FOCUS – Kashmiri Poetry

FEATURE – Translations/Transcreations

Our Contributing Editor, Mohammad Zahid, has made this brief Focus on Kashmiri Poetry possible, conscientiously, under circumstances that we all hope will improve soon. In his words, ‘some surprisingly good poetry’ has emerged from these restraints, poetry which deals with ‘varied emotions ranging from personal grief’… to ‘those expressing the general situation in the valley’, with the hopeful message in the words of Dina Nath Nadim, ‘Tomorrow the World Will Exude Beauty.’ >>>

Here is a wealth of Indian literature in all its diverse hues - Fiction, Poetry, Conversations and Elucidations which reflect the challenges of translations and transcreations across languages. These challenges are compelling because they take you to the depth of the writing. As Vivek Shanbag says, ‘Many times, even a writer does not fully understand how such depths are reached.’ That is ‘the magic of writing’ which translations seek to convey in totally different lingual and cultural settings. >>>


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