Month: September 2021


Where We Lived

by Stephanie Odili We lived in a house filled with horror and chaos. In my opinion, Bartho and Lynn, our parents, had no business getting married to each other or raising children together. When my parents brought Ken home, the three of us older siblings whispered among ourselves what a […]


Lanterns of Lamentation

I When a ship is empty, the mast is unmanned What a pity I heard someone had killed an albatross, T’was unplanned   Canons afloat in the wreckage No one smearing gunpowder on them There weren’t any deserters Just the desert where they all drowned   I was not their […]


The Ritual of Remembrance: Reading Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Jonaki

by Ria Banerjee Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s sophomore cinematic venture Jonaki (Firefly)(2018) is nothing if not avant-garde in its visceral exploration of the deceptive nature of memories. His first film, Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love)(2014) foregrounded the triumph of love which can thrive despite temporal constraints. The transformative potential of […]


Her Smile After a Fortnight

She could venture to smile again albeit after a lapse of fortnight partial paralysis had distorted contours of her face her shrunken lips could not deliver her sorrows and plight   was she to be blamed for her debilitated state or fate played truant and she was ripped apart of her […]


Conference, Patriotism and Surveys

by the Editor: Siddharth Sehgal A few days ago I attended the much controversial Dismantling Global Hindutva conference. Though I do not agree or subscribe to the views and thoughts of the speakers, I acknowledge and respect their right to express themselves, to discuss and debate a topic. They should […]


Talking Puppets

They are a family of four Sing and dance for shows Merely by pulling string from above Create quite an uproar Kids love stories which flow   The old man sits in his den Crafting string puppets with his hands Two feet in height with wooden heads Huge nose, large […]


Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner

He writes- “I am not a journey But a long-wide road itself, Stride across- Should you wish!   I am not a sight That millions capture And decor in paintings, But an artist myself Chill me- Should you wish!   I am not a taste But an ingredient For a […]


सुख और दुख मैं संतुलन

दुख के बाद सुख आता है और सुख के बाद दुख । जैसे दिन और रात दोनों ही देहधारी प्राणियों के लिए अपरिहार्य हैं। दुख के बीच सुख है और सुख के बीच दुख है। कहा जाता है कि दोनों मिट्टी और पानी की तरह एक-दूसरे से जुड़े हुए हैं। […]


Cupid’s Arrow of Love

With teary eyes, she sat all by herself Reminiscing on her life. A sad smile through the tears– Hovered on her trembling lips Thinking of her ‘Love’ She pensively murmured– ‘Never ever again say ‘Goodbye’ A cold shiver runs through me You know how those two words hurt me Haunting […]