[Issue 8 / February 2014]

Storytelling has a narcotic power.

Robert Harris

On behalf of the editors and webmaster, I am happy to write this short introductory note for Issue 8 of Open Road Review, our 2nd anniversary Issue.

In 2014, we will run a free-to-enter cash prize contest, publish themed Issues in addition to the regular ones, and bring out at least one print book with selected best writings from our archives.  In addition, as we expand, from this Issue on, we will also have an additional section called ‘Interviews’.

Says Shanti Perez, the fiction editor, Open Road Review celebrates its second anniversary with seven fiction pieces from several continents. As fiction editor since Open Road Review's inception, I've traveled the bumpy roads akin to any unique start-up experience and I have to ask, Was it all worth it--the late nights spent with burning red eyes pouring over dozens of stories, the painstaking process of narrowing selections, all for our passion to preserve story telling? My response, a resounding Yes! The team has a backbone and as the years have passed we've collaborated to implement what has turned out a most worthwhile endeavor. I have no doubt that Open Road Review will fulfill the dreams of its founder, Kulpreet Yadav, and take part in coaxing India to the forefront of the contemporary literary world. I hope you enjoy the places we take you.

The poems in the issue range from being polished, well crafted and nuanced in their communication, to being precise, blunt and straightforward in their treatment. The passion, clever use of words, rhythm and dynamism of human needs, as you read the work, will raise many questions, and if we are willing to think, their probable answers. What I like about good poetry is its ability to make the readers think. Challenge everything that humans have created. Give new perspective to nature and the most primal human needs around it.

In Creative nonfiction, Making business of the past horrors is the real essence of Andrew Bond’s travelogue, “Cambodia: The Tourism in Tragedy”. in which he narrates the account of a well-informed tourist in modern day Phnom Penh, reliving the chilling past that dictates one-sixth of Cambodia’s economy today. Kawika Guillermo, in “The Imperialist's Salon”. is left wondering about God, death and nightmares, after a visit to a Mumbai salon where a teenage barber gives him a precise haircut. In “Africans in Europe:  How Dirty is your Black”, Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso, a Nigerian studying in Wales, recounts his horrid experiences as a person of colour when he decides to go clubbing.

The Issue also includes an interview of Anees Salim, the winner of The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013, alongside Watercolour by Anji Marth, a professional tattooist, painter and sculptor.

Happy reading,

Kulpreet Yadav

New Delhi, India

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[Issue 8 / February 2014]

 

Fiction

Retribution Park by Rudy Koshar (with audio)
Nabokov Corrupts by Mohit Parikh
The Luxury of a Pause by Kelechi Njoku (with audio)
The Return by Margaret Pinard (with audio)
Runs in the Family by Ram Govardhan
Flow by Dele Meiji
Barely Getting By by Melissa Dymock (with audio)

Creative Non Fiction

Cambodia: The tourism in tragedy by Andrew Bond
The Imperialist's Salon by Kawika Guillermo
Africans in Europe: How dirty is your black? by Ezeiyoke Peter Nonso

Poetry

Victorian Lampshade by Nancy Anne Miller (Bermuda)
Standoff by Li Huijia (Singapore)
The Saddest Poem in the World by Rumyana Mihaylova (Bulgaria)
The Drought by Uttaran Das Gupta (India)
The Bells by RK Biswas (India)
Going it Alone by Arthur Fairley (New Zealand)

Interview

Interview with Anees Salim

Artwork

Watercolor by Anji Marth