When we conceived of this issue a couple of months ago, the monsoon season was on in full swing across South Asia. Strangely enough, in Southwestern Ontario, where I now live, scarcely a day passed us by in July — a month that corresponds to seasonal monsoon showers across many parts of India, my home country — when it didn’t rain. In the age of climate change, this perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I can tell you the rains brought both me and our backyard vegetable garden much happiness.
Monsoon, rains, water — the very mention of these words brings to mind a swirl of images — of lush greenery, of raindrops hammering rooftops, of children dancing in the rain. Along with the rejuvenation of lives, rains also inspire a dance of the spirit as it makes desires soar. At the same time, rains can mean damage and destruction, especially in our climate-altered world.
In this issue of The Woman Inc., we celebrate this dancing and soaring of the spirit and also reflect on every other emotions wetness can spawn — metaphorically or otherwise — with poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photo essays and artwork. We invite you to imagine yourself sitting by a window, a cup of your favourite hot beverage in your hand, watching the rain fall as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the words and images shared by our contributors.
Lead Editor for the Issue: Bhaswati Ghosh
Editors for the Issue: Pooja Garg, Anu Mahadev
Co-editor for the Issue: Nafis Shahriar
Editorial Assistants: Bhavana Kunnath, Ananya Sankar
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