As Usha Akella and Pramila Venkateswaran, editors of the Focus on Diaspora Writing will proudly testify, it has been like opening the floodgates of creativity, and at the same time, a consolidation and strengthening of the bonds which hold the Indian diaspora. This issue is devoted to poetry - especially Ekphrasis – a combination of the creative across forms of art – the visual with the poetic: images and words working in resplendent conjunction. The section shows the fine spirit of collaboration among participating artists and poets. The next issue will present Diaspora prose writing. >>>


In another irresistible first, Muse India takes pride in presenting a special feature on a comparatively unexplored area - Indian Science Fiction, edited meticulously and imaginatively by the youthful Science Fiction novelist, Sami Ahmad Khan. From accounts of the work of Sukumar Ray and Satyajit Ray, to conversations with leading SF writers, to films like Ra.One … we place before the reader a wide arch of experience which seeks to explore the boundaries of the futuristic and the rational. Take a flight into the world of science fiction. >>>


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We engage the brother-sister duo of Sunil Uniyal, primarily a translator, and Ranu Uniyal (pic), primarily a much translated bilingual poet, on issues of the creative and the trans-creative. Also offered are articles on diverse writers like Bama, Mulk Raj Anand, Agha Shahid Ali, U R Ananthamurthy, Rohinton Mistry and Vikram Seth by scholars/ researchers from across India. >>>

Reviews presented encompass poetry, novel, spirituality, and academic writing, providing wholeness and range. Ambika Ananth’s review of “Ink and Line,” Sonnet Mondal’s poems based on Sukrita Kumar Paul’s artwork, seems an extension of coverage on ekphrasis in the focus section. K K Srivastava (pic) reviews stalwart Sitakant Mahapatra’s Rotations of Unending Time. >>>

U Atreya Sarma presents what he calls “a beautiful rainbow of stories” in the seven varied works of short fiction that he has selected. By including Sreejith Varma’s translation of Narayan’s Malayalam short story (A mother’s grief), the scope of Indian Literature is necessarily widened to include literatures written in native Indian languages. Editor’s pick: Ajay Patri’s (pic) “God’s Own Taxi.” >>>

“Thematically varying but logically connected by their singular focus on versifying their thoughts and feelings … the poets have contributed very lucid and pertinent work,” says Poetry section editor Ambika Ananth. The poems featured, including those of Bem Le Hunt (pic), she says are “Inspired outpourings … [with] a sustaining spirit to strengthen the moral and aesthetic fabric of the society.” >>>

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