by Guzel Strelkova & Elena Kuzmina*
Abhay Kumar is very young - he was born in 1980 in Nalanda district in Bihar. He graduated from
and the Delhi University and since 2003 is in the Indian diplomatic service (Indian Foreign Service). He has a successful career: in 2005 he started as Third Secretary at the commercial department of the Embassy of India in Jawaharlal Nehru University , and two years later was sent to work as Consul in Moscow . Undoubtedly, Abhay's fluent Russian and his knowledge of Russian history and Russian literature which he knows well and loves, helped him to get his new assignment. While working in St. Petersburg , he graduated from the Center for International Education (Centre of International education) Moscow . Moscow State University
He is a successful poet, novelist and painter. It can be said that Moscow has helped him become a writer and poet: it was here he completed his first novel, “River Valley to Silicon Valley- Story of Three Generations of an Indian Family ( Russian translation - 2008), which was released in 2007. His first book of poems “Enigmatic Love: Love poems from fairy-tale city of
As for painting, critics & experts confirm the words of Abhay Kumar: "
turned me into a painter," and are not surprised that Petersburg made diplomat, poet and writer, also an artist. According to Andrei Khlobystin, art historian, "Abhay Kumar completely fits into “ St. Petersburg titanism” going against narrow professional specialization; if one is in a high, balanced state, one can easily engage in different types of creative activities. " However, the artistic hobbies of Abhay only contribute to his writing talents. St. Petersburg
Cycle of poems "Candling the Light" was created earlier - in 2005-2007, in that- the poet's personal philosophy, the spiritual world of a man who is looking for Cosmos in the depths of his own heart and ask questions from the Universe, to know himself and the meaning of human existence.