Issue 36; November (2020)

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Hello there! The latest issue of the magazine is now live! We are glad to have a chance to feature the writers below. Hoping to receive some great submissions in the future, and continue our efforts to publish a more diverse set of writers.

A part of The Bombay Review identity now, our tradition of creating covers while being an online magazine, continues and has in its wake, garnered love from young students to Booker Prize winners; Dainik Bhaskar columnists to New York Times editors. For a small, literary magazine with a voluntary team; this is an absolute delight.

In November, 2016; four years ago – we ran a cover with who/what we identified as the ‘American sitcom character’. The second season of his show has been terminated and discontinued by popular vote. This year, this November; we have Kamala Harris, Vice President elect of the United States on The Bombay Review cover, created by M. Ethan and K. Bajpai.

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Poetry | ‘Reincarnatic Raga’ by Amit Majmudar | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Amit Majmudar is a novelist, poet, translator, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Antioch Review, Poetry Magazine, The New England Review, numerous Best American Poetry anthologies, the Norton Introduction to Literature, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017, The Best American Essays 2018, among others.

Majmudar’s latest books are Soar (Penguin Random House, 2020), What He Did in Solitary (Knopf, 2020), Sitayana (Penguin Random House India, 2019) and Godsong: A Verse Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita (Knopf/Penguin Random House India, 2018).

Poetry | ‘Odd Hour Woman’ & ‘Rehab’ by Kankana Basu | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Kankana Basu is a Mumbai based writer. Her novel Cappuccino Dusk (HarperCollins India) was Long Listed for the 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize and and she has two collections of short stories: Vinegar Sunday (Indialog Publishers) and Lamplight: Paranormal Stories from the Hinterlands (Pan Macmillan). 

She reviews books and writes human interest stories for The Asian Age, The Sunday Hindu and The New Indian Express, and also assists in the Bengali-to-English and cinematic translation of the works of her grandfather, the late Bengali writer, Saradindu Bandopadhyay (creator of the bhandralok detective, Byomkesh Bakshi). 

‘Raw Deal’ by C. Christine Fair | Translation of Balwant Gargi’s “Kaani Vand” | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

C. Christine Fair is an Associate Professor within the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  She studies political and military events of South Asia and travels extensively throughout Asia and the Middle East. Some of her books include In Their Own Words: Understanding the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (OUP 2019); and Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States (Globe Pequot, 2008). She has published creative pieces in The Bark, The Dime Show Review, Clementine Unbound, Awakenings, The Drabble, Sonder Midwest, Black Horse Magazine, Furious Gazelle, Hyptertext, Barzakh Magazine and Bluntly Magazine among others.

Poetry | ‘Paranoid Love’ & ‘Divorce’ by Vivek V. Narayan | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Vivek V. Narayan is a writer, performance-maker, and scholar. He graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies, is an alumnus of Royal Holloway, University of London (on a Charles Wallace India Trust Award), and of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Ashoka University. His writing has appeared in The Caravan, J-CASTE, The Hindu, Fountain Ink, AZURE (3:4, 4:3), and The High Window.

Fiction | ‘The Ballad of the Almost Cancer’ by Craig Loomis | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Craig Loomis is Associate Professor of English and Head of the Division of Humanities and Arts at the American University of Kuwait. His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Colorado Review, The Prague Revue, Sukoon Magazine, The Maryland Review, The Absurdist, The Louisville Review, Bazaar, The Rambler, The Los Angeles Review, Five on the Fifth, The Prairie Schooner, among other places.

Poetry | ‘Flight, in terza rima’ by Nandini Bhattacharya | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Nandini Bhattacharya is a single parent with an active academic career. She has received residencies and fellowships at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop, the Sarah Lawrence Summer Writers’ Workshop, the Southampton Summer Writers’ Conference, the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop in Paris, among others. She was chosen as the first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction contest (2018), long-listed for the Disquiet International Literary Prize (2019), a finalist for the Reynolds Price Women’s International Literary Award (2019) among others. Born and brought up in an India remembered in the prose poem, she now lives in the USA outside of Houston, TX.

