An Ordinary Kind of Haunting
- Adam Kotlarczyk
Poetry by Sukrita - Sukrita Paul Kumar
It's All in the Mind - Jimmy Mathew
The Ghost Hunters of Dhaka - Jayanti Chakraborty
Ghost Tour - Shelley Mitchell
Channel 22 - Smita Bhattacharya
John Grey's poetry - John Grey
Ghost Hunters - Debarati Chakraborty
The White Hand - Samidha Kalia
Poetry by Laura Lind - Laura Lind
Seeking Solace - Priya Hajela
A Taste of Date - Doc Wallace
The Practice of Unfoldment - Neera Kashyap
The Hunt is Not Over - Vibha Lohani
-Paul Beatty (Devalina Kohli)
What Lies Between Us & Ruins
-Nayomi Munaweera & Rajith Savanadasa (Binoy Agarwal)
The High Priestess Never Marries
-Sharanya Mannivanan (Suneetha Balakrishnan)
The Glass Bead Curtain
-Lakshmi Kannan (Mohd Farhan)
A Book of Light: When a Loved One has a Different Mind
-Jerry Pinto (Wafa Hamid)
A Place of No Importance
-Veena Muthuraman (Suneetha Balakrishnan)
-Umi Sinha (Sushmita Sridhar)
Secret Writings of Hoshang Merchant
-Hoshang merchant (Wafa Hamid)
I Want to Destroy Myself
-Malika Amar Sheikh, trans. by Jerry Pinto (Sushmita Sridhar)
The Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told
-Edited and translated by Arunava Sinha (Mita Bose)
The Pleasure Principle
-Edited by G Sampath (Divya Dubey)
In June 2016 thirty-two year old Indian ‘paranormal investigator’ Gaurav Tiwari lost his life at home in Dwarka, Delhi, India. His death could not be explained satisfactorily by the doctors though they said he had died of asphyxiation. His partner had found him unconscious in the bathroom with black marks round his neck.
Gaurav had visited and studied more than six thousand haunted places and was believed to have communicated with ghosts. A month before he died he had apparently told his wife that he was being pulled by some negative force but was trying to control it.
We may never find out whether his death had a simple scientific explanation or whether there was really some inexplicable force behind it, but the paranormal has always been an area of great interest all over the world. World literature is replete with stories of the paranormal, with ghosts good and evil, with ghost hunters – literal and metaphorical (Think Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, RL Stevenson or even the Ramayana and Mahabharata). That is how we arrived at the theme of our latest issue.
A great deal has happened since June. 2016 has indeed been an eventful year for everybody – extraordinarily so – with tsunamis in the shape of Brexit, Trump’s victory and Modi’s demonetization amongst several other world events having rocked the world, especially towards the end. People have been so caught up with the here and now and the sudden, seemingly insurmountable challenges of daily living that pondering over the paranormal or dealing with it seems to have become a task relegated to another lifetime.
As the year draws to a close, we realize that the real impact of these tsunamis will make itself visible in 2017 by and by. And so we brace ourselves for whatever challenges are still to present themselves. Yet, a new year is a new beginning. There is renewed hope. The sun will rise – as usual – tomorrow and the day after … and so must we.
From our entire team – have a fantastic new year.