A newcomer to Kemptville has published her first book of poems and is donating the proceeds to the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation. Jagjeet Sharma is a local writer and journalist. She graduated from Carleton’s School of Journalism in 1979, and has had a lengthy career as a freelance journalist, both in Canada and overseas in Singapore and India. In 2000, she started into radio broadcasting, hosting the weekly Asian Sounds radio show on CKCU 93.1 FM, a show she still hosts with her husband, Surinder Sharma.
Jagjeet has written poetry for many years, but it wasn’t until her husband fell ill and needed a heart valve replacement that she decided to publish a book. “I took a leave of absence from work to look after my husband,” Jagjeet says. “I would work on it when he was asleep or at night.”
The process of publishing her poems took months of back and forth with her publisher, Baico Publishing Inc., in Ottawa. The journey began in October, and the book, titled “Nature’s Subtle Seductions”, was launched at City Hall in Ottawa in April. Several local politicians, including Mayor Jim Watson, were on hand to launch the book.
In honour of her husband, Jagjeet is donating all the money she makes from the sale of the books to the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation. At the book launch, she raised $400 and is continuing to sell books, which will hopefully be available soon on Amazon. She and her husband moved out to Kemptville less than a month ago, to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Jagjeet’s poems use simple language, but are extremely profound and relatable. The book is separated into five parts and are about everyday happenings in life. Jagjeet writes about everything from the seasons and nature, to a new baby in the family, to the loss of a loved one. They are inspired by her keen observations made in her life and travels around the world.