindranath Tagore’s work in Jeevan Ka Satya has been a great influence in my life. There have been times when I was down or when nothing was going my way. In those difficult times, Tagore Ji’s lines have always helped me standing back up again and continue my move ahead. His work is more than just word play; it is life lessons contained in few pages,” she tells.
Kiran finds her solace in listening to radio programs and spending time amidst nature and its elements. “As I mentioned earlier, the nature has intrigued me to no end throughout my life. I have a small garden, small only in size not in variety and quality, in my house where I usually spend hours and hours appreciating the beauty of nature that reflects through these trees. I sometimes find them communicating to me in their own way and I also talk to them. I know many find it very strange and weird but I can feel the connect that lets me do these strange things,” she giggles.
What has been the mantra of success for Kiran? We tried finding out and Kiran had this to say, “Utmost dedication towards your passion is what I feel mandatory for any dream to realize. Without hard work and sincerity, there is a very little that your luck can help you in achieving anything but where there is no dearth of hard work and sincerity, luck does not remain a deciding factor anymore.” Kiran adds that this life is a blessing from god and we need to respect this amazing gift, enjoying each and every moment of it.
Kiran is currently working on her 4th book, a collection of poems to be out very soon. “I have experimented a little with my style in the upcoming book and I am confident that my readers will give it as much love as they have given to my earlier works as well,” she says.