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In this issue with class as its theme, Trisha Gupta examines the depiction of servants and their relationships with their employers in Indian cinema. Bulbul Sharma’s sly observations about snobs expose the new games of one-upmanship. Anjali Doshi traces the evolution of the game-changers of cricket in India from the princes and aristocrats to small-town Indians. Michael Snyder advocates the democratisation of table manners and the dismantling of archaic etiquette. In a personal take Shrayana Bhattacharya reflects on the follies of dating a stuck-up princeling. Our literary section is rich and varied with a new translation of Prashant Bagad’s Marathi short story by Shanta Gokhale, a new story by Jerry Pinto and an extract from Amitava Kumar’s new novel. An exciting development: from this issue on our poetry section will be curated by poet and writer Sampurna Chattarji. Her eclectic selection includes poems by Anitha Thampi, Doris Kareva, K Srilata, Aditi Angiras and Mona Zote.
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.