Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Writers Editors Critics (WEC) 7.1 March 2017--Contents



Contents of WEC 7.1 March 2017
RESEARCH PAPERS
The Confessional Voice and Rebellious Cry of Kamala Das as Visualized in her Poetical Works: A Brief Analysis
--S. Chelliah
The Philosopher-Scientist A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and his World View: A Study
-- J. Pamela
Artificial Intelligence and the Instrumental Marvellous in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Novels
--Lekshmi R. Nair
Return to Wholeness: The Landscape of Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!
--Vikas Bhardwaj
Nation and Identity Defined through Bodies: A Study of Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice Candy Man
--Sonia Soni
Ramesh K. Srivastava’s “Under the Lamp”: A Study
--Shipra G. Vashishtha
Reinventing Roots in Esther David’s Book of Rachel
--Giftsy Dorcas E.
A Critical Reading of Authentic Existence in Claude Mckay’s Banana Bottom

--S. Khethzi Kerena
“Write My Son, Write”: An Aesthetic and Spiritual Reflection of World by K V Dominic
--Laxmi R. Chaughan
Nandini’s Sita: A Deep Dive to Every Woman’s Journey
--Arti Chandel
Lives on Pyre: A Socio-realistic Portrayal in D.C. Chambial’s The Cargoes of the Bleeding Hearts
--Parthajit Ghosh & Madhu Kamra
An Evolution of His Demography: A Socio-cultural Flow in the Fictional World of Manoj Das    
--Suresh Bera & Somali Gupta
Maya Angelou’s Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?: a Paroxysm of Confession
--Ishita Pramanik & Shukla Banerjee
REVIEW ARTICLES
Eco-critical Perspectives in K. V. Dominic & Pamela Jeyaraju’s (eds.) Environmental Literature: Research Papers and Poems
--S. Barathi
T. V. Reddy’s Melting Melodies: An Analysis
--P. Bayapa Reddy
Critical Evaluation of T. V. Reddy’s Melting Melodies

--Dwarakanath  H. Kabadi
BOOK REVIEWS
T. V. Reddy’s Golden Veil: A Collection of Poems

--Patricia Prime
Ramesh K. Srivastava’s My Father’s Bad Boy—An Autobiography
--Smita Das
O. P. Arora’s Whispers in the Wilderness: A Collection of Poems
--Patricia Prime
Vijay Kumar Roy’s Realm of Beauty and Truth: A Collection of Poems
--Sugandha Agarwal
GENERAL ESSAYS

Regional Integration in South Asia: A Nepalese Perspective
--Shreedhar Gautam

Role of Information Library Network (INFLIBNET) in Checking Plagiarism in Indian Universities

--P. K. Suresh Kumar

Sojourn in Forests

--Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya

The Commonplace Economic Thoughts of a Seventy Five Years Old Lady
--Mousumi Ghosh
INTERVIEW
Conversation with Subodh Sarkar
--Jaydeep Sarangi
SHORT STORIES
Perils of Simplicity
--Ramesh K. Srivastava
The Melody Queen
--Jayanti M. Dalal (Trans. Dr. Rajshree Parthivv Trivedi)
A Strange Reunion
--Chandramoni Narayanaswamy
Is Human Life Precious than Animal’s?
--K. V. Dominic
Psychological Effect
--Manas Bakshi
POEMS
Regain the Vision
T. V. Reddy
Down the Memory Lane
T. V. Reddy
Memories
T. V. Reddy
Patiently I Saw
D. C. Chambial
His Munificence
D. C. Chambial
On that Bank
D. C. Chambial
In the Desert
D. C. Chambial
WHY
O. P. Arora
The Rose Garden
O. P. Arora
Full Story
Jaydeep Sarangi
From A Sick Bed
Manas Bakshi
Flight for a Dip
Manas Bakshi
THE LAUGHING CORNS
 --Alexander Raju
I HATE TERMITES
--Alexander Raju
A PYRE FOR MY LEARNING
--Alexander Raju
Woman Reading a Letter (Vermeer)
Patricia Prime
Sun-flooded Room
Patricia Prime
Tibetan Landscape
Patricia Prime
Polluted Soul
Sugandha Agarwal
Song for Humanity 
Biswanath Kundu
Look for Riches
Biswanath Kundu
A Ritual
Rajiv Khandelwal
Itch
Rajiv Khandelwal
Pounding--Open Doors
Rajiv Khandelwal
Design
Rajiv Khandelwal
Bat - A Man
Fr. Tomson D’cotho
A New Culture
Fr. Tomson D’cotho
Submit Yourself to His Will
Neha Motwani          
‘Earthly’ Planning
Neha Motwani
I am homesick 
Neha Motwani
Father
Saroj Bala
The Magician
Saroj Bala
War
Talluri Mathew Bhaskar
Contributors






                                                                                               













Friday, 13 January 2017

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE (IJML) 7.1 JANUARY 2017--CONTENTS



Contents

RESEARCH ARTICLES
Transgressive Gender Discourse in Anita Nair’s Ladies Coupe’       
Seema Bansal Somani & Rohit Phutela
The Poetic Art and Vision of Wole Soyinka: A Brief Analysis
C. Ramya
A Feminist Analysis of the Love Poems of Taslima Nasrin
Sigma G. R.
The Hero as a Weather Shaman in Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist
A. Vanitha
revisionist Myth Making: Meena Kandasamy’s Defiance of Male Hegemony in Her select poems
Jibin Baby and S. Ayyappa Raja
Multiculturalism in Lakshmi Raj Sharma’s The Tailor’s Needle
Abhimanyu Pandey
Displacement and Authenticity in Franz Kafka’s Hunger Artist
Bibhudutt Dash
Negotiating the theme of Adultery in terms of Reality-Illusion Paradigm: A Study of Harold Pinter’s The Collection and The Homecoming
Mini V. S.
Shifting Paradigms of Widows in Githa Hariharan’s The Thousand Faces of Night

Suman Pathak
A Critical Analysis of the Theme of Homosexuality in Mahesh Dattani’s Do the Needful

Tribhuwan Kumar
Empowerment of Women in Ramesh K. Srivastava’s A Christmas Gift and Other Stories
Smita Das
REVIEW ARTICLE
K. V. Dominic: The Poet Extraordinary--Emergence of the New Indian Poet cum Critic in English: An Assessment
S. Chelliah
BOOK REVIEW
K. V. Dominic’s Contemporary Concerns and Beyond
Laxmi R. Chauhaan
GENERAL ESSAYS
Rethinking Environment
Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya
Migration from Village: Socio-Economic Activities of Sundarbans--A Case Study
Mousumi Ghosh
Open Access Digital Resources for English Language and Literature
P. K. Suresh Kumar
REPORT

My Meeting with R. K. Narayan
R. Subramony
INTERVIEW
Interview with Prof. K. V. Dominic
Rohit Phutela
SHORT STORIES
SLEEP-WALKING
Ramesh K. Srivastava
The Seed
T. V. Reddy
Miserably Inconsequential
Manas Bakshi
What the Book Did Not Say
Chandramoni Narayanaswamy
The New Woman
Sangeeta Sharma
A Letter
Sabita Chakraborty

POETRY
Pricking Questions from the Grandson
K. V. Dominic
Human Identity
Manas Bakshi
Footage
Manas Bakshi
Vox Caldera Choir
Rob Harle
Sign of the Beast
Rob Harle
Persimmon Tree
Rob Harle
Master Sculptor
Rob Harle
Unilang to Metalang
Sudarshan Kcherry

Faraway Places

Patricia Prime

From a Painting by Breughel

Patricia Prime

Rivals in Art

Patricia Prime

Don’t Talk to Me of Love

Patricia Prime

Sojourning (Sonnet)
Arun Prakash Pandey
Bond of Heart (Sonnet)
Arun Prakash Pandey
Death’s Defeat (Sonnet)
Arun Prakash Pandey
Beauty—Cosmetic and Real
Biswanath Kundu
The Bliss of Nature–Man Bond
Biswanath Kundu
Unity
Fatema Muneer Choudhury
New Year’s 2005
Mark Pirie
Sachin Tendulkar
Mark Pirie
Gender Discourse
Rajiv Khandelwal
The Holy Grail 
Rajiv Khandelwal
End of the Tunnel
Rajiv Khandelwal
A Gospel Choice
Rajiv Khandelwal
The Echo
Rita De
The Footprints
Rita De
Abhimanyu
Saroj Bala
Arrival
Saroj Bala
Undying
Supratik Sen
Sitting by a Pond
Supratik Sen
A Rising Girl
Sachi Kaul
Autant de Mondes (So Many Words)
Dominique de Miscault
J’ai perdu QUOI? (I Lost WHAT)
Dominique de Miscault
Dominique de Miscault’s Paintings
Our Esteemed Contributors





Thursday, 8 December 2016

K. V. DOMINIC'S POEM 'PRICKING QUESTIONS FROM THE GRANDSON'


Pricking Questions from the Grandson
K. V. Dominic
My little grandson toddling
on front yard of my house
seems to prick me with
questions one after another
Grandpa, what have you left
for me or my siblings to be born?
Polluted is air I breathe
and toxic is food you serve me
Your parents bequeathed you
pure sky and virgin soil
They weren’t selfish
and were thoughtful
of their descendants
How can I survive here?
Too hot is the sun
Electricity fails very often
Swarm of mosquitoes
disturb my quiet slumber
Instead how happy
was your childhood!
If temperature thus
soars year after year
how much more I have to
bear till I reach my youth
middle age and old age?
I have only begun my voyage
And miles to go to reach
my unknown terminus
I even doubt how long
I can row my boat
against huge tsunamis
rushing to gulp me
How fortunate you are
as your parents were!
Unlike your humane parents
your generation proved inhuman
and mercilessly exploited
the bounties of this planet
and drank to the lees
not leaving anything
for our generation’s survival.
© K. V. Dominic

Interview with K. V. Dominic by Dr. Rohit Phutela

Interview with K. V. Dominic
Dr. Rohit Phutela

1.      RP: Could you name a few most influential writers in your life?
British writers William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, John Milton, William Wordsworth, William Blake, Charles Lamb, P. B. Shelley, John Keats, Robert Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Mathew Arnold, American poets Robert Frost and Emily Dickenson, Indian Writers in English Rabindranath Tagore, M. K. Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nissim Ezekiel, R. K. Narayan and Jayanta Mahapatra are the writers I like most. My poetry is mainly influenced by philosophers and philosophical writings. They include the Buddha, Christ, Adi Sankara, Swami Vivekananda, Sree Narayana Guru, The Mahabharata, The Ramayana, The Vedas, The Upanishads, The Bhagavat Gita etc.

2.      RP: Can you give an introduction on the birth of a poet in you?
I started writing poetry seriously very late in my life, at the age of 48. The reason why the poetic muse eluded me till I was forty-eight might be that my life had gone smooth and comfortable without much itching of mind or arrows struck into it. As Jayanta Mahapatra wrote, poetry comes out of a “bad heart”—a heart that makes one turn secretly into a leader or a loser, pushing one to choose values, attitudes and do the not-so-obvious things (Mahapatra, “Piercing the Rocks: Silence to Poetry”). I do believe that I matured very late, at the age of forty eight, to be able to choose values and impart them to my students as well as to the readers of my poems. I could find that even though the world is progressing materialistically at a rapid speed using modern science and technology, spiritually or morally it is degenerating at the same speed. The material progress is concentrated only on a single digit percent of the people and the vast majority is exploited by this millionaire minority. The wealth of the planet should be distributed evenly among its inhabitants—humans, non-humans and plants.  Exploitation of the vast majority is visible in all fields of life—politics, religion, etc. Administrators and political leaders of the nations as well as leaders of all religions are exploiting the innocence and ignorance of the laity. I would like to see a revolution or radical change in this world. I dream of a socialistic world. Poetry seems to me the best medium to express my views and through my poems I want to impart some messages to the readers. The more they read my poems the happier I am.

3.      RP: What is the capital idea of your writings?
People today are crazy after materialism, and divinity in them is being lost to such an extent that they give no importance to principles, values, family and social relations, cohabitance with human beings and other beings. Instead they are trying their maximum to exploit their fellow beings, other beings and the planet itself. If it goes like this, the total destruction is not far away. It is the duty of the religious leaders, political leaders and the intelligentsia to inject the lost values to the masses and thus preserve this planet and the inhabitants from the imminent devastation. Instead, majority of these leaders become mafias and inject communal and corruptive venom to the minds of the masses. Corruption has become the hallmark of these leaders and influenced by them the masses also deviate from the right track to the evil track. And who will save this society? My answer is: writers, particularly poets who are like prophets. The major theme of my poetry is the eternal relationship between Man, Nature and God. Though baptized a Christian, I am primarily an Indian, and it is my duty as a teacher and poet to instil Indian values to my students and countrymen and also propagate these noble values to the rest of the world. I believe in the concept of jeevatma and paramatma (individual soul and universal soul) and that all living beings are part of paramatma or God. Again I believe in the Indian concept of Aham Brahmasmi (I am the God). Advaita seems to me more reasonable and acceptable than Dvaita. Thus I find the eternal affinity between Man, Nature and God. Man is not given liberty to kill other beings nor is he allowed to uproot plants and trees for his luxuries.
Disparities in society, problems of the poor, the down-trodden, the marginalized and the old, politics, terrorism, communalism, corruption and exploitation by political parties and religions, description of Nature, multiculturalism, global warming, conservation, horoscope, casteism, dignity of labour, child labour, poverty, unemployment, environmental issues, celebration of man’s intelligence, skills and selfless service for society are the main themes of my poetry.

4.      RP: Why independent India failed to produce another Rabindranath Tagore?
Versatile geniuses like Rabindranath Tagore are seldom born. We haven’t got another Shakespeare even after four centuries. If you ask why India hasn’t got another Nobel laureate for literature my answer is that there were no western promoters like W. B. Yeats for any Indian writer after Tagore. I genuinely feel that there have been many Indian writers, both in regional languages as well as English, who could be awarded the Nobel. 

