I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

Vikatanitamba (before 9th c.) was a Sanskrit woman poet, noted for her simple and elegant verse, frequently with erotic elements.

The name vikaTanitamba means one with hideous buttocks (vikaTa=horrible, nitamba=buttock) – and appears self-referentially in one of her verses. Such appellations were common for women poets in the classical era (e.g. jaghanachapala – quick thighs).



At the side of the bed
the knot came undone by itself,
and barely held by the sash
the robe slipped to my waist.
My friend, its all I know: I was in his arms
and I can’t remember who was who
or what we did or how