Vikram Seth

(20 June 1952 - / Kolkata / India)

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Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children's writer, biographer and memoirist.

Born and Early Life

Vikram Seth was born to Leila and Prem Seth in Calcutta (now Kolkata). His family lived in many cities including the Bata Shoe Company town of Batanagar, Danapur near Patna, and in London.

His younger brother, Shantum, leads Buddhist meditational tours. His younger sister, Aradhana, is a film-maker married to an Austrian diplomat, and has worked on Deepa Mehta's movies Earth and Fire. (Compare the characters Haresh, Lata, Savita and two of the Chatterji siblings in A Suitable Boy: Seth has been candid in acknowledging that ... more »

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  • Sam Mohammed (6/3/2015 7:30:00 AM)

    Vikram deserve a place in top 10

  • Vartika Raj (6/7/2013 3:58:00 AM)

    most diligent and versatile poet of the century. I not only admire his poems, i feel the love the poet inside as well.
    Wish I could just meet him once. But the desire to desire the desired is usually undesirable

  • Vineet Chhikara Vineet Chhikara (5/27/2013 6:31:00 AM)

    poem lovers... check out my poems...

  • Smita John (2/14/2013 9:06:00 PM)

    SETH'S POEMS ARE SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL AND PACKED WITH KNOWLEDGE AND AT THE SAME TIME THOUGHT PROVOKING.

  • Andrew Ross (7/6/2012 1:53:00 AM)

    He is a great poet and I am a great fan of his poems. Thank You.
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  • Charme Robarts (6/30/2012 11:53:00 PM)

    how true this poem is.

  • Sayeed Abubakar Sayeed Abubakar (5/30/2012 11:46:00 AM)

    Dear poet, I translated some of your poems in Bangla and were published in Bangla Newspaper here. My e-mail is: sayeed_jh@yahoo.com

  • Moushumi moushumi (11/26/2008 7:04:00 AM)

    I'm desperately waiting to see that Vikram Seth takes part in Poem Hunter at least to teach something about poetry writing to me. I'm truly stirred by his works.

  • Vikram Aarella - The Poem Shooter (5/18/2006 1:16:00 PM)

    I really loved Vikram Seth, s poetry, i am looking forward to read some of his biooks.

  • Ankan Kazi (5/9/2006 4:44:00 AM)

    Vikram Seth is one of the best poets in India now. Simply beautiful.

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Best Poem of Vikram Seth

The Frog And The Nightingale

Once upon a time a frog
Croaked away in Bingle Bog
Every night from dusk to dawn
He croaked awn and awn and awn
Other creatures loathed his voice,
But, alas, they had no choice,
And the crass cacophony
Blared out from the sumac tree
At whose foot the frog each night
Minstrelled on till morning night

Neither stones nor prayers nor sticks.
Insults or complaints or bricks
Stilled the frogs determination
To display his heart's elation.
But one night a nightingale
In the moonlight cold and pale
Perched upon the sumac tree
Casting forth her ...

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