Lucknow: There is something about the gravitational pull of good literature that many people cannot escape. At an age when people would rather spend their time playing with their grandchildren and spend time in leisure enjoying a retired life, Yogendra Nath Dwivedi ha let his pen weave magic with his first poetry collection. This poetic collection was recently released at Cafe Repertwahr in Indiranagar in the August presenve of historian Padmashree Yogesh Praveen.
A banker by profession, Dwivedi, has inspired those who believe that there is nothing beyond retirement. He inspires many a youngster since he released his poetry anthology at the eighth decade of his life. He has a collection of 53 poems composed in his poetry collection, most of which he has written after retiring from his banking service.
Headlining the book launch was none other than Lucknow’s very own master storyteller, Himanshu बाजपाई who introduced the guests in his own unique Lakhnavi style. Nilesh Dwivedi welcomed the guests by giving them flowers. After this, he informed the guests about the poetic journey of poet Yogendra Nath Dwivedi.
Himanshu Bajpai said that it is a very interesting aspect that Yogendra Nath Dwivedi has brought his first poetry collection in the age in which people stop their literary journey.
Himanshu Bajpai, while interacting with Yogendra Nath Dwivedi, further extended this series. During this, Dwivedi revealed the secret that Yogesh Praveen gave his titles by reading the poems of Prem Payodhi. He said that when he was a student of class 12, he recited poetry during a poet conference in Etawah. He did so in the presence of the great Gopal Das Neeraj and he was so happy to hear his poems and Neeraj clapped first.
After the Poet Conference, his brother-in-law, who was also his guardian, termed his poetry interest as fatal to his career and gave a hint of tearing up his poem, never doing poetry again. His brother-in-law sent Dwivedi to Allahabad University to become an IAS, where he got the support of veteran poets like Firak Gorakhpuri, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Mahadevi Verma, and Ramkumar Varma. Dwivedi said that he stayed away from poetry for 69 years. During this time, he used to read poems of late Neeraj when he got the chance. After retirement, his wife late Shailaja and son Nilesh Dwivedi again urged him to write poems.