Archana Varma Writer & Poet Translations from Hindi
Archana (Sinha) Varma is a poet and writer, writing in Hindi. An MA in Hindi from Allahabad University, Archana teaches Hindi at Miranda College (Delhi University). She had also been associated with different TV programmes related to Hindi literature on Indian national TV channel, Doordarshan.
Over a long period she is also associated with the famous Hindi literary magazine called Hans, as its Associate Editor. Over past few years, she is also associated with another Hindi magazine called Kathadesh.
Archana can be contacted at: mushumaatyahoo.com (substitute "at" with @ for email)
Some of Archana's poems are presented here.
(Updated July 2007)
Some Poems of Archana Varma
Standing in the middle of the bridge
I had seen the fastness of the current
not the edges
that the bridge had ostensibly linked
Fast current continuously
was cutting the edges
wideness was spreading
>bridge was a joke of its attempt
or maybe an insult to the current
Before going across
she had burnt her boats
but standing on the bridge
was not an alternative.
It is not necessary that
journey is from this side to that side,
it can be from
this end of the current to that end
It was not necessary
that to save myself from the current I needed
with the flow my own body
could have been
keep the storm outside
after shutting windows and doors
that I am
With mother’s image on the face
and on shoulders
both their combined dreams
he went down the stairs.
In front was sky.
When, how, which ever he wished
he was free.
It was a net
was not water
that I could escape.
It was a deception
that for escaping from myself
many other statues
I had sculpted.