SAIKH MD. SABAH AL-AHMED is a young Guwahati-based poet, lyricist, columnist and a freelance journalist. He is a recipient of the Reuel International Prize for Poetry (2019) for Best Upcoming Poet from North East India. He was also awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by the United Nations Association (UNA) – Assam for his ‘outstanding literary achievements in the field of poetry and journalism’.
He is the author of the poetry collection Tranquil Musings – collected poems and two non-fiction titles – Contemporary Chronicles – Polity, Society & Culture and Past of the Present – A Historical Quest. His popular monthly column titled ‘Urban Musing’ in The Assam Tribune chronicles the subtle nuances of the city of Guwahati. He is a visiting guest faculty at Cotton University where he teaches ‘poetry and creative writing’. He presently teaches English and Social Sciences at his alma mater – Don Bosco School, Guwahati.
His poems have been translated into Italian by noted Italian poet Giorgio Moio in Frequenze Poetiche, an Italian magazine published from Naples, Italy. Moreover, his poems have also been published in the Asian Times, a Canadian monthly news magazine published from Edmonton, Canada, Indian Literature, the prestigious bi-monthly English journal of the Sahitya Akademi, International Journal of Poetry Kritya, online art and poetry group East India Poets, national dailies like The Telegraph, and regional dailies like The Assam Tribune and The Sentinel. He was invited by the Sahitya Akademi for the All India Young Writers’ Meet held at the Guwahati Book Fair, December 29-30, 2018.
His debut poetry collection was reviewed by eminent litterateur and Jnanpith awardee Dr. Mamoni Raisom Goswami and released by legendary (former) BBC South-Asia Correspondent Sir Mark Tully at the Asia International Literary Festival (2010). Dr. Mamoni Raisom Goswami in her review had said: “After going through his poems, I felt that an outstanding poet has arrived on the banks of the Brahmaputra.”
Keki Daruwalla, one of India’s foremost poets in his review had said: “When he really excells is when he is writing about the mountain and meadow hugging each other, where the plains and the sky blur into each other on the skyline, when the monsoon thunders and the rain pelts down. In other words, he starts as a lover of nature. A young poet with promise.”
In the field of journalism, he joined North East Television (NETV), the first satellite news channel of North East, on September 1, 2005 as News Coordinator and Anchor in the English News Desk. He later joined The Sentinel on August 1, 2007 as Sub-Editor on the Editorial Page, where he was a member of the Edit Page team.
He was one of the founder members of the now defunct Poets’ Guild, which came into existence on January 1, 1998 at Maligaon, Guwahati, with eminent Assamese poet Nilamani Phukan as its Founder Adviser. He is also a member of the North East Writers’ Forum as well as a member of the Guwahati Press Club.
His forthcoming (four) books are The Crimson Enchantress, a biography of (late) Dr. Mamoni Raisom Goswami, a poetry collection titled The stink of aroma, an untitled short story collection jointly with another author and a compilation of his monthly column ‘Urban Musing’ that completed six years in March 2019.