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Two Poems

By Ruhail Andrabi
Cold dawn plays the trumpets of melancholy;
It cacophonously echoes in the chambers of innocence, 
And gulps the peaceful silence of heart.

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Poetry: Salted mud cakes

By Prithvijeet Sinha
Environment is coughed up again at the nearest rally,
its syllables have been buried in the land granted to city’s building giant,
while Grandpa lost his hearing aid and the environment became an abstract in isolation.

Will Bollywood allow a #MeToo movement?

By Kouser Fathima
When Parveen Babi spoke against Amitabh Bachchan, she was labelled delusional. Mamta Kulkarni’s promising career ended abruptly when she spoke against Rajkumar Santoshi. A foreign model’s accusations against Subhash Ghai ruffled many feathers. Madhur Bhandarkar was accused of false promise of marriage and lead role in return of sexual favours by Preeti Jain.

Short Story: Arrival

By Debarshi Mitra
She kept gazing at platforms outside while the ‘Rajdhani’ sped past them, past the paddy fields and the temples, the streets and the factories, the garbage piles and impoverished men in decrepit houses. I did little to break the spell of silence.

A conversation with poet and activist, Jhilmil Breckenridge

By Poornima Laxmeshwar
Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer, and activist. She is the founder of Bhor Foundation, a mental health charity. Her areas of work are mental health, domestic violence, and trauma. Jhilimil is currently working on a PhD in the UK, and Reclamation Song is her first book of poetry. Here is a conversation with her.

Book Review: Abdullah Khan’s ‘Patna Blues’

By Arifa Yesmin
Muslim culture, which is assumed to be more rigid on sexual promiscuity, can never approve of Arif’s clandestine relation with Sumitra. Arif’s looming fear becomes a threat to his love for the woman. This timely story also reflects on the ongoing communal struggle in the country.

The Future of Ahmadis in ‘Naya’ Pakistan

By Rameez Raja
The AMC denounces an armed Jihad which most of the Islamists believe in. The founder of the AMC, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad primarily believed in ‘Jihad by pen’ and urged his followers to use the medium of pen in order to spread Ahmadiyyat peacefully all over the world.