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10 Sep
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Sanchita Karma and Other Tales of Ethics and Values from India

Sanchita Karma
and Other Tales of Ethics
and Choice from India
By K. V. Dominic
Foreword by Dr. Ramesh K. Srivastava
Modern History Press
Ann Arbor, MI
Sanchita Karma and Other Tales of Ethics and Choice from India
Copyright (c) 2018 by K.V. Dominic. All Rights Reserved
Published by
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Dedicated to
My dear wife Anne, Daughter Rose Ann,
&
Son Joe George

Contents
Foreword ……………………………………………………………….. iii
Preface ……………………………………………………………………. v
Man and Nature …………………………………………………………. 1
1 – The Twins …………………………………………………………. 1
2 – World Environment Day ……………………………………… 7
3 – Is Human Life More Precious than an Animal’s? ……. 11
Government & Corruption …………………………………………. 17
4 – The Best Government Servant ……………………………… 17
5 – Joseph’s Maiden Vote for Parliament …………………… 25
The Educational System ……………………………………………… 31
6 – School Entrance Festival …………………………………….. 31
7 – Mother Tongue Impact ………………………………………. 37
8 – I am Unwanted …………………………………………………. 43
The Fates …………………………………………………………………. 45
9 – Our Dear Bhai ………………………………………………….. 45
10 – Twisted Course of Destiny ………………………………… 51
11 – Puppets in the Hands of God …………………………….. 59
12 – Burn Your Horoscope! …………………………………….. 65
13 – Ammu’s Birthday …………………………………………….. 69
Crime and Karma ……………………………………………………… 73
14 – Sanchita Karma ………………………………………………. 73
15 – Who is Responsible? ………………………………………… 77
16 – Matthews, the Real Christian ……………………………. 83
The Value of Compassion …………………………………………… 90
17 – Multicultural Harmony ……………………………………. 90
18 – A Good Samaritan …………………………………………… 97
19 – An Email from Senthil Kumar …………………………. 101
20 – Selvan’s House ………………………………………………. 105
Commentary and Criticism ……………………………………….. 111
Review by Patricia Prime ……………………………………….. 113
Review by Chandramoni Narayanaswamy ……………….. 116
Review by Radhamani Sarma …………………………………. 125
Review by Sulakshna Sharma …………………………………. 128
About the Author …………………………………………………. 131

