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Tejasvi Saxena

Tejasvi Saxena

Anatomy of a Rickshaw-Wallah's Dream

"On bustling routes of old Dehli,
In dallying reverie of autumnal dusk
I met a rickshaw wallah discerned from folks;
Who meanders in search of bourgeoisie masters

A gaunt face of aged life
A gleaming vision in ancient eyes
He chatters with swiftness of a gay child
& often wears a grin wide

He lapses in musings
His musings on life
While fancying in harlotry of bygone times

For his, were few dreams & a life to hone;
Afar, floating in recesses of ocean
They rise with tides' nocturnal swings
& brim on brink of undercurrents

The flimsy frivolities of tenderness,
To live on side of an ocean's bay
Entangling his experienced fingers
In a tangled mesh of a fisher's net
And ferrying an oar of perseverance;

He wished to sing rhapsodies of Majhi (a fisherman)
While sailing a boat against buffets of wind;

The trail of imageries droops,
As drops of elixir from a reminiscent tongue
The betel stained teeth of his
Often are shown & gaps in between
Defy his mourn

Of living in urban ghettos
Of a paunch that groans
Of sighs belittling his nomadism
Of identities he's reasserted with
Of glances of condescension he's cast upon

He pulls his rickshaw on crowded lanes
Carrying shadows of counterpart
Who haggle for few coins with him
Unacquainted with promises veiled in heart

I reckon the flight of flaying dreams
Carrying behind his tattered rag
As too precious to be sold;
In market of dreams that
eyes behold."

A Prisoner's Memorabilia

"From latticed window of prison walls;
A streak of gleam pierces through
Descending upon the darkness of prisoner
To which he gazes beyond the improbable

He wanders of her
Wishing, she would bring carnations
A tuft of primroses and violets may be;
Imbuing his passive existence
With fragrance, ephemeral

In rhythm of the waxing and waning
Of a crescent moon in a cloudless sky,
He plunges in a thoughtless desire
Of reaching out to past memoirs

A faded nostalgia
Tattering; much to his frightening bequeathed legacy
Now, he spendthrifts the moments
In counting the distant irremediable contours

He stands on hedges of nuanced memories
That intertwine the space and time
Reminiscences of an open courtyard
And hollowness of sprawling rooms
He chases the dwindling light in dark
Recollections of exuberance he spent in past

What holds he now ;
Are rusted keys
An unopened can
And a box of cigars
And deflecting memories undefined".


Have you been enraptured by tranquility of White?
While gazing at its profundity
dipped in colorlessness?
Have you imagined its aura undefined?
Its transcendental virtuosity of nothingness?
Its all embracing complementarities
As putting kohl of luster in inanimate' eyes?
You may shuffle some rumpled postcards to figure its chronicles and garbs
that peek from old cupboards of memories lost...
Or, find it in muted tones of egg shells
In waned textures of peeling dampness too!
You may struck with its perennial gleam
While wandering in epochs of imperialism
It lingers on colonnades of August mansions
It sighs on abstractions
On proposals of peace lost on modernized minds
And blushes gently on foolishness
On fools of contemporary times
Who paint regality with strokes
That drip the gaudy colors
Colors of complexities
Entangling human's mind."


"Silence is symphony of bare homes
That flourishes in rhythm of longing
Where dust of space piles on clocks
On books and pens and drawing curtains
On mirror which myths the faces of smiles
Of pain, of rapture, of calm, of delight
All await to hear a sound
A whisper, a talk or laugh resounds
An empty chaos
Where, absence floats
The same one that longs to embrace
The silhouettes of its lost frames
Such silence perturbs through lively tenors
A whirring of wings
Or, crackling leaves
Chirping crickets
Or, humming bees
Gracious visitors of such homes
Who promise to wait for a life
A dweller to play music of soulful vibe.



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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