Kedarnath Singh







Poems originally in Hindi

Translated by Kalpna Singh-Chitnis into English






After lakhs of wailing

and crores of cries

a drop that trickles down an eye,

finds its name –



Who’ll tell,

how heavier is the tear

than the drop?






If you pass through this village,

try to listen to those,

who sit there in silences;

they remember the incident,

but have forgotten how to speak.






When I ride a train

I thank science and the scientist,


when I get off the plane

I thank science a lot,

and a little bit to the God as well,


when I go to bed,

and can’t sleep having the lights on,

I turn them off to fall asleep,


in the darkness of science,

the sleep is great.












Born in Balia district of Uttar Pradesh, India, on July 7th, Kedarnath Singh is one of the most prominent Hindi poets of our time. He is also an eminent critic and essayist. He received India’s highest literary honor Jananpith Award in 2014, and Sahitya Academy Award in 1989 for his poetry collection, Akaal Mein Saras (Cranes in a Drought). Kedarnath Singh obtained his Masters and Ph.D degree from Kashi Hindu Vishwa Vidyalaya, and taught Hindi at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. His poetry is characterized by simple, everyday language and the images in his poems string together to convey complex themes. His anthologies include, Abhi Bilkul Abhi, Zameen Pak Rahi Hai, Yahan se Dekho, Akaal Mein Saaras, Baagh,Tolstoy aur Cycle, and many other stories and essays. Kedarnath Singh is also honored with Kumaran Aashan and Vyas Awards. His latest poetry collection  “Srishti Par Pahra” (Defending the Universe) published in 2014 is one of the greatest contributions ever made by any poet to the Hindi literature.







Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is a bilingual Indian-American Poet, Writer, Filmmaker and Actor based in CA, USA. Author of the “Bare Soul” (a poetry collection in English) and three poetry collections in Hindi, Kalpna Singh-Chitnis was born in Gaya (Bihar) India. Educated at Magadh University, Bodhgaya, and New York Film Academy, Kalpna began her career as a writer, poet and lecturer of Political Science. She taught International Relations to post graduate students at Gaya College, Gaya, before turning to film directing. She won the prestigious “Bihar Rajbhasha Award” (1986-87) for her first poetry collection “Chand Ka Paivand” (Patch of Moon) before age 21, and the title of ‘Bihar Shree’ (Jewel of Bihar) in 1988. She also received “Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award” in 2014 in New Delhi, for her contributions to literature and film at national and international levels. Kalpna’s poetry collections “Bare Soul”, “Tafteesh Jari Hai” (The Investigation Continues) and “Nishant” (The Dawn) have received praise from eminent writers, scholars and critics such as Nobel prize nominees Dr. Wazir Agha, Naseer Ahmad Nasir, Vaptsarov Award and Ordre des Arts et des Lettres winner poet Amreeta Pritam, Academy Award winning lyricist, poet and filmmaker Gulzar, Gyanpeeth Award winner poets Kedarnath Singh, Shaharyar and others. Kalpna’s literary works have been widely published in Indian Subcontinent, Europe and in North America. Her poems have been featured in prominent journals like California Quarterly, The Enchanting Verses, Levure litteraire, World Poetry, Prairie Light Review, Hans, Kadambini, Dharamyug, Saptahik Hindustan, Indraprastha Bharti, just to name a few. She has also been interviewed on ABC Channel 7, Voice of America, LA 18, Doordarshan (India’s National Television), KPFK Radio, Aakashvani (India’s National Radio) and has made several headlines in newspapers like Telegraph, OC Register, Los Angeles Times (Daily Pilot), OC Weekly, Times of India, Indian Express and others. She is the creator and editor of “Life and Legends”, multilingual literary magazine, and working on her next film “Dancing in the Rain” (based on a true story), to raise awareness about the issue of honor killing in Indian Sub-continent and Mid-East.


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