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Best from India and the World.

We have been busy at Open Road Review. The Hindu, one of India’s leading newspapers, in its monthly Literary Review section, talked about Open Road Review and quoted its editors. The article was published on 7 April 13. Here’s the link in case you have missed.

Open Road Review is a mobile optimized website now, one that transfers from desk top to tablets and cell phones with ease. The website was revamped last month and is a lot easier to navigate. The reader feedbacks have been overwhelming too and many have been published on the home page.

Issue 5, as always, includes both emerging and established writers and poets. We are honoured to publish Sudeep Sen, Adam Aitken, Manjul Bajaj and Tuhin Sinha among several others.

Shanti Perez, the fiction editor of Open Road Review says, ‘The stories weave through obsession, the fine line between reality and the supernatural. Despite rotting meat breath and bad rock star hair days, our four new authors will take you places you’ve never been. This, our fifth issue of Open Road Review, shows us the world of Ishaan, a man who was born atop a mythical pass, or as the author Anuradha Majumdar calls it, a “sliding scale of truth.” Beheld of a promise to his dead mother, Ishaan must travel to a lake created by Padmasambhava, its name must remain unsaid, to release his mother’s cremains. Perhaps Ishaan is, as Padmasambhava is quoted as saying, “from the unborn sphere of all phenomenon.” Left to readers’ interpretations, “Buddha Nights” can be read several times, each time a new layer emerges that sheds light on Majumdar’s magic tale.

Raymond Hutson’s “Perfume” is a story fueled by obsession when a man is hooked by the lure of a young woman he meets while shopping for perfume with his fiancé and her mother, but sometimes things are not what they seem to be, are they? Is this real, or is this just fantasy, and how do we know when to trust our own perceptions? When does technology blur the line so much that we become lost?

Raised by wolves is given new meaning from the first person point-of-view of the boy Gopal who is friend to Hema, a wild girl who appears out of the jungle one day. What happens when a bond forms between a wolf girl and a village boy? You must read (or listen to) Jawahara Saidullah’s piece “Edge of the Village” to find out.

“Acquired Magic” by Anjali Bhatia explores the woman Maithili’s discovery of a new barber once her tried-and-trustworthy stylist moves away, leaving her no other choice than to face a change for which she is skeptical. Does the new stylist disappoint? A story of human relationship and change, “Acquired Magic” takes the mundane, yet seriousness, of a haircut and shows us how joy can wither away with shifting priorities

In the Creative nonfiction category we have a brilliant piece by Manjul Bajaj in which she introduces the readers to Kural, an ancient poetry form from Tamil literature. It’s so minimalistic, she says, that the Haiku in comparison seems wordy.  The author has experimented with Kural and it makes for a brilliant reading. Tuhin Sinha, on the other hand, through his interesting piece, talks about the perennial dilemma in the life of a writer – what to write next?

Leah McMenamin, the poetry editor of Open Road Review says, ‘The poems selected for Volume 5 aim to reflect the diversity of human experience. They span themes as diverse as religion and environment; relationships and coincidence, whilst contemplating the minutiae of these universal subjects. This volume we have poets featured from across the world – India, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Enjoy.’

Open Road Review is an interactive website where constructive engagement of readers, writers and editors is the key. To further bolster this, the website is now continuously updated with feedbacks of readers, blogs and audio stories. In particular, the blog section has attracted large readership. While the blog is a designated space for editors to share their random thoughts, I am willing to have guest posts too. Do send them to the CNF id and if we like your moving thoughts, it will appear online. The new look of the website is completely the brainchild of Amit Bhardwaj, Open Road Review’s webmaster and I thank him for his efforts. We will continue to upgrade as we go along. Happy reading.

Kulpreet Yadav, New Delhi

Adam Aitken

Fiction:
Buddha Nights by Anuradha Majumdar
Perfume by Raymond Hutson
Edge of the Village by Jawahara Saidullah
Acquired magic by Anjali Bhatia

Poetry:
The Wailing Wall, Revisited by Sudeep Sen (India)
Rene Char by Adam Aitken (Australia)
A Fisherman’s Ganga by Maitreyee Chowdhury (India)
Mother by Bob D’Costa (India)
Bradford Pears In Spring by Carol Hamilton (USA)
Crow-Girl by Ishrat Mattoo (India)
Palaver by Mamta Madhavan

Creative nonfiction:
The Kural And The Art of Poetry by Manjul Bajaj
What Do I Write? by Tuhin Sinha

Art work:
Adam Aitken