FOCUS – Indian Writing in English

In the annual stock-taking of the year gone by, in the highly productive area of Indian Writing in English, Contribuing Editor GJV Prasad draws the spotlight on some of the most significant works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that regaled readers in 2015. Crisp and inventive use of language mark the whole range of writing from established forms like the novel and emerging forms like Fanfiction and explorative travel writing. >>>

FEATURE - Triveni

Kala Ramesh, our Contributing Editor, and an acknowledged exponent of Japanese forms of poetry presents ‘this collection of haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun and haiga from around the world with an Indian touch’, delving into ‘our unique cultural memory: our growing-up years’. With contributions from 26 poets, it is obvious that ‘Indian haiku have exploded in recent years, and while these poems fit nicely into the world-haiku tradition, they have a flavour that is wholly Indian’ (Paul Miller quoted by Kala). >>>


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Incisive conversations with Geet Chaturvedi (pic) and Mona Dash add the dash of creative flavour to the section edited by Charanjeet Kaur, which showcases critical work on women writers like Panna Naik, Chitra Divakaruni, Jhumpa Lahiri, Vaidehi, and Meena Kandaswamy. V S Sreenath’s extensive exploration of Mayyazhi’s Colonial Past shares space with an semi-subjective survey of some of Gulzar’s memorable films. >>>

Four books of poetry, a novel and the translation of a dalit autobiography from Bengal provide an insight into the most recent publications of 2015. U Atreya Sarma offers a broad selection, with Gopal Lahiri’s (pic) review of Sanjeev Sethi’s This Summer and That Summer, forming a companion piece to his poems showcased in our Focus Section. >>>

‘Familial, conjugal and social relationships with a fair amount of personal liberty ensure a stable society,’ says U Atreya Sarma in his Editorial Musings as he selects the best of short fiction received recently. Anshu Choudhry’s (pic) ‘The Oasis,’ an intense story of the revolt of nature against unscrupulous exploitation by humans, and seven other stories explore the vicissitudes of human heart and predicament. >>>

‘The felicity of phrase, dexterity in expression and emotion, the poetic quality, the lyrical skill of the poems presented here make this a rich fare,’ is how Ambika Ananth describes the work of the eight poets who share their rich experience in the Poetry Section. Didier Coste’s (pic) elegant stanza forms offset the free verse of the other contributors to this section. >>>

In “Art Gallery,” Muse India presents unique articles and images of arts and crafts of India. In the second article in this series, Bengali needlework on quilt, known as Nakshi Kantha is explored by the well-known artist, art historian and art curator Sougata Das, our Guest Art Editor. >>>

Young Writer Award 2015

Winners Announced

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Feb 02: Word Of The Day

25 Jan 2016: HRPASWD (Bareilly) confers awards to promote art, literature and culture

23 Jan 2016: Wintering with Caesurae in Kolkata

Jan 5: Bashir Bhaderwahi is Sahitya Akademi awardee for Kashmiri

Dec 16: 2-Day Urdu conference held at Srinagar, J & K on Dec 14-15

Dec 10: Raashid Jahangir receives Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Sangeet Natak Academy

Dec 10: ‘Twelfth Night’ by Filter Company, UK: A rare stage-performance

Dec 9: Writer Ghulam Nabi Nazir Kulgami mourned

Dec 8: Young Mohsin Bin Mushtaq at Times Lit Fest in Delhi

Dec 7: Refurbished Abhinav Theatre opened at Jammu


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