Sunday, July 17, 2016

'No Word in Our Language' in Guftugu

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.