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Shernaz Wadia

Shernaz Wadia

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I stand at a zebra crossing on an invisible grey
No white no definite black. No light no absolute dark
In the twilight region, I stumble, I fall, I stray
lost in an obscure maze; frosts of unknown fears spark
deep doubts. The solace of weighty words of wisdom
eludes. Scampering around blindly — a trapped mouse
I am but a lonely seeker — a gone astray pilgrim
whose faltering steps wander away from your House
I have drunk from the crucible of saving grace
Flirted with the far-flung light of enlivening hope
Yet have shrunk from the path that leads to a place
of peace. My feet waver — in ignorance I grope
my journey doomed... what do I do? Where turn?
How from this catacomb do I my freedom earn?
“Maybe we are upside down trees –
and our branches in this world are roots in
the next”
Branches that go down hoping to
stumble upon the grip
which constantly eludes — slips out of reach
while the roots shoot up, limbs outstretched
in prayer
Uplifted — seeking Divine Grace and Light
Fall in step with me
said society
Follow me blindly
said organised religion
Think as I do
said the community
lest you are shunned
like a virus
Then I choose to be shunnedsaid I



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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