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Crisis of Identity in Azadi by Chaman Nihal

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti is a retired professor of English and Faculty Dean, University of Kalyani. He founded the Department of English in Sikkim Central University (2013). He taught in the USA and India. He wrote more than 100 articles in different literary journals in India and abroad. Among his books, Thomas Hardy's View of Happiness, Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Tagore's Red Oleanders, Indian Partition Fiction in English and in English Translation, etc.
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This crisis of identity of both Hindus and Muslims has been mirrored in some major texts on partition fictions in English and in English translation. The crisis of Muslim identity is a historical phenomenon. Many reasons may be taken for granted for this crisis of Muslim identity. The Hindu fundamentalism, the colonial master’s strategy of […]

That Language Named Urdu

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar is a communication skills trainer, she has good experience in writing on various issues. She is a blogger, book writer and enthusiastic traveller. A native of Allahabad, she believes in experiencing the small things of life in a big way. Sehar likes to work in groups and learn new things. Her motto is to enjoy life in small packets.
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The fictional character of Urdu having a Muslim character persisted in times of Premchand and also exists till now. During one of his lectures delivered in Bombay during the year, 1934 Premchand stated that in his opinion Hindi and Urdu were one in the same language. When they share a set of common verbs and […]

A Day of Revelations!

Shernaz Wadia

Shernaz Wadia

To Shernaz Wadia, reading and writing poems has been one of the means to embark on an inward journey. She hopes her words will bring peace, hope and light into dark corners. Her poems have been published in many e-journals and anthologies. She has published her own book of poems "Whispers of the Soul" and another titled "Tapestry Poetry - A Fusion of Two Minds" with her poetry partner Avril Meallem.
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She began by writing emails to those online friends she had not thought of, forget written to, in almost two years. As she hit ‘send’ each time, it seemed like she was dispatching a wee bit of herself and receiving lots of love from the universe. The magic of giving! When our acts of kindness bring such satisfaction […]

Metamorphosis

Ipsita Ganguli

Ipsita Ganguli

A Hotelier by profession who believes in offering memories to her guests~and the charm of being a tiny part of the stories of their lives. A student of the myriad experiences that life holds out and believing that there is never any stop to learning. Above all, A people’s person relishing a connect with a variety of lives. Ipsita writes because She Must. Because there is no other way for her.
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An intense and powerful woman-centric verse by Ipsita, for Different Truths. This world around me Hold me up; Turns me round Pulls and pushes me down And just as I start frowning at it I look up and see the stars And smell the salty sea My lungs fill up My lips curve into a […]

Historicity of the Indian Partition in 1947

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti is a retired professor of English and Faculty Dean, University of Kalyani. He founded the Department of English in Sikkim Central University (2013). He taught in the USA and India. He wrote more than 100 articles in different literary journals in India and abroad. Among his books, Thomas Hardy's View of Happiness, Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Tagore's Red Oleanders, Indian Partition Fiction in English and in English Translation, etc.
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The partition of India, in 1947, was a human tragedy, an epoch-making event of the far-reaching impact on the lives of the people of this subcontinent. It created hardships for the millions. The figures are very much bewildering. It is said ten million people were by force displaced, one million people slaughtered and almost a […]

Urdu and its Allahabadi Life

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar is a communication skills trainer, she has good experience in writing on various issues. She is a blogger, book writer and enthusiastic traveller. A native of Allahabad, she believes in experiencing the small things of life in a big way. Sehar likes to work in groups and learn new things. Her motto is to enjoy life in small packets.
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Fehmida Riaz, a Pakistani poetess, like other famous Urdu poets, wrote an elegy in fond memory of Firaq. In her notes to the book, Four Walls and a Black Veil, a collection of poems, talks Allahabad, Triveni, and Firaq immaculately. Her elegy, Nazar-e- Firaq (Remembering Firaq), is a combination of poetic verses, which talk about the celebrated poet and […]

Words Matter: The Lateral Learnings of a Writer

Abha Iyengar

An internationally author, poet and British Council certified creative writing facilitator. Abha’s story, “The High Stool”, was nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. Her poem-film “Parwaaz” won a special jury prize at Patras, Greece, acclaimed at international film festivals. She received the Lavanya Sankaran fellowship 2009-10. Her published works are Yearnings (poetry), Flash Bites (flash fiction), Shrayan (fantasy) Many Fish to Fry (novella) and The Gourd Seller and Other Stories (short stories).

Abha describes how as a writer, editor and book reviewer, she picked up interesting words through casual conversations, some word that flies in the air, or a work she suddenly stumbles upon. She finds a poem in her name, ‘Abha’ that resonates with her. Three more interesting words that she found were ‘chumma’, ‘itemgiri’, and ‘mamitsu’, with different meanings. […]

My Gift of Valentine!

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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The early morning was bitter sweet moments for Josna, as Alex left, his last hug and kiss ripped her heart open. She saw drops of moisture in his eyes, and he kissed her forehead whispering, “I will call you soon as I can. Love you to the moon and back.” That was their way of saying I […]

A Mini-Anthology of Poems on V-Day

Different Truths Poets

Different Truths Poets

Lily Swarn, Shail Raghuvanshi, Anoucheka Gangabissoon, Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma, Alok Mishra, Vatsala Radhakeesoon
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On the occasion of the Valentine’s Day, we bring to you a mini-anthology of six poems from India and Mauritius, showing many colours of love. Lily ponders about what love is in the refrain of her three stanzas, in her poem, The Thing called Love. Shail talks of a traveller in a train, among indifferent […]

The Impact of Industrialism: Thomas Hardy and D.G. Rossetti

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti is a retired professor of English and Faculty Dean, University of Kalyani. He founded the Department of English in Sikkim Central University (2013). He taught in the USA and India. He wrote more than 100 articles in different literary journals in India and abroad. Among his books, Thomas Hardy's View of Happiness, Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Tagore's Red Oleanders, Indian Partition Fiction in English and in English Translation, etc.
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Thomas Hardy does not belong to the Pre-Raphaelite Poets. But both Hardy and Rossetti experienced the poignant sufferings of the people after the Industrial Revolution in England. D. G. Rossetti who in the poem ‘Jenny’, mostly written during 1858-69, gives the portrait of a fallen woman who had left behind her happy life in the country only to fall […]

Urdu-Hindi Literature Blossomed in Allahabad, the City of Confluences

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar is a communication skills trainer, she has good experience in writing on various issues. She is a blogger, book writer and enthusiastic traveller. A native of Allahabad, she believes in experiencing the small things of life in a big way. Sehar likes to work in groups and learn new things. Her motto is to enjoy life in small packets.
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The 18th century is considered to be an important phase in terms of artistic and cultural developments in the nation. The century witnessed the rise of Indian poets who used Persian with maturity and self-confidence in their works. Going by historical facts, Emperor Shah Alam, who stayed in Allahabad for a long span was a well-read person and […]

Treadmill

Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat living in Borlänge, Sweden, where he writes fiction and poetry. Some of his most recent work has appeared in: Foreign & Far Away – Writers Abroad Anthology,Sleeping Cat Books – Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Tic Toc, and Storm Cycle Anthologies - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Vine Leaves, and Cordite Poetry Review.

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Here’s a sensitive poem by Bruce that depicts a slice of life, in Different Truths. The poet presents a slice of life, where a father watches a daughter with pride, with his five-year- old son. It explores human emotions, beautifully. I have stumbled on A smiling dad Stands tall behind a treadmill And his five year old […]

Dalit Writings are Revolt Literature: A Research Outline of Understanding the Making of the Activist Discourse

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti is a retired professor of English and Faculty Dean, University of Kalyani. He founded the Department of English in Sikkim Central University (2013). He taught in the USA and India. He wrote more than 100 articles in different literary journals in India and abroad. Among his books, Thomas Hardy's View of Happiness, Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Tagore's Red Oleanders, Indian Partition Fiction in English and in English Translation, etc.
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A good number of Dalits intuitively believe that they are born to do the perennial drudgery and thralldom to upper-class Hindus. Their belief has become almost and nearly instinctive because of thousand years of the practice of their servitude. They believe that it is their pious duty to serve upper-class  Hindus for the sake of the […]

Disquiet…

Devika Raghave

Devika Raghave

Devika loves to embark on new experiences, meet people, and walk the unexplored paths. Then, she puts her memories into writing to share with the world.
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An evocative and enchanting poem of love and loss that leaves behind a sense of disquiet of nature, by Devika, for Different Truths. You stood up Shook the ends Dusted earth Twigs n fronds Liberated…!!   Felt your breath Lime blossom bloom Sun kissed valley Eager to please Sigh…!!   Embrace me one sweep, a glance […]

A Different Saraswati

Subhajit Sanyal

Subhajit Sanyal

Born in October, Subhajit is an open minded soul of 19. A son of Bengal, Subhajit belongs to a small town, Purulia. He has completed his schooling in 2015, May, when he begun scribbling as a hobby, affected by all that is happening in his surroundings. He is fond of reading, writing, music and photography, solely dedicated to writing and learning. He began writing by chance but now, is a wanderer by choice.
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Like many other victims of rape and molestation, Shobha was also denied of an identity, mistreated and misunderstood by her neighbours and her relatives. As a journalist, this scribe was given the task of interview her since others weren’t comfortable doing it. She was initially rude. Ultimately, she gave in to his persuasiveness and persistence. She narrated how […]

