Vol. XI | Issue 12 | May 2024

From the Editor’s Desk

As our team geared up to bring you this issue live, there were two images that stayed on with me. We celebrate the birth month of the great filmmaker Satyajit Ray with ten hand drawn images from his films. But the image that stayed with me the most is the poster of Devi, perhaps because I was reminded of Prachi Nigam, a girl student from Uttar Pradesh, India, who in spite of being a topper was harassed, maligned and ridiculed repeatedly by people who couldn't stop commenting on her facial hair. It goes without saying that the issue here is not actually about facial hair, it is the fact that she dared to pose for pictures without being bothered about something that was unacceptable to most. Her nonchalant attitude was what angered people the most, and it begs the question, that are we intolerant about more things other than religion?

We live in a society, where it is more or less acceptable to be corrupt, to speak lies, to even be rude, cause we're all flawed remember? But it is never acceptable to be different. History is full of examples where people have been ostracised because they were different, because they did not conform to the accepted standards of what was correct. Our school, college and universities strive to be fair and inclusive, but one must remember that the distance between what the syllabus tells us to preach, and who we really are within the confines of our minds, our homes, and our drawing room conversations, is where this change needs to start. Till the time that happens, there will be many more Devis like Prachi Nigam who will be sacrificed at the altar of homogenisation.

Our issue bears testimony to this very homogenisation, we think that we are made up of many, of many differents, that make up a whole NEW. I give you, 'This is What It Means to Say Poetry in America'- a fantastic creative nonfiction piece that you simply must read by Huzaifa, a chilling short story, Still By Wendy Gilbert Gronbeck, a wonderful review of a book on art for children by Rituparna Roy, and much more.

Tell us how we did.

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury
Managing Editor, The Bangalore Review


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