This Autumn, let’s have a toast to all the untold narratives of the world!
This issue is special to us for manifold reasons.
One, being voracious fiction-readers ourselves, we have always been drawn towards its politics. What does it even mean to talk about politics in fiction, of fiction? Is it just what we write about? Or, is it also about how we write it? Isn’t it also about the politics of the form? Doesn’t the form also have a content, the content a form? These are the questions we have asked ourselves incessantly, as we have worked towards the inevitable collation and curation that accompanies every journal issue.
But, whatever it is, this work of understanding the fiction in all its aesthetic and political complexities, cannot happen without the essential work of celebrating the very work of creating literature, the very acts of making space for that literature find its public space. In our own very small way, we have tried to do that work. What is being written by today’s fiction writers?
Watching this issue taking a concrete shape for last few months has been an experience so precious and so personal that it is difficult to find an expression in words! Let us thank all our contributors all over again here.
Two, This issue comes right after we have published our first book. The dream of taking Aainanagar forward as a publication house took its first step towards reality just couple of months back, as we were working towards finalizing this issue…
It is a handbook on the recent changes in Indian Labour Laws: What exactly are these changes? What effect will they have on workers’ rights? Why are the workers all over the country on strike? Subhendhu Dasgupta discusses all these questions and many others and reflects on the possible responses to this attack.
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Three, with this issue we walk into the third year of our little existence!
Thanks for celebrating with us.
– The Aainanagar Team
Rupkatha – রূপকথার কবিতা
Marijana Janjić – Poems & Translations By Marijana Janjić
Aneek Chakraborty – অনীক চক্রবর্তীর কবিতা
Goirick Brahmachari – Poems By Goirick Brahmachari
Swati Mitra – স্বাতী মিত্রের কবিতা
Sara Basu – সারা বসুর কবিতা
Koushik Bhattacharya – কৌশিক ভট্টাচার্যের অনুবাদ কবিতা
Souradeep Roy – Poems By Souradeep Roy
Debarun Sarkar – Poems By Debarun Sarkar
Kanchan Chatterjee – Poem By Kanchan Chatterjee
Nayana Chowdhury – নয়না চৌধুরীর কবিতা
Deeptesh Sen – Poems By Deeptesh Sen
Sanghita Sanyal – সংহিতা স্যান্যালের কবিতা
Nikita Parik – Poems By Nikita Parik
Soumitra Ghosh – সৌমিত্র ঘোষের কবিতা
Manasa R. – Poems By Manasa R.
Swarna Jana – The Ghost-Room (Illustration: Author)
Kuntala Sengupta – Train Tales (Illustration: Vijay Ravikumar)
Sagorika Singha – The Mythical Bird Of The Bhubon Hills (Illustration: Jahnavi Visser)
Dyuti Mukhopadhyay – অনন্যাকে লেখা চিঠি (Illustration: Ritam Sen)
Sohini Basak – The Noise Of Sprinklers Is Like The Noise Of Rain (Illustration: Shakthi Nataraj)
Tanuj Solanki – A Person (Image: Soumyajit)
Somdeb Ghose – Lighter (Illustration: Neeraka Karon)
Subrata Dasgupta – কাকেশ্বর কুচকুচে (Illustration: Madhushree Basu)
Elishiba Kui – দুটি গল্প (Images: Soumyajit)
Anindita Das – Petty Issue (Illustration: Vijay Ravikumar)
Vivekanand Selvaraj – Last Station At Mobius Town (Image: Sanghita Sanyal)
Swastisundar – আলোর পথে… (Illustration: Vivekranjan Paik)
Umber Ranjana Pandey – Vines Of Cruentum Amroot (Illustration: Swarna Jana)
Swati Mitra – আদরের নাও (Illustration: Vivekranjan Paik)
Anannya Dasgupta – The Scent Of Champa (Illustration: Neeraka Karon)
Dan Timotin – Suicide Notes (Image: Bijaya Datta)
Nita Mondal – আলোর কথা (Illustration: Jayeeta Karan)
Sucheta Dasgupta – Her Mother’s Daddy (Illustration: Madhushree Basu)
Suprio Bhar – The Levitation Machine (Image: Edited from the internet)
Neera Kashyap – Undamned (Illustration: Bijaya Datta)
Mitrava Banerjee – প্রিয় তমঃ (Illustration: Ru Das)
Meera Srikant – These Young People (Illustration: Vasudha Sridhar)
Amitava Nag – বাবা (Illustration: Sanghita Sanyal)
Dan Timotin – The Wind’s Asshole (Illustration: Madhushree Basu)
Vijay Ravikumar – The Moose: A Movie
Sarbajaya Bhattacharya – Between Two Words: Reading ‘Hyphenated’ By Mihir Chitre
Nandini Dhar – আদিত্যবিক্রম সেনগুপ্তর আসা যাওয়ার মাঝে : স্থিথিস্থাপকতার জয়, নিষ্ক্রিয়তার জয়
A special note of thanks to all the illustrators and photographers who have worked on the stories in this issue. Thanks to Gautam Chakraborty for composing some of the pieces for this issue. As always, we express our gratitude to Pramod Gupta and Soumyajit Pramanick for innumerable things that we cannot keep track of.