The best possible way to lead the life, to me at least, is to ensure three things – never repeating the past mistakes, not worrying too much about the future and living the present wisely. And this lesson, to be frank, I have learnt from the books of literary fiction, non-fiction and some intellectual authors’ book that I have studied. Time and again, it has been evident to us that we can learn only static things from the books of science. Force will always be the mass multiplied by acceleration, and that’s all! The rules of life, the philosophy, ethics, and moral values can only be gained if we study good books of literature (except what we learn in society & the family). Without any hint of disrespect towards technology, I would like to make a simple proposition. Supposing that scientific innovation is a horse, we do need the rein of morality to ride it. And to me, good literary volumes supply this need! If you are wondering why all this comes to my mind all of a sudden, let me tell you that it’s not about ‘at once’. I have been in the public life with my literary credentials for many years now. However, what I sadly witness is that due to some books, ‘literature’ has separated itself from ‘fiction’ and people fail to realize the real value of studying a literary piece. Not only that, even the students of literature in universities don’t take interest in literature other than the examination requirements but they do dream of being in a position to teach the coming generation of students! Although it has become the compulsion of the times, still, I do believe there are the people out there who want to observe literature for what it is – the force that it possesses. To all those out there, friends, my question is – what can we do together?
I will leave my worry in the box for the time and congratulate all those who have been published this month in Ashvamegh. I am very happy to let you all know that Ashvamegh has hosted Wally Swist, the renowned US poet as the featured poet for Issue.XXV, February 2017. I also welcome and congratulate Elisabetta Marion of the University of Rome who has joined us in the editorial board. Welcome, Elisa!
Also, let me have the pleasure to announce that upon the recommendation of some of our distinguished contributors, we have added the feature of comments on poems and short stories. Anyone who has a facebook id can easily comment on the poems and short stories. It will encourage the authors and poets to do more. Happy reading friends!
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