After paintings, designing sarees and visualising logos for her pet projects, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now trying her hands at Urdu shayari and is planning to get a book published soon.
She revealed this to a close circle of Muslim clerics and party leaders after attending the traditional Red Road namaaz on the occasion of Eid in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Head covered with a white chhadar, Mamata wished the massive gathering after the prayers.
She later met some Muslim clerics and party leaders at the Mohammedan Sporting Ground tent where she told them about the shayaris she has been writing.
A compilation of about 100 shayaris written by her is likely to be published soon.
Ahmad Hasan, a Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP who was at the congregation, said: “Yes, Didi talked about writing shayaris and bringing out a book of couplets. She only mentioned Urdu shayaris. But one is not sure about what script or form she would use.”
Mamata’s publisher Sudhangshu Dey of Dey’s Publishing, when contacted, said: “Last week, Didi had called to inform that she has been working on two books and would like to bring those out before the Pujas. Many people buy books during the Pujas. I am not sure if one of these would be the shayari compilation.”
Till now, the publishing house has brought out 45 books written by Mamata, about half-a-dozen of them in English. The books, many of which are memoirs of her days of political struggle, picked up sale after she became the chief minister.