VASANT RITU (SPRING), Issue No. 90 (Mar-Apr 2020)

FEATURE – Flux and Fusions in English Studies

“The fluxes and fusions of thoughts, emotions, and academic research have found forms as different articles in this issue of Muse India. The articles attempt to capture the changes in the areas of English Literature and English Language Teaching in India of today,” avers Dr B Cauveri, the Guest Editor of the Feature. Engaging conversations with two noted scholars on challenges of translation, a book review and 9 articles dealing with issues of environment, eco-philosophy, environmental justice, trauma studies, and ills of the present teaching scenario, make the feature highly thought-provoking.

> <

Dr. Padma Mckertich’s analysis of Indra Sinha’s Animal People reverses the common assumption that readers are removed from the fictional world created by the author. She argues that Indra Sinha’s narrativization of the tragedy of Khafpur/Bhopal tragedy opens up the space for the readers to participate in the social movement that offers medical and legal aid to the victims of the tragedy. (Feature)

Till recently, comics were not considered serious reading. But Rita Sarkar discusses “the polyvalent possibilities” of meanings thrown by comics. She examines the comic Kari by Amruta Patil to illustrate her point. She also exemplifies how the gaps between the visuals and writing in Kari subvert the stifling social normative of slotting persons by sex. (Feature)

Among the 8 interesting books reviewed stand out – “KASHMIR – A Journey Through History” (Niyogi Books) by Garry Weare touching on history, travel, culture, religion and politics; and “Life of Z: Understanding the Digital Pre-teen and Adolescent Generation” (Sage Select) by Debashish Sengupta with his well-researched observations on Z-generation children vis-à-vis family, community & parenting issues. The other books reviewed are 2 poetry, and 4 fiction... Poems of The Void by Sreekanth Kopuri is among the 5 finalists for the Eyelands Book Award. (Book Reviews)

The 4 fiction works reviewed include well-known Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal’s Looking for Miss Sargam: Stories of Music and Misadventure (Speaking Tiger) with her unique narrational style, ... and Merciless Dark: The Mystery of the Epic Island (White Falcon) by Harisshva D V, translated from Telugu by U Atreya Sarma – a primeval fantasy at the cusp of human & animal evolution, interaction & conflict. And Rituals (Hawakal) by Kiriti Sengupta is refreshing poetry on Gods & religion. (Book Reviews)

“Translation as a category exists because of other categories like original writing, and it intersects and mediates ideology, culture, society, politics, religion, anthropology, linguistics and Philosophy,” avers Aditya Kumar Panda.  (Literary Articles)  

Ketaki Dutta’s story. “Something Beyond Luck” brings out feelings of loving a past that no longer exists. How people change as time goes by and that image one holds on to turns into an alien one. The sensitive portrayal of the ageing parents and the time gone by that they hold on to have been looked at beautifully in this story. (Fiction)

A detailed depiction of a scene at a railway station in India with a focus on the sense of justice that the children believe in and try to set an example with, has been captured really well in this story – “Incident on Platform 2A” by Richard Rose. A light-hearted story but with grave undertones that cannot be missed have been set down in this piece of fiction for the readers to savour as well as to take cognizance of. (Fiction)


This Issue of Muse India is sponsored by Nighat M Gandhi, our senior member and author.

Past Issues

Issue:89:Children’s Literature

Issue:88:Maithili Literature Tomorrow

Issue:87:Writing on Art

Issue:86:Contemporary Assamese Literature

Issue:85:The Madness of the Word

Issue:84:Punjabi Literature – Guru Nanak, Its Greatest Progenitor

Issue:83:Indian English Writing

Issue:82:AROMA OF THE HEART - Poetry by Youth < The Age of 30