FOCUS – Indian Short Stories in Translation

The twenty one short stories presented reflect the diversity of languages and cultures that enrich India. They span a variety of themes like the trauma of the Partition of India; insurgency in the North-East; sensitive evocation of maternal bond and other familial relationships; resistance to mindless development at the cost of the human peace and security; and displacement of populations from their land. These concerns are expressed with sensitivity and structured in meticulously crafted narratives, sometimes in a serious mode, at other times with a lightness of touch. Charanjeet Kaur presents these stories, translated with great acumen. Enjoy. >>>

FEATURE - Bhalchandra Nemade

A compact, but in-depth feature in honour of one of the greatest writers of modern India, Bhalchandra Nemade, on whom the Jnanpith Award was conferred for 2014. Guest Editor Nitin Arekar presents erudite and scholarly articles, including those of Sudhakar Marathe and Dilip Chavan, as well as insightful comments of critics like Harish Trivedi, E V Ramkrishnan and Prachi Gurjarpadhye, taking the readers on a journey that explores modern Marathi novel, nativism, and the social and political responsibilities of writers. Read on to see what makes Nemade great. >>>


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The inaugural edition of KLF, in the scenic and salubrious environs of Nainital and Dhanachuli, will be held during 23-27 Oct 2015. The event is a Retreat-cum-Litfest to be enjoyed with family. This curtain raiser provides an overview of the rich fare meticulously planned, and a conversation with the man behind KLF – Sumant Batra. >>>

Conversations with Usha Kishore and Malsawmi Jacob, and articles on varied themes are features of this section edited by Charanjeet Kaur. Tribute is paid to the late President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in a comprehensive article by Naqui Ahmad John. Sachidananda Mohanty (in pic) takes a comprehensive look at the aspects of colonial travel and print culture in Eastern India. >>>

U Atreya Sarma expands the horizons of this section by including engaging reviews of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and literary criticism. Srinivas Reddy’s (in pic) ‘Sanskrit Poetry, Beyond Bold and Beautuful’ reviews one of the most significant books of recent times on the Sanskrit poetic tradition. Gopal Lahiri, Padmaja Iyengar, Purabi Bhattacharya, Revathti Raj Iyer, Rittvika Singh and Sravasti Guha Thakurta and are the other reviewers. >>>

‘The usual short story cannot have a complex plot, but it often has a simple one resembling a chain with two or three links’ said the American Critic, Irving Howe, and the section editor U Atreya Sarma agrees with him in the selection of short stories presented here. Read Ashok Patwari’s (in pic) moving story about the last telegram received by a Post Office and its sad journey, among other tales. >>>

Presenting the work of eleven poets, Ambika Ananth seeks to probe the idea that ‘the language of poetry can never be the language of common speech.’ Creativity is what distinguishes the poet, she says, and the reader must beready and receptive,’ to experience the multi-layered levels of significance in the poems.’ Featured poets include senior bureaucrat Vandana Kumari Jena (in pic). >>>

Young Writer Award 2015

Last date for submissions
Sep 30, 2015

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1 Oct 2015: ‘Salam to You Dr Kalam’ released

27 Sep 2015: Varanasi Nagalakshmi’s story collection released

26 Sep 2015: ‘Sabha Parva - A Study’ launched on Sep 22, 2015

26 Sep 2015: Poetic Prism 2015

Sep 16 - Indian Languages Festival ‘Samanvay-2015’ - Nov 26-29

Aug 21, 2015: Savants Arisetti Sai Prasad, Dr PSG Kumar receive awards

Aug 11, 2015: MATWAALA: South Asian Diaspora Poets (North America) Fest

Aug 6 - Prof Sachidananda Mohanty appointed Vice Chancellor of CUO

Aug 04 - Eminent Sindhi writer Moti Prakash no more

Jul 25 - 'Rhapsodies and Musings' launched


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