Dr. Namita Laxmi Jagaddeb (India)

Dr. Namita Laxmi Jagaddeb

Dr. Namita Laxmi Jagaddeb, a native Bahada (Khandapada), Dist. Nayagarh (Odisha) holds a Master Degree, M.Phil & Ph.D in English from Berhampur University, Odisha. She has been serving as a lecturer in Deptt. of English,  Mahima Degree College, Bijapali, Jharsuguda, Odisha (India) since 1997. She writes poems in Odia and English on a variety of themes, marked for elegance in style and intimacy of appeal. Her poems appear in the literary journals of the State as well as in International anthologies such as (i) WWW-Women, Wit & Wisdom: International Multi-lingual Poetry Anthology of Women Poets (2017); (ii) Amaravati Poetic Prism, 2017: International Multi-lingual Poetry Anthology; (iii) The Harmony: Indo African Poetic Footprints Vol.1 (2018); (iv) Tranquil Muse (2018); (v) Petals of Peace (2019), (vi) My Tears (2019); (vii) IPA: ICMBR Poetry Anthology (2019); (viii) Galatika Poetike “Atunis” (International web page https://atunispoetry.com/2019/03/27dr.namita-laxmi-jagaddeb-india); (ix) Forever You (2019); (x) Setu-March 2019 “Women, Power and Creativity” (Pittsburg, USA) etc. She also translates Odia poems into English and English poems into Odia. Her book of translation titled “My Love, My Seasons” has been published by Black Eagle Books, Dublin, OH, USA in April 2019 and web-released by Hon’ble Governor of Odisha. She is associated with “Rock Pebbles”, a UGC approved, peer reviewed journal of language and literature as Chief Sub-Editor. She is a Life Member of FSLE, India (A Chapter of ASLE-USA); Balavanta Parekh Centre for GS & HS, Baroda; Osmania University Centre for International Programmes, Hyderabad and Honorary Member of the Editorial Board of IJBST Group of Journals. She is also an official member of World Nations Writers’ Union, Kazakhstan, which conferred upon her International Diploma, ‘TEMIRQAZYQ- the Best Poet-Writer of the World, 2018’ and ‘World Laureate in Literature-2018’. She has been awarded Bharat Ratna Indira Gandhi Gold Medal in 2018 by GEPRA (India). She has been participating and presenting Research Papers in different National and International Seminars and Conferences in India and abroad. Recently, she has received the Biyotkesh Tripathy Best Paper Award (Runners Up) in the International Conference on Performing the Nation, 2019, organized by Berhampur University.

 

My Naughty Eyes
 
The day I flirted with Time,
my eyes turned wilful and naughty;
started playing hide and seek,
when they ought to stand by me.
 
The naughty eyes!
Who and what made them so unruly,
unsparing, I’m yet to figure out.
They flit like swimming birds,
always ahead of me, waylaying me
at each of my turns and twists
unmasking each of my glances
at odd and unexpected moments,
when I needed them most for concealing
the surges of feelings about to overcome me.
 
The naughty eyes; laughing all the time,
revelling only in disrobing me,
watching me lying naked, sweating with
beauty in its fullness and futility.
 
Whom I’m to blame now;
to me, my eyes or to Time!
 
 
For You …
 
You’re the one, I etched on my heart
with the needle of my love and
styled it “ LIFE PERENNIAL” for you
to sit, shine and smile with me
for lives to come sans superannuation.
 
You’re the one, I chained with my love-links,
caged you in the secret most chamber
of my bosom for you
to sit, shine and smile with me
for aeons on end.
 
You’re the one for whom I built a nest,
in the garden of my love, persuading cuckoos
to sing for you and soft breeze to fan you,
to sit, smile and shine with me ever and ever,
for ever.

 

 

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