5.      RP: Do the writers in India including you enjoy the real freedom to create literary work
It’s a pity that we have limited freedom of speech in India. Though India is a democratic country one has to be very careful when one writes. Unlike the western countries, religion has become a passion or weakness to the people. In fact it exerts venomous influence in the minds of the people. Reason gives way to blind faith which is much often superstitious. So a writer has to be very vigilant when he writes on religious matters.

6.      RP: What is your opinion about web-journals and magazines for poetry?
Web journals and magazines give much opportunity for budding poets who can’t afford to get a publisher for his printed volume. As printing business has become less profitable and expensive, particularly for creative works of less established and emerging writers, web journals and magazines do a great service to vent out emotions and imaginations of such writers.

7.      RP: How do you foresee the future of Indian English writing?
Indian writing in English has bright future. It has become as competent as British, American, Canadian, Australian and African Literature. We have already had four Booker prize winners. Indian English has its own characteristics. Influences of Indian regional languages make it distinct from other Eglishes. So Indian literature in English shall not be compared with other English literatures. The real struggle for Indian literature in English is from within the country. The government—both Central and State—do not promote it as they promote vernacular literatures.

8.      RP: Absolutely. How does globalization affect poetry?
Globalisation is the offshoot of capitalism or materialism. As dissemination of ideas and culture across the world occurred as the result of globalisation, poetry gained something. The poem one writes or the poetry book one publishes goes to every nook and corner of the world within minutes is an advantage poetry got from globalisation. But at the same time the spirit of globalisation is material whereas that of poetry is spiritual. As an effect of globalisation people become more money minded and selfish. So what they want to read is not poetry which preaches noble values, ethics and spirituality, but those books which are keys to comfortable and luxurious life.

9.      RP: What is your innovative poetic style? Give example if any?
As a poet, I am responsible to my own conscience and I want to convey an emotion or a message often through social criticism. I have a commitment to my students as a professor; to the reader, scholars and writers as an editor; and to all human and non-human beings as a poet. I give priority to the content of a poem than to the style of language. That is the reason why my poems lack much imagery and other figures of speech. I am of opinion that poetry should be digestible as short stories and novels are appealing to the ordinary laymen. I adopt simple vocabulary and conversational style often in poetry, which again attracts the ordinary readers. Here I am influenced much by the Victorian poet, Robert Browning. Newspaper reports as well as features of actual incidents, tragedies, role models in society, etc. I choose very often as subject matters for my poetry. Thus social realism has been portrayed much in my poetry. I haven’t come across any poet who has used such themes in abundance.

10.  RP: How has your life been different since your books came out?
I have received dozens of reviews and articles by eminent writers and critics on all my three poetry books, Winged Reason, Write Son, Write and Multicultural Symphony. Most of them have been published in several international journals and edited books. An edited book of critical/research papers on my poetry is being printed. Since readers appreciate and welcome my poetry they want more from me and my responsibility increases. Since I am also an editor of two international journals as well as several books most of my time is devoted to writing and editing.

11.  RP:  How have the serene and striking environs of Kerala, your native land, shaped your sensibility as a writer?
Kerala is God’s own country with regards to its topography and to certain extent, climate. Rainy season for nearly six months makes the State green forever. There are so many rivers, brooks and lakes besides the Arabian Sea on the western side. The Sahyas on the right side stands like a huge umbrella protecting the State from intolerable heat and cause the clouds for rains. But I am not content of my fellow beings here. They are trying to turn this heaven into a hell. The way they exploit the nature and damage environment often irritates me. Though literate, they play discordant notes to the symphony of nature. They are belligerent among themselves dancing to the tunes of dirty politicians and religious leaders. They have little love for non-human beings, plants and environment. I was compelled to present a paper entitled “Kerala God’s Own Country Turning to Devil’s Own Hell” in the SAARC literary festival at Agra in 2013. In fact my own people here make my mind bitter and aching to write so many poems dealing with social criticism.

12.  RP: Do you believe that poetry can create change in the world?
I believe that only poetry can change and save this world. But the pity is that people have less reading habit when visual media conquered the world. Again the reading public is attracted to fiction which serves the likes of the contemporary mind. As world is after materialism, fiction satisfies people’s needs rather than trying to impart nobles values and thus try to save the humanity and the planet itself from total destruction. Great poets and great poems are there but how can the readers be attracted to them, is the question. How to survive in this world competing with the friction writers is a great challenge for poets. Tastes of the readers can be changed if publishers, academia and governments genuinely try.

Dr. Rohit Phutela is an avid scholar of English literature with a penchant for intensive research in English studies. He has to his credit more than 40 research papers and books like Indian Diaspora, Postcolonial Deliberations, Indian Contours, Communication Skills II, The Narrative of Diaspora and Life Narratives in Literature under his belt. He is Assistant Professor of English at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, India.