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CLRI May 2012

Contemporary Literary Review India May 2012
Editorial May 2012
eBook Reading Devices by Khurshid Alam
In the last month’s editorial I talked about the growing space of electronic media. Realizing the growth of electronic presence...
Poems Three Poems by Glen Sorestad
Just Before Dark
Southern Sunrise

Two Poems by Catherine Noonan
A Night
Two Poems by Dr. Girish Ramesh Kute
Gold Dust
Two Poems by Aditya Shankar
Slightly Longer Than Reality
Three Ekphrastic Poems by Neil Ellman
Mirror at Midnight II
Modest George Inesco
Onement III
Short Story
Love Wins Out by S. Krishnamoorthy Aithal
Surprisingly, the truce brokered by Madhav between factions and interest groups—some trying to protect Rushdie and others aiding and abetting the apostate’s assassination—held for many years.
Even the Beggar Chooses by Khurshid Alam
Every morning I stood at the Bamboo Villa bus stop in central Calcutta for my office, a beggar at the footpath used to salute me in gesture.
This Promising Age: A Critical Analysis by Dr. Dalip Kumar Khetarpal
Poetry, which makes its appeal through heightened language, has restricted audience, especially in the new era of science and technology.
Ethnicity and the Rhetoric of Difference by Mridula Kashyap
Set in the backdrop of the Bodo society, Janil Kr. Brahma and Katindra Swargiary’s short stories “Dumphao’s Phitha” and “Hongla Pondit” respectively reflect the aspects of nationalistic strife undertaken by the Bodo people...
Arts by Ivan de Monbrison
Two arts pieces by Ivan Morison
Book Review
Review on Sonnet Mondal's Diorama of Three Diaries by Dr. Sudesh Sinha
Most poetry in the poetry books written by poets in India in the past few years can be mainly put into two categories.
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eBook Reading Devices by Khurshid Alam

eBook Reading Devices by Khurshid Alam

In the last month’s editorial I talked about the growing space of electronic media. Realizing the growth of electronic presence, electronic manufacturers are deigning devices that help us in reading books on the electronic gadgets as well, so eBook reading devices have been introduced. An eBook reading device is an electronic gadget specially designed for reading books, journals, and magazines available in electronic media. It is a portable gadget very much similar to a mobile device or tablet computer. eBook readers may be basically of two types – eBook readers powered by e-paper technology that helps to display the text even in very bright sunlight. And the second is non-paper technology based. Many other devices such as smartphones, iPhone, Laptop, and other non e-paper technology based devices fall in the second category. Most of the eReaders are enriched with grayscale levels, audio formats, image formats, text-to-speech feature, apps, email, Internet surfing to mention a few. EBook reading devices are specially designed with “a faster screen capable of higher refresh rates which makes them more suitable for interaction.”

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Typically eBook readers have great capacity to store hundreds of books. This means you can actually carry a library of books along with you without the weight that can trouble you. Wow! As you read a book on the eBook reader, you can highlight your favorite lines, quotations, and make clips and notes without the use of papers and pen.

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Khurshid Alam,
Editor, CLRI, May 2012.

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Three Poems by Glen Sorestad

Three Poems by Glen Sorestad


I have long sought an opportunity to use
higgledy-piggledy in a poem. My motivation
is unclear, even to me, but perhaps it has
something to do with the sound quality
of the word, a dactylic roller-coaster ride.
Nothing of this has much to do with denotation,
whatever the word’s original sense and usage
might have been, so much as it does with
the exquisite feel of the word in the mouth.

Or perhaps it’s the unexpected comic element
the word injects into any consideration --
the way it counter-balances the ponderous
seriousness over-afflicting most poetry. After all,
it would be hard to be convinced by any
declaration of love which somehow moved
towards a higgledy-piggledy climax.

Come to think of it, not many other poets
I’ve read employ higgledy-piggledy much.
Jiggery-pokery, maybe.  Perhaps we poets
all tend to take ourselves far too seriously.
So I’m resolving, here and now, to make
higgledy-piggledy a poetic priority.
I may have to slip it into the piece
in some unexpected and ingenious way,
the word clearly having its limitations.
But isn’t that what poetry is all about?

Just Before Dark

I am the camp’s only occupant—
an unfamiliar scenario for me,
but not disquieting—all the cabins
around me, dark and silent as a night
graveyard. The staff who work here
have done their day’s tasks and left.
The sun has dropped and darkness
creeps four-footed through the woods,
as I step from my cabin for a brief walk
before the last light is gone.

