We all have the power to create magic: Poet Naina Pachnanda

Naina Pachnanda, lawyer by day and poet by night, has released her second collection of 200 poems, Miracles do Happen, which were inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, and navigate themes of life, love, loss, rejection, failure, hope, motivation, introspection, self-reflection, acceptance, manifestation and happiness.

Ask her about the title of her anthology and Pachnanda replies, “Life is full of uncertainties and challenges. However, the last two years have been particularly difficult for everyone. Poetry is an impactful form of self-expression that touches the heart, and so I wrote this book to spread hope, light, and motivation.

Pachnanda, from Panchkula, says she started writing poetry when she was 10 years old and has the amazing ability to make anything rhyme in 30 seconds. Is it any wonder then that everything in the anthology, be it the preface, the acknowledgments, the dedication or the concluding rhyme.

While working on her career, her creative side briefly took a back seat, but she stepped up and launched an Instagram page to share her poetry in 2019. “I got a warm response and within two years, I had 40,000 subscribers,” she says.

Buoyed by her online success, Pachnanda decided to publish her first collection of poetry in 2020, on a somewhat unusual topic – government programs such as Make in India, Startup India, Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan and Digital India Mission. The anthology titled A New India was launched by Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani.

His advice to budding poets is to remember that each of us has the power within us to create magic through our own personal experiences. “When I wanted to publish my anthology, I approached a number of publishers who told me that there was not a big market for poetry in India, but I persevered and I have used social media as a platform to share my poetry, so my advice to budding artists is to stay consistent and persevere no matter what.

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