Poetry | ‘Anuvaad’ by Sanket Mhatre | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Sanket Mhatre was the chief assistant director of Kavyotsav 2001: the first bilingual poetry reading festival of Marathi and Kannada poets. He has held several poetry reading sessions across the country. He performed at Kavyahotra 2018, the 72-hour poetry reading festival in Goa with 9 poets from other languages. Widely published, he has also been the first Marathi poet to read at Vagdevi Litfest & Jaipur Literature Festival in 2020. He’s also the creator & founder of Kavita Cafe: A Youtube Channel that captures the best of Indian Poets in recitation.

Fiction | ‘A Quiet Town’ by Lawdenmarc Decamora | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Lawdenmarc Decamora is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize-nominated Filipino writer with work published in 21 countries around the world. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is now an MA Literary and Cultural Studies candidate at the Ateneo de Manila University. He is the new Assistant Editor of UNITAS Journal – one of the oldest multidisciplinary journals in Asia (since 1922). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in North Dakota Quarterly, The Seattle Review, The Common, Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, Cordite Poetry Review, Ilanot Review, SAND Journal, Drunken Boat, AAWW’s The Margins, Cha, QLRS, Papercuts (DWL), Mithila Review, Kitaab, among others.

Poetry | ‘Ghost’ by Fatima Ijaz | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Fatima Ijaz is based in Karachi, Pakistan and teaches English Composition and Speech Communication at IBA. She is a contributing editor at ‘Pandemonium Journal.’ An English graduate from Hartwick College, NY and York University, TO, she holds an MA in English Linguistics from Eastern Michigan University, MI. Her poetry and prose have been published in or are forthcoming in isacoustic, New Asian Writing, Kitaab, Rigorous, Zau, Praxis, The Write Launch, Red Fez, Whirlwind, Naya Daur, Poetica Review and Aleph Review amongst others.

Poetry | ‘Home’ & ‘That Face’ by Ameya Bondre | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Ameya is a physician, public health researcher, and a writer, based in Mumbai, India. He penned short stories on relationships, conflict, hope and acceptance in the winter of 2017, to put them into ‘Afsaane’, his first book. ‘Afsaane’ has been featured in the Delhi Wire, Mumbai Live, Café Dissensus (New York City), Inkspire (Issue-5), the Bookish Elf, Pune Mirror, and the Oxford Bookstore (Delhi), and it has received a narration via BookMyShow.

Fiction | ‘Tamamushi’ by R. Sebastian Bennett | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

R. Sebastian Bennett taught Fiction Writing at the University of California – Los Angeles, the University of Louisiana – Lafayette, and directed the Creative Writing program at Muskingum University. His writing has appeared in Columbia Journal, Fiction International, Indiana Review, Mississippi Review, Texas Review, George Washington Review, Los Angeles Review, Oxford Magazine, Tulane Review, among others. The story, “Tamamushi,” is from an unpublished collection, SEASONS OF YEN, which was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award.

Poetry | ‘The Broom’ by Daniel Barbare | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Daniel’s work has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Plainsongs, Dash, lullwater review, and Columbia College Literary Review. His poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net by Assisi Online Journal, and won The Jim Gitting’s Award. He resides in the Upstate of the Carolinas with his wife and family and their small dog, Miley.

Poetry | ‘Round Rotis’ by Rachna Sethi | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Rachna Sethi is Assistant Professor of English at Rajdhani College, University of Delhi. As an Associate at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she pursued research on urban narratives of Delhi. She has edited with A.L.Khanna Dialogues: English Studies in India (Aakar Books, Delhi, 2020). She is on the Editorial Board of Fortell Journal and has edited several issues of the same.

Fiction | ‘Words and Colour’ by Phoebe Tsang | Issue 36 (Nov, 2020)

Phoebe Tsang is a Hong-Kong born Chinese, British and Canadian poet, author, librettist and playwright. Her poetry and short fiction has been published internationally in journals and anthologies, including Asia Literary Review and Literary Review of Canada. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books, Canada), and the recipient of numerous artist grants in North America.


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