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Meenakshi M Singh

Meenakshi M Singh

Meenakshi M. Singh is an author of three books Soulful Symphony, Aawaz and I am Enough. She is also the founder of creativeHappiness and SheTheShakti Inc. – Woman Empowerment Center, an IT professional, theater actress, mentor, mother of twin daughters and a home maker. She is conferred with the much reputed Karamveer Chakra Award, REX Global Fellowship, Magicka Women's Achiever's Award, Pride of Women Award by the Aagaman Group and the SashaktNari Parishad -- Pride of Nation Award for her contribution.
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Men often fail to see what women would have liked them to observe and understand. Here’s such anguish by Meenakshi, in this evocative verse, in Different Truths.   He was enchanted to see the swell of my bosom, Only if he could see the desires buried in my heart He admired my pretty face and […]

Urdu: Today and Tomorrow

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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Sehar talks about Urdu, the language of emotions. She talks of Ibn Safvi, an Urdu writer from Kareli, a locality in Allahabad, who was acclaimed by Agatha Christie. Here’s an interesting narrative, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. When Javed Akhtar was asked to compose an Aarti (religious hymn), the director the film […]

Look at me!

Luz Maria Lopez

Luz Maria Lopez

Luz María López is a published poet, narrator, translator, editor and advocate. She leads the “World Poetic Front Defending Women’s Rights” (WM). Has contributed academic articles and essays about psycho-social aspects of the genre that are published in several periodicals, magazines and the web. Holds degrees in Psychology and Science and is a Certified Conflict Resolution Mediator. She is an international traveler and nurtures multicultural brotherhood (sisterhood). Luz Maria is from Puerto Rico, Caribbean island.
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Here’s an intense and powerful poem by Luz Maria, Dedicated to the women facing discrimination and violence, in Different Truths that woman that you see  behind the glass of your eyes, mauled by your decrees, is a free woman! freer than the breath of life daughter of a memory and the god of all the […]

What the Fish!

Tapan Mozumdar

Tapan Mozumdar

Tapan Mozumdar has been a practising engineer for 29 years. At 50, he began to write short stories. Now, he is practising quite hard to be a writer. He was shortlisted, in 2016, for the Star TV Writer’s programme and Bangalore LitMart. He was published in the February edition of The Spark. He writes short stories, poems, and non-fiction.
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A fisherman, Gokul, catches a fish that can speak. The fish warps his reality. We are introducing a weekly new column, from this Sunday, Fantasy Fiction, by Bangalore-based Tapan, exclusively in Different Truths. Gokul shivered and woke up. It was third consecutive night, the same dream. The door knock – his opening the door – […]

Tamas: Bhisham Sahni Explores the Reasons 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.
Basudeb Chakraborti

In the acclaimed novel, Tamas, Bhisham Sahni shows how these two identities are made hostile to each other by the political ambition of some power-loving people, the colonial rulers’ ‘divide and rule India policy’ and Hindu brands of religious fundamentalism. These three disruptive forces bring the two identities at war and thus create a crisis of […]

Incredible Love

Muddasir Ramzan

Muddasir Ramzan

Muddasir Ramzan studied English Literature. He was born in 1990 in Kashmir, India, from where he writes. His interview with the acclaimed writer Aamer Hussein was published by Kindle Mag, Calcutta. He has a keen interest in developing himself as a good writer. Recently, his review essay was published in the quarterly Critical Muslim, London, and his short story was published by Zabaan, Pakistan. He also writes regular research blogs.
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Here’s a Sudden Fiction by Srinagar-based Muddasir. He weaves the complexities of love between two people. We are introducing a regular column, Sudden Fiction*, exclusively in Different Truths.   1 They took wing as if they had been in a cage when they first met in the Valley of Death. Excited, the crazy tides of love […]

I am the Poem

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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A poem is born through its creator, the poet. Here the poem is persistent like a child, till the poet and the poem become one. Here’s a tribute to poems on the World Poetry Day, by Anumita, in Different Truths. Half-way down the stairs, I saw a small poem Tiptoeing around it I go, A […]

Yearning to Yawn

Usha Sridhar

Usha Sridhar

Usha Sridhar is an independent researcher and resides in Bangalore. At a personal level she loves travelling, is an avid bird watcher and an amateur photographer.Usha is passionate about poetry and short stories. She loves to observe the ebb and flow of life around and weave them into tales in verse. Her poems and short story contributions have appeared in RatemyLiterature, MuseIndia, and efiction India. Her poems have also appeared in several anthologies.
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Here’s a brilliant nonsense verse by Usha, on World Poetry Day, about yawn, in Different Truths. When a yawn is out in the open It leads to a lot of commotion For concentration it has broken; Leading to an ugly outpouring of emotions. It leaves you completely helpless. You have now become defenceless As you […]

Homeless

Meenakshi M Singh

Meenakshi M Singh

Meenakshi M. Singh is an author of three books Soulful Symphony, Aawaz and I am Enough. She is also the founder of creativeHappiness and SheTheShakti Inc. – Woman Empowerment Center, an IT professional, theater actress, mentor, mother of twin daughters and a home maker. She is conferred with the much reputed Karamveer Chakra Award, REX Global Fellowship, Magicka Women's Achiever's Award, Pride of Women Award by the Aagaman Group and the SashaktNari Parishad -- Pride of Nation Award for her contribution.
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Here’s a powerful and intense women-centric protest poem by Meenakshi, in Different Truths. I have always been a cuckoo bird Raising, egging my being in other’s nests Always in search of a home of my own Where this life could blossom Well, I am an Indian woman I have always been a caged bird My […]

Whispers of 10,000 Generations

Abhik Shome

Abhik Shome

Abhik Shome is a singer-songwriter, author and poet from New Delhi, India. His creative writings are bilingual (Hindi and English). His genres include prose, free verse, haiku, tanka, flash fiction and short stories. His works have been published in various National and International literary magazines, such as Spirits, The official journal of Indiana University North West (USA), Writers and Lovers Studio (Taiwan), Essence of Eternal Happiness (An Amazon India listed Bestselling Poetry Anthology), among others.
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An evocative poem by Abhik. Here’s a lyric with epic sensibility, in Different Truths. Whispers of 10,000 generations Lead me to my garden Oh space of knowledge and thought Strike me, I ask ardent. Ages pass Universes flow The will of humanity Makes clocks go Water is water It flows in you, it flows in […]

Be the Gentlemen

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Born in Mauritus, in1977, Vatsala Radhakeesoon has had a keen interest in poetry writing since a very young age. Her poems have been featured in local and international newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies. Her first poetry book ‘When Solitude Speaks’ was published in 2013 on the approval of the Ministry of Arts and Culture (Mauritius). She is currently self-employed and continues to write poems in English, French, Kreol and Hindi.
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Vatsala finds the brute strength of men, when they are crass or gross, unacceptable. She asks them to be the gentleman and fulfil the divine design. Here’s the poem, in Different Truths. Slim or athletic but always the physically stronger ones, O Men! God has created you with all his mightiness You’ve been blessed with […]

The Crises of Hindu Identity and Patriarchal Wounds in Ice-Candy Man

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.
Basudeb Chakraborti

Continuing with the theme of partition, Basudeb profiles the crises of Hindu identity and patriarchal wounds in Ice-Candy Man. Through the eyes of an eight-year Parsee girl living with her parents, at Lahore, Bapsi Sidhwa, a Pakistani woman novelist aims at delineating an atmosphere of love and laughter. The novelist also shows how the atmosphere […]

Indelible Kiss

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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An evocative and sensual love poem by Alok, where he sees various elements of Nature in love. It inspires the lover in him. Here’s his verse, in Different Truths. Golden beams of the setting sun Descend from heaven upon the great ocean; And embracing the dancing frisky waves, As if never to be parted, Kiss, […]

Earthly Life

Shalini Samuel

Shalini Samuel

Shalini Samuel hails from Kanyakumari. She graduated in IT (2006) and did her Masters in Computer Science from Noorul Islam College of Engineering (2008), Kanyakumari. She started writing as a blogger and composed poems that was published in International journals and anthologies. She has ventured into fiction and essays too. She authored a poetry collection ‘Singing Soul’. Her passions include photography, gardening and cooking. She is eager to learn and cherish all kinds of writing.
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Life has been likened with journeys. Here Shalini compares the voyage of life with a train journey, in Different Truths. Who is the engine driver? Have you seen him? I visit the seven compartments where passengers reside Some compartments big, some small every passenger unique they are diverse yet unified Wars come and go Jealousies […]

