Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha (India)
Former professor in English at S.B. City College, Nagpur (MH), Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha is a well- known voice in lndian Poetry in English.She received accolade from the former President of lndia A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for her poem ‘Mother Nature’. She has published 06 books in different genres and 50 research papers.The books are :1.Spring Zone ( Collection of Poems and Haiku);2.Midnight Sun ( Collection of Poems); 3.Nature in the Poetry of William Wordsworth and Sumitra Nandan Pant (Criticism);4. Feminism: Times and Tides (A historiographical and theoretical commentary of Feminism); 5.Different Dimensions ( Compilation of research papers presented in various National and international Conferences and Seminars); 6.Scents and Shadows ( Collection of Poems);
Honoured with many prestigious awards from different institutions at different places for her humble contribution to literature: Best Poet Award by Poets International, Bangalore; Rashtriya Pratibha Samman (Kavya Kalanidhi) by Akhil Bhartiya Sahitya Parishad,Udaipur;Best Citizens of lndia by lnternational Publishing House,New Delhi; T.G. Deshmukh Best Teacher Award, Nagpur Shikshan Mandal, Nagpur; Brijsahityamani Award by Brajlok Sahitya Kaka Sanskriti Akademi, Agra and many more.Completed and published UGC-sponsored MRP on comparative literature.Poems, short stories, research papers and articles published in reputed dailies, magazines, e-zines, archives etc at national and international levels. Poems,Research Supervisor, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur. Associated with many literary organizations and Groups.
A Night in the Capital
Dec and Jan are the cruellest months
Leaving the homeless without choices;
With plunging temperature
The ‘adamantine doors’ of winter
Are flung open;
Their world remains frozen:
No warm clothes to protect,
The poor on the streets full of neglect;
Frail bodies braving the pangs of hunger,
Fighting like true soldiers,
Left to their fates on foggy nights,
Squat around fires with bony bodies–
Rickshaw pullers, balloon sellers
Dispossessed children seeking shelters!
Who has time to think about the homeless
Suffering from cold-related ailments?
Helpless and bedraggled,
They remain the souls defeated;
Swooped down by the cop, these persons
Are coerced into the shelters–
Alienating and almost like ‘night prisons’
Unfriendly with.so many reasons!
Winter tightens its grip in the city;
I watch the news–oh, what a pity!
Cold claims ten more lives on roads–
People in destitute conditions: I’ve no words!
Amid breaking news and videos,
The vase of roses on my TV unit disappoints;
I can’t imagine how hard
The life must be that they died!
I sit in a brown study–
Thoughts sombre and heavy
As the rich and and privileged,
Happy and wild in cold,
Chase away winter chills
With red wine blends!
Copyright Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha