India’s Bilingual Online Lit Mag

I’m always on the lookout for good literature in English which originates outside the usual sources like the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  I was delighted when I found Tistarangit: First Online Literary Magazine of Sikkim, which is published in Sikkim, a state within India with a very interesting history.  Here you will find essays, fiction, and poetry translated into English.  The following is taken from a poem called The Expanding Universe by Rajendra Bhandari.

“From where I stand
the graveyard is nearer than my home.
The noonday shadow
under my foot
stretches in the afternoon.
Everything is running farther:
Mother’s embraces, Father’s blessing,
the childhood landscapes
the playground of my youth
the bamboo groves.”

Please go and read the entire poem and take some time to explore this site.  From what I gather, establishing this magazine is a big step for the people of this small state.  It’s also a fascinating window into a different culture which is making big strides into the larger literary scene.

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3 Comments

  1. Tistarangit is one of the best site from India.

  2. Hi – thanks for commenting jhon. If you know of any other good Indian lit sites, please feel free to pass on the link.

  3. Congratulations for exciting and interesting blog. Keep it Up!!


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