Dr. Sangita Swechcha has been an ardent lover of literature from an early age. She has published a novel ‘Pakhalieko Siudo’ (Washed Vermillion) and co-authored a collection of short stories ‘Asahamati ka Pailaharu’ (Hoofmark of Discord) before the collection of short stories ‘Gulafsanga ko Prem’ (The Rose: An Unusual Love Story). Her second novel is under publication and her short story collection is being translated into English. She has many short stories and poems published in various international journals, online portals, radio and television including Radio Nepal, Nepal Television, Capital FM, Global Literature in Library Initiative (USA), Your2Read (UK), Borderless Journal, Global Voices (The Netherlands), Eternity (India), The Bangladesh Post (Bangladesh).
The mirror questions me- Who are you? And says-I recognise you no more. My knees warn me- Don't you jump so much! Yet I keep exerting them This leaves me dog-tired. Unheeding, my mind takes wing And rushes to the battleground To compete with the youth. Alas! These days My body and mind Are not in the same rhythm They are ever in conflict As a mute witness, I observe their conflict And listen to the prattle between them. I can neither laugh Nor can I cry After all Both of them represent me, Making fun of me. Helpless! I witness the days slipping by, Taking its course. -------------- Translated from Nepali by Bal Ram Adhikari