Bee / Ego

Debasis Tripathy

Debasis Tripathy

Debasis Tripathy is an IT professional based in Bangalore. A little unlikely for his profession, he is passionate about words, rhythm and rhyming. He believes that poems can be powerful without losing simplicity. Many of his lyrics reveal the same belief and reflect his personality. His work has appeared in several literary magazines.
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Here are two poems by Debasis for Different Truths. The first poem, Bee, celebrates the nature, the bee and the honey it collects from far away like a distant song. His second poem, Ego, in a voyage within, where the poet unveils himself. His choice of imagery and metaphors are wonderful. Bee From farther than far a song […]

Hindu World View of RK Narayan: Progress of Jagan from Egotism to Mysticism

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti is a retired professor of English and Faculty Dean, University of Kalyani. He founded the Department of English in Sikkim Central University (2013). He taught in the USA and India. He wrote more than 100 articles in different literary journals in India and abroad. Among his books, Thomas Hardy's View of Happiness, Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Tagore's Red Oleanders, Indian Partition Fiction in English and in English Translation, etc.
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The acceptance of one homogenised Indian culture, i.e., Hinduism, in general, and Brahminical cult, in particular, is the basic assumption of this article, which aims at examining the process of transformation from egotism to mysticism in the central character in R.K.Narayan’s The Vendor of Sweets. The Hindu religion from time immemorial inspires men and women to follow the principle […]

She Never Saw Him Again

Monika Arora

Monika Arora

“Words are living thing - I believe,” she lives by this idea about life. Monika Arora is a central government employee by work, an artist by choice, a writer by passion and a homemaker by love and fate. Bronze medallist in a state level essay competition by the vice-president of India. District topper in English. Her crafts have been published by few online journals. Also selected by an international fashion magazine for an upcoming issue.
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An evocative love poem of loss and remembrances, by Monika, for Different Truths. She never saw him again Their love was very brief They couldn’t be together And this was her only grief The moments are still alive She remember it all very clear His touch, his voice, his eyes The mark on his face, […]

The Emerald Ring

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza currently resides in Karachi, Pakistan. She is a 38-year-old stay at home mother. She did her masters in International Relations from the University of karachi. She started working much before completing her intermediate, i.e Grade 12th. She worked with different prestigious institutions along with few banks. She has a heart for writing; it helps her go on in life.
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Here’s an interesting love story in the backdrop of the partition of India. Urooj captures the tensions of the lovers belonging to different faiths. She also vividly describes the pains and pangs of partition of the lands, peoples and hearts, exlusively for Different Truths. “It was the time when they loved each other best, without […]

Blooming Lotus

Alok Mishra

Alok Mishra

Born in India in 1981, an award-winning poet, Alok Mishra has been writing poems since a very young age. He is a teacher by profession. He loves to write poems replete with divinity and romance.
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A sensuous poem that celebrates the beauty of nature and the beauty of the bride on the nuptial night, by Alok, for Different Truths. Searching for beauty I stroll around the steep mountains, Dales, alongside the singing and dancing rivers; Peep through the dew drenched blades Of green and velvety grass, Covering the ground untravelled; Touch every feeling Of […]

After the Taste of Juicy Zobo-Blood

Martins Tommyson

Martins Tommyson

Martins started writing poems at the age of 18. HIs first poem was titled ''My journey of life'' which rationalised about the journey of Man till his last breath. He is a karate instructor living in Lagos, Nigeria.
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An anti-war protest poem by Martins, for Different Truths. After fuddled in thought around 12am, in the serene night I depleted my thought which was flitting through my mind my thought I proffered no ears but nature reasoned with me. When depleted, it was just like a cannikin tipsy with water and then disgorged. Night […]

Annual Moksha on Sand Banks

Mamta Joshi

Mamta Joshi

Mamta Joshi did her post graduation in History from University of Allahabad. She writes short stories, reflective essays, prose pieces on every day life in national dailies and international e-magazines. She writes with equal ease in Hindi. For over two decades, as a teacher of English in college section at SMC, Allahabad, she has been
interacting with young minds, understanding their pulse and in turn being savvy on technology, fitness, fashion, humour and rumour too.
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Mamta beautifully depicts the supermarket of religion that springs up, in Allahabad, every year, where religion is commerce. Here Moksha (salvation) is an annual dose. The imagery and metaphors are picturesque in this verse, for Different Truths. My City A drowsy settlement Located on the confluence Of three holy rivers Singing primeval epiphanies Transforms annually Into a […]

Rape, Secrets of the Virtual World dealt with in the Woman-centric Novel of Sujata