Foreword
A creative writer is a sensitive being whose imagination gets stirred
even by minor vibrations from within or without, but is jolted into
action when the wellbeing of a large section of society is at stake. Prof.
K. V. Dominic’s poems and short stories are the concretization of these
creative impulses. While his annoyance over minor social problems finds
spontaneous articulation in his poems, major universal issues such as
corruption and bribery, superstition, political and religious exploitation,
unemployment and underemployment, exploitation of nature and animals,
among other things, find elaborate expression in his short stories.
Kerala has the highest literacy rate in the country and its biggest
problem is the unemployment and underemployment of educated youth.
The problem has been highlighted in three short stories: “Who is
Responsible?” “The Best Government Servant,” and “Twisted Course of
Destiny.” Anwar, in the first story, has to work in Oman, leaving behind
his ailing parents and newly-married bride at home. As a result of his
absence from home, a litany of tragedy ensues. Krishnan, in the second
story, though underemployed, refuses to accept the widely-prevalent
practice of taking bribes and is transferred to a remote place. He takes
the high road and his temerity leads to a surprising solution. In “Twisted
Course of Destiny,” Rajiv with M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees gets a peon’s
job and has to work under much less qualified senior colleagues.
Religious and political exploitation, along with the evils of superstition,
find good representation in some of his stories. “Burn Your
Horoscope” is a powerful story highlighting gullible and credulous
persons who remain closed-minded against logic. It takes many years to
counter such a toxic prophecy. In “Joseph’s Maiden Vote for
Parliament,” the protagonist refuses to vote when he finds all the candidates
undesirable and corrupt. “Matthews, the Real Christian” depicts
the tragic death of a person who was Christian in words and deeds.
The writer’s concern for nature and animals finds expression in three
stories, which are reminiscent of Vishnu Sarma’s Panchatantra and
Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. They are really close cousins of fables
and tales, in which various animals and objects of nature communicate
iv Sanchita Karma and Other Tales
with one another as would human beings. In the same tradition,
Krishnan and Stephen in “Sanchita Karma” have respectively been
painted all white and all black. While the former is a lover of birds,
animals and plants, the latter hates them and as such kills seven cats.
Due to his past accumulated deeds, he has to be reborn as mouse in the
next life. The two kittens in “The Twins” are contrasted with human
beings. They remain clean and give pleasure to all the members of the
family. In “World Environment Day,” Katturaja is a modified and
transformed version of the notorious gangster Veerappan who roamed
all over the forest, killing tuskers and cutting sandalwood trees. Under
the influence of nature, Katturaja is so much transformed that he
becomes a great preserver of nature.
A very thin line divides pure literature and literature-with-a-purpose,
and that line has become nearly invisible in these stories. This is due
largely to the writer’s intensely-felt anguish over social ills as also due to
his overwhelming concern to rectify these social distortions by giving
them an overtly-visible representation. K. V. Dominic’s Sanchita Karma
and Other Tales of Ethics and Choice from India is undoubtedly a
laudable effort in making these stories a powerful instrument for
eradication of prevalent evils in the country.
Dr. Ramesh K. Srivastava
Novelist & critic, former professor of English,
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Preface
With immense happiness I present my esteemed readers this second
collection of my short stories. The twenty stories in this book have been
written over a period of ten years. My first short story, “The Twins,” was
composed in 2008 and the last, “I am Unwanted,” just a week ago. It was
much easier for me to find themes for my poems, while an outline for a
story came to my mind once in a blue moon. Being a social critic, I can
easily vent my anger and emotion over social evils and issues instantly
through poetry.
Almost all the stories in the collection have been published through my
own edited journals, as well as through international journals, both print
and online. The story “Who is Responsible?” won great acclaim and
appreciation when it was published in the online journal Muse India (issue
30, March-April 2010). It was the leading story of a number called for
and selected by the special story editor. In my stories, I have used several
themes and focussed on many issues which are universal and at the same
time frequently occurring in my own State, Kerala.
The themes include loneliness and the problems of old age, thirst for
love, sexual desires, robbery and murder, terrorism, humanism and compassion,
corruption and bribery in government offices, honesty and duty
consciousness, fair judgement, cruel destiny, superstitions and exploitations
in the name of religion, fight against superstitions, politics and
political exploitation, Christian spirit versus Christian practice, miseries of
the poor and the marginalised, indifference and cruelty to the poor, cruelty
to animals and punishment for it, problems of the educational system,
problems of unemployment, beauty of the natural world, love and compassion
to animals, exploitation of forests, conversion and conservation,
religious fanaticism and multicultural harmony, the impact of the mother
tongue in education, sexism and women empowerment etc.
I wish all my esteemed readers an interesting and enlightening voyage
through my book!
Dr. K. V. Dominic

16 Mar
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Report of the 5th National Level Two day Literary Festival of GIEWEC in Collaboration with the Department of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on 11th and 12th November 2016

Report of the 5th National Level Two day Literary Festival of GIEWEC in Collaboration with the Department of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on 11th and 12th November 2016

Dr. K. V. Dominic

Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics (GIEWEC) in collaboration with Department of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh conducted its fifth two day national level literary festival at JKC College on 11h and 12th November 2016. The topic for the festival was “Multiculturalism, Human Values and Language and Literature.”

