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 Archana Varmateaches 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

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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

a boat

with the flow my own body

could have been

a boat.

Fear

To

keep the storm outside

after shutting windows and doors

saw

that I am

closed inside.

Free

With mother’s image on the face

in thoughts

father’s shadow

and on shoulders

burden of

both their combined dreams

he went down the stairs.

In front was sky.

When, how, which ever he wished

to choose

he was free.

Love

It was a net

and I

was not water

that I could escape.

It was a deception

that for escaping from myself

together with

many other statues

inside myself

I had sculpted.