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A Couple Of Syllables

The muse struck Kapil Sibal in geekish guise. A nano poet awakened.

A Couple Of Syllables
Narendra Bisht
A Couple Of Syllables
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Kapil Sibal is no poet. By his own admission, the Union minister for science and technology is a man of the world who dislikes poetry. It's too "difficult" and "subjective" for his reading taste. Nor does he have any patience with the "paper-crumpling" and the endless scribbling and revisions that the vocation requires. And, judging by the acknowledgements in his first book, I Witness—Partial Observations, it took a battalion of relatives, friends, writers, editors and assistants to induce the man into labour. So why on earth did one of the finest minds in the legal profession and in the Congress party succumb to publishing—of all the many weighty books brewing for so long—a collection of poems?

"I think poetry is a fabulous medium to encapsulate thoughts far more precisely than prose," Sibal says, without a trace of diffidence or embarrassment. "You can deliver the message far more subtly—and succinctly—than prose." He points to his poem on...

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