In the inaugural session at 10.30 am on 11th November, Prof. T. V. Reddy, President of the GIEWEC was the Chairperson. Prof. P. Gopichand, Associate Professor of English as well as Organizing Secretary welcomed the guests and audience. After the lighting of the lamp Dr K. Basavapunnaiah, President of J. K. C. College, made the inaugural address. It was followed by messages from J. Murali Mohan, Secretary and Correspondent of J. K. C. College, SRK Prasad, Director of PG Courses of J. K. C. College and Dr. I. Nageswararao, Principal of J. K. C. College. They all thanked GIEWEC for the collaboration. They also praised Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela for their meritorious service to the college and to the writers in India and abroad by conducting nine international poetry festivals annually. Prof. T. V. Reddy then made a brief speech on multiculturalism. Dr. K. V. Dominic expressed deep gratitude to the management of J K C College as well as to the organizing secretaries Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela. He also thanked the faculty and students of the Department of English as well as all participants of the festival. The proceedings book of the festival was launched by Dr K. Basavapunnaiah, President of J. K. C. College. Prof. P. Nagasuseela, Associate Professor of English as well as Organizing Secretary delivered the vote of thanks and thus the inaugural session ended at 11.30 am.

In the book launching ceremony that followed nearly twenty new books of the participants were launched. The authors include Dr. T. V. Reddy (Tirupati), Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi (Kolkata), Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee (Kolkata), Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ (Ahmadabad), Profs. P. Gopichand & P. Nagasuseela (Guntur), Dr. S. Kumaran (Salem),  Dr. Pamela Jeyaraju (Pondicherry), Dr. S. Ayyappa Raja (Chidambaram, T.N.), Dr. Molly Joseph (Kerala), Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya (Kolkata), Ms. Reema Das (Assam) and Dr. K. V. Dominic (Kerala).

In the plenary session at 12 noon, Prof. T. V. Reddy, Dr. K. V. Dominic, Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi, Fr. Varghese Paul, Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya presented their papers. After lunch, there was poetry reading session chaired by Prof. T. V. Reddy. Fifteen poets read their poems on various themes.

In the paper presentation sessions that followed Dr. S. Kumaran, Dr. S. Ayyappa Raja, Dr.  Joji John Panicker and Dr. Pamela Jeyaraju chaired as well as presented their papers. More than twenty participants presented their papers. From 9 pm to 10 pm there was a cultural programme of the students of J K C College which entertained the participants.

GIEWEC’s General Body Meeting was conducted at 10.30 pm. In the election to the executive committee of GIEWEC, the twelve member committee was unanimously elected. The following are the new office bearers and committee members:

  • President – Prof. T. V. Reddy
  • Secretary – Dr. K. V. Dominic
  • Vice President – Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi
  • Vice President – Prof. P. Gopichand
  • Joint Secretary – Dr. Joji John Panicker
  • Treasurer – Dr. S. Kumaran
  • Members of the Executive Committee
  • Dr. Poonam Nigam Sahay
  • Dr. Ketaki Datta
  • Prof. P. Nagasuseela
  • Dr. S. Ayyappa Raja
  • Dr. Pamela Jeyaraju
  • Prof. Sibasis Jana

On 12h November, Saturday, at 9.30 am there was the valedictory function. Prof. P. Nagasuseela welcomed the chief guests and audience. On the Dias were Dr. T. V. Reddy, Dr. K. V. Dominic, and Prof. P. Gopichand. After brief addresses by the dignitaries, merit certificates and certificates of excellence were awarded to the students of JKC College. Cash Prizes of Rs. 5000 were given to the best performers as well as to the entire group. The chairpersons of the paper presentation and poetry reading sessions were honoured with mementos. Shri Sudarshan Kcherry, the founder member of GIEWEC as well as publisher of Authorspress, New Delhi, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya, Dr. K. V. Dominic and Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi were honoured with mementos by the local organizing secretaries.  The festival ended with Prof. P. Gopichand’s vote of thanks.

Overall, the festival was a grand success. The credit goes to the Secretaries of the Organising Committee, Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela who took the initiative several months before and got GIEWEC’s proposal sanctioned by the college management. They worked really hard for several days and nights and could very well coordinate their colleagues and students for the great outcome. GIEWEC’s bouquet of gratitude to them!

