A poet, writer, illustrator and performer of Punjabi descent, Rupi Kaur, raised in Toronto (Canada) rose to fame with an unprecedented presence on the photoblogging site, Instagram.
Rupi Kaur’s poetry has evident use of lower case & periods, and revolves around the themes of love, trauma, womanhood and the process of hurting and healing.
“in the gurumukhi script… all letters are treated the same. i enjoy how simple that is. how symmetrical and how straightforward,” she states on her website.”
“a visual representation of what i want to see more of within the world: equalness.. so in order to preserve these small details of my mother language i include them within this language. no case distinction and only periods.”
This proud Punjabi girl is often seen giving voice to the the unsaid and her image with a blood stain on her pyjamas and a patch of menstrual blood on her bed stood testament to the same. She uploaded the picture in March 2015, which was removed by Instagram stating that it was against their community guidelines. The picture was a part of her assignment during her final year in the University of Waterloo, Canada. However, she reposted the photo. Here’s an insight:
Her love and respect for Punjab has been clearly evident in her posts.
With her cousins in Punjab during her recent visit in India
Rupi Kaur self-published a book of poetry and prose titled Milk and Honey in 2014, which was later published by Andrews McMeel Publishing in 2015. She has also recently released her book The Sun and Her flowers.
With her Mommy dear in Punjab
And here’s her father: