Vol. IX | Issue 4 | November 2021

From the Editor’s Desk

We’re into fall, the colours are changing everywhere. And as the pandemic eases out in many countries, as an inevitable aftermath of disease and death is the cycle of decadence, depression, addiction and a resurgence of hope. This tryst with time is extraordinary - throughout the world, forces that seek to contain the free voice seem to repeatedly raise its ugly head, and relentlessly we resist through literature. All of art is that extraordinary pinnacle of hope, where discordant tunes find home, resurrect, and helps us explore the journey towards a lasting sense of beauty. And thus, we inhabit these multitudes where verse jostles with prose, art, books and photographs.

And because literature rescues us from slipping into the unknown, this special issue for November. The stories and essays this time, talk about addiction, fear, depression, social media apprehensions and much more that has inevitably made its way in the minds and work of our contributors. Again and again, we are forced to look through this dark, that searingly slices through the churn. And so, It’s always Cold in the Afternoon Sun makes us aware of the truth of loneliness and vulnerability; Grocery Delivery is that startling story that showcases cold fear, while He Says, is a story where silence haunts you.

But no literature is complete without hope, and so poetry. TBR is proud to bring to its readers the translated works of Polish poet, Tadeusz Sławek as a special feature from the Femina Hodierna Collective. These are poems that engages us in an intimate conversation with ourselves, to which nature is the only witness - reminding us as if, of the primal and intimate sphere of happiness, that is somehow inevitable for all of us.

Happy Reading!

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury
Managing Editor, The Bangalore Review