Mahua Maharana

Mahua Maharana

Mahua Maharana did her M.A. in Modern History from Calcutta University. She was an insurer for 22 years before taking voluntary retirement from service to pursue what she wanted to do. From Kolkata she landed up in a remote village in Ganjam, Odisha with her dog and started working with the villagers. She now stays in Bhubaneswar with her husband, daughter and dog, volunteers with Bakul Foundation and works freelance as a translator and ilk.
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The novel, The Other End of the Corridor, by Sujata Rajpal, has a free flowing story line, with plots and sub-plots blending seamlessly. Changes happen, relationships changes, relationships crashes but these all happen slowly and not in a day. Leela, the protagonist, has a secret. Her virtual life provides her with hope and a sense of adventure. It […]

I Wanna

Maya Khandelwal

Maya Khandelwal

Maya, happily married to writing, is a published author of three books- My favourite Mistake Ever, Just Zindagi and A Beautiful Mistake. She’s alsoco-authored I Am a Woman, a tribute to Kamala Das. She’s been a regular contributor at blogsand e- magazines like Womanatics, Bonbology, Learning and Creativity etc. A passionate lover of nature, she can commune with it for hours. Nature, in its various guises, enthrals her.
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A soulful love poem by Maya, for Different Truths. I wanna kick up the heels!  I wanna have full moon nights with You my love.  I wanna have some soul-stirring music  singing lullaby to us.  I wanna flower and ripple with the virgour of passion.  I wanna have crackling bonfires.  Solitary walks.  Long drives.  Gypsy […]

The Old Lady

Monika Arora

Monika Arora

“Words are living thing - I believe,” she lives by this idea about life. Monika Arora is a central government employee by work, an artist by choice, a writer by passion and a homemaker by love and fate. Bronze medallist in a state level essay competition by the vice-president of India. District topper in English. Her crafts have been published by few online journals. Also selected by an international fashion magazine for an upcoming issue.
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Here’s an enigmatic portrayal of an old lady by Monika, for Different Truths. Her eyes, like an ocean calm and composed One could sense them, carry all the pain, that the whole world holds. They clearly flaunted her weakness, her fears and the huge storm of those uncried tears. Keeping aside All that she held […]

On my Darling’s Cheekbones

Martins Tommyson

Martins Tommyson

Martins started writing poems at the age of 18. HIs first poem was titled ''My journey of life'' which rationalised about the journey of Man till his last breath. He is a karate instructor living in Lagos, Nigeria.
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A love poem by Martins, where he likens her sensuousness to the intoxication of Palm-wine, for Different Truths. I see on her cream, fleshy cheekbones a pellucid colour glimmers like of a pink rose that harmonise with her lips. I see in her a full moon love which pops up in the welkin. Her love flicking in the […]

True Crime Story: When Marriages are made in Hell!

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

Arindam shares a true crime story that he had witnessed closely during his stay in Bombay, in the mid-1980s. Trusting and gullible men were enticed and trapped in marriages. Within a few months, they were looted. It is necessary that we crosscheck and verify about a person’s antecedents before we decide to marry that person, especially in these […]

Naked

Monika Arora

Monika Arora

“Words are living thing - I believe,” she lives by this idea about life. Monika Arora is a central government employee by work, an artist by choice, a writer by passion and a homemaker by love and fate. Bronze medallist in a state level essay competition by the vice-president of India. District topper in English. Her crafts have been published by few online journals. Also selected by an international fashion magazine for an upcoming issue.
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A sensuous poem of passion and love by Monika, for Different Truths. Strip me naked of my guard Accept me as a retard Look me in the eyes in silence Beckon me into forever dalliance Don’t be afraid to cry, burn I promise I’ll take the next turn Let’s undress in calm movements Let’s take […]

Fleeting Time!

Durgesh Verma

Durgesh Verma

Durgesh Verma is working with the NGO, 'Sparsh...Touching Lives', at Varanasi, as a president. This year, he has participated in national workshops on 'Role of Higher Education in the Development of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship in India' in Institute of Management Studies & 'Development Dialogue 2016' in Swatantrata Bhawan Auditorium, B.H.U., Varanasi. His compositions are published in the USA, Canada and Australia.
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A poem about death, by Durgesh, that sees life in harsh reality, for Different Truths. Fleeting time digs grave so deep. From the spade of pendulum which does sound like tick-tock. Sometimes we throw the pebbles of delusion into sediments of fate. Which leaves us speechless at the final end. When a fetus takes birth […]

Postcard from Nepal – Mount Kailash

Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat living in Borlänge, Sweden, where he writes fiction and poetry. Some of his most recent work has appeared in: Foreign & Far Away – Writers Abroad Anthology,Sleeping Cat Books – Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Tic Toc, and Storm Cycle Anthologies - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Vine Leaves, and Cordite Poetry Review.

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An evocative poem that’s more like a prayer to Lord Shiva, by Bruce, for Different Truths. The climb is more than is imagined Higher than the Sherpas dare to go They say goodbye with friendly curiosity:                “Is life not hard enough?”           “Why why would you climb to Shiva’s feet?”           “There’s […]