The Indian Quarterly
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The Indian Quarterly (IQ) is a national and international magazine. We hope that just as The New Yorker exhibits a distinctly Manhattan sensibility and always contains articles about New York City, IQ will manifest the fact that it is edited and published in Mumbai through its cosmopolitan and open-minded perspective on the world and on India. In fact, we hope to provide a unique way of interpreting our ever changing culture, and to define our own experiences through the strength of thought, ideas and imagery, be it in the form of fact, fiction, poetry, illustration or photography. IQ is therefore a paean to the polyphonic nature of reflection and the creativity that is its outcome.
Fiction some times approximates truth better than facts, even the bald, undressed truth. The writer is less guarded and can let go of what’s close to the chest when the words are sent out disguised as fiction. The inner censor is shushed, allowing diaries and notes to the self a public airing. Had Lewis Carroll and Oscar Wilde not used allegory, Marcel Proust not fid- dled with the gender of some characters in his great novel, the raconteurs of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana not embroidered asides into their retelling of these epics, we would have been deprived of these and other enduring masterpieces from other civilisations. Fiction is an effective transporter, a Garuda carrying tales on which truths, some unpalatable, piggyback. We start the New Year with new fiction as the theme, and with an eclectic menu which also celebrates India’s linguistic plurality. It includes graphic stories, extracts from novels, the script for a play, and short stories. And, of course, work in translation, even a writer who normally publishes in one language writing in another. In this particularly rich section we have fiction by Paul Zacharia, Qurratulain Hyder, Samim Ahmed, Priya Kuriyan, Kynpham Sing Nongkinryh, Jyothi Vinod, Neel Chaudhuri and Nityan Unnikrishnan. As always, our poetry section is vibrant and cosmopolitan. Elsewhere, Vedica Kant looks at the forgotten Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during World War I. Iona Italia puts the #MeToo movement in perspective; Udayan Vajpeyi reflects on the life and work of the Mexican poet-diplomat Octavia Paz; Pushpinder S Jamwal captures nights in the Trans-Himalaya; Taha Ahmad documents the work of the Badlas of Lucknow; Shoili Kanungo’s whimsical graphic story explores life underwater; and Shreevatsa Nevatia feels his way through Banaras. Enjoy the journey into other worlds.