‘Winter’ By Bhanuji Rao
Translated from the Odia original
Note: Bhanuji Rao (1926 – 2001) was an Odia poet born in Cuttack. He worked as a journalist and teacher, working as a language instructor at LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, for seventeen years. His work as a poet (along with that of other pioneers such as Guruprasad Mohanty) was crucial in the transformation of Odia poetry in the post-independence period. He was quite belatedly honoured with the central Sahitya Akademi award for his collection ‘Nai Aarapaari’ – ‘On the Other Shore’ in 1989. He was the grandson of famous Odia poet Madhusudan Rao, and never married.