I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
~ J. B. Priestly
Who hasn’t felt that irrepressible hope at the start of a new year, that this year will be the one, this year I’ll make that milestone, I’ll set my life in order, I will make a difference? January is when, like the two-headed Janus, we look both backward and forward, to bid farewell to the year gone by and to welcome the year ahead.
Rather like the little family in their boat on the cover! Here’s wishing all our readers success with their plans for the coming year.
We profile in this issue a pioneering philanthropist couple from Pune – the Awachats – whose de-addiction centre Muktangan was one of the first of its kind when it began; and it began with little more than hope and compassion.
Spain, and its Moorish heritage comes alive for us through the eyes of indefatigable traveller Sreelata Menon. As does the green state of Chhattisgarh in Meena Bhole’s account of a holiday to remember.
Writer Anees Salim who is having four novels published in rapid succession after a two decade wait, chats with Fehmida Zakeer about keeping alive the dream.
Then the story writers spin an engaging set of yarns. We have a young girl fascinated by a pair of ordinary red shoes, and the strange outcome of that fascination. There’s orphan Molly, who strives for order in her troubled world and finds beauty in fractals and hexagons. Prey to a magnificent obsession is Kaushik, whose close confidante turns chronicler as the obsession runs its course. So does the master’s keeper chronicle the saga of a life lived on a stage. At the turn of a new year a mother looks forward to winning over a distanced daughter and a son sends his mother a surprise gift from a far off country. We hope you enjoy the selection of poems too.
Happy reading dear readers, and a very happy New Year.