My literary works cover poetry, prose and critical works: Dr.Ranjana Sharan Sinha

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Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha is a poet, author and retired professor of English, S.B. City College, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, Maharashtra. She is a renowned contemporary Indian poet in English with international recognition. Two of her poems are included in university syllabus prescribed for M.A.( English). She has a number of awards to her credit: received a commendation from the former President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for her poem ‘Mother Nature’ contained in her collection ‘Spring Zone’. Her recent awards are: A Citation of the Brightest Honour, 2020 by Sufi International; Bangalore, Order of Shakespeare Medal,2021 by Motivational Strips; Best Indian Author Award 2021 by Critic Space Journal; Independence Day Literary Honour 2021 by Gujarat Sahitya Akademi; Rabindra bath Memorial Aeard 2022 by MS and Dept of Culture, Govt. of Seychelles and its journal SIPAY, and The Golden Heart Award 2022 by World Foundation Poetry. Her poems, short stories, articles and research papers have been widely published at national and international levels in reputed dailies, magazines, e-zines, archives and journals in print and online including Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature.Her poems have found space in more than 40 global Anthologies like Atunis Galaktika, Our Poetry Archive, Kali Project , Indie Blu(e) Publishers, USA, Poet, U.K, Silk Road Anthologies, Egypt and many more. Her poems have been translated and published in Greek. German, Spanish, Persian, Russian , Chinese and other languages. She has authored and published 09 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 William Wordsworth and SumitraNandan Pant ( A Comparative Critical Analysis), 4. Feminism: Times and Tides ( A Theoretical and Historiographical Commentary on Feminism), 5. Different Dimensions (A Compilation of Research Papers), 6. Scents and Shadows ( A Collection of Poems), 7. Rhymes for Children( A Collection of Nursary Rhymes), 8. The Purple Jacaranda and Other Poems ( A Collection of Poems), 9. Ek Sita Main Bhee ( A Collection of Poems in Hindi). She is actively associated with many Literary Organizations and Poetry Groups and is one of the editors of Our Poetry Archive. Lives in Nagpur.
In an exclusive interview with Heaven Mail, she talks to Rameez Makhdoomi.
(1) Q. Tell us about your early days.
Ans: My childhood was privileged because I was born into a family where my father would always encourage his children.I was the child of a bold and beautiful mother and a brilliant orthopaedic surgeon who besides being a doctor was a great humanitarian.They were quite ahead of time and held their daughters in high esteem. As my father was in a transferable job, I got an opportunity to study in different educational institutions at my school and college level as well.We had a huge collection of books including classics and that room was no less than Athenaeum for us. Good reading habits were inculcated in me and besides my regular studies I liked to read magazines and story books.My father had subscribed to many magazines like Reader’s Digest, Span and The Illustrated Weekly of India, and as I grew up my interest embraced these magazines.I would like to emphasize one thing — I loved poetry even in my early days. As a child I was awestruck by the power of poetry, be it in Hindi or English, in textbooks or magazines. With great zeal I read and recited poems and the rhythm went deep inside me. It evoked an imaginative awareness and an emotional response. Maybe the poet in me was somewhere in the periphery. In addition to poetry, the amazing world of Nature fascinated me and I was the lover of the great outdoors collecting flowers to make bouquets and plucking fruits from my orchard– raw or ripe. I can’t tell you how I marvelled the green thumb of the gardner!
(2) Q.How was academic life like?
Ans:As I come from an intellectual background, my academic life was of great importance.My brothers opted for science to become doctors, but I was interested in English subject from the beginning and cherished and pursued it.I graduated in English Honours with Pol Sc. as the side subject.Then did M.A. in English literature from Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur and came out with flying colours. As I was immensely interested in Indo- Anglian Poetry, I did PhD on “Sri Aurobindo’s magnam opus “Savitri” that stands apart not only in Indo English Poetry but in entire world literature. The title of my thesis is ” Sri Aurobindo and the Epic Tradition”. I have attended a number of national and international conferences and seminars, presented paper and delivered lectures as a resource person.I have completed UGC- sponsored Research Project that is a comparative- critical study of the English Romantic poets and Hindi Chhayavadi poets. In the year 2013-14 I received Best Teacher Award from Nagpur Shikshan Mandal, Nagpur for my teaching and academic excellence.
(3) Q.Your inspirations?
