Borderless Journal is back with its first monthly edition. It has more than fifty posts for you to enjoy from all over the world and a children’s section selected by Ms Sara’s creators. Filled with poetry, stories, musings, interviews, reviews and essays, it has something for everyone to savour.
We have to thank Dustin Pickering on our editorial board for giving contributors space in his esteemed hard copy quarterly, Harbinger Asylum. And Nidhi Mishra and Archana Mohan of Bookosmia for giving us lovely reads from Ms Sara’s friends in our young people’s selections. We have an interview with them on our pages to explain what their company, Bookosmia, is all about. Another interview that will be of interest to all of you is with Binu Mathews of Countercurrents.org, an online presence which garners one million views a month! His publication explores all new perspectives and hosts Borderless Journal’s articles every now and then. Countercurrents.org voices protests for a more equitable, more humanitarian world like we do at Borderless Journal.
In quest of a better world, Aysha Baqir, a novelist and activist, brings out the plight of a young girl in her letter to Zohra, an eight-year-old domestic worker who was beaten to death in Pakistan on May 31st, 2020. There has been no concerted movement to resolve the plight of child labour the way there has been of the expanding movement to end differences in skin colour which are just like the colours in nature. An inability to comprehend that, never ceases to amaze me. Ratnottama Sengupta, an eminent senior journalist, has highlighted through her essay, ‘Wisdom of the Wild’, that animals care for their youngsters, even if the fledglings belong to a different species. But looking at Zohra’s case study, one wonders if humans are doing the same?
Echoing the plight of children in a world ravaged with distorted values based on ‘gentility’ and wealth and giving it historicity is an essay by academic Sohana Manzoor, on children in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Reading the two pieces one after another, one is left wondering how much we have reformed the social ills that existed in the Victorian era. In Borderless, we look at trends in human development. Have we really gone up the ladder of change towards a better world which will be seamless and borderless in its intent, where being majority or minority does not lead to violence, ostracisation and victimisation?
It is also Emily Bronte’s birth anniversary on July 31st. We like to commemorate great authors and major events on our pages. Another major event we covered is the American Independence Day celebration on July 4th, 2020. A powerful essay by Dustin Pickering that talks of the American dream as opposed to the American reality today. One can glimpse more of the issues faced by the human race in an interesting story by Sunil Sharma named after a great in literature, Baudelaire. We have a lively rounding up of the corona situation in Nishi Pulugurtha’s roundup which gives us an unusual glimpse of the value given to divine intervention in the backwaters of Bengal with the evolution of a Corona puja.
An academic and gender studies researcher, Meenakshi Malhotra, has looked into why we have a nomenclature that draws up a border around writings by women. We have reviews by Bhaskar Parichcha, Gopal Lahiri, Rakhi Dalal and Debraj Mukherjee on recently released books. Devraj Singh Kalsi continues with his distinctive narratives on authors who feel unknown. Poetry with both major names and newcomers, musings, essays, stories liven the pages of this journal that unites with its ideas and ideals across all borders.
I could go on describing each individual piece for the joy it has been in reading and posting them for all of our wonderful readers. Though we have many more stories, translations, essays and poems from more than a dozen countries and covering diverse issues, I will leave you to enjoy our fare rather than describe each piece individually. Thank you all for giving me the time to sort and organise our fare. Wish you a wonderful read till next month, when I hope we can continue to celebrate our hope for a better world with laughter and sunshine.
Founding Editor, Borderless Journal