Laurels for the laureate

Honored as Poet Laureate at the recent Tata Literature Live! festival, Adil Jussawalla’s verse strives to give a voice to the voiceless
Firdaus Gandavia

I see myself as a maker, not a poet, a composer of words, a craftsman,” said Adil Jussawalla when the Poet Laureate Award was conferred on him at the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest 2021 at an online event on November 20, 2021. Jussawalla thanked the organizers of the Festival for this honor which he accepted with feelings of both gratitude and trepidation. "(I prefer) not to be called a poet,” he modestly said. This sentiment was not shared by the poets who had come together to speak about Jussawalla’s poetry which has spanned almost six decades: his first book of......

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