The 2017 1/2 K Prize

Submissions to the Indiana Review’s 2017 1/2 K Prize are open until August 1. The prize considers fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction under 500 words. Final Judge: Donika Kelly Reading Fee: $20 USD—Includes a subscription to Indiana Review The winner of the contest will receive $1,000 and a publication in Indiana …

Book Review: The Indian Spy

The True Story of the Most Remarkable Secret Agent of World War II, 2017 by Mihir Bose Reviewed by Swaroop Mami In The Indian Spy, Mihir Bose, the UK journalist whose erudite writings on cricket I’ve previously enjoyed, explores the life of Bhagat Ram Talwar, a spy sometimes known as …

Book Review: The Ease of Forgetting

by Harnidh Kaur Reviewed by Arul Benito Harnidh Kaur’s Ease of Forgetting is a collection of personal poems. One might call the work as confessional, domestic, amorous, and lyrical. By referring to them as personal, I am consciously posing them against the public. A personal poem is shy, looking elsewhere …

The Park

by Abhinav Kumar In the park, we are all equal. Two lovers, perched on a bench, Eyes bright with laughter, As if atop the Eiffel. The urchin plays with the heir, Zig-zagging through the bushes, For the ball does not discriminate. The old man strides besides the young ‘un, Matching …

Execution Day

by Maitri Vasudev I vaguely remember the time a dead coconut leaf grazed the top of my head as it fell. I was four, I think. I cried, and when I wouldn’t stop, someone (maybe Amma) went up to the tree, hit it and said, Atta. See, now the tree’s …

Refuge in the rain

by David Whitaker The rain was a cacophony of drums, a thrumming roar that spread in all directions, swallowing everything in its path. The house was just a tiny speck in the enormous downpour, the rains all-consuming, torrential. As far as the eye could see, the land was blanketed in …

Hold her

by Barnali Ray Shukla Will you hold her if you find her half awake in a half slumber Will you taste her dreams and announce surrender to leaping tongues of fire Will you tell her  if they are well-done or  overcooked Will you hide her from a  yesterday plucked unripe from …