Borderless, September 2021


The Caged Birds Sing…Click here to read.


Professor Anvita Abbi, a Padma Shri, discusses her experience among the indigenous Andamanese and her new book on them, Voices from the Lost Horizon. Click here to read.

Keith Lyons talks to Jessica Mudditt about her memoir, Our Home in Myanmar, and the current events. Click here to read.


Be and It All Came into Being

Balochi poetry by Akbar Barakzai, translated by Fazal Baloch. Click here to read.

Adivasi Poetry

A poem by Jitendra Vasava translated from the Dehwali Bhili via Gujarati by Gopika Jadeja. Click here to read.

A Poem for The Ol Chiki

 Poetry by Sokhen Tudu, translated from the Santhali by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar. Click here to read.

About Time

Korean poetry on time written and translated by Ilwha Choi. Click here to read.

Of Days and Seasons

A parable by the eminent Dutch writer, Louis Couperus (1863-1923), translated by Chaitali Sengupta. Click here to read.

Road to Nowhere

An unusual story about a man who heads for suicide, translated from Odiya by the author, Satya Misra. Click here to read.

Abhisar by Tagore

A story poem about a Buddhist monk by Rabindranath Tagore in Bengali has been translated by Mitali Chakravarty. Click here to read.


Click on the names to read the poems

Arundhathi Subramaniam, Michael R Burch, Sekhar Banerjee, Jeff Shakes, Ashok Suri, Tim Heerdink, Srinivas S, Rhys Hughes, A Jessie Michael, George Freek, Saranayan BV, Gigi Baldovino Gosnell, Pramod Rastogi, Tohm Bakelas, Nikita Desai, Jay Nicholls, Smitha Vishwanathan, Jared Carter

Nature’s Musings

In Sun, Seas and Flowers, Penny Wilkes takes us for a tour of brilliant photographs of autumnal landscapes with verses. Click here to read.

Poets, Poetry & Rhys Hughes

In Memory Gongs, Rhys Hughes creates a profound myth tinged with a tongue in cheek outlook … Click here to read.


Crime and the Colonial Capital: Detective Reid in Calcutta

Abhishek Sarkar explores the colonial setting up of the Calcutta detective department in 1887. Click here to read.

The Myth of Happiness

Candice Louisa Daquin ponders over the impositions on people to declare themselves happy. Click here to read.

Once Upon a Time in Burma: Of Babies and Buddhas

John Herlihy takes us through more of Myanmar with his companion, Peter, in the second part of his travelogue. Click here to read.

Bhaskar’s Corner

Bhaskar Parichha explores links between Politics & the Media. Click here to read.

Musings/Slices from Life


Mike Smith muses about a black and white photograph from his childhood. Click here to read.

Leo Messi’s Magic Realism

Sports fan Saurabh Nagpal explores the magic realism in famous footballer Messi’s play with a soupçon of humour. Click here to read.

Infinite Possibilities & Mysterious Riddles

Keith Lyons gives a lively account of traveling across borders despite the pandemic. Click here to read.

Word Play

Geetha Ravichnadran explores additions to our vocabulary in a tongue-in-cheek article. Click here to read.

Musings of a Copywriter

In When I Almost Became a Professor, Devraj Singh Kalsi gives humour tinged reasons on why he detached himself from being an academician. Click here to read.


Flash Fiction: Turret

Niles M Reddick relates a haunting tale of ghosts and more. Click here to read.

Silver Lining

Dipayn Chakrabarti travels through moods of the day and night. Click here to read.

Captain Andi is in love

Dr. P Ravi Shankar explores a future beyond climate change in Malaysia. Click here to read.

The Cockatoo

Revathi Ganeshsundaram captures the stardust in ripening years. Click here to read.

The Missing Tile

Saeed Ibrahim’s story reflects on the ties between an old teacher and a student. Click here to read.

The Literary Fictionist

In Return of the Ghost, Sunil Sharma explores the borders between life, ideas and death. Click here to read.

Book Excerpt

An excerpt from Kobi’ and ‘Rani’: Memoirs and Correspondences of Nirmalkumari Mahalanobis and Rabindranath Tagore, translated by Somdatta Mandal, showcasing Tagore’s introduction and letters. Click here to read.

Book Reviews

Rakhi Dalal reviews Anvita Abbi’s Voices from the Lost Horizon. Click here to read.

