gulmohur quarterly

An Online Literary Magazine from India

Submissions closed for Issue 06

Contents: Issue 05/ March 2022



Editorial

Short fiction

Lokhinder Goes Out by Shritama Bose
Birthday Wishes by Satvik Gupta
Sorcerer by Gowri N Kishore
The Boys of Rome by Lede E Miki Pohshna

Poetry

Eulogy by Hiya Chowdhury
Shoe by Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena (tr. Ipshita Sengupta)
Two Poems by Aritrika Chowdhury
To Leave a Home by Ila Ananya
The End by Tushar Rishi
Two Poems by Sohini Dey
A Fully Functional Feminist by Arti Jain
Three Poems by Samin Sayeda
Extra Work by Tripti Aggarwal
Aukaat/ Place by Naresh Saxena (tr. Kartikay Agarwal)

Essay

Funeral Chai by Garima Mishra
Alain Badiou And Question Of Politics: How An Alternative/Communist Politics Is Thinkable Today by Tathagata Biswas
Artist’s Statement: On the Cover Art by Anupam Roy


Issue 01/ March 2021

Issue 02/ June 2021

Issue 03/ September 2021

Issue 04/ December 2021

Issue 05/ March 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

About Us



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.

Issue 05 released! Submissions open for Issue 06: March 10 - May 10, 2022

Amarkant

Co-editor

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

Co-editor

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.

Radhika Oza

Copy editor

Radhika lives and works in Pune, shuffling between a family business and an alluring world built on the promises only words, fragile words, can offer. Though she enjoys the intimacy that language provides (that rare, warm sense of belonging to something, someone) she often finds herself staring at sentences, constantly asking herself if she's reading less or more into them. Do they always mean what they say? Trained as a development professional, she is currently working towards a food venture. There's a third world too where she can slide in when the other two become too much: music!

Rajesh Subburaj

Co-editor

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 fifth issue came out in March 2022. We're now reading for Issue 06. E-mail us your submission at gulmohurquarterly@gmail.com 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. 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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