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U Atreya Srama: Editorial Musings





“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader –
not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”

~ E L Doctorow (Jan 6, 1931 – Jul 21, 2015), Celebrated American Author

Life in the recent times has acquired a rather brisk momentum with the youngsters beginning to outpace the elders when it comes to technological adaptation and the intricacies and competitiveness of our material society. If the elders can appreciate this and empathically encourage the youngsters in moulding and fulfilling their aspirations, it would augur well for the society. The dreams and aspirations run as much through the not so well off and even impecunious segments as they of course do through the well-off strata. Quite often a clash between dreams and daydreams, between hard work and sloth – compounded by a reluctance to be open and to understand the other’s viewpoint – widens the gap within the family as well as outside it – between the heterogeneous, yet symbiotic, players in the society. In all this glaringly unequal maze of boondocks we still find souls, rich in contentment, though not so in financial resources. We continue to be a mixture of both good and bad, but with the latter in its various forms and hues like jealousy, envy, guile, and superstition dominating the former. It 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.

The above cumulative wisdom is reflected by the following stories, creatively and effectively told.

     1. Siege: Vrinda Baliga
     2. Horrid-scope: VP Gangadharan
     3. Flowers: Tulsi Charan Bisht
     4. Déjà vu: Sridhar V
     5. The Promise: Smita Sahay
     6. The Museum: Lahari Mahalanabish
     7. The Search: Jim Wungramyao Kasom
     8. Auto Da Fe: Chandrashekhar Sastry

Happy Season! Happy Reading!

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Fiction
U Atreya Srama: Editorial Musings
Chandrashekhar Sastry: Auto-da-fe
Jim Wungramyao Kasom: The Search
Lahari Mahalanabish: The Museum
Smita Sahay: The Promise
Sridhar Venkatasubramanian: Déjà Vu
Tulsi Charan Bisht: Flowers
V P Gangadharan: Horrid-scope
Vrinda Baliga: Siege

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