FEATURE: Mass Appeal – Let’s Get Creative

Creativity has, indeed, been the watchword for Mass Appeal … and the response for the feature has been encouraging. We look back with Dipti Kulkarni, and break codes and genres to include ruminations and explorations on the creative and the critical. Succinct film reviews are thrown in for good measure, and short stories from a couple of languages. In the words of Menka Shivdasani, it’s all about finding one’s feet, even if they are crow’s feet, as one wonders with her, what exactly is this thing we all fear called aging….? Editor Charanjeet Kaur welcomes you to partake of this unrestricted cruise into expected and the unexpected. >>>


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Easterine Kire (in pic) eminent writer from Nagaland and winner of The Hindu Literary Prize 2015 for her novel When the River Sleeps, which she says, in her conversation with Babli Mallick, sketches the life of a community rather than individuals. We have Nabina Das talking to Adil Jussawala, and an in-depth analysis by Sachin Ketkar of modernisms in Gujarati poetry; apart from essays on Kokborok poetry, reinterpretations of legends of Shiva and Draupadi, and Children’s fiction >>>

U Atreya Sarma, the Editor, presents nine reviews this time: GSP Rao’s comprehensive look at the recently published Being Hindu by Hindol Sengupta (in pic); and reviews of poetry, fiction and non-fiction by our panel of reviewers. A Critical Companion to Rabindranath Tagore’s Gora, edited by Nandini Bhattacharya and an introspection into Indian Poetry by VVB Rama Rao bolster the need for erudition in literary activities. >>>

Three new contributors, Lahari Mahalanabish (in pic), Jim Wungramyao Kasom and Vrinda Baliga, grace the selection of eight short stories by the Editor, U Atreya Sarma. In these, ‘the cumulative wisdom’ of life is condensed, a wisdom that ‘requires a holistic and pragmatic mind to be able to distinguish between superstition and non-superstition, between the perceptions of tolerance and intolerance, sincerity and hypocrisy,’ as he says in his Editorial Musings. >>>

‘What remains/ after departures/ to worlds beyond?’ asks Arunima Paul. ‘Old sorrows play hide-and-seek’ says Sutapa Chaudhuri (in pic). ‘You are the writings that are/ scattered all about on slips of paper’ utters Bibhu Padhi. Darius Cooper recovers the voice of Meera, ‘the bai, who dared to loosen her hair’. Aamir Habib takes us to the world of Sufi poet-mystic of the 9th century, Prakash Ram Bhat. Read much more in the selection that Editor Ambika Ananth presents. >>>

‘From Popular Culture to Everyday Aesthetics: the Rickshaw Art of Allahabad’ ventures into the aesthetics of every day, popular art. The Editors, Priyadarshi Patnaik and Pinaki Gayen, bring the work of near-anonymous artists who embellish cycle rickshaws with motifs, colours, and miniatures from folk culture and popular imagination. >>>

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