The receding clear lines between the rural and urban, and the long-standing fascination of migrating to cities that he has seen in his childhood, himself, is another aspect. The very thought of how families are willing to move from the open countryside to “ant boxes”, and the stories that churn out from these dynamics, he says are what pushed him to write on cities.
It has some role to play definitely. If life is well balanced, it becomes difficult to do poetry. Gautam Buddha didn’t do poetry. Not only your pain but others’ pain too affects you. I have written about the pain of workers in Chandni Chowk factories. When a 5 year-old girl is raped, you feel pain in such a situation. There has to be some pain, some trauma. A very joyous poem, I haven’t been able to write so far.