gulmohur quarterly

An Online Literary Magazine from India

Submissions open for Issue 09

Contents: Issue 07 & 08/ December 2022


Short fiction

Bajooka– The Scarecrow by Surendra Prakash (tr. Meenakshi Jauhari)
Steamed Sweet Dumplings and Paatumma’s Cow [Hatye] by Fakir Muhammad Katpadi (tr. Bhumika R)
Daraaj Khan by Ayesha Khan
With the Boys by Abhishek Basak
The Tree with Eyes by Bela Negi


Two Poems by Sophia Naz
We Wish You Luck in Placing Your Work Elsewhere by Bharti Bansal
Knots by Tabassum Hasnat
Mildly Anthropomorphic by Asijit Datta
Three Poems by Devneet (tr. Hunardeep Kaur)
The Visitor by Shivshankar Menon
Two Poems by Nilanjana Bhattacharjee
Two Poems by Carol D’Souza
A Mosquito and a House Full of Poets by Sri Rohith Rajam
Two Poems by Ishita Desai
Three Poems by Thanisha Santhosh
Three Poems by Appu Ajith
“The Doctor Will See You (Again, Someday)” by Hemangi Chakravarty
For the Kingdom of Maveli to Come by Narendran
Tickled Eyes by Sneha Bhura


Literary Lessons with Nazim Hikmet by Abhimanyu Acharya
Artist’s Statement: On the Cover Art by Smish Designs

Issue 01/ March 2021

Issue 02/ June 2021

Issue 03/ September 2021

Issue 04/ December 2021

Issue 05/ March 2022

Issue 06/ June 2022

Issue 07 & 08/ December 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 released in December ! Submissions open for Issue 09: December 10, 2022 - February 10, 2023



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 combined Issue 07 & 08 came out in December 2022. We're now reading for the next issue. E-mail us your submission at with the subject ‘Submission.’ Our reading periods for this year are as follows:

For Issue 09: December 10, 2022 to February 10, 2023
For Issue 10: March 10, 2023 to May 10, 2023
For Issue 11: June 10, 2023 to August 10, 2023
For Issue 12: September 10, 2023 to November 10, 2023

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. 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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