The newly elected executive committee of GIEWEC  sitting along with Shri  Sudarshan Kcherry, Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ, and three research scholar GIEWEC members from Jharkhand—Ishita Prmanik, Parthajit Ghosh and Suresh Bera (standing)

5 Jan
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Report of the National Level Two day Literary Festival of GIEWEC in Collaboration with the Department of English, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala on 5th and 6th December 2015

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Report of the National Level Two day Literary Festival of GIEWEC in Collaboration with the Department of English, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala on 5th and 6th December 2015

Dr. K. V. Dominic

Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics (GIEWEC) in collaboration with Department of English, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala conducted a two day national level literary festival at CMS College on 5th and 6th December 2015. The topic for the festival was “Environmental Literature and Beyond.”

At 11 am on 4th December 2015, a Press Conference was organized by GIEWEC at the Press Club of Kottayam. Led by Dr. K. V. Dominic, Secretary-cum-chief organizer of the festival, Dr. Joji John Panicker, Joint Secretary-cum-chairman of the organizing committee, Fr. Varghese Paul, Life Member of GIEWEC and Dr. Jacob Eapen Kunnath, HoD in-charge of the Department of English, CMS College, participated in the press conference. Detailed information of the festival was published in the leading Malayalam Newspapers on 5th December.
In the inaugural session at 10 am on 5th December, Prof. T. V. Reddy, President of the GIEWEC was the Chairperson. Dr. Joji John Panicker, Assistant Professor of English, CMS College welcomed the guests and audience. Dr. Jacob Eapen Kunnath delivered a short vehement speech on Eco Literature. Dr. Roy Sam Daniel, Principal of CMS College inaugurated the literary festival by lighting the lamp. He talked on the importance of preserving clean environment. Prof. T. V. Reddy lectured on the hazardous effects we have been experiencing of the destruction of nature and environment. Dr. K. V. Dominic expressed deep gratitude to Dr. Joji John Panicker for organizing the festival. He also thanked the Faculty and students of the Department of English as well as the college management for collaborating with the GIEWEC for the festival. He made a special grateful mention of the great selfless services Shri. Sudarshan Kcherry, Founder Member of GIEWEC as well as Publisher of Authorspress, New Delhi has been rendering to the GIEWEC members by publishing more than a hundred of their books. Shri. Sudarshan Kcherry in his very brief address spoke of the necessity of flowing with the system. Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi, Vice President of GIEWEC spoke on the great attempts done in the field of Eco Literature in the country, particularly in the North Eastern States.
In the book launching ceremony that followed twenty eight new books and journals of the participants were launched. The authors include Dr. K. V. Dominic (Thodupuzha) – 6, Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi (Kolkata) – 4, Dr. T. V. Reddy (Tirupati) – 2, Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee (Kolkata) – 2, Dr. Shruti Das (Berhampur) – 2, Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ (Ahmedabad) – 2, Profs. P. Gopichand & P. Nagasuseela (Guntur) – 2, Ms. K. Pankajam (Chennai) – 2, Dr. Janatha Ratheesh (Nagercoil) – 2, Dr. Ketaki Datta (Kolkata) -1, PCK Prem (Himachal Pradesh) – 1, Ms. Annie George (Kottayam) – 1, Dr. Santosh Alex (Kochi) – 1.

Dr. S. Kumaran, Treasurer of GIEWEC delivered the vote of thanks at the end of the session.

In the paper presentation session that followed Dr. Shruti Das, HoD and Associate Professor of English, Berhampur University chaired. After the lunch there was a poetry reading session chaired by Prof. T. V. Reddy. Twenty poets read their poems on the theme “Nature and Environment.” The second session of the paper presentation was chaired by Dr. Ketaki Datta, Associate Professor of English, Bidhannagar Govt. College, Salt Lake City, Kolkata.

GIEWEC’s Executive Committee and General Body Meeting were conducted at 5.30 pm.

