Bachu-Mesedu Rasulova writes on Karata, Arabic and Russian languages. Her books have been translated into many languages: Russian, Arabic, Azeri (S. Kerimov), Lezgin, Serbian, French, Chechen etc. Her books are published in Moscow, Baku, Riga and in Makhachkala.
For creative successes B-M. Rasulova awarded the medal "For contribution to Russian literature," Medal of "Imam Shamil" Diploma of the winner of the literary contest "Russia - Islamic World", Honorary Diploma of Writers Union of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Diploma of the Republic of Dagestan, Diploma: All Russian Congress of Caucasian Peoples, national Volokolamsk Poetry Festival, Ministry of the national policy of the Republic of Dagestan.
Katerina Podkolzina, the chief editor of the site: www.rusisworld.com, has talked with Bachu-Mesedu Rasulova:
Please, tell me, when you decided to become a writer? I mean to do it professionally.
I've never set a goal to become a poet and writer. No one at home or at school was writing poetry... And I do not know why in childhood I have started to write. My first poems were published in a local newspaper "Time" in 1969 (I was more than 14 years old). My parents were against my hobby, I was given in marriage to a cousin in 17 years (in 18 years I became a mother)... After the divorce, I graduated from the university in Dagestan, and then Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow. In 1981, when I joined the literary faculty I took the path of poetry in a professional way.
Who most influenced your becoming a writer?
- Even as a child I loved, and easily and with pleasure was memorizing the works of oral folk art ("The Legend of Hochbare", "Azaynisey", "The Legend of Ali"), Tales of Pushkin, poetry of Avar classics Mahmoud from Kahabroso, Gamzat Tsadasa, Rasul Gamzatov, and in Literary Institute, I got acquainted with the world poetry.
You are writing in several languages, including Avar, Karata and Russian. Which language do you prefer? In which language is easier to write?
Yes, I'm writing in three languages. But first I was writing in my rural Karata language (that time it was an unwritten language). Almost all the works were written by me. Basically I am writing in Avar language (which has been translated into Russian, English, Arabic, Serbian, Bulgarian, Azeri and other languages). For many years I used to work in the editorial office of the Avar national newspaper "Truth" and I used to work as the editor of literary programs of GTRK "Dagestan". In Russian I write mostly prose and publicistics (book of short stories "Pieces of life" Moscow edition "Russian writer", 2010 .; "He valued his honor" (publicism, Makhachkala, 2008). "Travel with a good mission "(publicism, Makhachkala, 2009). I love all three languages, I think and write in all these languages easily, but necessity makes me write and translate more into Russian, because, unfortunately, the young generation of Avars and Karata people mostly speak and read in Russian.
Are there times when you lose your inspiration and what do you do in such cases? What inspires you?
My inspiration does not leave me, but there are moments when I become frustrated because in the current society of poetry and spirituality the power of money of careerists, pachyderms officials, their permissiveness wins. And even in such moments, all those feelings turn into a verses:
"The Law is layed down by hooves,
The power prances on the horse.
The decayed conscience walks,
The clink of coins is not in honor.”
What is the most difficult for you in your oeuvre?
To reach the reader, while remaining true to myself and my principles, with a pure soul and with Allah in the heart!
How much time do you give to your oeuvre a day? And how much time do you give to your family, friends, etc.?
Wherever I go and whatever I do in the house I always have on hand a paper and a pen. After all, you never know when a muse will come to you, when some thought will overshadow you... I immediately leave everyone and everything, find a quiet corner, even in a noisy room during weddings. Poetry is a labor of restless soul, which has no weekends, no holidays, as a service to God!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I was born and grew up in a simple rural family in highland where children are accustomed to work from childhood. I never have free time... Waking up in the morning, I regret that so much time of my life I spent in vain (although this is necessary for health): "The future is not clear to us. Things past cannot be recalled. Only a moment we can use. And you will not live a moment twice!" I really appreciate every moment of life, given to me by Allah!
How a novice should start if he wants to follow your footsteps?
Hard to say. Probably, everyone comes to the world of poetry, to the world of spirituality only by the call of the heart and by his own path, if his heart is drawn to poetry, oeuvre, then it will necessarily come out as a verse!
Do you think that it is possible to learn how to write or maybe some people have it, some people don't?
I think no. There are more than twenty students with me in the poetry seminar of Vladimir Tsybin, only three of them have become poets, and among these three the one that gives you an interview (This was written by B.Polushin in the preface to my book "Mountain Wind", which I presented to Rustam Nurgalievich).
What attracts and repels you in people?
I respect honesty, punctuality, loyalty to the given word, loyalty and simplicity. Swaggering, verbiage, unreliability and duplicity repel me.
Do you have a dream or a goal?
After the Hajj, my dreams and life goals have changed. Since 2006, I realized how insignificant our perishable life is! The main thing for me is to leave a good trail on the earth: "The word is intended to bring people together; this is the meaning of all my work." This goal is reflected in the poems of planetary thinking that are included in the book of poetry "Planet of Poets" (Riga, 2012). There are poems of poets from forty countries around the world in this book: "Ancestors are united. One ark for all the earth, and all things should protect the ship from the fire! I hate war!!! "