The Wait is and is Not - Nitasha Kaul

You Don't Mess with Viru - Jayant Kripalani

The Last Journey Home - Siddhartha Gigoo

Family Trip - Mihir Vatsa

For the Longest Time - Mridula Koshy

The Tree's Passport - Sumana Roy

I Try to be so Buddhist - Robert Sugg

Oh God, My God - GB Prabhat

Stroke at Noon - KL Chowdhury
(personal narrative)

Unbroken Awareness - Tendair Mwanaka

Island of a Thousand Mirrors - Nayomi Munaweera

My Hungry Workers - Sourabh Gupta
(personal narrative)

The Stone - Anupam Choudhary

The Return - Shirani Rajapakse

The Unsent Email - Shyama Laxman

Poetry: Naseer Ahmed Nasir
(Translated by Bina Biswas)

Dr Bhikbab Changes His World - Sheela Jaywant

The Pillar of Society - Manju Kak

Book Reviews

Distant Traveller - Attia Hosain
(Mita Bose)

London Company - Farrukh Dhondy
(Rakhshanda Jalil)

The Cripple and His Talismans - Anosh Irani
(Mariam Karim)

Their Language of Love - Bapsi Sidhwa
(Arjun Raj Gaind)

Silk Fish Opium - Jaina Sanga
(Suneetha Balakrishnan)

The Blind Man's Garden - Nadeem Aslam
(Mariam Karim)

The Almond Tree - Michelle Corasanti
(Bina Biswas)

Nobody Can Love You More - Mayank Austen Soofi
(KG Sreenivas)

Along the Red River - Sabita Goswami
(Abdullah Khan)

Tales of a Journalist, Bureaucrat, Spy - Som Nath Dhar
(KG Sreenivas)

Che in Paona Bazaar - Kishalay Bhattacharjee
(S Ramesh)

Best from the Bookery


Tan Twan Eng
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Paintings: Donovan Roebert
Poetry: Priya Sarukkai Chabria


Dilip Bobb


Dear friends,

The ELJ team was delighted to produce its inaugural issue ('Sexuality') in January this year. Creativity being a perfect synthesis of ideas, imagination, and inspiration, ELJ brought some excellent works to its readers. The warm and overwhelming response to our first issue inspired us to work doubly hard for Issue II.

The theme of the second issue is 'Conflict'. Many contributors wrote in to ask us what we meant by 'conflict'. Did it imply international conflict? Socio-political conflict? What exactly did we mean? Our answer to all the writers was the same – that the interpretation of the theme depended upon them. Conflict could reflect in a person's macrocosm as well as in their microcosm. In the words of Sylvia Plath, '...everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.'

We decided to make our second issue a Book Review Special, considering that book review space is constantly shrinking in the print media. So this time we have reviewed several books, both fiction and creative non-fiction. We have also introduced a new section, 'Best from the Bookery', which lists the champions we could not review.

In fiction, among other writers, we have short stories by Mridula Koshy and Manju Kak (if you're looking for well-known names), and another by actor Jayant Kripalani (whose debut collection has just been released). Jayant's story and style tell you precisely why 'conflict' need not always be serious business. Anupam Choudhary, another gifted raconteur, has been published for the first time ever! This section also has an excerpt from Nayomi Munaweera's Island of a Thousand Mirrors (regional winner, Asia, Commonwealth Book Prize 2013, published by Hachette India) – a powerful piece of writing on conflict.

In poetry, we are happy to have found wonderful contributors from all over the globe, some of them well known, others aspiring to get there – and we are sure they will.

In non-fiction, we bring to you, memoirs and personal narratives by Siddhartha Gigoo, Sumana Roy, KL Chowhury, and Sourabh Gupta. Two out of these reflect unique personal experiences of Kashmir. Sumana's piece relates a childhood incident when she and her family accidentally stepped into Bangladeshi land, and Sourabh's recounts an experience as a journalist in Punjab.

We are also pleased to announce that our special issue carries an interview with author Tan Twan Eng whose novel, The Garden of Evening Mists, won the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012, and was on the shortlist of the Man Booker Prize 2012. In addition we have for you an interview with the renowned writer, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, where she speaks of her new book, Oleander Girl.

In 'Studio' Donovan Roebert's paintings have been showcased, and Priya Sarukkai's poetry recited against a musical backdrop.

In this issue, you can also 'listen to' the well-known journalist, Dilip Bobb, who has something significant to say about 'conflict'.

We hope you'll enjoy every minute of it, and we'll look forward to your response.


Team ELJ