Dec 8: Young Mohsin Bin Mushtaq at Times Lit Fest in Delhi

Kashmiri English poet Dr Mohsin Bin Mushtaq took part in the Times Literature Festival on Nov 30, 2015 and regaled the audience with his poetry inspired by love and Sufism. He started off with his poem ‘Husain taught me love’ to an encore. Sufis trace their lineage to Imam Husain, the grandson of the prophet. The poem was a tribute to Husain whose sacrifice while standing up to the evil ruler Yazid is legendary. This struck a chord with the audience immediately, with the recent terrorist-struck carnage in Paris fresh in the minds.

Organised in Delhi, the Times Literature Festival was a 3-day event from Nov 28-30, 2015. It was inauguarated by Vice President Hamid Ansari and attended by celebrities like Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley; former union ministers P Chidambaram, Salman Khurshid and Jairam Ramesh; Bangladeshi writer Tasleema Nasreen; and film director Ram Gopal Verma.

Mohsin poem was two-pronged – the fight of good against evil; and the values of sacrifice, patience and truth besides resisting tyranny.

A medical doctor, Mohsin spoke of his transition to poetry drawing inspiration from iconic poets like Maulana Rumi, Maulana Jami, Hafiz and Faiz Ahmad Faiz. His maiden collection of poetry Occupied Love is expected to be out in 2016. 

It would be apt and happy to recall that Mohsin had debuted into Muse India (May-Jun 2012) through his short fiction ‘Sapience of a Healer.’

Report by: U Atreya Sarma, Hyderabad (with inputs from The Times of India and Rising Kashmir), Dec 8, 2015,

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