Amidst growing perception of politicians as people with little sensitivity for others, Varun Gandhi showcased a different side of a politician at the ongoing Bangalore Poetry Festival.
Among the notable guests taking part in the inaugural festival are lyricist Javed Akhtar and Padma Bhushan awardee Teejan Bai.Photo: NDTV
However, it’s Varun who appeared to have enthused the poetry lovers the most at the meet.
The young BJP MP from Sultanpur, according to an NDTV report, drew considerable interest among the audience.
Varun, who wrote The Stillness last year had his second book of poetry released just few days ago.
His latest work, ‘Surrender’, is believed to be more personal. He earned plenty of plaudits from the audience when he shared some of his very personal poetry from his latest book at the Festival.
One audience said, “Everybody has a public face that they put across. So it was quite endearing and heartening to see that a politician like him also has a private, sensitive and sweet side. So it was really nice.”
Varun was quoted by The Hindu as saying, “In a world led by savage transactions and the anxieties of life’s journey, it helps to surrender and write poetry, and hear myself soaking in my soul. It’s more for me, in search and celebration of the divine.”
He added, “I don’t know how many of you have gone through my poems, but frankly, if I didn’t have a famous last name, nobody would have bought my book of poems.”