Idea Behind Writing This Book
I released my first book Your Shadow Wants to Walk Alone in 2015. Since then, I’ve done several book reading sessions across multiple cities in India and the US. I started a new job with intense responsibilities. Needless to say, writing a second book of poems was not on my priority list in the first one year of a new job.
Writing poems is an intensely iterative process—the shorter the verse the more work it takes to ensure its integrity is maintained. I would pick up themes to write about as I observed them, making notes on my iPhone and later building on them during flights and on weekends.
It is truly the affection and support from readers all over the world for my first book, Your Shadow Wants to Walk Alone and the tremendous encouragement from my family that helped me get my second book of poems across the finish line. I am delighted to share with you my second book of Hindi–English poems, Old Seeds of a New Tree.
Brief About The Book
Old Seeds of a New Tree has some of the most intense poems that I have written so far. Several poems in this book are on contemporary themes, each with a different take. As with my first book, this is also a bilingual book of Hindi-English poems. Originally written in Hindi, I have self-translated them into English for global connect. Poems, much like feelings, love, dreams, joy, aspirations and hope, are universal. They need to be shared with one and all. I have tried to keep the core ethos of the poems similar to the original ones written in Hindi, though they may not be literal in translation.
Who Should Read It?
Who doesn’t like to listen to stories?
The best storytellers in the world are always our parents and grandparents. As a child, I would listen intently to mythological tales from my grandmothers, along with inspirational stories and folklore from my mother. These stories would draw me to dream, allow me to fly, get me in touch with the characters by taking me to a different world.
If there is one thing I have picked up well from my mother, it’s the art of telling stories through conversation—except that I write poems!!
I hope the conversational style of poems in this book will encourage the reader’s mind to imagine in vivid detail and make each poem breathe with amazing forms. Whether in love or in pain, to seek or to give, to understand or to imbibe, to teach or to learn, the poems from this book will connect with you in your own way.
Poems At A Glance
The Author - Sandeep Kishore
Sandeep released his first book of Hindi-English poems, Your Shadow Wants to Walk Alone, in May 2015. Since then, he’s done numerous book reading sessions around the world. His second book of Hindi–English poems, Old Seeds of a New Tree,was published in September 2017. Originally written in Hindi, he self-translated these poems into English to maintain the intent and integrity of their original meaning. For the English poems, Sandeep has kept the core ethos of the poems similar to the original ones written in Hindi and not done a literal translation. Sandeep believes that poems, much like feelings, love, dreams, joy, aspirations and hope, are universal — they need to be shared with one and all.
Old Seeds of a New Tree has some of the most intense poems that Sandeep has written so far. Several poems in this book are on contemporary themes, each with a different take. The conversational style of poems in this book will encourage readers to imagine in vivid detail and make each poem breathe with amazing forms. Your Shadow Wants to Walk Alone passionately captures the imagination, thoughts, dreams and life through its various phases. All of them connect with one another. They capture multiple shades. Some of them drive the simplicity of dreams and aspirations, while others contemplate a different way of thinking. Some reflect from deep within and some look far away. Sandeep’s poems will speak to you in your own flow and emotions. Whether in love or in pain, to seek or to give, to understand or to imbibe, to teach or to learn, the poems from his books will connect with you in your own way.
Sandeep is an Executive Partner at Siris Capital Group. He works closely with the investment professionals, other Executive Partners and Advisors to help identify and validate potential investment opportunities for Siris primarily in Technology Enabled Services as well as assist in the oversight and operations of Siris’ portfolio companies.
Sandeep was the CEO and Managing Director of Zensar Technologies and the Group Management Board at RPG Enterprises from 2016 to 2021. A progressive industry leader, Sandeep drives growth, strategy, AI initiatives, and all things digital. Sandeep strongly believes that digital tech is the force inspiring the present and future of enterprises — how we live, work, and interact with social and commercial ecosystems around the globe. Throughout his three decades of leadership in business and technology, Sandeep has created disruptive and high-impact transformation programs with great success, delivering significant stakeholder returns.
Prior to joining Zensar in 2016, Sandeep was with HCL Technologies for over twenty-five years, where he built multiple billion-dollar businesses. Sandeep was a Corporate Officer at HCL Technologies and Global Head of Life Sciences, Healthcare and Public Services and Engineering and R&D Services businesses.
Sandeep is a key strategist, proven CEO, trusted board director, highly effective coach and mentor, bold thinker and innovator, awesome team builder and a high-performance global tech business leader.
A world-traveler, Sandeep often picks up themes to write about as he observes them, making notes on his iPhone and later building on them during flights and on weekends. Most of his writing happens on long coast-to-coast or international flights.
Sandeep is an alumnus of globally-renowned IIT Bombay. The Economic Times called Sandeep, “The CEO Poet.” Sandeep and his wife, Sushma have co-founded Har Asha Foundation a non-profit, charitable organization focused on skills development and vocational training programs. The Foundation is focused on creating opportunities to enable youth from economically disadvantaged sections of the community to drive positive impact, one contribution and one youth at a time.
An avid dog lover, Sandeep lives with his family in Silicon Valley, California.