Imagining the Other : the autumn issue

Issue Editor’s Note

Who is the ‘self’ and who is the ‘other’? To imagine the other, one starts by imagining the self. Likewise, the self needs the other to define itself. It becomes a chicken-and-egg question. This imagination of the self and the other can be formed based on various aspects. It can begin from the most striking physical attributes, it can be built on culture, food or even smell. Who is this self and who is the other? Can the self be imagined without the other? In a world that’s marked by rapid mingling as well as violent segregation, what is the relevance of the imagination of the self and the other? Read more

—Akoijam Sunita

Poetry:

Pobitora

by Dr. Rimi Nath

Barbed Men

by Ashokan Nambiar

Our Ngari and their Masala

by Md Ziaur Rahman

Forehead

by Shalim M Hussain


Essays:

An analysis of Jahera

by Kumam Davidson and Mohd Himat Ali Tampakmayum

Hijam Anganghal’s Jahera eponymously titled after its heroine Jahera became one of the most popular novels of the time followed by AIR Manipur’s adaptation of the same into the famous radio leela Jahera and film-maker Chandam Shyamacharan’s subsequent adaptation of the same into the feature film- Zehra (1999)...

Stories of/from Kashmir

by Somjyoti Mridha

Kashmiri nationalist author, Basharat Peer comments on the existential challenges faced by the Kashmiris as well the complexities of narrativising the conflict situation and its human dimension in his memoir, Curfewed Night (2008). Kashmir valley regarded as paradise on earth has been in a state of armed rebellion against the Indian state since the 1990’s...

Patriarch(s) and Nation(s)

by Dr. Yamini

Tu hi meri manzil hai, pehchan tujhi se/ Pohonchun main jahan bhi, meri buniyaad rahe tu” (You’re my destination, you give me my identity/ Wherever I go, you remain my foundation). Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi, the story of a female spy, presents Alia Bhatt’s character as “A Daughter. A Wife. A Spy”. The director has managed to make...


Cover art: Mutually Exclusive by Korou Khundrakpam