Meghaa Gupta In 2021, I had the privilege of being shortlisted for an award celebrating women writers. Much has been said about the historical neglect of women in virtually every walk of life, including writing. However, as a woman working in children’s publishing, I can hardly recall a time when I felt discriminated because of … Continue reading Why I feel marginalised as a children’s writer and publishing professional
I meet them in the bazaars, in the house of the store keeper, in the walls of the attic, in my history book, from my balcony, while going to school, at father’s new office, in the newspapers, in the temple fairs, in the looking glass, in letters and in the library. They are neighbourly like the trees of the square grounds that obstruct sun rays inclining them to the veranda of Mrs Bakhsh’s flat --- so that our clothesline misses the sunny wink and mother gets invective in early morning housekeeping. They can talk, laugh, sing, frown, gossip, sneer and think; I know some nine billion eight hundred fifty four of them, tomorrow there would be more, so I keep counting. I like to read them when in a hurry, they run like the frogs ---- ‘splotching’ on the rainy floors when Kalbaisakhi and wet showers hit office hours. They are concessions to recognition --- in this 'amnesian' world, where we keep looking for the specs, forgetting its use as a hair band atop the skull and that it keeps hairs in place better than wandering eyeballs. They are ill at ease with personalities, ears, nose, eyes, lips – they stick like cheese, though similar in the whole, their individuality is not amiss. Call them faces, if you please.
Text by Ritwika Roy & Kajori Patra Illustrations by Ahona Das When we started ACLiSA in 2021, we did not imagine that we would be holding our first conference in August 2022, within a year of functioning. Yet, when Ritwika, one of our co-founders, proposed to the team that we collaborate with the Department of … Continue reading Some Excerpts from our first Conference: Narratives of Criminality, Punishment and Social Justice in CYA Literature
A poem by Aksaay Roy
By Samragngi Roy Disclaimer: I shall begin with a rant so I can conclude on a happy note. So, here's the unfiltered truth about the self-publishing industry in India. If I said that what I experienced as a self-published young adult author was rather unpleasant, it would be an understatement. It was traumatic! A nightmare! … Continue reading My adventures and misadventures as a young adult writing for other young adults.
A Book Review by Arthya Pandey
“'Smoking Kills' is a cautionary tale against the practice of tobacco intake. The story however is written in a not so serious vein, with scopes of jest. Influenced by my surroundings, I write this story for whenever outdoors, I happen to chance upon someone savouring a smoke”, writes Protiti.
In this piece, Kajori Patra writes about translating Leela Majumdar's Holde Pakhir Palok as an amateur translator and reflects on how closely entwined Majumdar's works are with her own sense of identity.
An Interview by Ahona Das This month, we have with us artist Ambika Karandikar, a.k.a @girlwithgreenmind, who started her journey as a children's book illustrator in the pandemic. We talk about nature, art, metamorphosis & growing up and what it's like to be an emerging kidlit artist in India! Ahona: So, before we begin, tell … Continue reading Art, Metamorphosis and Growing Up: In Conversation with Ambika Karandikar
The coming-of-age story of a young elephant, whose desire to find his father takes the form of a hero's journey.