Issue #7: Winter 2015
How to Sell
As a woman, being smart is dangerous unless you cut it with sexy. It seems trivial, but chalk it up to the thousands of unspoken but shared truths between mothers and daughters.
In the End
Pushed against two walls were white bookshelves that Bharath had not taken, though they were, technically, furniture. There were gaps, like broken teeth, where his books had been.
Even her once-dark, voluminous curls were growing thinner by the day, like her Supperware income.
Reading the News from Nepal
What cracked was a place where metal wheels stamped with prayers
spin to spool the words away.
What deity governs this smelting
ore—slogan, heresy-talk, and your face
Is the postcolonial always already normcore
For hard times, learn to monetize your damn brown self
We are all #bindis now
Essays & Interviews
An Actual (South) Asian American Speaks from the Ruins of Best American Poetry
Our anger over the faux-et’s appropriation and dishonesty is absolutely necessary. We are right to be angry and to demand that this whole matter be corrected, addressed, and fixed. The stake is the erasure of people of color in a system structured to eliminate us through the pretense of “good” poetry, which presumes poems should be chosen without taking the representation into consideration. Yes, racism still exists, and there are still whites-only poetry communities and spaces.
Makers of Memory: Women in Occupied Palestine and Kashmir
The corporate media have failed to tell the whole story of what occupation looks like in occupied Palestine and occupied Kashmir. Contrary to Western assumptions and stereotypes, Palestinian and Kashmiri women continue to live with dignity and act in resistance. As storytellers, mothers, and organizers, women make up the backbone of these movements for sovereignty and independence, breathing life into what freedom could look like.
The War on Education
How can girls from Afghanistan/Pakistan come from educated backgrounds? How can Pakistani men and women have coeducation with all the taboos in their society? How can Pakistani families live in a house? How can a village schoolgirl be brave and intelligent? It’s just all simply unheard of. And if someone defies the stereotype—well, they’re an exception. They are of little consequence, or deserve to be shot in the head, or they are a CIA agent.
Dear Mrs. Naidu by Mathangi Subramanian
The most profound message underlying this gentle, funny book is that you can only change your world if you have the courage to change yourself first.
Rainsong by Pratyaksha
The author compares the layout to a plate of food: the short pieces are like hors d’oeuvres, adding piquancy, aroma, and flavor to the main course, which is the long story.
Ram-2050 by Joan Roughgarden
This is a science-fiction tale that attempts to distance itself from its religious predecessor—the reader has to keep this in mind when he embarks on reading this book. There are no kingdoms, only corporations. There are no Brahmins, only geeks.
Tiffin: Memories and Recipes of Indian Vegetarian Food by Rukmini Srinivas
The book is truly a feast for the mind, providing recipes interspersed between personal anecdotes and stories, a veritable compendium of tiffin or snacky food that can be eaten at any in-between meal times and occasionally substitutes as a light meal, taking the reader beyond the limits of idli and dosai that commonly define South Indian cuisine.