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Monalisa No Longer Smiles: An Anthology of Writings across the World


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Readers Comments

Monalisa No Longer Smiles will definitely bring a smile to your face because it is a celebration of the human spirit. — Simran

Reading now — Monalisa No Longer Smiles: An Anthology of Writings from Across the World, edited by Mitali Chakravarty, which contains an assortment of selections in classics in translation, poetry, discussion, essays, short stories, and conversations, including this poignant story by one of my favourite poets, Paresh Tiwari — all culled from the pages of Borderless Journal, a brave eZine that Mitali Chakravarty edits. Published by Om Books International. Highly recommended. — Dibyajyoti Sarma, writer, poet, translator, publisher

Monalisa No Longer Smiles is a delightful anthology. With classics in translation, essays, short stories, poetry, conversations, it is a complete reading experience. It is funny and profound and very, very literary. Lovingly edited by Mitali Chakravarty and elegantly produced by Om Books, it contains some of my favourite humorous poems by Rhys Hughes. Maithreyi Karnoor, writer & translator.

Monalisa No Longer Smiles: An Anthology of Writings from Across the World [MNLS] edited by Mitali Chakravarty, the founder-editor of Borderless Journal, makes a timely appearance to reinforce the ideology that is best described in its manifesto : ‘the goal of the journal is to connect writers and readers transcending barriers of man- made constructs.’ Unless every thinking individual realises that the onus of this collective responsibility rests on him/her, it will remain a remote, institutional effort. If we set our minds to it, a global family can be actualised right here, and right now, for us to live together in Vasudaiva Kutumbakam. The anthology showcases in an eclectic range, excellent creative writings and critical discourse that converge to spread a healthy, egalitarian message of love and forgiveness for the fragmented lives we live in, torn apart by wars, internal feuds and political hate. — Lakshmi Kannan, academic, translator and writer

Must congratulate Mitali Chakravarty and the entire team of Borderless Journal for coming up with the idea of compiling poems, essays, short
stories et al and creating a welcome print edition.
Finely curated. I was a little lost as to where to start. It is rich literature. Started with the title short story and then Arundhati Subramaniam’s ‘Catabolic Woman’ had me mesmerised. Let’s
see where I go next. Will cover everything but not going in any particular order. More power to Borderless Journal and look
forward to similar anthologies in the future. A must buy! — Vandana Kumar, academic and writer


“What better time for readers to turn to Borderless for creative writing and images than now when we are witness to the tensions and travails experienced by peoples, nations and regions of the world because of lines drawn across the map arbitrarily, or in haste, or without taking into account the manifold adverse consequence of such actions? Surely, Borderless’s twin goals of connecting people virtually through poetry, fiction and non-fiction as well as artwork, and of transcending imposed lines that divide people imaginatively and in reality, deserve our endorsement. I have been pleased by the variety and virtuosity on display in it in recent issues and have been contributing to the journal hoping that I will reach readers across borders imposed by publishing and distributing boundaries limiting our access to a wider global readership. I hope thus that others will read Borderless issue after issue, and also get hold of this hard copy anthology of selections from some of the best writing that has been published in it till now. No doubt the book represents the journal features amply, complementing the digital issues, and extending its reach even further than such issues have managed to do till now. All good wishes for the Borderless anthology!”

Professor Fakrul  Alam, academic, translator & writer.

“Borderless Journal has emerged as a vibrant space for showcasing the power of literature to create human connections across the artificial cultural, geographical, historical, political, religious, ideological and linguistic borders that divide our world. The journal’s focus on translation and  openness to diverse forms of creative expression are especially significant.”

— Radha Chakravarty, academic, translator & writer.

To access the anthology, click on this link or visit any Om Bookstore in India.

Book Talks

Book E-Launch (FB), 16/11/2022


PVLF Festival Session on Poetry ( 13/1/2023)

Delhi University Book Talk (13/1/2023)

Book Launch(Om Bookstore, New Delhi), 17/1/2023

Snippets from Book Launch
Radha Chakravarty on MNLS

Book Announcement

In Dumani MailClick here to read.


Podcast on Monalisa No Longer Smiles: An Anthology of Writings from across the World — the focus is ‘conflict to connection’ in the Frontlist Show, Episode 20:

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