On 6th December, Sunday, the second day of the festival there were two paper presentation sessions and one poetry reading session. The paper presentation sessions were chaired by Prof. Sibasis Jana, Assistant Professor in English, Panskura Banamali College, Panskura, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, and Dr. S. Kumaran, Assistant Professor, PG & Research Dept. of English, Thiruvalluvar Govt. Arts College, Rasipuram, Tamil Nadu. The poetry reading session was chaired by Profs. P. Gopichand and P. Nagasuseela, Associate Professors of English, JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
In the valedictory session at 3.30 pm Dr. Ketaki Datta welcomed the chief guests and audience. On the Dias were Dr. Roy Sam Daniel, Principal, Dr. T. V. Reddy, Dr. K. V. Dominic and Dr. Joji John Panicker. After brief addresses by the dignitaries participation certificates were distributed. The festival ended with Dr. Joji John Panicker’s vote of thanks followed by the National Anthem.
Overall, the festival was a grand success. The credit goes to the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Dr. Joji John Panicker who took the initiative several months before and got GIEWEC’s proposal sanctioned by the college management. He worked really hard for several days and nights and could very well coordinate his colleagues and PG and UG students for the great outcome. GIEWEC’s bouquet of gratitude to him!

28 Jan
2015
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Sarojini Sahoo’s Feminine Reflections

Contents                             

 

  1. Dr. Sarojini Sahoo: Life and Works

 

CRITICAL ARTICLES

 

  1. Sarojini Sahoo: A Reading from Sri Lanka

                                      –Daya Dissanayake

  1. Deferring the Dichotomy of Body and Mind: A Critical Evaluation of Sarojini Sahoo’s FeministViews

                                    –Prameela K. P.

       4Cyber Love beyond the Boundary: A Mirage  in Sarojini Sahoo’s The Dark Abode

                                          –Dalvir Singh Gahlawat

        5. Woman was free in nature, but everywhere she is in chains: A Critical Examination of  Sarojini Sahoo’s Short Stories and Blogs

                                                –C. P. Aboobaker      

       6. Goddess in Exile: Family, Marriage and Human Rights

                                        –Marie Josephine Aruna

     7.    Feministic Desire for Absolute in Sarojini Sahoo’s The Dark Abode

                                           –Nirmal Sharma

      8.   Sarojini Sahoo’s Goddess in Exile: A Sad Tale of Female Existentialism

                                            –Sangeeta Singh

9.      Men will be Men Forever: A Critical Study of Sarojini Sahoo’s The Dark Abode

                                               –Sanchita Choudhury & Sagarika Dash

10.     Sarojini Sahoo’s The Dark Abode: A Review from Bangladesh

                                                —Selina Hossain

INTERVIEWS

11.     C P Aboobacker’s Interview with Sarojini Sahoo

12.     Arvind Nawale’s Interacting with Sarojini Sahoo

13.     Nabanita Dhar’s Interview with Sarojini Sahoo

14.     Sangeeta Singh’s Interview with Sarojini Sahoo

15.     Jaydeep Sarangi’s Interview with Sarojini Sahoo

16.     Linda Lowen’s Interview with Sarojini Sahoo

17.     Prameela K. P.’s Interview with Sarojini Sahoo

18.    Philip Pratx’s Interview with Sarojini Sahoo

19.    List of Contributors

 

 

 

1 Apr
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Report of the National Level Two day Literary Festival of GIEWEC in Collaboration with Department of English, School of Humanities, Pondicherry University on 20th and 21st March 2014

Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics (GIEWEC) in collaboration with Department of English, School of Humanities, Pondicherry University conducted a two day national level literary festival at Pondicherry University on 20th and 21st March 2014. The topic for the festival was “Indian Literatures in English: New Directions, Newer Possibilities.”

 

In the inaugural session at 10 am on 20th March Dr. S. Murali, Professor and Head of the Department of English, Pondicherry University was the president. Shri Jayanta Mahapatra and Shri Ashokamitran were the distinguished chief guests. Dr. Clement Lourdes, Associate Professor of English, Pondicherry University welcomed the guests and audience. Jayanta Mahapatra inaugurated the festival by lighting the lamp. He delivered a memorable speech on English poetry associating with his own experience in India and abroad.  Dr. S. Murali and Shri Ashokamitran spoke excellently on new directions and newer possibilities of Indian Literatures in English. Prof. T. V. Reddy, president of GIEWEC and Dr. K. V. Dominic, Secretary-cum-organizer of the festival delivered felicitation speeches. GIEWEC and Department of English then collectively honoured Jayanta Mahapatra and Ashokamitran with LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS. It was followed by GIEWEC’s LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS presented to Prof. Murali Sivaramakrishnan and Sudarshan Kcherry (Authorspress Publisher). In the book launching ceremony that followed more than two dozen new books and journals of the participants were launched. The authors include Prof. Murali Sivaramakrishnan, Prof. T. V. Reddy, Dr. K. V. Dominic, Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi, Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee, Dr. Ketaki Datta, Dr. S. Kumaran, Fr. Varghese Paul, Profs. Gopichand and Nagasuseela, Dr. Vinita Agarwal etc. Dr. K. Reshmi, Assistant Professor of English, Pondicherry University delivered vote of thanks at the end of the session.

