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Sheel Galada

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A fierce wind carries abroad
the smell of smouldering flesh.
Ashen flakes eddy about
in a turmoil, raging against reality,
furiously swirling up
only to be unceremoniously
blown hither and thither.
Portending glowing embers,
a staccato of snapping logs
and crackling bones marks
irreversible time. Blanched,
tear-marked cheeks twitch
to the agonizing beat
of gulped down sobs; unmade
promises weigh stooping shoulders;
sighs alternate with shudders. Tattered
hopes frizzle like burning hair,
smoked out of existence. Frenzied
toil halts mid-grind, seared
by piercing memories.
Brows charred by darkening brands
plunge into dreary depths; words
of succour scorch and singe.
“Those who are gone
and those who wait their turn
shall meet again
in other times, other forms” –
futile such salve
for the scalds of separation.

(All Fools’ Day, 2015)
It’s a strange world here in this vast city:
Noise does not cease, only ebbs and flows;
Piercing horns rent nights, burning hurry
Fills the days; and lined like wizened old brows
Is the sky. These criss-cross lines partition
Homes, they string up people to devices,
Strangle freely the imagination,
Insidiously engender crises.
Yet these very lines do also reach out
Invisibly across spheres, sending
Silent signals, linking migrating minds:
Proliferating ideas stem doubt,
Waking contemplation, reinventing
Exuberant worlds, locating new finds.



Charanjeet Kaur: Editorial

Nicholas Grene: In Conversation with Pawan Kumar
Sami Ahmad Khan: In Discussion with Atreya Sarma

Literary Essay
Aditya Kumar Panda: Meaning and Limits
Ananya Dutta Gupta: Tagore – a Muse or Guardian?

Literary Articles
Animesh Bag & Gobinda Banik: Restless Hollow in The Circle of Reason
Anushree Thareja: The Agony of Being Adivasi
Archana Gupta: Love and Desire in Amrita Pritam’s The Revenue Stamp
I Watitula Longkumer & Nirmala Menon: Mamang Dai’s The Black Hill
Irina Talashi: Kashmiri Proverbs
Juri Dutta: Ideological Conflicts in Birendra Bhattacharya’s fiction
S K Sagir Ali: Short Stories of Afsar Ahmed
Soumana Biswas: Impact of Testimonies in Partition Fiction
Sumallya Mukhopadhyay: Of Forgotten Histories

Book Reviews
Ananya Sarkar: The Liberation of Sita (Volga)
Anubhav Pradhan: Personal and National Destinies in Independent India: A Study of Selected Indian English Novels
Atreya Sarma U: Not Just Another Story (Subhash Chandra)
Gopal Lahiri: Kautik on Embers (Uddhav J Shelke’s Marathi novel trans. by Shanta Gokhale)
Mala Pandurang: Home Between Crossings (Sultan Somjee)
Mona Dash: Spark of Light (Short fiction by women writers from Odisha)
Sobia Abdin: Four Degrees of Separation (Rochelle Potkar)

Ambika Ananth: Editorial Comment
Arunima Takiar
Debatri Das
Maere Damisr
Parvinder Mehta
Sheel Galada
Shernaz Wadia
Shweta Mishra
Venkata Chandeeswar
Zinia Mitra

Smitha Sehgal: Editorial Musings
Jayaram Vengayil: Such a Short Journey
Mondit M Mahanta: Frangipani
Nabanita Sengupta: The Game
Narayani Das: The Little Girl
Nilutpal Gohain: The Sacrifice
Sangeeth Simon: Platform

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