Dear readers,

It gives me immense pleasure to share that Open Road Review has found sponsors for its annual writing contests and submissions are now open. There is no reading fee.

Open Road Review Short Story Prize 2015: INR 10,000 ($156 approx.). Details here. The prize is sponsored by Read My Picture and the deadline for submissions is 15 Sep 15.

Open Road Review Poetry Prize 2015: INR 10,000 ($156 approx.). Details here. The prize is sponsored by Read My Picture & WordTree. Deadline 15 Sep 15.

Issue 14 includes 4 short fiction pieces, 5 poems, 2 interviews, and 1 artwork.

The world of Sanath, the protagonist in The Partaking by Hari Ravikumar, seesaws between edginess of the young and reticence of the old as he travels from the US to Chennai to meet his ailing father and instead finds his bearings about life and entitlement obliterated, making him wonder if emotions are a worthy currency for which to exchange life’s lessons.

Persuasive and germane, the narrative of Stories within Us Wish to Live by Arvind Passey, is an unhindered amalgam of void that the absence of time in our lives creates within us, and, the noise that the richness of experience brings. In the end the stories that we don’t live haunt us and become quiet regrets.

Puh! by Mthulisi Mathuthu discovers, rather obliquely, how the lives of sex slaves created by armed conflicts are invisible black holes that have the potential of consuming the peace and good order of settled lives at a much later time.

In The line of discrimination by Vijayalakshmi Sridhar, the infidelity of a husband, who is disillusioned by his own success, is mirrored through the eyes of a mother & son, who are trying hard to elongate the calm-before-the-storm they are caught in.

In the interview section, Mohit Parikh and Anubha Yadav, both awarded short fiction writers, have shared their thoughts about writing, identity, films, and sex as they pursue their respective writerly careers.

This Issue also includes exceptional artwork by Sudeen Sen and Aria Sen, and a selection of brilliant poems that seek to expose human sophistication.

Kulpreet Yadav

Abandoned Journey by Sudeep Sen

Abandoned Journey by Sudeep Sen


Puh! by Mthulisi Mathuthu
The Line of Discrimination by Vijayalakshmi Sridhar
Stories within Us Wish to Live by Arvind Passey
The Partaking by Hari Ravikumar (with audio)


PORTRAIT, 6:30 A.M. by Carl Boon
THIRSTY by Bhaswati Ghosh
STASH AWAY by Gayatri Lakhiani Chawla
ENTR’ACTE by Tikuli
SOPORIFIC by Rony Nair


Interview with Anubha Yadav by Kulpreet Yadav
Interview with Mohit Parikh by Kulpreet Yadav


Artwork by Sudeep Sen & Aria Sen