FEATURE: Contemporary Indian English Poetry

While presenting this “rich collection” of poems by as many as 39 poets, most of them “from the younger generations,” GJV Prasad, Editor (Indian-English Writings) avers, “It is poetry we turn to when you are out of sorts, when your world falls apart, when you feel lonely and abandoned, when you feel the crowd, when you are bombarded with images and news of the planet brutalised and humanity becomes a curse word,” and strikes an optimistic note for poetry, by saying, “I have found so many new poets who make me think if all else goes downhill, we will still have poetry.” >>>


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You have six literary expositions by as many erudite writers, presented by Charanjeet Kaur, the Editor. Sara Aboobacker (in pic), a progressive Muslim writer, is engaged in an interesting Conversation by Ayshath S R; Kinshuk Majumdar shows how Amitav Ghosh uses English language to challenge colonial ideology; Kusumita Datta regales us with Kashmir and its Story Tellers; Srinivas Reddy discusses the connection between Sanskrit and the Western Opera; Rachel Bari sheds light on South Asian Poetry; Sonal Jha presents a study of Arun Kolatkar’s poem ‘Sarpa Satra.’ >>>

You have reviews of 7 interesting books – poetry, fiction, essays – as selected by Editor U Atreya Sarma who himself reviews ‘Wakes on the Horizon.’ Purabi Bhattacharya (in pic) reviews ‘Himalaya: Adventures, Meditations, Life’ (Essays); Revathi Raj Iyer – ‘I Won’t give you a leg up, Mr Death’ (Novel); Subashish Bhattacharjee – ‘Agniputr: When Agni First Spoke’ (Novel); Dustin Pickering – ‘No Waiting Like Departure’; Gagan Bihari Purohit – ‘For You to Decide’; Sapna Dogra – ‘An Ode to Shimla.’ >>>

Feast on the carte du jour of 9 multi-dimensional stories that Editor U Atreya Sarma presents. Eva Bell (in pic) in her ‘Entrapped’ narrates the nail-biting story of a woman recruited by ultras. Equally stimulating are the stories by Akshat Joshi, Ananya Sarkar, Humera Ahmed, Neera Kashyap, Reema Tripathy, Sahar Raza, Sukla Singha, Sunil Sharma. >>>

Ambika Ananth, the Editor features 10 poets whose poems “meander through a territory filled with distinct imagery, colourful exhilaration of expressions, enigmatic enriched tropes and metaphors.” Our poets of the issue are Arnab Mukhopadhyay, Bidyut Bhusan Jena, Madhab Chandra Jena, Maithreyi Karmoor, Mithlesh Kumar Chaudhary, Robert Beveridge, Sujit Mukherjee (in pic), Surbhi Goel, TS Hidalgo, Varun Rajaram. >>>

Don’t miss the compulsive visual delight – “A walk through installation art of Durga puja pandals of Kolkata” in the Art Gallery exhibited by Editor Priyadarshi Patnaik jointly with Pinaki Gayen and supported by the youthful spirits – Stuti Modi, Preksha Trivedi, Hardik Tharad, Archit Tekriwal, Rohan Khameshra and Neerav Jain. >>>

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