To Urdu, with Love from Allahabad

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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Urdu has been an integral part of Allahabad’s vernacular heritage. The Ganga-Jamuni tahzeeb (culture) gets its name from the city of two rivers, Ganga and Yamuna, where these confluence as Triveni Sangam. Sehar talked to various well-known people of the city. She tells us about the love for Urdu, as stated by the respondents, in […]

Us, just us

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi is an Associate Professor of English teaching in Vaze college, and an occasional academic writer.
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Here’s an evocative love poem by Nilakshi, as we celebrate the season of fertility and bounty, with the festival of colours, in Different Truths. Will there be a time  When there’ll be us Just us Waiting for each other Holding on to each other As life passes by… Will we watch people go About their […]

Did Manto Suffer any Crisis of Muslim Identity?

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.
Basudeb Chakraborti

Here’s a critical analysis of Saadat Hasan Manto’s three short stories, Toba Tek Singh, A Girl from Delhi and A Tale of 1947, by Basudeb, to understand the crisis of Muslim identity by the renowned writer, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Saadat Hasan Manto, a writer of about 250 short stories in Urdu […]

Child-bride

Luz Maria Lopez

Luz Maria Lopez

Luz María López is a published poet, narrator, translator, editor and advocate. She leads the “World Poetic Front Defending Women’s Rights” (WM). Has contributed academic articles and essays about psycho-social aspects of the genre that are published in several periodicals, magazines and the web. Holds degrees in Psychology and Science and is a Certified Conflict Resolution Mediator. She is an international traveler and nurtures multicultural brotherhood (sisterhood). Luz Maria is from Puerto Rico, Caribbean island.
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Here’s a poem by Luz María. She dedicates it to the child-brides for their suffering is a shame to humanity. the full morning was sunless, like a premonition at this hour the rag doll over the bed cried with me i looked at my new face full of colors deemed for adulthood a veil was […]

Five Older Women Characters in Fiction who do Feminism Proud

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita remembers five older women characters in fiction, who are strong feminist characters, in the weekly column, as part of the special feature on International Women’s Day (IWD), exclusively for Different Truths. Books are instrumental in shaping us into the people we become and the best part is that they never leave us. They continue […]

We Mean Business, Baby

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).

Here’s a protest poem by Abha, on the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD), exclusively in Different Truths.    They say You have come a long way, baby. I say I have a long way to go, baby. But I am getting there. I know The long and weary path We women have trudged for […]

…And Two Women Suffered

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi is an Associate Professor of English teaching in Vaze college, and an occasional academic writer.
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She was a slim, tall, elegant woman, too pretty to be a cook in our house, but as she was not very young, my mother kept her immediately. She looked so sophisticated when the van driver brought her from Kolkata where she had been looking for a job and a place to stay. She had […]

Tehmina Durrani: A Champion of Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan

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.
Basudeb Chakraborti

Tehmina Durrani arrests worldwide attention immediately after the publication of her first novel Blasphemy. Her second novel My Feudal Lord exposes the miserable position of a woman pitted against the patriarchal background of Muslim society in Pakistan. This novel won Italy’s Marissa Bellasario prize. Tehmina’s last biographical novel on the life of Abdul Sattar Edhi is A Mirror to the Blind. Tehmina in […]

Three Glasses of Wine

Harshali Singh

Harshali Singh

Harshali Singh is a New Delhi based Member Judge at the Consumer Forum, an avid reader and a passionate Painter. Her Book ‘A Window to Her Dreams’ was launched in 2016. She has also been
featured and interviewed by various e-magazines. Her poem and story were also published in the recent edition of ‘Unbound’ magazine. She is a trained Occupational Therapist from the Institute of The Physically Handicapped. She, as a teacher trainer conducts workshops to enhance
proficiency in advanced teaching methodologies.
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A plush villa, a luxurious life and hidden beneath it a life that’s futile. Harshali weaves an intense story of a woman who is trapped in her pain. But on the surface it’s beautiful, sensuous, fired with fantasies, delusional. Find out why she waits for the time to be ripe, in this fiction, bidding her […]

Empowerment, Feminism and the Hardyian Fallacy

Sriparna Dutta

Sriparna Dutta

Sriparna Dutta completed her B.A. in English from Loreto College, Kolkata and her M.A. and M.Phil in English from University of Calcutta, Kolkata. She is working as Assistant Professor of English at Khudiram Bose Central College, Kolkata. Her interest includes translation studies and gender studies.
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Thomas Hardy’s heroines are not victims of sexual anesthesia. Sue is quite defiant in her stating her sexual preferences and never hesitates to be vocal about it. What is unique about Hardy is that his mainstream heroines come close to becoming emancipated women, liberated both in thoughts and actions but towards the end, the writer […]