 

In the plenary session that followed Dr. S. Murali chaired. The participants included Jayanta Mahapatra, Ashokamitran, Dr. K. V. Dominic and Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi, Vice President of GIEWEC. All except Dr. K. V. Dominic spoke on “Indian Literatures in English: New Directions, Newer Possibilities.” Dr. K. V. Dominic spoke on the topic “Indian Feminism in Sarojini Sahoo’s Sensible Sensualities.”

 

After lunch parallel sessions of paper presentations started. There were more than 80 paper presentations on poetry, fiction, plays and non-fiction in Indian Literatures in English which continued to the second day. There were nine sessions in three venues chaired by Dr. Clement Lourdes (Dept. of English, PU), Dr. H. Kalpana (Dept. of English, PU), Dr. Ujjwal Jana (Dept. of English, PU), Dr. Lakhimai Mili (Dept. of English, PU), Dr. K. Reshmi (Dept. of English, PU), Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi (GIEWEC), Dr. Ratan Bhattachrjee (GIEWEC), Dr. Ayyappa Raja (GIEWEC) and Sibasis Jana (GIEWEC). Besides there were two poetry reading sessions where 24 poets of the country including Jayanta Mahapatra read their innumerable poems. Prof. T. V. Reddy (GIEWEC), and Dr. K. V. Dominic (GIEWEC) chaired those sessions. Ashokamitran mesmerized the audience with a very touching short story. There was a panel discussion on the second day on the topic “Why I write . . . What I write . . . Well, who are my readers.” The participants included Jayanta Mahapatra, Ashokamitran, Prof. Murali Sivaramakrishnan, Prof. T. V. Reddy, Aju Mukhopadhyay, Dr. K. V. Dominic and Sudarshan Kcherry. Prof. Murali Sivaramakrishnan was the moderator.

 

In the election to the Executive Committee of GIEWEC at 6.30 pm on 20th, the following members were elected/re-elected:

PRESIDENT: PROF. T. V. REDDY

SECRETARY: DR. K. V. DOMINIC

VICE PRESIDENT: DR. JAYDEEP SARANGI

VICE PRESIDENT: DR. RATAN BHATTACHARJEE

TREASURER: DR. S. KUMARAN

JOINT SECRETARY: DR. JOJI JOHN PANICKER

MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: DR. POONAM SAHAY, DR. KETAKI DATTA, DR. AYYAPPA RAJA

Fr. Varghese Paul was the Returning Officer.

 

Overall, the festival was a grand success. The credit goes to the organizers. Dr. S. Murali, the HoD of English as well as the chief organizer took the initiative several months before and got GIEWEC’s proposal sanctioned by the Vice Chancellor, Registrar and Finance Officer. He worked really hard for several days and nights and could very well coordinate his colleagues, research scholars and PG students for the great outcome. He was greatly assisted by his faculty members, particularly Dr. Clement Lourdes, Dr. K. Reshmi, Dr. Lakhimai Mili and Dr. Ujjwal Jana. Dr. K. V. Dominic in his speech during the valedictory function at 3.30 p.m. on 21st expressed GIEWEC’s deep gratitude to Pondicherry University–the Vice Chancellor, the Registrar, the Finance Officer, Dr. Murali and his faculty members as well as Research Scholars and PG students for their selfless, tremendous effort and dedication. Loyal to the sublime status of one of the best universities in India, the entire Department of English showed their mettle and the festival thus became unique and exemplary. The greatest attraction of the festival was the presence of two literary legends—Jayanta Mahapatra and Ashokamitran who deserve Nobel Prize for literature. The participants could talk to them freely, share ideas on literature and have photographs with them. A million thanks to Dr. S. Murali for bringing them to the festival. Jayanta Mahapatra was there as resident poet from 15th to 23rd of March. Certificates were distributed to the participants during the valedictory function. The festival ended with national anthem.

