Aag Jalni Chahiye: Dushyant Kumar, the Poet of a Thousand Modest Mutinies

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Aag Jalni Chahiye: Dushyant Kumar, the Poet of a Thousand Modest Mutinies

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ack in 2012, when navigating Facebook was still a bit of a mystery I came across a video of someone called Varun Grover reading a Dushyant Kumar poem. A self-proclaimed poet then, I used to wallow in the poems of T S Eliot and Seamus Heaney, given almost half a decade had passed since my divorce with Hindi. The ears though had remained monogamous – for I recognised the same couplet in the trailer for the show Satyamev Jayate. It went:

मेरे सीने में नहीं तो तेरे सीने में सही,
हो कहीं भी आग, लेकिन आग जलनी चाहिए।

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