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Swati Srivastava

Swati Srivastava

I still walk through the busiest streets,
With my violin and bow;
To play the tunes of love,
Just nice and slow.
The tensioned strings release their pain,
As it rests below my chin;
Whispering me the stories of seasons,
And the lost grin.
Flowing music guides my way,
As I tap my foot against the road;
Walking amidst the selfish land,
With no fixed abode.
A world within world,
Where bodies are curled,
In the bed,
That bears their names;
As grass grow long,
Where grasshoppers sing song,
In the silence,
That echoes all around;
As dust settles down,
Where people once frowned,
In the memories,
That lives after on;
As sky turns red,
Where leaves fall dead,
In the marsh,
That exists for ages;
As years pass by,
Where flowers turn dry,
In the resthouse,
That carries their weight;
Go, Play the game,
Before saying the same,
Write my Name;
Write my Name!
I wish I could stop you,
From using the cylindrical paper
That stands between your fingers
With pride; to be tapered.
That sanguine tip,
Gives me a wave of grumpiness
Evoking a poignant feeling
With no known healing.
I wish I could save you,
From the silent ember
That settles in your chamber
Ebbing your strength,
Of inhaling length.
I wish I could stop you
I wish I could save you!



Charanjeet Kaur

Lucha Corpi: In Conversation with Ketaki Datta
Mamang Dai: In Conversation with D Ramakrishna

Literary Essay
Sharad Chandra: ‘Theatre of the Absurd’

Literary Articles
Devika Karnad: ‘Lakshmi Kannan’s Going Home
Kaushik Acharya & Kiriti Sengupta: ‘Commentaries on The Gita
Shailja Chandra: ‘The Mona Lisa Phenomenon in Gulzar’s Writings’
Subhra Roy: ‘Re-reading Easterine Kire’s Bitter Wormwood
Tuhin Mukhopadhyay: ‘Anita Desai’s Voices in the City
Yogesh Kumar Negi: ‘Himachali Folk Music’

Book Reviews
Chandan Das – ‘A Certain Way
Manjinder Kaur Wratch – ‘Murder In Mahim
Nirojita Guha – ‘The Ocean of Churn
Rittvika Singh – ‘Baaz
Subashish Bhattacharjee – ‘And Gazelles Leaping’ & ‘Cradle of the Clouds
Tuhin Sanyal – ‘Dreams of the Sacred and Ephemeral
Wani Nazir – ‘Where are the Lilacs?’

Ambika Ananth: Editorial Comment
Ambika Ananth
Amrita Bhattacharyya
Anil Bairwal
Nilamadhab Kar
Parag Mallik
Rahul Jayaram
Shelton Pinheiro
Sunil Sharma
Swati Srivastava

Smitha Sehgal – ‘Editorial Musings’
Chandra Mohan Bhandari – ‘Himalayan Splendour’
Debasis Tripathy – ‘Convenient Friendship’
K Srinivasan Subramanian – ‘Tulasi has flowered’
Mohammad Shamsur Rabb Khan – ‘Old Man’s Fare’
Palak Sharma – ‘The Strange Journey’
Pragya Bhagat – ‘Portrait of an Old Man’
Shweta Tiwari – ‘His Love’
Sunaina Jain – ‘Lost and found’

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