Issue 17: Spring 2021
When she’d sense her husband’s hand rising to hit her, she’d finally look up, her pupils would dilate, her hands would stop shaking and she’d breathe a sigh of relief. The pain she could handle, the anticipation she could not.
Like a magician, the shirtless, shoeless boatman leapt into the water and walked on it. Not entirely – he was half-sunk, up to his thighs. Which also meant he half-floated. It seemed magical because prior to his jump everyone had assumed the Tonle Sap possessed depth; a lake, after all, seems to suggest that there is an actual “beneath” beneath the surface.
This place was a purgatory… There was no frenzy, chaos, or mass of thronging humans, no hint of the several thousand different noises at once creating the opera of India.
someone stole her voice
on a moving bus.
suddenly the city
stops churning, and stares.
pungent with the smell of alcohol that
you, we, couldn’t afford to have,
and I wish that your love
That night at Cox Bazar he ate them,
His hunger wouldn’t end.
My parents too pick me up without fail every time I land
at the Bhubaneswar airport. 17 times in the last 6 years. I count
because cumulation offers resilience that nostalgia
|Essays & Interviews||
Foreigner by Rachael Bates
I am seasoned to India’s chaos, the caterwauling horns, the maddening smells that make me scrunch my face against a waft of sewage one moment and fill my lungs with tandoori chicken the next.
The Year that Was: Life, Art and Feminist Axioms by Simran Chadha
Aishwarya played by the rules; she believed the myth to be reality— the reality of a patriarchal world wherein patriarchy of determined not by gender alone but the conduct of those in authority.
Seth’s A Suitable Boy on the other hand is contextualized against a lesser known India— the India of the Brown Sahibs— a class of upper-class Indians reared as per Macaulay’s A Minute on Indian Education— a class, British in all matters except the color of their skin.
Interview with Fahim Irshad by Sneha Krishnan
One Man Two Executions by Arjun Rajendran
Flowers on the Grave of Caste by Yogesh Maitreya
Storyteller with firm social convictions.
Morning Light by Manohar Shetty
Craft of Patience.
Name, Place, Animal, Thing by Lux Narayan
The Black-Marketer’s Daughter by Suman Mallick
Intertwining dreamy expressions and harsh realities!
Atlas of Lost Places by Yamini Pathak
Immigrant pasts and futures.