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B R Nagpal

B R Nagpal

Beatific Vision

Lord, draft me in the mountain of love
wherein I keep ascending,
Slender is the present web
when I stand enclosed, diminished

Lead me to the untrodden paths,
They are endless,
Like a dream child,
I will scrub my slate,
script new strokes
everready, everfresh
everwilling for ventures,

When the clouds darken
stagnant pools that astound
I will not be smothered
The river that flows on me
will continue its spell
in its stillness, fury, abandon
You are the mystic glacier
from where it emanates

I will wear new dress,
summon my vitals
play Your play,
celebrate, swoon,
in the unsung song of Your drumbeats

Under Your decree,
The mighty spirit of life
that overflows,
will submerge in me,
in thunder, lightning,

The Green Valley

into dark, heaps of darkness
negotiating the yellow terrain
Our carriage bends, turning to be erect,
We blink
Our eyelids are watery streams
until the shafts of light

The breath taking turns
take us to the valley.
The carpet of green
lying at the middle
between the steeps and the slopes.

The middle aged man
overwhelmed, fixed his gaze
upon the glassbox
to pursue his mathematics
metamorphose the environment
into calculations
All that turned opaque.

We, in pauses
exchanged glances, whispered syllables
when the outlines
of the distant abode of Lord Shiva
gained in transparency.

The middle aged man astounded
had snake like creeps
He found himself entrapped, insupportable
between the glorious sunshine above
and the countless, serpentine roots
rocks, atmas below.



Sunil Uniyal and Ranu Uniyal: In Conversation with Charanjeet Kaur

Literary Articles
A S Mohamed Rafee: Naipaulís India
Anindita Ghosh: U R Ananthamurthy
Indrani Das Gupta: Bamaís Sangati
Rudra Kinshuk: Agha Shahid Ali
Swati Srivastava & Avneesh Kumar Singh: Rohinton Mistry & Vikram Seth

Book Reviews
Alka Dutt: God I Am
Ambika Ananth: Ink and Line
Glenis M MendonÁa: Teresaís Man and Other Stories from Goa
Gopal Lahiri: The Reverse Tree
K K Srivastava: Rotations of Unending Time
Pramod K Das & Narayan Jena: The Whispering Grove
U Atreya Sarma: One Year for Mourning
VVB Rama Rao: Emotionoceans
Payal Das: ĎDe-Coding The Silence!í

Amibka Ananth: Editorial Note
Arnapurna Rath
B R Nagpal
Bem Le Hunte
Bidyut Bhusan Jena
Javed Latoo
K N Shivshankar
Murali Sivaramakrishnan
Nar Deo Sharma
Pranshu Prakash
R K Biswas
Shobha Narayan
Vijay Kumar Roy

U Atreya Sarma: Editorial Musings
Ajay Patri: God's Own Taxi
Bem Le Hunte: Divine Confluence
Indu Parvathi: Two
Narayan: A Motherís Grief
Neera Kashyap: A woodpecker hammers at my throat
Sunil Sharma: A story told by a maid-servantís preteen daughter
Sushrut Bhatia: At School

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