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Best from India and the World.

The summer of 2013 was harsh. Our planet’s carbon emission touched a new high. But we have remained undivided in this achievement. For once.  All colours, races and ethnicities. There was no exception, no dispute. The one there is—to rest your argument—was far too feeble. Like a child hoping to knock a champion boxer (read businessmen) out of the ring.

Issue 6 carries some brilliant work, and as always, our contributors inhabit different parts of the world. Thank you for contributing. A few writers have complained that their submissions are being ignored. Through this editorial I wish to record that this is untrue. We value all submissions. We exist to honour and publish creative writing. To give you an idea about the number of submissions we received this time, I have turned the submitters into statistics. Not a good way to convey a thought, but effective all the same. For issue 6, we had received 250 creative pieces and we have accepted 10. That’s 4%; not tough if you compare with other journals. The acceptance ratio in fiction was much higher though, close to 10 %.

The fiction section has 4 stunning pieces. According to Shanti Perez, the fiction editor, dense writing and atmosphere prevails in Vikram Shah’s “Miss Green”, a bout of daydreaming about an affair that takes place in India’s famous vacation spot, Goa. Written in second person, which is difficult to pull off, Shah manages a closeness, a connection between the reader and You, so the fact the story is written in second person slips by Your awareness like a smooth shot of alcohol.

It’s been said that the beginning of a good story knows its ending. Expectation and wonder carries Michael C. Keith’s “When the Mountains Rise”, the tale of a wise grandfather’s hard work and an orphaned young boy’s curiosity, forward.

An orphaned child, Ratri, in “Half a Story” by Sucharita Dutta-Asane, is taken in by a caring student. Discover the mystery that shrouds one Indian family’s past in this tale of one young woman’s awakening to a different world that’s existed around her without her knowledge.

“Sehnsucht”, German for longing, craving or yearning, by Ragini Lalit, is a story (and word) that is difficult to translate because it describes such a deep emotional state that, perhaps, sehnsucht itself is inadequate, as a word can only label a thing and not be that thing. So, too, Lalit’s story touches on the unimaginable, a situation far removed from most of us readers, that we may never understand fully, except what it is to yearn for the impossible—our version of unrequited love.

In the poetry section we have featured 5 poets from 4 nations and I hope you like them as much as we did. Open Road Review is bidding farewell to its poetry editor. This was the last issue for Leah MacMenamin, and I would like to convey my sincere appreciation for her hard work, diligence and an eye that helped the journal grow. We are also happy to announce that Vaughan Gunson, a New Zealand based poet, will be the new poetry editor. You will see his bio soon on the editor’s page.

It’s an honour to include the artwork of Ira Joel Haber, a New York based painter, sculptor and teacher. His work is in the collections at The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Happy reading. And keep sending your curiosities, dreams, suggestions, and whatever else you think will make our fight to reach a notch higher more worthwhile. We are, after all, one open road.

Kulpreet Yadav

New Delhi

3. Landscape

Miss Green by Vikram Shah
When the Mountains Rise by Michael C. Keith (with audio)
Half a Story by Sucharita Dutta-Asane
Sehnsucht by Ragini Lalit

Midnight gambol by Lorraine Caputo (USA)
Brothel Trauma by Serkan Engin (Turkey)
Purana Quila by Sivakami Velliangiri (India)
Predator By Pratibha Biswas (India)
I lose my verse by Sheikha A (Pakistan)

Ira Joel Haber