Biography

Ravinder Kumar Soni was born at 1: 20 A.M. on the 5th day of April 1944 at Delhi. His family was then residing in Darya Ganj, off Ansari Road. He was the second born child of Mehr Lal Soni and Raj Kumari Soni, the first-born had expired soon after birth. Born with a weak physique Ravinder needed much care and attention. His father was employed with Reserve Bank of India during those days his office was located in Chandni Chowk, Delhi which premises presently houses the Chandni Chowk branch of State Bank of India.

At the age of five years, Ravinder was enrolled with the D.A.V. High School, Daryaganj, Delhi. In 1952, his father was promoted and transferred to Madras, present Chennai, where he stayed till 1960. Ravinder completed his schooling as a student of the Hindu High School, Triplicane, Madras and later joined the Vivekananda College located in Mylapore. In 1960, his father was transferred on promotion to Delhi and, Ravinder joined the Hindu College to complete his education. He was least interested in studies and his performance was ordinary throughout.

After graduating and studying Law from Agra University, Ravinder got an appointment in a bank in 1965 as a clerk. During his service period, at other than Delhi, he worked in branches situated in Sahibabad, Tinsukia, Panitola, Lucknow, Jammu, Srinagar and Raipur. On attaining the age of fifty-five years, he opted for voluntary retirement from bank service to pursue his interests. He was interested in – the study of the Rig Veda, the major Upanishads, Brahma Sutras and the Bhagwad Gita commenced when he was barely twelve years old b the study of Jyotisha Indian Astrology commenced around the same time and c continue with the writing of poems in the English language. His father was an Urdu poet who wrote Urdu poems and ghazals under the pseudonym Zia Fatehabadi, and was keenly interested in Vedic literature and thought. Ravinder considers his father as his true Guru. He adores his father.

Ravinder avoids writing long poems. He prefers writing short poems, he concurs with the opinion of late R.K.Narayan that “a short story here a poem can be brought into existence through a mere suggestion of detail, the focus is kept on a central idea or climax…within a broad climate of inherited culture there are endless variations…in outlook, habits and day to day philosophy”. His poems are realistic, simple, down to earth and uncomplicated. There is a faint touch of spirituality.

Though Ravinder does not prefer to be called a poet, he loves reading and writing poems. He has since published in ebook form a collection of his English poems, titled The Faded Dreams. His other published works are: -

a The Qat’at O Rubaiyat of Zia Fatehabadi – English translation of few quatrains of Zia Fatehabadi; published in 2012.

b Planets and their Yoga Formations – A treatise on Hindu Astrology and formation of planetary yogas and their impact; published in 2011.

c Pitfalls in Predicting Future Events – A methodical examination of errors and omissions while making astrological predictions published in 2013.

d The Illumination of Knowledge – A brief reflection on the role of Agni in the light of the Rig Veda; published in 2008.

e In Search of True Happiness – A collection of seven lengthy essays on Hindu Thought and Upanishadic philosophy; published in 2005.

f Meri Tasveer – A transliteration into Hindi of select Urdu poems of Zia
Fatehabadi; published in 2011.

Ever since, though settled in Delhi, he and his wife, Shakuntla, whom he married in 1973, prefer to live most of their time in the company of their only child, Aditya Soni born 1974 in Delhi, a Chartered
Accountant, his wife, Ruchi and grandson, Aniruddha born 2003 in Mumbai.

His youngest brother, Sushil Soni born 1956 in Madras, is also an English poet and writer and already has three published collections of his poems.
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