Issue No. 78 (Mar-Apr 2018)

FEATURE – Indian Feminism

Editor Dr H Kalpana presents an in-depth discourse on Indian feminism with contributions from as many as 28 competent writers… The articles, conversations and poems offer an illumining, stimulating and provoking read… Hear the voices of leading feminist writers Dr C S Lakshmi, Manjula Padmanabhan, Dr Kalpana R J, et al… In short, a rich cross-section of views on the multi-hued subject awaits your exploration. >>>

Rachana Pandey is in conversation with MANJULA PADMANABHAN, the noted cartoonist, playwright, journalist and artist to comprehend her views on feminism. The conversation reveals interesting aspects of the author’s views on her writing, the reception of her works, the notion of a self and the act of writing. Her reflections on violence and gender discrimination are thought provoking. (FEATURE: INDIAN FEMINISM)

Chinmaya Lal Thakur’s article on reviewing KAMALADEVI CHATTOPADHYAY from the backdrop of postcolonial feminism provides a refreshing new angle to understand the selfhood of the noted social reformer and freedom fighter. Thakur’s examination of a few snippets of Kamaladevi’s life provides the readers how subversion and resistance can occur in different ways. (FEATURE: INDIAN FEMINISM)

A significant impact on feminism has been the theatre and a thought-provoking dimension of it is highlighted by Praggnaparamita Biswas. She analyses how street theatre has possibly kindled feminist theatre… talks of folk forms like nautanki and jatra. (FEATURE: INDIAN FEMINISM)

While on the poetry in the Feature, Indira B’s poetry touches the chords of being a woman and foregrounds woman’s self-actualization. While ‘Body Business’ opens into a ‘Revelation’ for the woman, ‘Dissolution’ discusses the varied layers that clothe a woman’s identity leading her to spell out, ‘Woman that I’m’. (FEATURE: INDIAN FEMINISM)

Pramod Kumar Das interviews renowned Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Odia poet & litterateur, Ramachandra Behera, in a quest to understand his creative roots. The interesting interview reveals aspects of the poet’s career, evolution of thought, and sources of influence and inspiration. Das’s reflective interviewing presents the poet’s life under the scanner of scholars as well as emerging poets. (LITERARY SECTION)

Revathy Sivasubramaniam’s article looks into the social and cultural role of food, and how food has a narrative of its own, through her study of Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni’s Before We Visit the Goddess. The article looks at inter-generational communication between women of a family through the culinary and gastronomic arts, and how migration too becomes embroiled within the aesthetic-politics of food even as the focus remains beset on the matriarch’s of the same lineage. (LITERARY SECTION)

Legendary Jainendra Kumar’s Hindi story ‘Jahnavi’ – beautifully translated by Madhu Singh – is a hauntingly interwoven account of two women whose identities converge and diverge at the same time. A mystery woman feeds crows on her terrace singing to them not to pluck her eyes when she is dead because she wants to behold her beloved. (FICTION)

Unni R’s acclaimed Malayalam short story ‘Sahayathra’ – translated as ‘Companionship’ by Nithya Mariam John is an extremely sensitively portrayed theme of socially ostracised and legally criminalised marriage between people same gender. Sumathi and Radhamani decide to end their lives. At least in death they must lie together, and not on either sides of a rail track. (FICTION)

In seemingly simple and ticklish satirical lines, Prabhu Guptara writes poems of deep, dense thoughts – poignant and profound. They flit and touch an array of emotions at different levels. His poems stimulate one’s mind and heart in tandem. (POETRY)

One can feel the emotion of grief attain a visual dimension in Vibhu Dhariwal’s poems as he seems to have composed them in a state of emotional despair and disappointment, and severe physical pain. For his young age, his poems are lofty in stature. (POETRY)

Appetising reviews of works of Fiction – a historical novel (Malathi Ramachandran’s The Legend of Kuldhara); Vandana Kumari Jena’s Rotten Apple & Other Stories thatcelebrates women’s various shades of grey”; Easterine Kire’s novel Don’t Run, My Love rooted in Naga folk tradition; Shouvik Bhattacharya’s whodunit Murder in a Minute; besides Abdul Wahid Radhu’s travel memoir, Tibetan Caravans (Journeys from Leh to Lhasa) … (BOOK REVIEWS)

Perceptive reviews of Poetry of different lights and shade – Ayaz Rasool Nazki’s Songs of Light; Siddharth Dasgupta’s The Wanderlust Conspiracy; Goirick B’s Wet Radio And Other Poems; Preeta Chandran & Pankaj Rohilkhandvi’s poetry-cum-art The Portrait of a Verse; CP Surendran’s Available Light; Ram Krishna Singh’s Growing Within (Haiku, Tanka etc); Subodh Sarkar’s Not in My Name: Selected Poems (Bengali poems trans. by Jaydeep Sarangi) … (BOOK REVIEWS)


This Issue of Muse India is sponsored by Mr Leonard J Fernandes of Goa-based Publishing Next.

Past Issues

Issue:77:Indian College Fiction


Issue:75:Jnanpith Laureate C Narayana Reddy

Issue:74:Fiction Bonus

Issue:73:Derek Walcott Sufism & Sufi Literature

Issue:72:Tamil Writing

Issue:71:Indian English Poetry

Issue:70:Goan Literature in Portuguese