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Borderless December 2021

Editorial

Towards a Brave New World… Click here to read.

Interviews

In Bridge over Troubled Waters, academic Sanjay Kumar tells us about Pandies, an activist theatre group founded by him that educates, bridging gaps between the divides of University educated and the less fortunate who people slums or terror zones. Click here to read.

In Lessons Old and New from a Stray Japanese Cat, Keith Lyons talks with the author of The Cat with Three Passports, CJ Fentiman who likes the anonymity loaned by resettling in new places & enjoys creating a space for herself away from her birthplace. Click here to read.

Translations

Poetry by Jibananda

Translated from Bengali by Fakrul Alam, two poem by the late Jibananda Das. Click here to read.

Shorter Poems of Akbar Barakzai

Translated from Balochi by Fazal Baloch, five shorter poems by Akbar Barakzai. Click here to read.

Long Continuous Battle

Written and translated from Korean by Ihlwha Choi. Click here to read.

Colour the World

Rangiye Diye Jao, a song by Tagore, transcreated by Ratnottama Sengupta. Click here to read.

Rakhamaninov’s Sonata

A short story by Sherzod Artikov, translated from Uzbeki by Nigora Mukhammad. Click here to read.

Robert Burns & Tagore in Harmony

A transcreation of Tagore’s song, Purano Sei Diner Kotha, based on Robert Burn’s poem associated with new year’s revelries by Mitali Chakravarty. Click here to read.

Poetry

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Michael R Burch, Dibyajyoti Sarma, Anasuya Bhar, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Sambhu Nath Banerjee, Michael Brockley, Malachi Edwin Vethamani, George Freek, Mitra Samal, William Miller, Harsimran Kaur, Jay Nicholls, Sangeeta Sharma, Rhys Hughes

Nature’s Musings

In Lewie, the Leaf, Penny Wilkes explores the last vestiges of autumn with her camera and a touching story. Click here to read.

Poets, Poetry & Rhys Hughes

In Trouser Hermits, Rhys Hughes muses over men’s attire and the lack of them. Click here to read.

Musings/ Slices from Life

Kungfu Panda & Matrimony

Alpana gives a glimpse into her own marital experiences through the lockdown. Click here to read.

How I Transitioned from a Desk Worker to a Rugged Trail Hiker at Age Sixty

Meredith Stephens shares the impact of the pandemic on her life choices. Click here to read.

A Tale of Two Houses

P Ravi Shankar travels back to the Kerala of his childhood. Click here to read.

The Voice that Sings Hope through Suffering…

Rakibul Hasan Khan pays a tribute with a twist to a recently deceased Bangladeshi writer, Hasan Azizul Huq. Click here to read.

Canada: A Live Canvas

Sunil Sharma reflects on the colours of the fall in Canada. Click here to read.

To Infinity & Beyond!

Candice Louisa Daquin explores the magic of space travel. Click here to read.

Joy Bangla: Memories of 1971

Ratnottama Sengupta recaptures a time when as a teenager she witnessed a war that was fought to retain a language and culture. Click here to read.

Musings of a Copywriter

In Statue Without Stature, Devraj Singh Kalsi muses on erecting a bust with a dollop of humour. Click here to read.

Stories

Flash Fiction: In Search of a New Home

Marzia Rahman shares a short narrative about refugees. Click here to read.

Floating Free

Lakshmi Kannan travels with a humming bird to her past. Click here to read.

Driving with Murad

Sohana Manzoor unfolds her experiences while learning to drive with a dash of humour. Click here to read.

Dinner with Bo Stamford in Hong Kong

Steve Davidson has a ghostly encounter in Hong Kong. Click here to read.

The Literary Fictionist

In Walls, Sunil Sharma peers into fallacies and divides. Click here to read.

Essays

What’s Novel in a Genre?

Indrasish Banerjee explores why we need a genre in this novel-based essay. Click here to read.

Of Palaces and Restorations

Rupali Gupta Mukherjee visits a restored palace in the heartland of Bengal. Click here to read.

The Incongruity of “Perfect” Poems

Rakibul Hasan Khan discusses Bangladeshi poet Sofiul Azam’s poetry from a post colonial perspective. Click here to read.

The Birth of Bangladesh & the University of Dhaka

Professor Fakrul Alam takes us through the three Partitions of Bengal which ultimately led to the creation of Bangladesh, with focus on the role of Dhaka University. Click here to read.

