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Debasis Tripathy

Debasis Tripathy

A little like onion

I was searching within, for my real self,
So I started unmasking myself.
The mask was none but me.

Then there was another mask in row,
I unmasked - no friend or no foe,
But this layer was also me!

Layers of masks; some cheery, some down,
Some with extra smile and some with frown.
I examined them all - they were me.

These masks brought down tears slowly,
So I cleansed them pure with water holy,
Still they smelt like me, they were me!


With expectations of a near delight
And a panicky presumption of harm,
A prayer in my mind I silently recite,
The unseen God I naively try to charm.

Awaiting a result, my whole body grieves,
There's no end to thoughts; anxious I stay.
Unclear is my mind, scarcely it believes
Knowing well that heaven is too far away.

Yet, my appeal to Him unendingly yearns,
My sleeplessness reluctant to subside;
Little do I realize that (as my heart burns)
Beyond all the expectations does He reside.


If you're judging me
By how I look, how I act,
Let not that be
An error, far from fact.

Even my body and my nerve
Are unaware of what I do,
You only see and observe
What I choose to show you.

I've no clue, I do not know
What role I play, how I perform,
What I hide and what I show,
For like clay, I take many a form. 



Charanjeet Kaur: Editorial

Bill Ashcroft: In Coversation with Sayan Dey
Shanta Gokhale: In Discussion with Sayan Dey
Shashi Deshpande: In a Chat with Ananya Sarkar

Shikoh Mohsin Mirza: Svetlana Alxievich

Literary Articles
Debabrata Sardar: Tracing the Transition
Manjinder Kaur Wratch: 1984 and Amandeep Sandhu’s Roll of Honour
Manzoor Ahmad Najar: Heemal Nagrai
Pharmenash Ch Marak & Dwijen Sharma: Pastoral Modes in Ruskin Bond
Subhra Roy: Naga Identity through Myth and Magic Realism

Book Reviews
Ananya Sarkar – ‘Before We Visit the Goddess’
Kalyanee Rajan – ‘The Glass Bead Curtain’
Smitha Madanan – ‘The Vegetarian’
Sruti Md – ‘A Symphony of Chance Encounters’
U Atreya Sarma – ‘Syamala Dandakam’

Ambika Ananth – Editorial Note
Anoop Sharma
Debasis Tripathy
Dev Dutt
Ishmeet Kaur Chaudhry
Jibrael Jos
Malavika S Udayan
Malsawmi Jacob
Pooja Agarwal
Sagar Mal Gupta
Sanam Sharma
Tejasvi Saxena
Vihang Naik
Vivek Sharma

U Atreya Sarma – Editorial Musings
Bhanumati Mishra – ‘A Raging Goddess’
Bosco Propócio Afonso: ‘Memories of Margarida’
Enakshi Biswas – ‘The Slap’
Muhammad Faizan Fuzail – ‘The Girl in Hijab’
Shweta Tiwari – ‘An indelible journey’
Shyamasri Maji – ‘The Nettle Leaves’
Sushant Dhar – ‘The Lost Home’
Suyash S – ‘The Crazy Stalker’
Tuhin Harit – ‘The Time Machine’

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