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Vijay Kumar Roy


Vijay Kumar Roy





Education is a Mission

Education is a mission
That makes one crave to attain all
That could strengthen one
To make a new path instead of following one
And lead to see through the eyes of others
Where castle and cottage have the same meaning;
Pleasure and pain have the same feeling;
Theist and atheist have the same goal;
And the mortals and the Immortal get the same reverence.

Education has to pave the way to attain self-realization
To embrace the Light and eliminate the Darkness
To strengthen the perpetual divine perception
And enlighten the hungry souls on the path of truth,
And also to reinstate the misled ones
Imparting the sublime lessons
That we aspire incessantly!

Modern Temples of Learning

Enthralled by lust of money and power
Unique bids arise day by day
To create new degree mills
And offer degrees and diplomas
With attractive nomenclatures.

Sale and purchase
Alluring and cheating
And entangling in a lasting mesh
Strengthen the fervour of this profession.

The business of extracting fee and capitation
And converting the amassed black money into white
Have become a passion and pride.

Wealth and influences get victory over the latent talents,
The initiatives of white kurta and pyjamas
Merge in decent coat and tie
To flourish the modern temples of learning.

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Articles/Discussions


Conversation
Sunil Uniyal and Ranu Uniyal: In Conversation with Charanjeet Kaur

Literary Articles
A S Mohamed Rafee: Naipaul’s India
Anindita Ghosh: U R Ananthamurthy
Indrani Das Gupta: Bama’s 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 Mendonça: Teresa’s 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: ‘De-Coding The Silence!’

Poetry
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

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

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