FOCUS - Indian English Poetry

In our annual roundup of Indian Writing in English, GJV Prasad, our Contributing Editor, presents the best work of some of the significantly established poetic voices like Makarand Paranjape, Eunice de Souza, Arundhati Subrmaniam and Menka Shivdasani along with new emerging voices. His focus on poetry stems from the fact that poetry is his “first love, and it shows”. A highlight of the section is the inclusion of a scholarly take on Indian English poetry by Sachin Ketkar, within the theoretical framework of cultural semiotics, which, while analysing the work of three diverse Indian English poets – Anjum Hasan, Meena Kandaswamy and Mustansar Dalvi – presents a model for the further study of this constantly in-the-making, and hence vibrant, genre. >>>

FEATURE - Hyderabad Literary Festival 2015

Our readers will savour the taste of the now well established Hyderabad Literary Festival, in this comprehensive and vividly pictorial coverage presented by our Managing Editor, GSP Rao, with inputs from various scholars who participated in this mega literary and cultural event. HLF 2015 saw the convergence of some of the finest intellectual and creative national and international minds, with a special focus on the invited Guest Nation, Poland and on Urdu Literature. From the reports of the soulful poetry of Javed Akhtar to scintillating photographic exhibitions, to resonating cultural shows, - glimpses of the intellectual treat that HLF 2015 has been … >>>


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Two very scholarly articles on Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore – by Bernd-Peter Lange and Tejwant Singh Gill – juxtaposing his influence on the diaspora and his impact on Punjabi literature – pave the way for the other two articles presented in this section and the two Conversations. Daman Singh talks about how she considers herself to be primarily a novelist, and Max Babi (pic) speaks of ghazals, translations, ‘an undying sense of childlike curiosity’ and serendipity. >>>

It is not surprising that all the seven reviews presented in this Section by U Areya Sarma (pic) are about poetry. He refers to Usha Kishore’s Night Sky Between the Stars as projecting a ‘different feminism – drawing on ancient Sanskrit lore’. Anju George’s selection of the anthology Homeward Bound edited by Jaydeep Sarangi & Rob Harle, to be reviewed is interesting because it covers new collaborative grounds between Indian and Australian poetry. >>>

Presenting five stories by emerging writers on bonding, adversity and resilience, Editor of the Section, U Atreya Sarma states that this “is the distilled message of the stories featured” - with all the range of locales and styles that they cover. Editor’s pick is “A Letter to Her Love” by Harini Krishna (pic). >>>

“To churn out ever fresh metaphors and to ‘not’ fall a victim to verbosity pose a great challenge to poets”, is the basis of the selection of the wide ranging poems meticulously put together by our Editor of the Poetry Section, Ambika Ananth (pic). The poets presented “blend their poetic talent with a fresh approach to the craft”, she rightly says.>>>

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