New Delhi 24th August:- Delhi’s iconic Oxford Bookstore witnessed the launch of ‘Silent Sun’ by Ayushman Jamwal, the journalist and author’s second poetry collection after ‘Chameleon Lights’ in 2016.
The book explores the human condition in the modern era through different eyes of humanity, the constant and elusive search for meaning in the absence of the struggle for survival. Drawing from his experiences in the newsroom – Ayushman’s vivid verses explore that human drive from the perspective of women (Am I Not God’s Child?), soldiers (May The Valley Hear Me Roar), refugees (We Remember, Our Nation Forgets), broken souls (The Cursed Rockstar) and even gods (Rama’s Lament). The poems highlight that through turmoil and happiness, human beings want to achieve the realisation of their place in the world and the contours of their soul - donning the roles of creators, preservers and destroyers from time to time.
Ayushman Jamwal and journalist Radhika Dutta discussed the author’s journey to craft the collection. Other poets too took the stage to recite their favourite poems from ‘Silent Sun’, with many applauding The Cursed Rockstar, Ayushman’s tribute to Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington who tragically took his own life in 2017.
The interactive session was followed by musical renditions of the poems, with performances of ‘I Think Of You’ and ‘The Lost Artist’ to huge applause from the audience.
Poetry is in Ayushman’s DNA. He is the grandson of celebrated Dogri poet and Sahitya Akademi recipient – the late Group Captain Randhir Singh, also known as Kunwar Viyogi. He curates the ‘Innovation in Art’ initiative of the Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust founded in the memory of his grandfather, which gives a platform to budding artists and works towards preserving the Dogri language.
Ayushman Jamwal said that Silent Sun celebrates the passion that elevates all of us to be a little more than nothing, and the array of emotions that fuel that passion. He added further that the Oxford Bookstore has given him an appropriate platform to launch the book and connected him to so many kindred spirits and like-minded souls to share his work and celebrate the power of expression. He hope people connect to Silent Sun and find their fire between the lines.