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Poet Samira Abbasi speaks to VOA


In an exclusive interview with VOA, Samira Abbasi speaks about her life as a poet and the inspiration behind her work.

She says, even the shattering of a tea cup causes an eruption of emotions that should be captured in words, and that is what she chooses to do. She believes that music runs through her veins and so, her poetry carries several musical metaphors. Mainly, she is a thinker, she says, and that is why she writes, paints, sings, and works as an Environmental Engineer.

Samira Abbasi loves to make oil paintings. She says that she is inspired by the American painter Georgia O’Keeffe who asked why a mountain should be painted in the color of a mountain. Why not have an orange mountain instead? Samira Abbasi follows O’Keeffe’s ideology and paints a world full of colors, the essence of which also appears in her poetry. Her love for cooking also inspires her to create food art, which inspires her poetry as well.

Samira Abbasi is an Environmental Engineer as well as a singer, poet, and oil painter. She studied Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University. She published her first book called “America Kache Theke Dure”. Currently she is working on two other books, “Pranpriyo” and “Mommy and Me.” Her first cd of ghazals “Tribute to Mehdi Hassan” will be released soon.

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