When I Hit You

Reviewed by Anusha Srinivasan     Meena Kandasamy’s When I Hit You reminded me of Rosalyn D’Mello’s A Handbook For My Lover – poetic when describing the mundane, picking apart a relationship and offering it to the reader, the vulnerability and strength of the woman who narrates her own story… There are no similarities …

Adha Gaon

Reviewed by MV Soumithri “What is a village — a sink of localism, a den of ignorance, narrow mindedness and communalism” – Dr B R Ambedkar, Nov. 1948.  Rahi Masoom Reza’s carefully spun tales of the village Gangauli and its Shia inhabitants, in the book The Feuding Families of Village …

The two of them

Carol Oberg   He said that couple over there won’t live much longer too old, too frail, they’ll either die one soon after the other or need some outside assistance to pull them out of their home on this earth. I thought why branch out into such a crude judgment …

Small Town

Srinivas S   “A small town calls out To ditherers from cities Not unlike a village beckons Drifters from a town. A seemingly sedate oasis Twixt the shifting sands of time, It is deep by night, like silence Without sons, and shallow At day sans belated moons. The present malingers …

Daffodils 

C. Adithya Narayan    Mirror, Mirror on the wall.  Who’s the fairest of them all?    The kid was in here for five years. The prison doors are solid; no bars to count. So, I got bored and thought I’d talk to him. The kid was in here for five …

Cry, my beloved India

by Karthik T.M.   Rain poured outside the old, dilapidated mosque. The late evening call of the muezzin had just finished. In the nearby compound, there stood a run down, vandalized structure – once a Hindu temple. The thunder and lightning outside was deafening, as if this was a an indication of what was …