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Prachya Review, September 2015

 

Guest Editor : Manos Kounougakis (Greece)
Poetry Editor : Shafinur Shafin (Bangladesh)
Prose Editor : Anika Shah (Bangladesh)
Logo Design : Bidhan Saha (Bangladesh)
Cover : Russell Chowdhuri (Bangladesh)
Story Illustration : Fahmina Ishrat (Canada, Bangladesh)
Poetry Illustration : Razib Datta (Bangladesh)

 

Table of Contents

Interview

“I LIKE TO SPEAK PLAINLY WITHOUT PUTTING A BARRIER BETWEEN ME AND THE READER.” – LYDIA DAVIS

 

Stories

A SMALL SACRIFICE BY FARAH GHUZNAVI

LEPER IN RISHIKESH BY VIVIAN MCINERNY

THE EWE – EXCERPT FROM REDEMPTION BY IAN PRATTIS

LEELA, THE MIGRANT BY RAVI DHAR

RENAISSANCE HAS BEGUN BY SAIMA RASHID

THAT STRANGER BY STEVEN H. CASTRO JR.

CRUTCHES BY TIZIANA SOVERINO

THE PLACE WHERE THE DISAPPEARING TREE WAS BY ANIKA SHAH

WANTING TO BE LOVED BY B. P. SMYTHE

THE RING BY MARLOWE SR.

 

Poetry

THREE POEMS BASED ON H. C. ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES BY TABISH KHAIR

THREE POEMS BY SCOTT HASTIE

THREE POEMS BY ABU SAYEED OBAIDULLAH

TWO POEMS BY SUMAN POKHREL

TWO POEMS BY OMER TARIN

TWO POEMS BY BÄNOO ZAN

TWO POEMS BY MANOS KOUNOUGAKIS

TWO POEMS BY MUHAMMAD NADEEM

TWO POEMS BY WALE OWOADE

KNOWING BY L T O’ROURKE

PROVIDENCE BY REZA MOHAMMADI

A PREGNANT FISH IN THE WATER OF VERSES BY KAMRUL ISLAM

MYSTICS BY KEITH HANCOCK

COLORED INFERIORITY BY AFRIDA TANZIM

WHEN I MET AN ANGEL SHE WAS ON A SUBWAY CAR BY ALLISON GRAYHURST

DISCONNECTED BY NEETU MALIK

TENT BY BISHNU POKHAREL

THE ILYASI MOSQUE, NAWANSHEHR BY AK (AYESHA K SADOZAI)

MELODY OF LOVE BY YASHODHARA EMBOGAMA

THE BETRAYAL OF THE POET BY QUAMRUL HASSAN

LOVE LAW BY NAVJYOT KAUR SANDHU

TIGER, TIGER BY MEG BAIRD

LETTING GO BY RUBY LUCILLE FINK

 

Translation

POEM TRANSLATED BY SHAFINUR SHAFIN

POEM TRANSLATED BY IMRAN AHMED PATWARI

POEM TRANSLATED BY MOHAMMAD ZAMAN

 

Prose/Article

AFGHANS AND POETRY BY REZA MOHAMMADI

A HEIGHTENED STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS BY JAMES LAWLESS

GIVING PSYCHOLOGICAL DESCRIPTIONS BY HASSAN MALIK

 

Review

REPLICANTS AND RACISM: THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY IN AN UNEQUAL SOCIETY BY M STUART PERSSON

 

 

Editorial – Autumn 2015


Ancient myths inform us that there was a time when human beings were all the same and spoke the same language. Most of the science fiction authors and the prophets of our modern society also insist on presenting humanity as a whole. All these stories are indicative of the fact that a state in which humanity is united is considered both ideal and somewhat utopian.

Nowadays, due to the rise of extremism and fundamentalism, it has become vital to building a global consciousness. Each one’s cultural heritage can play a crucial role in shaping the collective story of humanity and making us understands our common roots. Art and literature can increase our insight into foreign cultures and make us understand each other better so as to achieve solidarity among human beings.

Our new webzine aspires to do its own bit in order to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western cultures and promote the universality of human literature. Everyone is welcome here regardless of their ethnic, religious or social background. The first issue is a tribute to Charyapod, the first literary collection of verses in the history of Bengali literature – perhaps with an intention to go back to where it all started from. A reading of the pieces included in its issues will offer us the opportunity to be exposed to various cultures and become aware of the fact that human beings share the same hopes and fears wherever they come from. The first issue of Prachya Review includes a variety of wonderful stories, poems, and articles. Our contributors’ hard work and talent have created amazing literary works. Immerse in their literary worlds and you will experience an unforgettable journey all over the planet. Enjoy!

Editorial Panel,

Manos Kounougakis

Manos Kounougakis

Shafinur Shafin

Shafinur Shafin

Anika Shah

Anika Shah