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
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!