Rati Saxena (India)

Rati Saxena (India)
Rati Saxena – Born in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. She is a poet, writer, translator, Editor and vedic scholar, writes in Hindi and English. Presently lives in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. She is also festival Director of Kritya International poetry festival for 10 years.
• Biography – Rati Saxena has passed B.A. (Honours) Sanskrit, Maharani College, Rajasthan University,1972; M.A. SANSKRIT (Veda specialization), Rajasthan University, 1974. She has Ph.D in ‘Atharvavediya Padarth Yojana’, Vedic Sanskrit, Rajasthan University, 1978. And then again B.Ed – Sanskrit, Kerala University, 1987 and also M.A Hindi, Rajasthan University, 1994.
• Work experience – She was Lecturer in the Teachers Training College, Kerala Hindi Prachar Sabha, 1987–2003. She worked as Visiting professor in Shankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kaledy in dept of Vedic study from 2005 to 2010. She is a fulltime writer/ poet since 2011.
• Writings – Rati Saxena is writing in three directions. She has done research and explores the cultural, philosophical and historical aspects of ancient India through study of Vedas. She has published a number of papers on related subjects. She holds an eminent place in world poetry and writes in Hindi. Apart from these subjects, she writes travelogues and criticism too.
• Other activities – She is the editor of bilingual poetry web journal ‘www.kritya.in’ which is online since 2005. She is also the director of international Poetry festival-Kritya since 2005.
Oh crazy eyes the right
Rebels against the left
Not in the name of sight
But for the fight itself
The left’s farsightedness
Ignores what time hath writ
Scanning instead remote
Advertising billboards
While the right stays fixed
On what’s in front of it
Their obstinate standoff
Feels distinctly weird
Folks hide minor skin defects
With utmost cleverness
But my right eye’s X-ray
Detects them right away
The left stares off into the distance
Toward the approaching footsteps
Of one who far from near
Might not even be there
So when I look out at a tree
The bird’s eye is all I see
And when I gaze at ocean waves
They appear as foam in space
I notice clearly and much more
Small things I never did before
Translated from the Hindi into English by Philip Nikolayev
Oh gekke ogen rechts
Rebelleren tegen links
Niet in naam van het zicht
Maar voor het gevecht zelf
De verziendheid van links
Negeert hoe laat het is
Scannen in de plaats op afstand gelegen
Terwijl het rechteroog gefixeerd blijft
Op wat voor hem staat
Koppige afstand houdt
Voelt echt erg raar
Mensen verbergen kleine huidafwijkingen
Met uiterste slimheid
Maar de röntgenfoto van mijn rechteroog
Spoort ze meteen op
Linkeroog staart weg naar de verte
Naar de naderende voetstappen
Van iemand die ver van hier
Niet eens aanwezig zou zijn
Dus als ik naar een boom kijk
Is het vogeloog alles wat ik zie
En als ik naar oceaangolven kijk
Verschijnen ze als schuim in de ruimte
Kleine dingen die ik nooit eerder zag
Zie ik nu duidelijk en veel meer
Vertaald uit het Engels: Hannie Rouweler

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