What a wonderful experience it has been putting together this issue which focuses on the delightful theme of Fabric! The poetry, fiction and non-fiction in this month’s issue deal with not just diverse but very interesting facets of clothing. In addition, we have a book review, an album review and a movie review lined up for you in The Lounge! With a good mix of thematic and non-thematic stuff on offer, we can’t wait for you to get started with this edition! Go ahead, read and let us know how you liked this month’s issue on the theme ‘Fabric Tales’!
This poem by Shreenidhi Rajagopalan is about silk, and the familiar images of the women in our lives it evokes. It talks about how we try to mould ourselves into those we grow up admiring, how we know we can’t and how we attempt to, anyway.
Chandramohan Nair takes a light-hearted look at his sartorial journey of sixty years and offers his mantra for navigating the world of fashion.
Is the quilt woven from a lover’s memories enough to fill the void from her departure? Malcolm Carvalho writes a poem.
Hand-me-downs and “swapping” clothes were a quintessential part of growing up in the 80s and 90s, and of college life. Vani recollects instances of sharing clothes and why she thinks it brings people closer.
A man talks about his interesting relationship with a yellow shirt in this poem by Saikat Das.
In this story by Anuradha, an army man reminisces about his experiences during a train journey, where he met a vibrant young mother who wove vivid patterns on clothes for a living. Dreamy by nature, but rooted to reality, the woman has left a lasting impression on him.
From frocks stitched by her mother to owning beautiful Chettinad Cotton sarees, Anupama Krishnakumar traces the journey of her tryst with fabric and that of her ever-growing wardrobe.
Swapnil’s story is of an adventure that hinges on a chunni and its red colour. A village girl notices an impending train disaster and tries to stop it by using the chunni as a stop sign. Will she succeed?
India is a land of rich culture and heritage. This piece brings you the story of one such striking heritage from the western part of the country as experienced by the author, ARTOHUS.
Sunaina’s poem underscores the theme of betrayal and sexual violence through the imagery of black fabric. It plays upon the diverse connotations attached to the colour highlighting its sensuous appeal through black saree as well as its demonic intent.
THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE P Ravindran Nayar reviews ‘Gleanings’, M. Mohankumar’s 8th poetry collection.
THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD “This is not a story about Sachin. It is a story of our lives,” says Parth, of the movie “Sachin: A Billion Dreams.”
THE LOUNGE | THE MUSIC CAFE Medha Reddy reviews five songs composed by Pakistani band Noori for season 9 of Coke Studio Pakistan. Noori’s highly energetic indie rock tracks have the ability to connect with their listeners on an emotional level, she says.