No Word in Our Language has been published in Guftugu, the quarterly journal of the Indian Writers’ Forum. The issue is entitled ‘Culture Matters’. I feel proud.
I set the story in a village that is being subsumed by the city; spaces are violated by the encroaching concrete. A group of students from an American University comes to visit. The narrator, a boy, who is at first enamoured of the ‘alien creatures’ ultimately feels exploited and violated by them. The story has remained true to how I first wrote it, but it had much more going on, many more extraneous happenings before the main arc emerged as it has now.
S Vijayaraghavan's image, Mystic Valley, accompanies the story.