You guys are awesome! Our website was hit 20000 times in under six months.

We received splendid submissions in all our sections for Issue 2. If was difficult to pick the ones we thought were best suited here. Those we didn’t accept were not due to any lacking that our senses chanced upon, but because we thought it might not fit ORR for the moment. So don’t you get deterred, and keep submitting. We like to read. We have said this before and we say it again.

But as everything must have a downside, to stay afloat, we had a lot of catching up to do. Suffice to say, our backs are aching more now and the heads are spinning. But it is a small price to pay considering the privilege we had to read your works.

The poetry section of this issue has been edited by Amit Dahiyabadshah, a working Delhi based poet who has helped over two hundred poets get published (most for the first time) and has personally mentored over three hundred. We are incredibly fortunate to have him as our guest editor. The India Poetry Foundation headed by Mr Dahiyabadshah is leading an effort to host the biggest single city Poetry event ever, the Dilli Kavita Kumbh, a Thousand Poets’ Readings and The Great Poetry Marathon, a world record event on 28th Oct 12. Shernaz Wadia, our regular poetry editor, was unwell. I take this opportunity to wish her a speedy recovery on behalf of all the readers and the staff of the Open Road Review. She will be back for issue 3 with a fresh sparkle in her eyes.

All grown up with your support, we now have a sister site too. It’s called Under The Banyan Tree, or simply UTBT. Do check us out at www.underthebanyantree.in . Yes, it also gives me great pleasure to welcome Sujata Parashar, as the editor of UTBT. Sujata is a bestselling novelist and a human rights activist.

Happy reading! Do send your comments to us, good or bad. We are here to learn and improve with your help. Our facebook adda is here.

Say no to caste-ism and yes to alcohol. OK, the latter was to make you smile.

Kulpreet Yadav

New Delhi, India

 

[Issue 2 / August 2012]

Fiction:

Love in the time of Radio by Nawaid Anjum
Adios Amigo by Mariam Karim
Whispers and Glances by Paul Beckman
Monarch by Kelly DuMar
Those Seasons of Contentment by Murli Melwani
Our Lady of the Guard by Philip Kobylarz
An Elusive and Incomplete Poem by Mahendra Waghela
Sympathy for the Demon by Neil Fulwood

Creative nonfiction:

Welcome to Romania—You’re a Gypsy! by Galina Trefil
When I Stopped Wearing Shoes by Eric G. Müller
Searing heat, pelting rain and a mini drama by Priti Aisola

Poetry:

Dew by Neeru Iyer
My Father’s Closet  by Luigi Monteferrante
Starting by William Allegrezza
Surrendering to Alcohol by Sonnet Mondal
The Other Side by Nalini Priyadarshni