22 Apr
2013
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CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE EDITED BOOK ‘DR. SAROJINI SAHOO: TRENDSETTER OF FEMINISM

CALL FOR PAPERS
Name of Book
Dr. Sarojini Sahoo: A Trendsetter of Feminism
Edited by
K. V. Dominic
Published by
Authorspress, New Delhi
Original scholarly and unpublished critical articles on the works of Dr. Sarojini Sahoo are invited for the book Dr. Sarojini Sahoo: A Trendsetter of Feminism which will be edited by me and published by Authorspress, New Delhi by the end of this year. The submissions shall not be less than 2000 words and more than 6000 words. The anthology welcomes the submission of papers that meet the general criteria of significance and theoretical excellence. Authors are requested to emphasise on theoretical paradigm and feminine issues raised by Dr. Sahoo against the backdrop of proper objectification of suitable primary materials and documents. The papers should not be published in parts or whole or accepted for publication elsewhere. The documentation style to be used in the articles is strictly MLA style 7th Edition. The paper shall be accompanied by a declaration stating that the article is original, unpublished and no part of it is plagiarized. The submissions shall be sent by email to the editor. Email Address: prof.kvdominic@gmail.com
Last Date for Submission: 31 July 2013.
The contributors will receive a copy each free from the publisher.
A Note on Dr. Sarojini Sahoo
Well known for her frankness, Dr. Sarojini Sahoo is a prime figure and trendsetter of feminism in contemporary Oriya literature. For her, feminism is not a gender problem or any confrontational attack on male hegemony. She accepts feminism as a total entity of female hood, which is completely separate from the man’s world. She has an avant-garde idea in feminism. Kindle magazine from Kolkata, has enlisted her name among 25 exceptional women of India in its March 2010 Issue. (http://www.scribd.com/doc/27460652/Kindle-Small-Book-56-Pages-240210)
She writes with a greater consciousness of women’s bodies, which would create a more honest and appropriate style of openness, fragmentation and non-linearity. Her fictions always project a feminine sensibility from puberty to menopause. The feminine feelings like restrictions in adolescence, pregnancy, fear factors like being raped or being condemned by society and the concept of a bad girl etc. always have thematic exposure in her novels and short stories.
She writes her critical appraisals in English and her creative stuff in Odia. Sensible Sensuality (ISBN: 978-81-7273-541-8) is her famous collection of essays published by Authorspress, New Delhi. Her other works including novels and short stories in English are as follows:
The Dark Abode (2008) (ISBN 978-81-906956-2-6), English translation of her Odia novel Gambhiri Ghara has gained a reputation for its feminist outlook and sexual frankness. The novel has also been published from Bangladesh in Bengali as Mithya Gerosthali (2007) (ISBN 984 404 287-9). Prameela K. P. has translated this novel into Malayalam and has been published as Irunda Koodaram by Chintha Publishers, Thiruvanthapuram. Rajpal & Sons, Delhi has published its Hindi version as Band Kamra (ISBN 978-81-7028-954-8).
Besides her two short stories collections in English, such as: Sarojini Sahoo Stories (2006) (ISBN 81-89040-26-X) and Waiting for Manna (2008) (ISBN 978-81-906956-0-2), she has published a bunch of short stories at her blog Scent of Own Ink at: http://scentofownink.blogspot.in/
If a contributor needs Dr. Sarojini Sahoo’s novel and short story collections for primary source material, kindly write to me. I will request Dr. Sahoo to make the material available to him/her.

