Open Road Review, Issue `18

Dear readers,

Profound and entertaining, even indistinct and yet cumulatively relevant, Issue 18 captures the lives of people as seen through a prism of catastrophes, love, and heritages.

In an increasingly polarized world, where race and ethnicity are the fault lines that define entitlement, backed by, if reports are to be believed, various think tanks and industry leaders, literatures are what we need to moderate the chaos that ensnares our society today. As Mary Jessamyn West, the American author had said, “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures”, now, perhaps more than ever, to help inject sanity in the world, we need to read, write and share stories.

The fiction selection in this latest issue has been curated jointly by Jhilmil Breckenridge (fiction editor) and Momina Masood (intern). We also have brilliant poems curated by Pooja Garg (poetry editor) and one piece of creative nonfiction curated by Rachel Edwards (creative nonfiction editor).

From August, Team Opener (made up of interns and staff at Open Road Review) will bring to you curated books in our new section called “Books”. Top four books will appear as “Popular” on the home page based on visitor’s engagement. We also hope to announce our annual prize in the coming weeks.


A Choice of Souls by Rudy Koshar
The Swing by Praveena Shivram
A Few Minutes Shy of Midnight by Patty Somlo
Riches by Arun Ganapathy
This is the Way the World Ends by Nadeem Zaman


Only the Earth is Home by Abha Iyengar
A dancer long lost—Chinnama Devi, queen of Vijayanagara by Maitreyee B Chowdhury
Asavari by Bhaswati Ghosh

Creative nonfiction:

Steve McCurry by Bert Spinks

Happy reading,
Kulpreet Yadav
New Delhi