Dr. Shamenaz Shaikh (India)
Dr Shamenaz is the Author, Co-Author, Editor and Translator of 19 international books which includes poetry anthologies, literary articles, criticism & travelogue. Her latest book is a short stories collection, The Jasmine Girl & Other Stories. Being a prolific writer, she holds a D.Phil. in English Literature from University of Allahabad, India with a specialization in South Asian Women Writers, Indian Partition Literature and New Literature. She has published poems in many international magazines and journals around the globe. She is currently teaching English Literature at Rajarshi Tandon Mahila Mahavidhyalaya, Allahabad. She has taught English Literature and Language at S. S. Khanna Girls’ Degree College, Ewing Christian College, Allahabad University and Communication Skills at Allahabad Institute of Engineering & Technology. She has professional experience for more than 17 years.
She has published 70 research papers in National & International journals across the globe and has presented papers in 55 National & Seminars/Conferences all over India. She is a member of the Editorial Board of many international journals, including Angloamericanae Journal (Macedonia), KJHSS (Azerbaijan) Anglisticum (Macedonia), IJRHS (Jordan), Cyber Literature: An Online Journal, The Context, English Literator Society, Literary Miscellany, Research Access & Expressions, Levure Litteraire (France-Germany-USA).
She is the Founder of Progressive Literary & Cultural Society, an international organization for the promotion of global literature & culture.
They Say Don’t Write in English
They say don’t write in English,
it is a foreign language,
the language of colonizer
write in your native language
consider English as an alien.
Alien language, how can it be be
when I read books in English since childhood
it taught me to differentiate between good & evil
and to respect all the religions & nationalities.
For me, it is a language of expression
connecting me to global world
and to different ethnicities,
beyond geographical boundaries,
for me it is a symbol of multiculturalism.
The Mark on the Wall
The mark on the wall,
reminds of myriads things,
like the memories associated,
with an old family photographs,
making us nostalgic,
or a hanging gift by a dear ones,
currently in ruined state,
or something we have forgotten,
a remnants of our past.
Ode to English Women
Don’t try to become Gandhari,
who blindfolded her eyes,
for the sake of her husband,
Be like Durga who killed demon,
and was called as Mahisasurmardini.
Don’t try to become Anarkali,
who was picked in the wall.
Be like Razia Sultan,
who sat on the throne,
and made men bow their head in front of her.
Don’t be like Padmavati,
who performed jauhar.
Be like Rani Lakshmi Bai
who challenged enemy in the battlefield.
Don’t be like Umrao Jan,
who entertained people,
Be like Begum Hazrat Mahal,
who fight Indian freedom struggle.
You can bring revolution
in the field of women’s education
like Savitri Bhai Phule.
You can make education your weapon,
and fight against orthodoxy,
like Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain.
You can make politics your power,
and brings many changes,
like Indira Gandhi.
You are not subaltern, marginalized,
you are Ahilya Bai Holkar,
Chand Bibi and Jhalkari Bai.