An Anthology of Poems Celebrating Womanhood

Different Truths Poets

Different Truths Poets

Lily Swarn, Shail Raghuvanshi, Anoucheka Gangabissoon, Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma, Alok Mishra, Vatsala Radhakeesoon, Luz Maria Lopez, Basudeb Chakraborti, Devika Raghave, Nandita Samanta, Shyamal Kumar Majumder, Sumana Bhattacharjee, Dr.Tithankar Das Purokasyatha, Kabir Deb, Sailasree Potay, Nayonika Sen, Sindhuja Veeraraghavan, Shernaz Wadia, Mamta Joshi, Lata Rathore, Mrinalani Harchandrai, Neelam Dadhwal, Nalini Priyadarshani, Sudeshna Mukherjee, Runa Srivastava. Swapna Behra, Sunila Khemchandani, Menakshi M. Singh, Harshali Singh, Dr. Brajesh Gupta, Aika Srivastava, Kiren Babal, Edidiong Bassey, Rochelle Potkar, Sarojini Pattayat, Pratima Apte, Monika Ajay Kaul, Roula Pollard
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We are pleased to present An Anthology of Poems Celebrating Womanhood, as part of the International Women’s Day (IWD) Theme that we, in Different Truths are featuring, spread over three days, between March 6 and 8, 2017. Poems may be likened to a mother. It is perhaps the purest form of creative expression. Take any literature, in any […]

The Flickering Diyas

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Tripti is a practising gynaecologist at BLK Super Speciality Hospital,New Delhi. Many of her writings are influenced by the pain and suffering she sees as a doctor.Her forthcoming book ‘The Chronicles of a Gynaecologist’ is being published by Bloomsbury India. She also has an anthology of poems,‘The Dewdrops..a journey begins’. She contributes poems and stories to many publications.
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Tripti retells the Ramayana from Sita’s point of view. Here’s Sita’s agony that was perhaps never told in a patriarchal epic, as the special feature on International Women’s Day, exclusively for Different Truths. The flickering diyas (oil lamps) reminded her of her wandering hopes. She glanced at him. He was looking serene as he watched the lights that […]

How Khushwant Singh deals with the Crisis of Identity in Train to Pakistan?

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.
Basudeb Chakraborti

The present work here aims at finding whether any character or any event in Train to Pakistan directly or indirectly reveals any crisis of communal identity or not. Before Basudeb undertakes this investigation, he first looks into what Khushwant Singh deals with in this novel. Mano Majra is a small and obscure village in Punjab. Nothing remarkable is at this unknown […]

From a Woman’s Heart

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Born in Mauritus, in1977, Vatsala Radhakeesoon has had a keen interest in poetry writing since a very young age. Her poems have been featured in local and international newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies. Her first poetry book ‘When Solitude Speaks’ was published in 2013 on the approval of the Ministry of Arts and Culture (Mauritius). She is currently self-employed and continues to write poems in English, French, Kreol and Hindi.
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In this verse, Vatsala tells us what it means to be a woman. She talks of the heart of the fairer sex, searching what love means. A sensitive and sensuous poem, for Different Truths. I am a woman created by God with much tenderness, Blessed am I with the rights to love a gentleman who knows […]

Akbar Allahabadi Infused Humour in Serious Subjects to Enrich Urdu Literature

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 name of Syed Akbar Husain, popularly known as Akbar Allahabadi, seems to echo quite loudly from books written on Urdu literature, Allahabad and the plural culture of our nation. Given a high cadre amongst modern Urdu writers, the poet, at one point of time, became the face of Allahabad in vernacular literature. With his fearless and quite […]

Submission to Life

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon is a primary school educator in Mauritius.She writes poems and short stories on a wide range of subjects.She publishes regularly on online poetry sites and manages her own poetry blog.She has published a collection of poems in print, in her country, titled “Awakened Fancies.”
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In this poem, Anoucheka, moves from the mundane, world of everyday existence, over which we have little control. She explores the higher meanings of life, of God and consciousness, exclusively in Different Truths. If we were all to choose the courses of our lives If we were all to choose our births Our fates Our […]