Poorva Trikha

Professor by Profession, Poet, Author, Aesthete, Crochetier and Spiritual Enthusiast


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I am allergic to yeast, addicted to tea and I have a huge dislike for winters.

What’s your greatest fear?

Not being able to fulfil my potential or to come to an impasse where I stop growing as a writer.

What is your greatest achievement?

To be able to balance: keeping my inner fire burning and staying inspired; being a Mother to a beautiful girl; and shaping lives towards intellectual progress and growth as a Professor.

High point of your life?

Receiving a Gold Medal by Panjab University in 2013 for standing first in M.Phil. English.

Low point of your life

There’s always a lot I have to be grateful for.

Which living person do you most admire?

Professor Shelley Walia - It is magical to hear him speak.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

It has to be Howard Roark from The Fountainhead By Ayn Rand.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

It is quite difficult to get through Othello without brimming with anger and frustration caused by Iago’s character.

Who are your favorite authors?

Louise Glück (Ah! She’s amazing), Salman Rushdie, Ayn Rand (all time favourite) and Susan Sontag.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

An Imaginary Live by David Malouf, Safar Mein Dhoop Toh Hogi by Nida Fazli, The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, and Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

Is there a book you love to reread?

I love reading 'In a Jar' by Deborah Marcero and 'We Are in a Book' by Mo Willems to my daughter over and over again.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Shawshank Redemption, La La Land, You’ve Got a Mail, Freedom Writers and Mona Lisa Smile.

One Superpower you wish you had?

I wish I could live thorough life without having to sleep/Elimination of the need to sleep so that my mind gets more time to read and write more.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Her world was made up of words.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I wouldn’t change a thing from how it has been. All my experiences have made me the person I am and they are the sacred source of my inspiration.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

I would love to be an expert ukulele player, a swift swimmer and an smooth skater.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

When and where do you write ?

Mostly I visit the Library in the morning and find myself a corner to sit and write poems. I carry a dairy or few blank pages and a clutch pencil to write with.

Silence or music?

I don't see this as a choice. Both - at different points in time.

One phrase that you use most often?


Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

None, I took Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott too seriously.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

The ingredients written at the back of every packaged thing.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Self-doubt is your greatest enemy; value your words and they'll become more and more valuable.

Poorva Trikha is a senior Assistant Professor of English at GGDSD college, Chandigarh. She has been writing poetry since the age of 12 and has published three books titled “Leftover Ink”, “Photojournalism” and “Worded Void”. She did her Ph.D. in English from Department of English and Cultural Studies at Panjab University. Her poems have been published in many journals including The Tribune, The Criterion and Muse India. She was awarded the ‘21st Century Emily Dickinson Award’ in 2022 by Bookleaf Publishing house. Her deepest interests include reading, writing, cooking and crocheting. Ellipses is her fourth book of poems. She writes routinely at her Instagram page @wordedvoid

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