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Darsana Mohan


First Language(s): Malayalam
Second Language(s): English


Darsana Mohan is a poet and writer from Kochi, India. She is in the middle of an existential crisis so this might not be the best time for a bio, she thinks to herself as she writes this. Darsana chronicles her reading on Instagram at @darshreads and chronicles her general lack of a social life in her bullet journal. She lives in Bangalore. Her work has appeared in “The Alipore Post,” “YourStory,” “Bengaluru Review,” “Feminism in India” and “Women’s Web.”


What was your favorite book as a child?

This is a tough one but I’ll go with Ruskin Bond’s “Treasury of Stories for Children.” Bond is a celebrated Indian author, known for his whimsical and poetic narrative about life in the hills of Mussorrie. I was particularly enamoured by a charming short story about a young boy, Mani, walking across the hills with his grandmother to get her new spectacles in the town nearby. I found it so adventurous!

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I started writing poetry when I was young because I loved making up rhymes! I found it a fun exercise to find words that sounded like each other. Much older now, I use poetry as a device to make peace with the uncertainty of my emotions, my mental health and well, life.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

I’ll admit that I’m a very boring person because I haven’t really done many adventurous things. I do love the thrill of performing — poetry and theatre give me an adrenaline rush and help me push against a lot of my inner blocks.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I do tend to listen to music. Sometimes I’ll find an instrumental music playlist that plays along with the tone of the book that I'm reading or what I’m writing. It’s a great way to intensify the experience and atmosphere. Also, helps to tune out the neighbours and their arguments about what to eat for dinner.


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