The Observant Migrant

In When is a mental illness not a mental illness?, Candice Lousia Daquin provides us with a re-look into what is often judged as a psychiatric issue. Click here to read.

Book Excerpts

Somdatta Mandal’s translation of A Bengali Lady in England by Krishnabhabini Das (1885). Click here to read.

Suzanne Kamata’s The Baseball Widow. Click here to read.

Book Reviews

Aruna Chakravarti reviews Devika Khanna Narula’s Beyond the Veil. Click here to read.

Rakhi Dalal reviews Anirudh Kala’s Two and a Half Rivers. Click here to read.

Keith Lyons reviews CJ Fentiman’s The Cat with Three Passports: What a Japanese cat taught me about an old culture and new beginnings. Click here to read.

Bhaskar Parichha reviews BP Pande’s In the Service of Free India –Memoirs of a Civil Servant. Click here to read.

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Poetry

Nature Poems

By Sangeeta Sharma

 The flying clouds
 A cloud like a roaming idler
 Dawdling reaches the highest peak 
 Envelops the mountain 
 In its folds
 Caresses and kisses causing shivers 
 In its bosom
 And lightning, thunder and showers 
 Leap over each other like wildfire
 Floats away and evaporates
 As quickly as it had formed
 Impregnating every small and large
 Womb of the earth
 With puddles of water and 
 A citric, tangy scent
 That clings to 
 The swooning wistful lasses.
  
 Hawk Cuckoo (Papeeha)
 The cuckoo’s mellifluous song
 Excites the maiden
 Who drops the work in hand
 Sprints into the open
 With a joyous heart 
 Looks up towards the cloudy sky
 As expectantly 
 As the cuckoo who sits with its beak ajar
 At the topmost bough of the mango tree
 Half-concealed, longing for the first drop of rain.
 Like a clarion call -- the refrain
 Ignites the pining heart
 Of the lass 
 For her sweetheart
 Who has been away so long
 And has promised to return 
 With the first shower of the monsoon!

Dr. Sangeeta Sharma, a senior academic, is a widely-published critic, poet and writer. She has authored a book on Arthur Miller (2012) and an anthology of 76 poems (2017). She has jointly edited five anthologies on poetry, fiction and criticism and two workbooks on Communication. A free-lance journalist, she is also a Ph.D guide appointed by the University of Mumbai. One of her books is listed as a reference in the department of English, Clayton State University, USA.

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Poetry

From Canada to India…

Poems by Sangeeta Sharma

The Song of Toronto lake

Raging waters in the lake

Sapphire, black, jade

On the ferry with a backpack

Waves rolling forth and back

Sparkling sunshine reflects

Staring through the waves you feel

It’s not the water but the skies

And millions of twinkling stars

In the waters

Where the earth and the sky meet

Expanse covered with a golden garment

Rolling waves, unbridled

Like a resplendent bright sheet

Spread over the translucent waters

The spray of the icy water

And unpolluted air

Break your trance!

Shevantis (Chrysanthemums)

It was a kind of cloudburst

A rainstorm

Creating flood-like situation

Orange-alert sounded

Rail tracks and highways

Water-logged

People preferring indoors

Nevertheless

The impoverished girl: frail and pale-faced

Shivering and completely-drenched

 Bare-feet waded

Towards the traffic jammed

Shook the bunch of wet beautiful blooming shevantis

Before the halting motorists at the red signal

Of a Mumbai-highway

My heart cringed at the pathetic sight

And I heard a voice within me:

“Can beggars be choosers?”

Monsoon and the Lockdown

Incessantly, the heavens poured

The young bride who had entered the new threshold

With dreams rainbow,

Felt stifled,

By the humdrum of the lockdown, deadened

For four months and more.

She drew the curtains of the French-windows

To let the thunderous rain droplets,

Sprinkle on her façe: yearning and dry

For every drop cool

Drenched her body and soul

To the core

And infused in her life manifold!

Dr. Sangeeta Sharma, a senior academician, is a widely published critic, poet and writer. In 2012, she authored a book on Arthur Miller and another a collection of 76 poems in 2017. She has jointly edited five anthologies on poetry, fiction and criticism and two workbooks on Communication. A free-lance journalist, she is also a Ph.D Guide appointed by the University of Mumbai. One of her books is also listed as a reference in the department of English, Clayton State University, USA.

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PLEASE NOTE: ARTICLES CAN ONLY BE REPRODUCED IN OTHER SITES WITH DUE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO BORDERLESS JOURNAL.