II : issue 2
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(Screenplay) - The award-winning
film, as seen by the director, post-production, with his camera directions.
Moraes- What the scribe wrote (Poetry)
- Seven new works, including 'Disguises': 'Always they disguised themselves
as you, came with delicate hands, with long hair, effervescent eyes
and liquid lips into my arms: their names escape me'
Paul - Dera Baba Nanak (Short fiction) -
'A madman's mind is never vacant. In fact, a whole lot of disorderly
thoughts drive a person to madness. Not able to mould his thoughts,
he was running about, gathering various human parts, trying to give
them a form. I watched him. He would painstakingly assemble a human
figure. Then he would scan it carefully and shake his head'
Satchidanandan- The sign (Poetry)-
Three works, including 'Before, after': 'Before voice I was light
after voice I will be shame'
Daruwalla- The ford (Short fiction) -
'He couldn't forget the man, his armour so strange and his face so
white. And the air of authority he exuded, as if he was a big nobleman,
though Sukhi thought he was an ordinary soldier. A scout, a spy...'
Gandhy- Forever Progressive- Reminiscence
then came the Progressives 'Though there were no art movements or
recognised artists around, Bombay's first generation of collectors
were quite generous. Ratan Tata's father, Naval Tata, was a very kind
man. We had a party at his house in Juhu and in one night we sold
10 or 12 paintings'
- The last forest (Novel
excerpt) - 'How amazing it is that the same
man who loves his wife, he can even kill her... And after killing
her he is horrified when he realises that he is still the same; the
difference between him and the murderer is less than the breadth of
Sen - The last spring (Poetry)-
'The rain comes down Along the green horizon of trees The darkness,
brutally beautiful, Shall descend once again Breathless, like a train
in the night…'
Tendulkar -The painted Indians
-'Their faces covered, the brothers were led onto two
wooden planks, placed a few yards apart, which would give way at the
press of a single button. They were desperately muttering Rama, Rama,
Rama, as though it were a mantra which would make hanging bearable.
Their voices became hoarse as the ropes were tied securely about their
Philip -After the revolution (Essay)
-'Jaipal Singh's objective meant fighting four state governments and
the central government at the same time, which was beyond the means
of the Jharkhand people. After all, Ashoka the Great had grimly reminded
them in his edicts addressed to the atavikas (the forest-dwellers,
forefathers of today's Jharkhandis), "Forget not that the Beloved
of the Gods, in addition to being righteous, is also powerful."'
Chullikkad-Change of seasons (Poetry)-
'Today age is clear like the mind cured of lunacy, but it does not
Velliangiri -Indian, very contemporary (Poetry)
'But we the proletariat we pinpoint the fly on the landlord's nose
the men don't guffaw, women don't jangle their bangles, even kids
think as they finger their waist-band. we are happy, we move on to
the next street…'
Ramakrishnan-Terms of seeing (Poetry)-
'Sunlight at an angle, tilting the sun Into the sea. Still, the light
lingered over the hill Like an intimate whisper of something Forbidden.
By this time, the terms of seeing Were reset: the well was watching
Mapping India- Sucheta
Vemuri makes sense of the Indian census data. Pratik
Kanjilal gets mad about custom trainers and duck soup.
Unni Rajen Shanker draws his