Edition VI | August 2020

Inside Plato’s cave, three pairs of hands were shackled and turned against fire for their heads were denied any movement to see only the shadows on the wall that was in front of them. Indeed, for them, the silhouettes made the sounds that were occasionally heard because the backs never turned towards the truth. A pair got freed one day and moved through the elongated passage to reach outside into the real world. Alas! The pain his eyes felt to adjust to the dazzling Sun, a man who was born in a cave with a curse to never come out of it. Imagine the act of looking at the truth for the first time. Certainly, he went inside to convince his fellow inmates but for those who had never seen the light and lived in the world of shadows could they be convinced?

The sound of a petite word obliterates itself at that precise moment when it leaves the tongue to strike the air, “L’art”. Can a word as such build lofty boundaries to hold its meaning? A source of perennial pleasure touching the seventh sense that could not have been felt before. Paradigms change and the author meets his death but the art transfigures to befit current times. The art becomes independent once it leaves his pen. Who then is a patron of this art without an artist if not history? What an awful fate will be decreed upon if it falls in the arms of a pleasure seeker, an observer of the shadows who does not turn his back for his hands are tied by one purpose that is to passively consume literature. “L’art pour L’art”. Art for art’s sake. He firmly believes that there is nothing outside the book. Would you not agree that he is looking only at a shadow cast by an author? In such a state it becomes necessary to separate ourselves from literature and not merely evaluate adequacies but embark on the tedious journey of analysis. The reader has to take an impersonal stand and carry the weight of its history and ideology on his shoulders. Art has much to offer provided we choose to dive deeper into it and burn our eyes with still an unseen light.

Following are the fantastic pieces of this edition. Click, read and comment.

1. "कलम सचाई की" by Vikas Jati

2. "Lodging services" by Manasi Diwakar

3. "Autumnal Splendor" by Siva Raj

4. "Dusk with Palette" by Dionne Charlet

5. "And Then She Danced" by Shalini C

6. "A Picturesque view" by Swetha Narayanan

7. "The Curse of the Love Laws: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy | Review" by Sheha Saha

8. "Fire lilies" by Saketh

9. "Where the humans howl" by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan

10. "The house of cards" by Melinda Smith