My parents– two splendid torches that brightly burn even today and show me the way–are my greatest inspirations in life.Inspiration in the context of poetry, however, is something different. Inspirations to write poetry, sometimes, come from ordinary, everyday happenings or expetiences– be they my own or someone else’s.What initially inspires me and sparks creativity in me can be just about anything: the sound of a bird, the rustling leaves, streaks of flamingo- pink cloud in the sky, nostalgic memories of the past, the problems and unjustices faced by women and the underprivileged in the society and many more.It won’t be an exaggeration if I say that the inner world, dreams and even subconscious, sometimes, act as inspirations and play a dominant role in choosing subjects for poetry writing. I do believe that writing poetry is more or less, is divinely inspired: I write because of the inspiration of the Muse.How I savour the moments when inspirations descend! I’d like to quote a few lines from my poem “Advent” housed in my collection “Scents and Shadows”:
Inspirations descend from the divine summit:
Poetry enters my soul…
Fragments of ectoplasmic dreams–
The words— crystallize
and come out
in ecstasies of joy and pain!
(4) Q.The topics you like to write?
The topics of my poetry is as varied as my mood that captures intense spectrum of emotions and includes happiness, sadness, distress, despair, fear and excitement. I have written poems on Nature, love, poverty, ageing and of course, a triad of memory, nostalgia and longing.My femalecentric poems deal with exploitation of women such as rape and trafficking. But almost all the victims are full of hope– they resurrect themselves– an attempt to regenerate like a phoenix arising from the ashes! I like to depict the world of the poor and the downtrodden with their hopes, dreams and yearnings that remain flickering shadows.
(5) Q. About your literary works.
I have authored and published 09 books in different genres and 50 research papers on a number of themes and topics. My literary works cover poetry, prose and critical works. My maiden book “SPRING ZONE” is a collection of 35 poems and haiku with various subjects and settings. One of the poem “Mother Nature” received a commendation from the formar President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. My next publication “MIDNIGHT SUN” is a collection of short stories dealing with different themes like childhood under modern compelling circumstances, love, Chauvinism, power, corruption, hypocrisy and prejudice. My third book ” NATURE IN THE POETRY OF WORDSWORTH AND SUMITRANANDAN PANT” is a comparative exploration of the attitudes of English Romantic poets and Hindi Chhayavadi poets towards Nature.My fourth Book “FEMINISM: TIMES AND TIDES” is a historiographical and theoretical commentary on Feminism.The next publication “”DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS” is a compilation of research papers presented by me in various conferences and seminars. My sixth book “SCENTS AND SHADOWS” is a collection of 70 poems on multiple themes as varied as life.Two poems from this collection ” She’s Gone Forever” and ” The Silent Shore” are included in Postgraduate University Syllabus. This book has also bagged Best Indian Author Award (Critic Space Journal). My seventh book “RHYMES FOR CHILDREN” is for children.There are nursery rhymes that children can easily learn and recite. After this I got published one more poetry book ” THE PURPLE JACARANDA AND OTHER POEMS” that is a collection of 52 poems. My latest book is in Hindi called “EK SITA MAIN BHEE” because I’m a bilingual poet and love to write in Hindi, too. My poems have been translated into many foreign languages like Greek, German, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Russian, Persian and more giving a wide readership to my creative writings. A number of research papers/ articles have been written by poets, professors and scholars on my poetry that have been published in literary journals.They have been compiled and published in the form of a book under the title “THE MYRIAD HUES OF RANJANA SHARAN’S POETRY”. The volume has been edited by Dr. Farzana Ali.
(6) Q.your message?
I believe in the power of perseverance and passion. Life is full of hurdles and challenges and often it is difficult to find one’s way through this prickly pathway of life.But just because you’ve encountered a roadblock doesn’t mean that you can’t take a detour. So when you encounter inevitable roadblocks and setbacks, go on doing the things inspite of all the difficulties. Develop an immunity to the fear of failure–Never give in and never give up!
(7) Scope of writing in India.
India is a country that has lots of scope in every field. Unfortunately, pursuit of poetry has never been lucrative.Poets– even the professional ones– have a job that helps them survive and pay the bills. Writing, which was once limited to pen, paper and typewriters, now thrives on the internet and other digital media and has a worldwide effect.Content writing has great scope in India and content writers are in great demand. As the E- commerce industry is at a peak in India, taking up content writing as a career is a great choice and people have brighter career prospects in this particular writing field.India as the world’s sixth largest economy has an enormous potential to have its fair share in the online arena.
(8) Q. Future goals?
I want to write, write and write till my last breath expressing my views and feelings and sharing them with my readers. These days I am writing Ghazals in English. My Ghazals have received very good response and have.been published in India and abroad. In near future I wish to bring out an impressive.collection of the same. Ghazal, an amazing form of poetry with rich cultural heritage, needs to be popular in English, too.Agha Shahid Ali worked hard to introduce the Persian form in English prompting many writers to adopt this form in English language.

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