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.
In this issue, Jerry Pinto ponders over familial bonds and what lies at the heart of the family, while Jai Arjun Singh, in a deeply personal essay, writes about caring and communicating with an ill mother he is exceptionally close to. Paro Anand examines the changing nature of the family in the books she has written for children. Akshai Jain looks at the increasing number of genetics companies in India and questions the worth of the diagnoses being offered. Mandakini Dubey reflects on the nature of family ties, particularly hers with her grandmother and children. In her graphic story, Priya Kuriyan prises open the family closet to let the skeletons tumble out. Elsewhere, Wendy Doniger revisits the Shakuntala story and scrutinises the role of the lost ring in myths. In his stark photo essay, Harsha Vadlamani captures the lives of actors waiting for a break in the Telugu film industry. Anita Roy visits the Lancelot Ribeiro retrospective in London and concludes that the painter found his distinct voice after casting off the shadow of his celebrated brother FN Souza. In our Translations section, we have both the old and the new, including poems by 13th-century Marathi women saint-poets.