We had the good fortune of connecting with Misha Bhola and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Misha, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve learned over time that creative expression is a part of who I am and a necessary part of my being. There is something very liberating about spilling your thoughts from heart to paper. And there is something very gratifying about knowing that your words could potentially help someone through their own journey.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think the hardest part about being an artist, is telling the world you are one. Most of us know our own truth, but it’s not always easy to share that truth with the others. Perhaps for me it was fear or what other people would say, imposter syndrome, or feeling like my art didn’t have a home out there. It took me time to recognize that my art is from my heart and we all have our own ways to contribute to the world. Art doesn’t have to look the same, and poetry doesn’t either. We have different instruments of expression that we as humans can choose to explore: and the reality is that some connect more with us than others. So my art is for those, who can connect to it: for those who I can reach with my experiences, words and perspective. And my rule of thumb is, if my poetry can help connect even 1 more person to their inner truth – then I have done my job.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend came to visit me for 1 week, we would likely plan to spend each waking minute glued to each others hips!
We would spend our week in Toronto the following way:
Day 1 eating everything our stomachs could handle in Kensington Market, and we’d then go to the hippest ice-cream shop on Queen street called M!lk, and enjoy a waffle cone! We’d make a quick pitstop at Castle Loma for some photo ops, before we’d go to lakeshore and lounge for the rest of the evening, watching the sunset and likely falling asleep under the moon!
Day 2 with a full days worth of quality time out of the way, we’d go to Hotel X, and live lavish for a full day, visit the gym for a workout, followed by an unreal Spa experience. We would end our night eating room service in bed with our robes intact, and binge watch the trendiest new Netflix tv show until we knocked out!
Day 3 we’d go for a nice drive towards Niagara and stay at a little Airbnb on Niagara on the lake. We’d go wine tasting all day, (and chocolate tasting where possible). We’d bike to all the locations, (as driving would be completely irresponsible), and then we’d pick up dinner from a local restaurant before calling it a night! We’d spend the night curled up by the fireplace, eating takeout, and sipping Prosecco purchased at a winery we visited earlier in the day!
Day 4 would be a recharge day. We’d drive back to the city, take it easy, and take a nice nap! We’d wake up in the late afternoon, find our favourite coffee shop, and get ready for an evening full of shopping at Orfus Road followed by Yorkdale. We’d end with an Italian dinner at Jamie’s and go catch a late night show at the cinema!
Day 5 would be a nice hike at Scarborough bluffs, and a relaxing beach day at Woodbine beach. Reading, talking, drinking, writing. We’d come home in the evening, cook a homemade meal, and invite our closest friends over for good conversation and connection!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
santosh b for being the perfect womb, the perfect human, for bringing me into this world. rakesh b for feeding me with beautiful words my entire life, planting the seeds for this book.
nikita b for being my inspiration and the most supportive cheerleader a sister could ask for.
kamla b for being an extraordinary example of love, acceptance and peace.
gurminder b for believing that this was my gift, even when i didn’t.
￼neetu g for supporting each of my feelings, however big or small. for taking a stand with me against societal norms. and for making me feel like i’m not alone.
my big fat indian family for loving me in abundance, through our childhood, our present. #nnf #dkmn
mohinder pal & malkit kumari, for giving us family, for teaching me that meaningful relationships matter.
gerald for believing in my work. linda for being the most brilliant artistic designer i could ever ask for.
for those of you that messaged me encouraging me to write more, share more.
Image Credits: Banga Studios Inc.