gulmohur quarterly

An Online Literary Magazine from India

Submissions closed for Issue 08

Contents: Issue 06/ June 2022 


Short fiction

A Guy Just Like You by Mahima Kohli
The Rains Will Stop Once the Waters Have Taken a Man by Cheryl Rynjah
The Intellectual by Harishankar Parsai (tr. Shubham Mamgain)
The Mouse’s Gizzard by Nina George


Warring Realities by Vijeta Budhiraja
The Waters That I Came From by Bidisha Mahapatra
Two Poems by Harsh Anand
Three Poems by Prannay Pathak
Why Crack Jokes? by Varsha Tiwary
Two Poems by Ashok Vajpeyi (tr. Sejal Arora)
In Hindsight, We Clap to Forget by Maryam Abbasi
Epitaph(s) for Buried Love(s) by Zenia Taluja
Nineteen Eighty Four by Harbhajan Singh (tr. Amanpreet Kaur)
microaggressions by Deepshikha Gangwar
Three Poems by Devesh Path Sariya (tr. Shivam Tomar)
Ennui by Gayatri Hingorani
Desolate by Mandakranta Sen (tr. Monosija Banerjee)
About an Afternoon by Srijato Bandopadhyay (tr. Monosija Banerjee)
Graphite on Paper by Pushpanjali Kumari


The Scent of Orange by Eve Dineva
No Home for Women by Semanti Debray
Mental Slavery by Rahul Sankrityayan (tr. Aditi Yadav)
The Dalit Question in Contemporary Hindi Poetry by Ambrish
The Bahujan Concern in Contemporary Marathi Poetry by Grishma Patil
The Art Side of Ambedkarism by Siddhesh Gautam/ Bakery Prasad

Photo story

Resistance Report: Deocha-Pachami Coal Mine Project by Tanmay Das & Malay Tewari

Issue 01/ March 2021

Issue 02/ June 2021

Issue 03/ September 2021

Issue 04/ December 2021

Issue 05/ March 2022

Issue 06/ June 2022

'Live only, if you can, under the shade of your own gulmohur Or die, if you must, wandering in pursuit of that gulmohur' - Dushyant Kumar

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gulmohur is an urgent attempt at rescuing voices that are lost in the abundance of digital texts. We are interested in original Indian writings and translations in English. gulmohur aspires to clear some space to locate the essence of the contemporary Indian mind by capturing the ways in which millions imagine, dream, and live. We seek writers whose words inspire authenticity, literary integrity, and reflect our times.

We should be immensely proud to have writings against all forms of oppression, from the marginalized among us. We are committed to open this space up for a diversification of issues, experiences, and understandings through the dignified medium of literature.

We believe everything is political, however we do not believe everything to be art. Word is truth and no truth is indifferent to the form. Make love to sentences and give shape to your ideas, struggles, and joys. Write stories, essays and poems and send it out into the world of readers, constantly awaiting good writing. If you’re a photographer, compile your best work with a theme and we could publish it as a photo-story. 

We are launching this beautiful dream of ours, gulmohur, in the midst of a global pandemic. We hope to bring to our readers the best and the most relevant of contemporary writing. The task is herculean and the possibilities immense.

December 2020

Issue 07 & 08 coming out in December ! Submissions open for Issue 08: September 10 - November 10, 2022



Amarkant is presently studying Philosophy at IIT Bombay. He holds a degree in Physics and has taught Theatre at a high school. He has lived in Pune, Bangalore, Delhi and Chennai. He loves Hindustani classical music and cats. He published a weekly called The Company of a Reader with subscription based circulation during the lockdown.

Jagjit Singh


Jagjit is a point-blank poet and a compulsive photographer. Trained as an engineer ("which is not education, but a conspiracy by intelligent machines to enslave humans"), he later moved to Humanities, travelled across the length and breadth of India like a missionary, flirted with activism and labour politics for a couple of years, and like a true Kashmiri scorched his hands at all the rebellions. These days he's home: day-dreaming, evening-drinking, night-writing and morning-sleeping. When asked what went wrong, he replies "everything, except literature." An aspiring Proustian, he believes words will make sense of all that's been lost and shattered.

Rajesh Subburaj


Rajesh reads widely and has a special corner in his shelves for translations into English and Tamil. He dreams of researching the world of contemporary Tamil literature in the near future through his anthropological pursuits. His idea of good literature exists both in modern silicon beams on screens and in traditional tiny blots on cellulose. He has frequented small towns and villages where he is more comfortable discovering literary groups, writers and fellow readers who live away from the glare of urban existence. He is based out of Coimbatore.

Short fiction Poetry Essay Photo story

Our sixth issue came out in June 2022. We're now reading for Issue 08. E-mail us your submission at with the subject ‘Submission.’ Our reading periods for this year are as follows:

For Issue 05: December 10, 2021 to February 10, 2022
For Issue 06: March 10, 2022 to May 10, 2022
For Issue 07: June 10, 2022 to August 10, 2022
For Issue 08: September 10, 2022 to November 10, 2022

Open for previously unpublished short fiction, poetry, essay and photo-story in English and in translation into English. Texts across all genres are welcome. No word limits. All submissions to be made in MS Word file (Font: Baskerville Old Face/ Size: 12/ Spacing: double). Include your brief biograph in third person. Submit a single work at a time. Poetry submissions can be a set of four poems, at most. For photo-story, a maximum of 10 photographs with a write-up. We will reply within 90 days of your submission. You may submit your work elsewhere simultaneously, but if accepted for publication, you are required to inform us immediately.

We are neither charging submissions nor paying the contributors, as of now. The magazine shall be available online for free to read and share. From June 2022 onwards, we also have limited print-on-demand copies available for purchase (at the minimal cost of printing, packaging, and courier). Upon being published, the authors shall retain the copyrights of their works; though we expect the courtesy acknowledgement of first publication.

Please bear full responsibility for your writing. Plagiarism is not acceptable. For any other queries, write to us in the comments section below.

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