By: Marilyn L. Davis
Two Drops of Ink is fortunate to have poets and writers who always educate, entertain, and enchant us. Dr. Archan Mehta falls into the last category – delighting us with his thought-provoking poems that make us see the world differently.
I often laugh out loud when reading his poems, mainly about perceptions of poets, work, and what we should be doing instead of writing. His playful side often masks a greater truth for us writers. We’ve all known the scratching heads when we tell people we’re writers as if it isn’t a legitimate occupation, as evidenced in this excerpt from Career Counseling:
…”We don’t want you to be “creative.”
After all, artists end up in the
Dust of poverty and die penniless
In open gutters. Therefore, we
Can’t have you pursuing literature
And creative writing. Writing is a
Waste of valuable time, money and energy.
Find a real job and get your
Hands dirty, so you receive
A regular paycheck at
The end of the month…
Few Words, But Solid Imagery
His imagery is solid, too. Poems don’t have the luxury of long, drawn-out descriptions to make their point, but in Dr. Mehta’s poetry, his choice of words always evokes the right image. How many of us have felt this way? From A Woman’s Tale:
…”Nor does she know
What she wants
From her life:
She appears confused
Like one of those
Lost souls you find
Here, there and everywhere
Like panhandlers or street urchins.
She never bothered to
look within and discover
Her true calling:
She turned into
Of solitude like
A bird trapped
Inside a cage
Longing for release.
Pray, who will
An old flame?
A social worker?
A friend? The police?
A concerned neighbor?”…
Poems That Make You Ponder Life
I always think about my life and choices when I read Dr. Mehta’s poems, and these six poems will make you think about life, death, expectations, and opportunities.
After reading a little about his life in India, I’d encourage you to scroll down and find all of Dr. Mehta’s poems at Two Drops of Ink.
A Brief Bio of Dr. Archan Mehta
Dr. Mehta earned a Ph.D. in Management. Currently, Dr. Mehta is a Consultant and Writer based in India who trains clients in Stress Management through the ancient practice of meditation.
In 1990, Dr. Mehta won a national award for a short story in Onlooker Magazine based in Bombay (Mumbai), Maharashtra, India. The Judge was the late, great Khushwant Singh, India’s celebrated Journalist, Editor, Author, and Columnist.
- American Poetry Anthology
- Poets United to Advance the Arts
- The Times of India
- The Indian Express
- HR Future, Business Manager
- India Today
- The Statesman
- Ahmedabad Mirror
- All India Management Association
- People Matters
- Society for Human Resource Management
Dr. Mehta is a member of several professional organizations, such as the Society for Human Resource Management, Indian Society for Training and Development, Academy of HRD, Rural Marketing Association of India, Ahmedabad Management Association, Human Resource Association of India, Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences, National HRD Network and All India Management Association.
Besides Poetry: Dr. Mehta’s Other Interests
Dr. Mehta likes to stroll outdoors, listen to music, party with close friends, and read in his free time.
Please feel free to reach out to the poet at firstname.lastname@example.org or LinkedIn.
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