Chai Time 1.0- A Poetic Extravaganza


The Back Room, Chandigarh, witnessed poetic extravaganza by Mukhtalif-the Poetry Society of MCM, on October 20, 2016. The founders of the society, Samreen Chhabra and Gursahiba Gill, named the event ‘Chai Time 1.0’.

The word ‘Mukhtalif’ means varied; diversified and akin to it, was the quality of the day. Letting your freak flags fly is what this platform encourages you to do. Hone and shine! The evening got tossed in beautiful poetry by the amazing souls.

The event was divided into three segments; reading-gaining-discussion, poetry slam and third being open mic. There was no language barrier for the poets. For the first segment, the great Canadian Poet, Margaret Atwood’s poetic craft was to be discussed and read. Her extraordinary works like ‘A Sad Child’, ‘A Moment’, ‘Morning in the Burned House’, ‘Variation of the Word Sleep’ were elucidated by poets in their own beautiful perspectives.

The second segment was a poetry slam where poets slayed the day with their stellar performances. ‘Nafrat 3’, a Punjabi poem by Pavan was a real delight to the ears. ‘Bekadri’ by Soumya Joshi also added charm to the poetically-rich-chamber. Ragini, a very talented poet sang her poem in a mellifluous voice which bewitched everyone hands down. There was an amazing showcase of poetry by Gursahiba, Samreen, Avleen, Tarannum and all the poets who held the mic and gave volume to their dairy pages.

The third segment was an open mic, where poets who are not a part of Mukhtalif also performed. It saw the thrilling performances by the talented minds. A poet talked about the essence of ‘shayari’ and the deterioration of the quality of lyrics in Punjabi songs. Another pleasing poet, Meher Vadhera stunned everyone with her performance. The poem was ‘the description of a starry night from the perspective of a blind girl’ and the scene was surreal, as everyone closed their eyes to feel the poetic energy she instilled. Another poet, ‘Anam, amazed everyone with his poetry making every Urdu word wear a sparkling robe.

The event concluded on a serene and satisfying note. It was indeed a poetry-plush-day with happiness spreading around. Mukhtalif made every single artist shine from within.

About the Author:

Roshni Ahuja  (MCM DAV 36)

Roshni Ahuja
(MCM DAV 36)

20! English honours. Logolept.
Seeks soulful delight in entwining imagination and words. Exhales poetry!  Invests sincere interest in Dramatics. Travel to unravel~


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