Hindi Poems of Sushant Supriye

( Translated by the poet सुशांत सुप्रिय from Hindi)

Thus Spoke the Father

When I will no longer be there
I will still be there–
thus spoke the father

I will be alive in the
writings of my eldest son

I will peep out of the
paintings of my youngest daughter

I will breathe in the
self-respect of my second son

I will survive in the
steely resolve of my third son

Just as my father lives in me
and my children will live in their children
so will I be saved
in all of you
o my children–
said our father to us.
( Kaha Pitaji ne )

 

 

Yesterday Night in my Dreams

Yesterday night
in my dreams

Gandhari refused to
blindfold herself

Eklavya refused to
offer his thumb to Dronacharya

Sita refused to
go through ordeal by fire

Draupadi did not allow others
to put her at stake in gambling

Puru refused to give
his youth to Yayati

Several mistakes of
history and mythology
were corrected
yesterday night
in my dreams .
(Kal raat sapne me )

 

 

Someone Else

I wake up
one morning
and find out that
I have turned
a stranger to myself
from every angle

My eyes seem
so unknown to me

My smile seems
someone else’s

My hair has turned
unrecognizable

On my palms are etched
someone else’s fate-lines

Psychologists say that
It happens sometimes

That we go on living
someone else’s life

That someone else
goes on living within us.

( koi aur )

Bio.
Sushant Supriye

Born on 28.03.1968 . Had his school education from St. Francis
school, Amritsar( Punjab) and graduation from D.A.V. College, Amritsar .Topped in G.N.D. University , Amritsar, in Pre-University, B.A. ( English) Honours, and M.A.( English ) . Also topped in University of Delhi in M.A. ( Linguistics ) . Was lecturer in English for a few years in D.A.V. College, Jalandhar .
Sushant’s short-stories and poems have been published in several literary magazines and national newspapers in English. He has to his credit a poetry-anthology titled ” In Gandhi’s Country ” .
His short story collection in English titled ” The Fifth Direction” is in press. Sushant is also an acclaimed writer and poet in Hindi . Has to his credit two short-story collections in Hindi titled ‘ Hatyare ‘ ( 2010)and ‘ He Ram ‘ ( 2012 ) , and one poetry-collection in Hindi titled ‘ Ek Boond Yah Bhi ” ( 2014 ) .
Sushant presently works as a senior officer in a Government organisation. He lives with his wife Dr. Leena and two children Vinaayak and Aanya in Delhi ( India ) .

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