Between the lines

Between the lines

It was a fun Friday evening for the lovers of reading as Toto Fund the Arts held a reading session at Crossword. Two budding writers — Sriya Narayanan and Joshua Muyiwa, read out a few of their poems and short stories. Sriya is a marketing executive with a leading daily in Chennai, and writes a column for it as well while Joshua works for a City-based magazine. 

Sriya told Metrolife that she has been writing for as long as she can remember. A volunteer with the Blue Cross, Sriya is extremely passionate about animals and many of her writings revolve around the same. “Please adopt stray animals instead of the pedigree ones,” she requested. Her favourite story from the ones she has penned down is Paper Clip Man, she said. “Many of my stories are based on office relationships, and this is one of them.” While Joshua, didn’t have any particular favourites. “The one advantage that writing a short story has over journalism is that you don’t have a deadline,” he smiled.  

The event, which started a good half hour late, was enjoyed by most present. It was a “primary focus on the creative output of young people” as a person from Toto Fund described it. Sriya started the evening with a poem of hers called My Father’s Hand. A short poem written by an abused girl, My Father’s Poem revolved around a father, who “carried a list of people he wanted to shoot”. Her Boy was another one of Sriya’s touching poems about a mother, who lost her son in “one smelly gulp”, as he fell down a drain.

Following this, Joshua read out a few of his untitled poems. “There is a certain excitement that comes with reading out your own poetry. So this is hoping we have more spaces in the City to read out our work,” he said before reading his poem called World is Flat. A poem on Lord Shiva, as he claimed to be “obsessed with Shiva” and another one slamming an Axe ad followed. He even read out a poem on how he gave up eating meat after witnessing the slaughter of 108 buffaloes at the ‘Taleju Festival’ in Nepal. “However, it was just for a year,” he was quick to add. Sriya went on to read her stories based on the world of office like The Married Man and Paper Clip Man, both interesting, gripping and funny at the right places. The Married Man consisted of a day in the life of Manikandan, a newly married man, who feels his life has changed for worse after marriage. 

While Paper Clip Man was about the narrator’s colleague, Natarajan, a loyal employee to the organisation who is about to retire. Sriya and Joshua went on to read many more stories and poems before calling it a day.

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