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Jibrael Jos

Jibrael Jos


A flower
disconnected from its roots
will it attract a butterfly?
Will the fragrance linger
or will it wither and die?

A feather
disconnected from the wings
will it reach for the sky?
Will it soar with the wind
or will it frizzle and die?

A man
disconnected from his roots,
from the wings of his indomitable spirit.
Can he be loving and at ease?
Can he be ambitious and at peace?

Reach out and plug-in, it’s never too late
One with the earth and yet
transcending to seek
One with the sky and yet
grounded and meek

Leaf and the Feather

On the footpath they both met.
They wish they had met before.
Both had met with a tragic fall
their egos had taken a toll

One had seen tremendous heights
The other had withstood mighty storms
Both had followed all the rules
They had wanted to break all norms

One had travelled almost everyday
Had seen the world from above
The other's maiden trip was today
having spent all the time looking above

So the leaf asked the feather
Do you miss all your brothers
Well yes said he,
but this fall has taught me
The other side of being free

So the feather asked the leaf
Was it great to be part of the team
which delivered fresh air?
O! Exclaimed, she,
I did not know our waste
meant so much to thee

But this fall has taught me
The trunk, the branch
were not chains
But nurturers for my sisters and me
Now I am drying and turning brittle
Alas I have seen the world so little

The feather consoled
You did not miss much
The world is messed up as such
People polluting
what they breathe
and what they drink
Garbage piled up to the sky
That everywhere you go there is a stink

Friends for life
They decided to stay together
But a gust of wind began to unfurl!
Luckily by chance they flew
into the arms of a little girl
Who preserved them both
In the folds of a year book
To be immortalised
Now and forever

Children of One Tree

It's when you read the comments online
You get an idea how absurd it is
How people twist half-truths
And justify irrationality

People are instigated to see injustice
For the so called ‘own’ community
But if you zoom in deeper with that lens
It will be unfair even in our own family

Illiteracy is not the reason
because educated are grossly misinformed.
It is a case of law and order
and political alliances which are formed.

Ones leading the violent packs have no qualms
about violence getting out of hand
If you join in this rampaging mob, then sadly
you are not a good citizen of this land

If our courts cannot dispense justice
If non-violent protest cannot get attention of the state
We will be back in the middle ages my dear brothers
Paying heavy taxes but no food on our plate

Hope is in our hands
and love can be in our hearts
The flame we uphold can give light
Or tear our world apart

Let us stand united as one
and work for a better world
Let us work for abundance
to ensure air and water is not sold

Law and order if it fails
then chaos will live free
Let us live in love and peace
We are children of one tree



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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