Fall-Winter Issue – Jan 2022

Anu Mahadev As I write this in anticipation of the release of our next issue, snow is swirling and blanketing everything around me – summoning peace and suffusing the world with silence. But the precursor to this season was equally beautiful. It is good to know that despite the threat of climate change; some natural…

TWI Fiction: The girl who talked to sunsets.

A story revolving around Suraya, Ravi and the sun Ankit Jamwal Suraya screamed at the Sun. Had it been only a week since she met Ravi? How did her life converge at this point…? * The walls loomed large, the vast complex resembling a prison. But Suraya could leave, unlike the others inside. Although she…

TWI Poetry: Autumn

Taseer Gujral I held an old picture in handThe absence of colour stirring a seasonOf fullness in a voidI saw fire throwing up tired shadows on wallsI saw red leaves returning to their branchesAnd a strange fear possessed meThe fear of coming to the path  I had started fromI always had a problemWith tracing the…

TWI Fiction: Life’s Assets

What is an asset to life? This short story dedicated to the narrator’s sister answers it Sneha Sudha Komath My earliest memories are of my sister’s childhood. Of her riding back and forth on the hinged gates of our house in Mysore. She would call out to neighbours, passers-by, and especially the old Malayali postman,…

TWI Poetry: Destined to Go

Chaitali Sengupta The evening drops. A blue darkness,on the embittered trees,lamenting on their barrenness.The bark of my body, stiff and limp, nowhas grown vulnerable feet.   Youth is gnarled in my ancient limbs,missing, almost like a language lost.The spark of the yore,sleep in the marrow, shadowed by time. The heart beats, morphed nowby each pore of loneliness.It is…

TWI Poetry: Rebirth

Santosh Bakaya A lone dog looks around with a nonchalant air,seeing nothing but red.In another corner a man burns chinar leaves, making coal,now and then stoking the fire, watching a frolicsome foal.    With firewood on her head,steel in her heart, an unending winter in her soul,the young but stooped woman, looks around in a daze,hunting…

The Woman Leader: Barriers Within And Outside

“For me a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and to elect but to be elected.”  ~ Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Arundhati Rai Chaudhuri Even constituting half of the world’s population has not given women equal share in legislation and decision-making…

TWI Writerly: Les Petites Revolutions

A descriptive essay on how Bangladesh looked and felt in 2018. An essay on how small acts of rebellion are the cornerstone of a revolution. An essay for the future. Nafis Shahriar There is a particular event I remember from 2018, an event that has been etched into my memory in the guise of a…

TWI Fiction: When the Dawn Comes

A short story on a mother’s pensiveness Madhurima Vidyarthi It was a chink of the first light squinting in through the curtains that woke her. At first she didn’t know where she was. Was this the big bed she shared with her sisters? No, that was softer – this bed was small, hard. And who…

TWI Poetry: Sunflowers

Bharti Bansal The ceramic violet coloured pot  Gives home to two sunflowers  The sunflowers which choose to bloom every single day Even after I forget to water them Their petals, a shade of Van Gogh’s optimism  Their sepals, emerald green  And the brown mud  Still scream louder than I can hear  That good things don’t…