Gitanjali and Beyond Issue 5: Creativity; Special Issue – The Unity of All Things

We stand at the crossroads today at a critical point of time in human history, as scientists tell us that the pandemic which is having a devastating effect on human populations across the world, is the result of thoughtless planetary degradation which has accelerated climate change.

Children have been introduced to the virtual classroom and playgrounds are off limits. The joy of student community activities, of classroom debates at universities have been taken away from university life and replaced by blended learning. We have read in history about fearful times when the plague struck, and the effects of Spanish Flu as it swept across countries – an experience which remains close to our living memory.

And more recently we have encountered the dangers imposed by SARS, Ebola and MERS, but these now seem either in the recent past or limited to some regions and hence not as terrifying as SARS COV 2 with its global reach and disastrous effect. As lockdowns continue in different countries at different stages and international borders close to countries reeling under a second wave of a new variant, we concede that these are unprecedented times.

 

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Title Page, Editorial Board, Advisory Board

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Contents

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Foreword     

Bashabi Fraser and Saptarshi Mallick – The Unity of All Things   1 – 4

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Section I: Prose     5 – 63

Beth Junor – Notes from a Gallery   6

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Tom Hubbard – Happy Clappy City   10

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Debapriti Sengupta – Pulak‘s Mother   14

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Meaghan Delahunt – fragments   16   

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Amrita Dasgupta – The Scars of History   25   

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Jane Ep – Reflections   30   

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Laura Lukasova – Sweet child   33

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Swarnava Chaudhuri – Looking Back: Life trapped in a Pandemic   35

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Olga Wojtas – Journey   38

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Jim Aitken – Walking with Eileen   40   

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Anjana (Jhuma) Sen – Wind Beneath My Wings   45

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Rita Rigg – Physicians personal journey through (the story of..) COVID   50   

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Parantap Chakraborty – Halakarṣana: Rabindranath Tagore   56

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Section II: Poetry     64 – 199

Chrys Salt – Mountain Voices, Lockdown Celandine   65

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Alan Spence – Kali   69

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Sanjukta Dasgupta – Ah! Peace, Coffin Factory, What a Skewed World!   70

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Tabish Khair – O, Bard of my Land   76

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Tapati Gupta – Making Bridges   78

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Wayne Price – Lids, Moles, October Again, Llanwynno   80

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Shabbir Banoobhai – today i hugged you in a dream, When it‘s Done, when you come to visit us, Shipwreck   84

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Jenny Mitchell – Safe to Hug, Soothing Song, Late Flowering Dad   89

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David Wheatley – Dispraxia Ode, Ellis O‘Connor, West No. 3   92

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Joyce Caplan – Wild Swimmers at Wardie, After the Snow   94

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Donald Adamson – Fresh Air   96

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Elspeth Brown – All Manner of Things   98

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Susmita Paul – Weight of black holes, Truth, Translation   100

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Derrick McClure – Tae M., Efter Adam Mickiewicz   104

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Valerie Gillies – The Bellspool, River Tweed   108

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Ross Donlon – Hope   109

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Ranita Hirji – Waiting on Rain, Cobbler: Lockdown   110

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Anupa Lewis – The Conservatory, Winged Fluorescence   112

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Mario Relich – Shades of Pink   114

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Subodh Sarkar – For You, Sara Gilbert   117

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Basudhara Roy – Keeping In, The Premise of a Promise   119

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Stewart Sanderson – Adder, Eagle, Juniper, Seraphim   123

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Priyanka Joshi – Like Water   127

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Richard C. Bower – Sunshine Smiles Upon My Face   129

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Santosh K Dary – A Better Life, Weaving Dreams   130

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Chris Agee – The Rainbow Poem, The Cypress Poem, The Dove Poem   135

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Elizabeth Uter – Maybe Dreams   138

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Simon Fletcher – Gall Wasp Takes a Bow at ‗The Globe‘, Daisy Riot, Common Spotted, Refuge   140

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Ali Whitelock – the town itself, let us admit, is ugly; in the event of a lack of oxygen   146

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Christopher Jupp – Holyrood Haiku   150

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Shanta Acharya – All You Can Do, Aspects of Westonbirt Arboretum, Something To Do With Love   151

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Brian D‘Arcy – It‘s Ecology – stupid, No Ice – Scream, Inheritance  156

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Debasish Lahiri – Nocturne before Rain, Ripples   159

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Charlie Gracie – Since March 2020   164

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Anjana (Jhuma) Sen – Season of Disquiet   166

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Sue Whitmore – The Book of Virus   168

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Riddhiman Roy – Homecoming, Separation, The Storm   170

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Em Strang – Snow, Us   177

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Donal McLaughlin – from: a steady trickle   179

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S. J. Litherland – Breath of the Virus, In Abandoned Grounds, Isolation, Nostalgia   182

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Alan Riach – Since Then: 1 Spring, Since Then: 2 Summer, Since Then: 3 Autumn, So long,

SciFi Truth Poems   188

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Debjani Chatterjee – Lost and Found, Brooding   195

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Section III: Drama     200 – 211

Piyush Roy – Amrtah: The Creation Chapter   201

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Section IV: Art     212 – 229

Anupa Lewis – Ila‘s Worlds, Into the Blues, Mixed Media Spring Haze, Abstract Winter Blossoms   213

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Shahil Datta – Continuity, Where the head is held high, Revival   218

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Praseed Nair – Books of Life, Colours of Nature, Leaf Lives, Lush Green   221

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Sue Whitmore – Isolation, Sardonyx Man, The Block   226

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Section V: Book Reviews     230 – 245

Declarations on Freedom for Writers and Readers. Reviewed by Liz Niven   231

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Tom Hubbard, The Devil and Michael Scot: A Gallimaufry of Fife and Beyond. Reviewed by Kenny Munro – Energising a Cultural Renaissance in Fife and Beyond   234

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Somdatta Mandal – ‘Kobi’ & ‘Rani’: Memoirs and Correspondences of Nirmalkumari Mahalanobis & Rabindranath Tagore. Reviewed by Malashri Lal   237

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Gail Low & Kirsty Gunn, Imagined Spaces. Reviewed by Mario Relich – ‘setting it free‘: The Essay Today   241

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