Basudhara Roy reviews Bina Sarkar Ellias’ Song of a Rebel and Other Selected Poems. Click here to read.

Bhaskar Parichha reviews Wendy Doniger’s Winged Stallion and Wicked Mares. Click here to read.


The Inward Journey

By Ashok Suri

The Inward Journey

With a hymn I bring 
My wandering mind to a halt.
As I close my eyes,
Peep and delve deep, 
I am surprised to see a sage-like being 
Seated in my heart.

O, it’s the effulgent soul,
Brimming with peace --
My happiness knows no end,
My anxieties cease.
It seems as if I have put down 
The burden of centuries.

Calm and quiet,
Like the starry skies,	
I see the walls built by my ego fall.
A wave of fresh energy rises.
I never thought
This inward journey would show me 
Where true bliss lies…

Ashok Suri is a retiree and is settled with his family in Mumbai. He tries to convey in simple words what he wants to say.




An Anguished Father

By Ashok Suri

King Lear by Joshua Reynolds: Wiki

 An Anguished Father
 Happy he was 
 To be the rock,
 Out of which flowed  
 Streams of their delight.
 Now that age is no more on his side,
 At home, he is lavishly criticized.
 His jokes are no longer funny, 
 His talks are considered silly and despised.
 Slowly, he returns home,
 With his head bent down
 Pondering his own plight --
 No wonder,
 With thankless kids around,
 He feels eternally exiled.
 Perhaps what The Bard* said was right:
 “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
 To have a thankless child!” 

*The Bard: William Shakespeare. The quoted lines are from King Lear

Mr. Ashok Suri retired from Revenue Service, and is settled with his family in Mumbai. He loves to read and sometimes write. He tries to convey in simple words what he wants to say.


Lament of Jatayu

By Ashok Suri

One of mythological scenes carved on the pillars of Sun Temple at Modhera. appears to be Sita abduction scene from Ramayana. Notice Pushpak viman and Jatayu the bird. Photo courtesy: Wiki

Lament of Jatayu*

I heard some cries,

And woke up rubbing my eyes.

I looked up and saw —

My breath suspended in awe —

A giant chariot

Running through the moon-lit clouds,

Like a frightened snake hastening through crowds.


I rushed up,

My eyes following the magical chariot.

I was surprised to see

The mighty Ravana*, sweating with anxiety,

Speeding away with grief-stricken Janki *.


His eyes were tinged with fear,

His face withered as I drew near.

He mocked me as old and weak,

Struck me on the beak.

I swooped down on his head,

Had him almost wrapped up

In my fierce fluttering wings,

With my claws cutting into his limbs.


His golden crown

Tilted and fell down.

Like a wounded lion he roared,

Chopped off my wings with his sword.

He sped away into the southern skies,

And I could do nothing

But only hear her fading cries,

With tears welling up in my eyes.


Wounded, defeated, in despair,

Unable to hold myself in air,

I fell down with a thud,

Like a huge heap of blood.


Dear Rama*, how I wish

I had saved her from that monster!

To stand mute before such cruelty,

Is against my nature.

I would have done my all,

Even if she were a stranger.


O Lord! Let the cord of life snap,

As I lie with my head in your lap.


Jatayu*: In the Hindu epic Ramayana, Jatayu is an eagle-like divine bird.

Janki*: Also known as Sita, wife of Ram, the Hindu deity in epic ‘Ramayana’.

Rama*: the major deity of Hinduism, the central figure in epic ‘Ramayana’

Ravana*: the demon-king of Lanka.

Mr. Ashok Suri retired from the Revenue Service in 2014 and is settled with his family in Mumbai. He loves to read and write. He tries to convey in simple words what he wants to say.




Beyond Words

By Ashok Suri

Words spoken are sweet,

Those unspoken may be sweeter.

My lips often fumble

With thoughts that run deeper.


O, beauties of the Earth,

Mysteries of the universe,

Whose hands are at work!

How I will express?


How will I describe

Tears of joy flowing from the champion’s eyes,

Hunger of the hapless child,

Whose mother pats his back when he cries?

There are depths,

Where words cannot peep.

A soft touch, a tender look

Can make even a stone weep!

Mr. Ashok Suri did MA (English) from Kurukshetra University in Haryana. He retired from Revenue Service in Mumbai in 2014. He has a passion for reading and is particularly interested in reading biographies and poetry. He loves to write also, but he is not a published writer.