In this poem, ARTOHUS explores the soundscape that wind creates on trees during night time.
Night is that which offers solace after a grinding day, highlights Parth Pandya, in this poem.
The painting “Caravan in the Desert” shows a man walking along with his caravan or so called trail of camels travelling far distances irrespective of the time. Night is when the flocks start their journey to avoid the parching sand dunes. Art by Sana Khan.
Saikat Das highlights a dilemma that is fundamental to human existence, in verse.
The process of design and institutionalization of religions mar the subtle beauty that lies within. The dawn can only partially descend upon the followers due to their inability to curb the darkness. This poem by Parminder Singh tries to track the very essence of this thought.
THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Suresh Subrahmanyan revisits the city of his childhood, university education and the cradle of most of his professional career. He finds that much has changed in Calcutta, not all for the better.
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.