Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha
Bio: Poet, Professor, author, critic and research supervisor, Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha, is a well-known name in Indian Poetry in English with international recognition.She has received a number of awards for her contribution to literature from prestigious literary and cultural institutions. She received accolade from the former President of India, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam for her poem ‘Mother Nature’ contained in her collection ‘Spring Zone’. Recently she was awarded a Citation of Brightest Honour by International Sufi Centre, Bangalore in recognition of her distinguished contribution to Indian English Poetry.Her poems, short stories, articles and research papers have been widely published in highly-acclaimed dailies, magazines, e-zines, archives and journals both in print and online.Two of her poems from her collection ‘Scents snd Shadows’ titled ‘The Silent Shore’ and ‘She’s Gone Forever’ are included in university syllabus prescribed for M.A. 4 semester.Authored and published 08 books in different genres and 50 research papers.The books are: 1. Spring Zone ( A Collection of Poems and Haiku) 2. Midnight Sun ( A Collection of Short Stories) 3. Nature in the Poetry of Wordsworth and Pant ( A critical comparative study) 4. Feminism: Times and Tides ( A Historiographical and theoretical commentary on Feminism) 5. Different Dimensions ( A Collection of research papers presented in different national and international conferences) 6.Scents and Shadows ( A Collection of Poems) 7. Rhymes for Children 8. The Purple Jacaranda and Other Poems ( A Collection of Poems).Her 9th book is going to be a collection of poems in Hindi titled “Doobti Aawazen” slated to be published soon. She has completed UGC- sponsored MRP on comparative literature.With a first class master’s degree she earned her PhD on “Sri Aurobindo and the Epic Tradition” covering the Western as well as Indian epic traditions. Associated with a number of literary organisations and global poetry groups.Writes in Hindi too.One of the members of the Editorial Board, OPA ( Our Poetry Archive) Lives in Nagpur with her spouse who is a doctor ( Ophthalmologist).
The Purple Jacaranda
The jacaranda into blossoms
Lining the broad pathway,
Amid green foliage awesome
In a mauve, magenta array!
The leaves and the flowers
Create a dreamy blue heaven–
Comes imagination in showers:
A wealth to the flower maven!
The amethyst tanzanite petals
Gorgeous in purple profusion;
The jade eyes of feathery leaves:
All wonders of God’s creation!
Human life with pain and sorrow;
Dull days with dark nights,
From Nature do we borrow
Some moments of joy and delight.
Blossoms quite similar to this
On the roadside beneath the sky,
Made my childhood a bliss–
To memories I can’t say goodbye!
Gulmohar galore burning bright,
In summer and early monsoon,
With crinkled petals in daylight
Lured me to the coral-red boon!
I tried to reach for the fowers
Under the canopy of vermilion:
Different from man-made bowers,
The distance brought fascination!
How can I forget my pet siris–
The fluffy, hairy inflorescence?
There I played with my friends,
Green-white blooms with fragrance!
The golden cassia– yellow amaltas
Like the sun ablaze in the noon sky,
Magnificent in hot and arid summers
Cascading down in wonderful plenty!
We gathered in the vicinity of trees,
As the sun removed its fiery veils;
We picked up those fallen flowers
As if they were precious jewels!
No more scarlet gulmohars today;
The wayward fancies, infantile dreams
Have long gone in a land faraway
Along with the soul of vibrant shades!
The sun sinks amid calm stillness–
Light of the day draining away;
The canary of cassia, red of gulmohar,
To jacaranda hues give way–
Now the purple skies hold sway
The eventide has so much to say!
( From the Collection: The Purple Jacaranda snd Other Poems)