Ruth Padel’s Daughters of the Labyrinth: A Review

By Kiran Bhat Ruth Padel’s second novel Daughters of the Labyrinth (Corsair, London, 2021) sojourns onto the island of Crete through the eyes of a British woman of Greek ancestry named Ri. Ri has returned to Crete in a bid to make sense of the narrative which pushed her family towards the United Kingdom, and…

Book Review: A Witch Like You

Reviewed by Tasnima Yasmin An intricately crafted debut collection of subjective, literary and political poems, the title of A Witch Like You occurred to Sareen in a dream at 3 am. The word witch in the title has dual connotations of being a positive and negative entity, one that captivates and bewitches others though rather…

Digital Art as a Form of Revolt

By Tanya Singh Digital art has become a modern tool of activist expression. Although many experts compare social media activism to ‘slacktivism’ (slacker + activism), artists are rocking the digital world with creative yet powerful art to generate awareness and to question and challenge several societal norms in their own unique ways. Twenty-eight-year-old Payal Sharma…

Review of By The Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah

By Tasnima Yasmin “It is difficult to know with precision how things became as they have, to be able to say with some assurance that first it was this and it then led to that and the other, and now here we are.” Set around the fine line that distinguishes the shock and surprise when…

TWI Art: On Her Way

By Alka Writes Medium: Digital Image Size: 5000 by 5000 px Artist’s Note: This image is a celebration of the will of survivors everywhere who do whatever it takes, in face of danger and injury, to forge a life for themselves. Alka Writes is a poet, artist and women’s rights advocate. Her work is inspired…

How to Help a Friend Facing Abuse

Reprinted from Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Whether you suspect that a friend or family member is being abused or you witnessed someone being abused, you can take steps to help. What are signs that someone may be abused? According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, some warning signs…

Book Review: Dubai Heights

Reviewed by Tasnima Yasmin Based on a sandy- beige building in Oud Metha locality of Dubai which was her abode during her stay as an Indian expatriate in the United Arab Emirates, Chakraborty sketches the background for her debut short story collection Dubai Heights. The eponymous building is depicted as a plush apartment complex in…

Submissions for our Fall Issue are open!

Around the northern hemisphere, we have bid goodbye to the warmth, and are ushering in the beautiful cool temperatures synonymous with fall/autumn. Known as sharad ritu in India, the months of October and November are choc-a-bloc with festivities. Even if winter is around the corner, it does not prevent us from immersing ourselves in the…