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Out of Print 27 is being released under extraordinary circumstances that have made Indira Chandrasekhar contemplate the miracle of the brain in articulating word, and the elegance of structured language.

 

The issue features five works.

 

In Tanuj Solanki’s ‘The Issue’, a young couple must confront a change, one that is an opportunity for her but that he, however, views with sadness because it will ‘unsettle their current life’. Narrated, skilfully, from both their perspectives, their thoughts weave in and out of the intimacy and aggression of a conversation that culminates in bizarre, unexpected, telling violence.

 

In contrast to the mutual dependence of ‘The Issue’ above, Natasha Gayari’s ‘Chennai Summer’ examines a skewed relationship. He wants to see her, pleads for her to visit, while, she is in a limbo that resists his love. Unable, or maybe reluctant to end it, unable to commit, she reasons about love.

 

Swapnil Bhatnagar’s story of a small vengeance, ‘The Fuse’ examines the rituals that can frame a marriage. It follows a couple who have been married for ten years. As his stomach gives in to stress, he turns from an eager young husband dashing home early from his job at the Burdwan Municipal Council to someone who falls asleep exhausted on the sofa. The snacks from the halwai shop downstairs are a measure of this evolution.

 

Neera Kashyap’s ‘Supplication’ delves into a woman's desperate fear when she suspects she might be very ill. Driven by a vivid and mysterious dream, she seeks out the dargah of Mai Sahiba. The reader is drawn into the woman’s profound distress and complete and cathartic supplication at, what she must believe, is the saint's healing strength.

 

A dog goes missing in Jason Zeitler’s ‘The Water’s Edge’. Set in beautiful Sri Lankan landscape near Yala National Park, the shadowy and macabre lurk in the air and darken the narrator’s imagination as the hunt for the missing animal goes on.

 

 

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The cover design by Yamuna Mukherjee contains images from a piece of Kalamkari or crafted-by-pen fabric depicting stories from Indian mythology. The image by Dhruvi Acharya, is of a 2010 10”x10” work of polymer paint on panel titled ‘He He He’.

Dhruvi Acharya received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, USA in 1998, and completed her Post Baccalaureate in 1996 from the same college. Acharya began exhibiting her works professionally in 1998 in the USA where she spent 10 years.

Acharya has held solo exhibitions with Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Nature Morte in New Delhi, Gomez Gallery in Baltimore and Kravets/Wehby in New York. Her selected participations include shows at the San Jose Museum of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, BosePacia Modern in New York, National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and Queens Museum of Art in New York.

Acharya has been the recipient of the FICCI Young Woman Achievers award in 2013, and was featured on the cover of India Today in 2005.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai

 

Selected stories may contain language or details that could be viewed as offensive. Readers below 18 are cautioned to use discretion. Views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily supported by Out of Print.