‘Best Poet’ at just 21

Times of India (Cities: Bangalore)
1 December 2001


BANGALORE: For Mohammed Warris Haquani, a student of physiotherapy, poetry is a hobby and a passion.
Haquani wasn’t aware he would shine in the world of literature at such a young age. He is just 21 years.
His joy knew no bounds when the International Society of Poets adjudged him the ‘Best Poet of the Year’. He bagged a cash award of Rs 10,000 and a citation at the Online Poetry Contest organised by the society.
These laurels also entitled him to a free entry to 16 international contests as also the subscription of the society’s quarterly magazine.
Warris, as he is called, hails from Kashmir. He is a student of physiotherapy at Dr M.V. Shetty College of Physiotherapy.
Poetry, literature and philosophy has been Warris’ interest with his first anthology of poems Words of Wisdom published when he was just 10 years. Reading and analysing is what he loves most.
“Since Standard V, I have been inclined towards books of Osho (Rajneesh), Mahabharat, the Holy Bible, Jainism and Quran.”
Mirza Ghalib and Shakespeare have been his great source of inspiration.
Even during his schooling and pre-college days, Warris felt he should devote all his time for poetry and literature. But hard realities would not allow him to do so.
“I had to travel to Mangalore in pursuit of a rewarding career and chose to be a professional in physiotherapy,” he says with a heavy heart. However, his love for literature and poetry has not faded.
God, love, spirituality, beauty and nature are the themes his poems portray. Warris’ first anthology was followed by two more.
Then Allah Enlighten His Life was published after his schooling. Next, he put his thoughts together to publish Discovery of the Unseen.
“I prefer to call it a research poem on the concept of third eye.”
On participating in the online poetry contest on Poetry.com, Warris smiles and gives the credit to a friend who informed him about it.
The award-winning poetry was on ‘love’.
Warris also plans to organise an unique exhibition – a fusion of paintings and poetry, for which preparations are on full swing.

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