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Vihang Naik





SUMMER HILL DEVADARS

They stand.
Tall.
Mute.
Now
since hundred years
bearing witness
with silent hills
that will not speak

the encroached footsteps
of an intimate enemy
where the cold
shadow of death has shaped
over the deep valleys,
they stand.
Tall.
Silent.
Now
since hundred years
making paths
through hills
that will not speak

the in-between lines
of unwritten mutilated stories.
They stand.
Unmoved.
Aged.
the mountain of pain in silence
that will not speak
the forest of untold tales
in white fog of Shimla
covering the body that died screaming
freedom.
The birth pang of India.
The stand :
now
a mute witness
of histories.

(Shimla, 19th June 2001)

A POEM COMES ALIVE

The
ink

blots
image

after image

where
a poem

injects life
in the rib of words. WORD

first
word

beauty
ful

flesh
imagi

nation
re

membrance
she

and
he

i
am

yours
you

are
mine

love
be

comes
word

in
bet

ween
us

GHAZAL*

there
in the storm of complaints
left behind
silence

she
in the storm of silence

he
in her eyes

the breath struggles
alone
without her
in

the lanes of a city

* Translated from Gujarati by the poet.

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Articles/Discussions


Editorial
Charanjeet Kaur: Editorial

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

Reflections
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’

Poetry
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

Fiction
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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