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Debatri Das


Debatri Das



Celebrating monsoon. Image credit- Gde-Fon.com




NAMELESS

lonely mirrors
wear
cobwebs
in warm cities

not dead
yet

she walks in rubble
past the milkman
and her
geography teacher

yesterday
she revisited
the yellow town
and carved out
(chasing)
Smoke patterns.

stopped chasing her.
there are no
demogorgons .

yet warm cities keep on wearing
cobwebs
never to be pursued by
lonely mirrors.


GLASS LIES

ashes
glass lies

skating
on temporary ice bergs

transforming
into mortal skies
chained
by loveless crows

and

when
within the skin
of your music
helicopters
explode

i am
reminded
(not)

my dystopian
love child
lives


ROMA

I. when states crack
Roma
goes home
to figure out
whether or not
her
driving license, passport and visa
embodies
her turquoise
perfect French bob.

Roma never worries about
her obscene fingers.

And how they bicker
for leftover
sandwich crusts,
fed

II. when states crack
Roma imitates
Rosetti’s ladies

And
jazz music
drumming within
silver shaped
heartbroken arrows
healing
trying to heal
inabilities


sillysilly punch lines
distract

III. two states
underneath
have already
cracked
(open)

uncursed fever

immerse out

cry
won’t she.

IV. when states crack
Roma
meets jenny.

Lights,
disillusioning in and out of
jenny’s third ear
piercings

V. today all states
cracked.

Roma expels
Mockingbirds.

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Articles/Discussions


Editorial
Charanjeet Kaur: Editorial

Conversations
Nicholas Grene: In Conversation with Pawan Kumar
Sami Ahmad Khan: In Discussion with Atreya Sarma

Literary Essay
Aditya Kumar Panda: Meaning and Limits
Ananya Dutta Gupta: Tagore – a Muse or Guardian?

Literary Articles
Animesh Bag & Gobinda Banik: Restless Hollow in The Circle of Reason
Anushree Thareja: The Agony of Being Adivasi
Archana Gupta: Love and Desire in Amrita Pritam’s The Revenue Stamp
I Watitula Longkumer & Nirmala Menon: Mamang Dai’s The Black Hill
Irina Talashi: Kashmiri Proverbs
Juri Dutta: Ideological Conflicts in Birendra Bhattacharya’s fiction
S K Sagir Ali: Short Stories of Afsar Ahmed
Soumana Biswas: Impact of Testimonies in Partition Fiction
Sumallya Mukhopadhyay: Of Forgotten Histories

Book Reviews
Ananya Sarkar: The Liberation of Sita (Volga)
Anubhav Pradhan: Personal and National Destinies in Independent India: A Study of Selected Indian English Novels
Atreya Sarma U: Not Just Another Story (Subhash Chandra)
Gopal Lahiri: Kautik on Embers (Uddhav J Shelke’s Marathi novel trans. by Shanta Gokhale)
Mala Pandurang: Home Between Crossings (Sultan Somjee)
Mona Dash: Spark of Light (Short fiction by women writers from Odisha)
Sobia Abdin: Four Degrees of Separation (Rochelle Potkar)

Poetry
Ambika Ananth: Editorial Comment
Arunima Takiar
Debatri Das
Maere Damisr
Parvinder Mehta
Sheel Galada
Shernaz Wadia
Shweta Mishra
Venkata Chandeeswar
Zinia Mitra

Fiction
Smitha Sehgal: Editorial Musings
Jayaram Vengayil: Such a Short Journey
Mondit M Mahanta: Frangipani
Nabanita Sengupta: The Game
Narayani Das: The Little Girl
Nilutpal Gohain: The Sacrifice
Sangeeth Simon: Platform

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