Grishma Ritu, Issue No. 91 (May-Jun 2020)


Childhood is the sweetest phase of human life; and child writers and artists are capable of catering to the creative tastes of their own child community, observes Editor Atreya Sarma U. This feature is a unique, exuberant and exhaustive display of Children’s Literature in Telugu with 76 writings by 42 writers – including 22 child writers. It showcases representative articles, poems, a book review, lyrics and stories by children and adults, melodies by children, film lyrics for children and a lyrical playlet.

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If children are the future citizens, how then to create a conducive environment for them so that they can blossom into holistic individuals with personal, familial, social and moral values and love of the country? Prof MK Devaki, an authority on children’s literature, answers this in her comprehensive article. Dr A Harinatha Reddy, in his article, marks the effects of heredity and environment on children. Exposure to creative pursuits and cultivating good values in childhood will transform a child into a positive individual in adult life. (Feature)

Pulla Murali Akash began writing in his 8th grade. His first collection of short stories is praeraNa (Motivation). The story The Grateful Pupils from this book captures the empathetic and touching relation between a teacher and his pupils. Sree Pragnya Achanta, an 11th grader working on her first collection of poetry, delights us with three English poems of hers laced with a ceaseless rhyme. This feature celebrates 20 other child writers who have enthusiastically penned their feelings into melodious lyrics. (Feature)

Itha Chandraiah is a prolific Telugu writer emphasizing the need of a simple and lucid style while writing stories or songs for children. The lyrics by Dr Pathipaka Mohan, a specialist in children’s literature, have a sweet innocence about them. There are 20 adult writers contributing to this feature. The translations for the Feature have been done by Atreya Sarma, Ambika Ananth, Annapurna Sharma and Dr Shri Harsha. (Feature)

As many as 13 fascinating books have been reviewed by the Muse India panel of reviewers. The Chronicler (Niyogi Books) by Jvalant Nalin Sampat is an international political-military thriller outlining the sinister motives of a suspect nation. Interestingly, this book runs in parallel to the present global crisis. Birds in Paradise by Sunayan Sharma (Niyogi Books) is yet another captivating book explicating the magnitude of Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan, one of the world’s most important bird breeding and feeding grounds. (Book Reviews)

The two interesting non-fiction books – Sadguru Rameshji’s Soul Selfie – How to click into your real self (Fingerprint Publishing) is a Nectar of Gyana and one of the best lines in the book is Kriya liberates and Karma binds; and Pioneering Parsis of Calcutta by Prochy N Mehta (Niyogi Books) elaborates on a personal moment that led to years of painstaking research and commitment and finally to the discovery of a rich Parsi legacy. (Book Reviews)

Thrillers or Ghosts or Poetry, books have a unique way of enticing the readers. Vadhan’s pen is as incisive as a surgeon’s scalpel in Fear of God. Anita Krishnan’s stories from Ghost of the Silent Hills need no wintry nights or silence to scare. Bidyut Bhusan Jena’s Pages sheds light on sorrow, as a centre of human experience – with several nuanced picture portraits. Lakshmi Kannan eloquently blends the fragrance of jasmine, luminosity of the moon and human emotions in Sipping the Jasmine Moon. (Book Reviews)

Ever wondered about retrieval of voices? Well, Kunti speaks to us in the article, “Kunti in The Mahabharata.Seema Sinha and Kumar S Bhattacharya raise thought provoking queries: “Did Kunti’s voice drown in the depths of the power-matrix, only to emerge as a hollow ventriloquism of the voice of her captors? Did she never miss Karna? Or was her entire life coloured by this one act of hers, where she did not stand up for herself and assert her right to be a mother?” (Literary section)  

Wondering on urbanity, Debanjan Chakraborty wonders whether Nashe’s traveller has a voice or is it an authorial voice: “The readers are left in a dilemma whether to consider Nashe as the creator of Jack Wilton or is he the creation of the urban world; and then comes the fundamental question: whom do we remember most at the end of the novel? Does the authorial voice get subdued by the clamour of the urban world?” (Literary Section)

Gita Viswanath’s story – Paper Gods takes a reader down that slippery slope where relationships between people get blurred or interrupted when beliefs come in the way of friendships. The story begins on a warm note but by the end gives one a jolt. A necessary story for times like these. (Fiction)

Adrita Mukherjee’s The Dress is a powerful story that questions the lines that we have drawn and allotted roles to people. The story jumps across those lines to bring out a beautiful story that makes one rethink the beliefs that one has held on to regarding gender roles. (Fiction)

Oormila Venkateswaran’s poems are rooted in everyday experiences and observations—trying to find meaning and beauty in the mundane, trying to look at the common in uncommon ways. Her poems stem out of her lived experiences. (Poetry)

“A poison sword has pierced through earth’s core; Spreading a deadly venom throughout its veins” – with chilling imagery, Betty Oldmeadow conveys the bitter truth of today’s pandemic catastrophe, but she, as a golden wordsmith, has a sage advice too for the suffering humanity. Her poems are nuggets of truth. (Poetry)

Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca’s anecdotal poetry revolves around her rich and colourful life with its share of great joys and deep suffering. It is these experiences, along with her love of God, family, and nature that she shares with her readers. As the daughter of the renowned poet, Nissim Ezekiel, she is preserving her legacy through her lovely poetry. (Poetry)


This Issue of Muse India is sponsored by our patron Satish Verma.

Past Issues

Issue:90:Flux and Fusions in English Studies

Issue:89:Children’s Literature

Issue:88:Maithili Literature Tomorrow

Issue:87:Writing on Art

Issue:86:Contemporary Assamese Literature

Issue:85:The Madness of the Word

Issue:84:Punjabi Literature – Guru Nanak, Its Greatest Progenitor

Issue:83:Indian English Writing