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The Poet in Pyjamas, Arnav Sibal


Arnav Sibal, also known as ‘The Poet in Pyjamas’, lives in his own world. At 17, he is driven to explore, to fail and ultimately learn, something that keeps his family and his teachers in a constant state of worry.He believes that it will be a long time before he finds himself and that is why he cannot pass up any opportunity of adventure.

His debut book, Wildflower Sea is a compilation of ideas and observations that he has made during the course of his travels. Each piece of work is intense and thought-provoking. While reading, one forgets that this is the work of a 17 years old. What stands out most is Arnav’s ability to understand a varied range of  perspectives and portray them in a very convincing manner.

Not only is Arnav’s writing beautiful and awe-inspiring, it has a very big impact socially too. Arnav is donating the proceeds from the sale of this book to Akshara, an initiative of his school, Mahindra United World College, Pune, to support rural education with special emphasis on the girl child.

The Good Book Corner interviewed this budding poet.

1)How old were you when you wrote your first poem?

AS: Songwriting was the first form of writing I took seriously. They border on poetry but I wouldn’t regard them as poems.  I wrote a number of poems – mainly limericks – when I was 11 but I never saved them. They must be somewhere in the piles of papers of doodlings and writings in the loft. The first poem I wrote which was included in this anthology was when I was in the 9th Grade. I was 15 at the time.
2)Where have you found inspiration and ideas for such moving poetry?
AS: I don’t actively look for inspiration or things to write about. It’s all in the moment. If something strikes me, I write about it. It could be as emotionally gripping an event as the death of my great grandpa (The Silent Fighter), it could be an impact as a third person (A Flame of Shudders) or something as simple as an ornament in my aunt’s powder room (Inanimate Life). If something strikes me, I write it there and then with whatever I have (Laptop, Paper, Tissue, On my hands,  iPod, etc.)
3)What next?
I haven’t written much since the publication of the book. I’ve written a few poems but I’ve been occupied with school which is my focus for the next five months. After that, I don’t know what’s next. I’m interested in screenplay writing and play writing so I may dive into that or I may discipline myself to begin and finish a novel. I have a couple unfinished ones lying on my computer but I doubt I’ll work on them anytime soon.
Writing is a hobby of mine so I’m pretty sure I won’t ever give it up. As and when inspiration flies by, I’ll welcome it with open arms until it goes on it’s way. I’ll wait for its return and so the cycle goes. But I definitely am looking to constantly develop my skills and explore playwriting and novels.
I may be an Author but I’m not a Writer, not yet anyway.

Wings of Pride by Arnav Sibal

Over the meadows and fields I flew

Over forests and hills alike

Gliding over seas and islands

And waving to them Goodbye!

Over villages and cities I flew

Over people and their lives- I

I- floated gaily in the skies

With my wings of pride.

No thoughts of anything else

But of what I have achieved

And of my pinnacle

Where I have currently reached.

And should some think that I will fall

That my hubris shall cause me to stumble

I tell all that as long as I live

My mountain shall not crumble.

And I float above the world so high

I gaze down not longingly

For I float gaily in the skies

With my wings of pride.


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

One comment on “The Poet in Pyjamas, Arnav Sibal

  1. The Poet in Pyjamas
    April 21, 2015

    Reblogged this on White T-Shirts and Mismatched Socks and commented:
    I was interviewed and reviewed by The Good Book Corner! It’s a great blog that has added to my reading list.
    If you want to buy Wildflower Sea, you can check up the following links!


    Amazon Kindle:

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