ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Sumeet Mazumdar was born in Shillong, a lovely hill town in North Eastern India. As the eighth child of the family, he had a pampered upbringing. He inherited his love for the English language from his father, who was a voracious reader. As a child the poet was exposed to the flavors and nuances of literature, as there used to be many lively discussions in the household on lofty literary topics, thanks to his parents, uncles and aunts and later his elder siblings. Poems of Tagore were regularly recited to him as an entertainment to keep him under reins, as he was awfully naughty and destructive as a child. Sharat Chandra's stories were also read aloud and these sessions kept him mesmerized for hours at an end. As a consequence, at the tender age of five he was already scribbling his first poems! In this he received unstinted encouragement from every member of his family, especially his mother, who would make a big deal out of anything that he wrote!

After completing his schooling at Shillong, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Delhi.

Much later in life, he took to writing as a serious hobby. His profession brings him face to face with people from many walks of life and all these people contribute immensely to provide him topics and ideas to base his writings upon. Though his education in mechanical engineering and his professional life of over thirty years in allied fields outwardly appear to be contradictory to his passion for poetry, yet he always feels that the natural blending of these diversities gives him a much wider canvas to work on. His inspiration are his family, his pets, his friends and all the people who interact with him regularly and enrich his life (not necessarily in the same order, though!). He avers that his writings are the expression of the world all around him whereas he himself is just the medium.

Presently, he works and lives in Delhi with his wife Barnali, daughter Shalini, and an extended family of five canine pets- Thimpu, Rocky, Snowy, Sheru and Meethi and a feline pet, Mini Boy.

Verse Universe is his first foray into writing.