A white-tail doe watches me stride
the well worn route and as I near her,
she steps silently from the path to fade
behind an arras of yellow hazel nut foliage;
a smaller deer, perhaps her offspring,
comes from behind a cabin and bounces
after the doe. A third deer appears,
then there are no more. None of the trio
are deterred at all from their browsing.
I am merely a temporary curiosity,
a brief interruption in their evening.
Night wraps its cover over all of us.

Southern Sunrise

It’s all so obvious, really. The rational part of me
recognizes and knows as November wanes
the light of day too shrinks, dawn arriving later
like a hard-won promise and darkness
pressing its advantage earlier every afternoon.
It’s all so familiar, this annual cycle the mind
accepts, though seldom with willingness.

Yet somehow one morning in November
every year, I look out the eastern window
and there is a sudden surge of wonder
that gives the heart a quick lurch
when I realize the sun is rising
far to the south of where I think it ought.
Say what you will, the mind may accept,
but the heart has its own measure.

Author’s Bio: Glen Sorestad is a well known Canadian poet who has published more than twenty volumes of his poetry till date. His poems have appeared in over 50 anthologies and textbooks, as well as having been translated into French, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Slovenian and Afrikaans. His latest book of poems, A Thief of Impeccable Taste (Sand Crab Books, 2011) is published as a bilingual (English/Spanish) edition. Sorestad is a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets and is a Member of the Order of Canada. He lives in Saskatoon on the Canadian plains.

Two Poems by Catherine Noonan

Two Poems by Catherine Noonan

A Night

Tired as if about to die but
Sleep, any sleep without you rests nothing and so
I wake soundly all night
A pounding missing of you taking me into the dawn
Where I look off and see only my own misery and yet
Curse when someone interrupts my melancholy.


Indifference to you will never come from me
I must fake it, walk nonchalantly by when really
I couldn’t care more
You will always be there; felt
A sad silence or a terrible truth

And although I pray daily to be freed from loving what has ended
I am too well bonded with not letting go and it is this
That makes you never forgotten.

Author’s Bio: Catherine Noonan is an Australia-based poet.

Two Poems by Dr. Girish Ramesh Kute

Two Poems by Dr. Girish Ramesh Kute

Gold Dust

A spill of gold dust emblazoned in the shy dusk,
washed in a sable attire as she takes over,
dull sapphirine corundum sprinkling mists,
gleaming in the barely lit moon.
a melee of these azures, ebonies, gold-shower,
as I stroll the midnight street,
the boulevard of lost generation,
relived with the stroke of the bell,
of an unseen basilica,
the winds that push me back in time,
through the golden age of Pablo and Stein,
where everything inspired assertiveness,
every module of air breathed rich, exotic,
and rains,
that wetted the soul, and not just mere mortal,
i visited my peace, my ambition—
to stay entranced in my surrealism, forever.


Humming through the dawned paddy fields,
As she leaves the pail bearing spinsters behind,
Uniformed, hair pony tailed with a red ribbon,
Swaying her bag, hop, step and jump,
Steps towards literacy, leaps towards light,
She doesn’t think that forward,
She thinks of the mid-day meal in store for her today,
Of the new friends she made yesterday,
Of the new anklets she is wearing,
Of the new slate she will write on,
She thinks of the song the teacher sang,
She remembers the tune but minces the words,
She thinks of her class under the peepal tree,
Of the prayer she says before and after class,
Asking god to make her country prosperous,
She is excited, she is happy,
A big smile on her face,
Keep smiling Pinky.
But there are a million Pinkies,
Nipped in the bud,
Tomb-ed in the womb,
Not as lucky as this Pinky,
Fail to see the light of the day.
Stop female foeticide,
Help Pinky.

Author’s Bio: Dr. Girish Ramesh Kute, is a 23-year-old doctor from Mumbai and is the author of Poems- Mon Premier Travail. Has been published in various magazines, e-zines, literary journals such as Fried Eye, frogcroon, epigram, Enchanting Verses, Taj Mahal Review, Fancy Realms etc. He was a FIVE time Voices net international poetry contest finalist of eight entries. His work has been translated into Telugu which featured in The Deccan Chronicle’s special edition Kavya Jagathi twice, which features poets from all around the world.

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