FOCUS – Écriture Feminine

A unique feature edited by Semeen Ali forms the focus of this issue. It raises relevant and pressing questions of the margins/mainstream syndrome, moving beyond the confines of the merely feminist to include other marginalised people. With 8 short stories, work of 25 poets, and 11 critical evaluations of writers from India, Nigeria and America, the focus is on the need to accommodate diverse and tangential viewpoints in a civilised world order. >>>

FEATURE - Indian Short Stories in Translation – II

Following the tremendous response received for our ‘Indian Short Stories in Translation’ in the previous Issue, Charanjeet Kaur presents Part II of the feature. In Part I, 21 contemporary stories from 18 Indian languages were presented. This section includes another 15 short stories, including those of master storytellers like Munshi Premchand and Rabindranath Tagore, from the pre-independence era. Savour the fiction. >>>


This Issue of Muse India is sponsored by M Rajnikant Rao of Mumbai and a well-wisher from Hyderabad.


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Hyderabad Literary Festival 2016 - A Curtain Raiser

HLF, rated the third most important lit fest in India in a recent survey, will be held from Jan 7th to 10th, 2016 in the expansive campus of the iconic Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet. The sweeping, multi-art programme will feature eminent writers, speakers, artists and cultural performers. Children’s events, exhibitions and workshops will keep whole families engaged and entertained. >>>

Versatile film personality Deepti Naval (pic) and erudite S M Shahed, founder of ‘Urdu Shahkar’, share their thoughts with Bhagyashree Varma and GSP Rao respectively in conversations that are poetic and touch upon the poesy. Other articles discuss the work of Rohinton Mistry, Bhalchandra Nemade and Girish Karnad, among others. Charanjeet Kaur edits the section. >>>

The section offers perceptive reviews of 5 new books of poetry and a novel by Amit Chaudhuri - Odysseus Abroad. Subashish Bhattacharjee (pic) explores the “development novel” at length. U Atreya Sarma brings together reviews of the works of Abha Iyengar, Amitava Chaudhuri, Indira Babbellapati, Javed Latoo, and Sukrita Paul Kumar. >>>

‘Short fiction seems more targeted - hand grenades of ideas, if you will.’ U Atreya Sarma quotes Paolo Tadini Bacigalupi, while introducing the well-crafted fiction of Aalooran Rahman Bora, Ananya Sarkar, Kamlesh Acharya (pic), Priyanka Sethy, Selma Carvalho, Tanmoy Bhattacharjee and Veerindar Patwari. Enjoy. >>>

‘With varied themes that speak of contemporary issues, struggles, fervent emotions and sensibilities, and with disarmingly uninhibited sincere expressions, the poems presented here achieve a dominant force to strike a chord instantly,’ says Ambika Ananth of the eleven poets, including Sanjeev Sethi (pic), she features. >>>

We revive this section dedicated to arts. Priyadarshi Patnaik, our new Art Editor, will be presenting various Indian art forms in this section. In this Issue, he takes a look at recent trends in Odisha’s celebrated Patta Chitras. >>>

Young Writer Award 2015

Shortlist Announced

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Nov 28: Daylong Kashmiri lit fete @ Bijbehara on Nov 26

Nov 26: A multilingual youthful Mushaira at Srinagar

Nov 26: “Give due place for Kashmiri language in curriculum”

Nov 23: “Damini Hey” – Stage-play running over a year

Nov 22: Prose Interwoven with Poetry – “My Chameleon Soul”: Book Release

Nov 22: Hindi journalism education by Uttarakhand Open University

Nov 22: Jammu Kashmir Cultural Confederation formed

Nov 18: Indian Poetry: In Translation and in English

Nov 17, 2015: A festschrift in honour of Prof Harish Trivedi

21 Oct 2015: NS Murty’s The Easel launched on Oct 18


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