Interview: Rabia Kapoor thinks banana chips is an underrated invention!

Rabia Kapoor is a poet/ spoken word performer who has been making her mark in people's hearts and minds for quite a while now. After viewing works of her's such as 'An Introvert's Banter' and 'Since 2003', we're convinced that no one around can make you empathize the way she does. We were fortunate enough to be able to get to ask her some questions! Here's how that went:


1 . So Rabia, you've been exploring poetry for quite some time now. Could you tell us more about what got you into this form of art/ expression?
A : I got into poetry by accident. My friend forced me to sign up for a spoken work event and one thing led to another and I ended up doing quite a lot of spoken word over the year. Although I wouldn't really call what I did poetry, it's just spoken word performance, if you want to be kind, and spoken word rambling if you want to be honest.

2 . You've been associated with entities such as Netflix and Kommune which are quite popular right now. They've had quite a positive impact on your reputation, but we wanna know your side. What was it like to be part of content that went viral?
 A : It was that piece, The Introvert's Banter, which went viral, when I was 18. That's about two and a half years ago now. It was exhilarating at the time. Because everyone has a part of them that believes a video they put up on youtube will go viral, and it really hardly ever does. But this did, it went viral like mad and it really is the reason that I get the kind of work that I do today. I've also met some of my favourite people currently, through the whole spoken word scene. While there was a little popularity that it created around me, that stuff fades really fast, the journey that the viral video took me on helped me find some really wonderful people, and also helped me get some direction in terms of what kind of stuff I want to write.



3 . The steady stream of your periodic 'All I Have' posts were quite endearing, and in some cases, very cathartic to read. Would you please tell us why you started with the initiative? And also what caused it to stop?
A : Well, a lot of people message me, about my spoken word, saying that they're very grateful to me because I put something into words that they've always wanted to say but could never find the words to say them. I am lacking in many departments but I've always found that when I write things down, I write them out better than I could think them. I don't know how that works. So I decided to start a project where I helped people translate strong emotions or experiences or ideas that they had, but didn't know how to translate. 
What caused it to stop was the terrible tragedy in Kashmir, regarding the young Asifa. After that, everything on social media seemed superficial and insensitive. I didn't want to talk about something trivial, or personal or ignorant when our country was facing a tragedy of that magnitude. It felt wrong. So I stopped. And now it's lost its momentum so I don't know if I'll be starting it up again any time soon.


4 .  What is your favorite kind of alcohol? And on a scale of 1-10, how much do you enjoy drinking?  
A :
I love Old Monk and coke because it's sugary and gives me double vision. But my go-to is Kingfisher ultra because beer is gives you the lightest, friendliest little buzz. On a scale of 1-10 I think I'd be on a 7. I love drinking socially but I can drink everyday or anything. 

5 . Would you call yourself a foodie? Tell us more about the kind of food you like to eat!
A : I wouldn't call myself a foodie because unfortunately, while I adore almost every food I have ever encountered, I have a very small appetite and usually have to pack away half my meal and eat it for dinner or something. 
So, I'm studying in London right now, and before I left, I knew that the thing I'd really miss about home was food. I took everything Haldirams has ever made, all of the magic masala lays I could find and banana chips because banana chips is such an underrated invention. Now, I'm coming home for the summer and I have a whole list of things I'm going to eat-- Madras cafe's medhu vadas and masala dosa, Butter Chicken Factory's kebabs and butter chicken, Prithvi theatre's pav bhaji (with a Maaza if they still sell those), the Bourgeois Pig at The Boston Butt, mango ice cream from Naturals (ALTHOUGH it's the monsoons soon so they'll have that killer malai ice-cream with fresh strawberries. God bless Naturals), the dense loaf from Theobroma, and raste ka paani puri, obviously.  

WRITTEN BY  - Aditya Mohanan adityamohanan@gmail.com

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