And now its time to see whats in store for this new year:
Happy New Year. I pray to the Almighty Lord the New Year 2016 brings joy, peace and prosperity in the world. I am highly grateful to all poets, short story writers and creative artists included in this latest issue of Taj Mahal Review. This Dec 2015 issue is an attempt to select the best of contemporary world poetry, haiku, book reviews and several other attractive features. No doubt, reading, composing, and enjoying poetry is a great past time. Wallace Stevens aptly says that a poet is “a metaphysician in the dark” and his poem “the act of the mind.” But he further adds that the poem must
Be the finding of a satisfaction, and may
Be of a man skating, a woman dancing, a woman
Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel prize in literature. Swedish Academy admired Belarusian writer’s work ‘for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering in our time’. Warmest congratulations Svetlana Alexievich.
It is most tragic and unfortunate that the unprecedented terrorist attack on Nov 13 inside the Bataclan concert hall killed at least 130 people in Paris. I offer deep condolence to the bereaved families due to this carnage, ‘a blood bath’. Our world will be a better place to live in, if we peruse these wise words by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.”
I express my gratitude and thanks to all artists and poets included in this edition. There is no doubt that without their cooperation and genuine help it is not possible to publish TMR Dec 2015. Happy New Year. Best Wishes…