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REPORT OF THE TWO DAY NATIONAL LEVEL ENGLISH POETRY FESTIVAL AT KOCHI ON 17TH AND 18TH SEPTEMBER 2011

Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics (GIEWEC), the largest English writers and editors’ forum registered in the country, organized a two day national level English Poetry Festival and General Body meeting of the guild on 17th and 18th September 2011 at St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam, Kerala. The festival was inaugurated at 10 am on 17th by the greatest living legend of Kerala, Justice Shri. V. R. Krishna Iyer (Former Justice of the Supreme Court of India, who is a philosopher and writer at 97, who has more than 70 books to his credit. He is also a winner of Padma Vibhushan and several honorary doctorates from various universities.) GIEWEC honoured him with its highest award of LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the venue. In his inaugural speech Krishna Iyer, appreciated the efforts of GIEWEC to promote English poetry and stressed the importance of human and genuine values in poetry and other writings.

In the welcome speech, Dr. K. V. Dominic, Secretary of GIEWEC, (English poet, critic, short story writer who has authored 13 books, and serving as the editor of three international refereed journals—International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML), Writers Editors Critics (WEC), New Fiction Journal (NFJ)) spoke about the relevance of the guild and the necessity of promoting Indian English and Indian English Literature in our country.  Since English is the only global and link language, we can share our ideas, values, ethos, traditions, histories, legends, myths, ways of life, flora and fauna, multiculturalism etc. to other peoples and countries only through this language and literature. We have to love our mother tongues but we should also love English as deeply we love our mother tongues. English should be taught to our pupils through our mother tongues. It should never be treated as a foreign language but as our own global family’s language.

Prof. Rajkamal Shiromani, President of GIEWEC (Renowned English linguist, poet and critic and Chairman of International Congress for Language, Literature and Culture and Chief Editor of IJELL, editor of WEC and NFJ) stressed at the relevance of the guild and how it has been serving literary community. He exhorted to the universities to include more and more writings of the contemporary living writers in the syllabi of under graduate and post graduate courses.

In the parallel sessions of paper presentations that followed on 17th and 18th there were 30 papers on contemporary Indian English poets presented by famous critics and poets coming from various parts of the country. The titles of the papers are given below:

 

Day 1

Session 1

Date: 17.09.2011                                                        Time: 11.30 am – 01.30 pm

Hall: Main Auditorium

Topic: Contemporary Indian English Poetry:  Dimensions & Directions”

Chair Person: Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi

                       

S.No Title of the Paper Presenter
1 Identity, Representation and Land: Rise of Orissa-English Poets Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi
2 Enigmas  of Life’  in  P C K Prem’s “Enigmas of an Identity.” Prof. Laxmi Prasad
3 Love Divine, Love Sublime: New Vistas of Love in Shiromani’s You and my Haiku Dr. Yashodhra Prasad
4 Nature, Nocuous Neglect, Corrigenda and Concern:  K. V. Dominic’s poems animadverting the apathy and animosity of mankind Ms. Kavitha Gopalakrishnan
5 Moments and Moments: A Critical Study of N. S. Dharan’s poems Dr. S. Ambika
6 Portrayal of Women: A Study of Nissim Ezekiel’s Selected Poems Ms. S. Nagammal
7 Melange of Indian and American Cultural Landscape in Vikram Seth’s Poetry Dr. Y. Vidya

 Date: 17.09.2011                                                        Time: 11.30 am – 01.30 pm

Hall: Mini Auditorium

Topic: Contemporary Indian English Poetry:  Dimensions & Directions”

Chair Person: Dr. K. V. Raghupathi

 

S.No. Title of the Paper Presenter
1 Rural Scenes and Characters in T. V. Reddy’s Poetry Dr. K. V. Raghupathi
2 The Indianness in the Poems of Sujata Bhatt Ms. P Indu
3 The Subaltern Voice: Meena Kandasamy’s Touch as an Articulation of the Marginalized and Silenced Voice of the Dalits Dr. Joji John Panicker
4 Debunking Anthropocentrism: An Ecocritical Reading of Gieve Patel’s Poetry with Special Reference to “On Killing a Tree” Ms. Sheethal S. Nair
5 Strains of Disappointment in Dom Moraes’ Select Poems Ms. B. Babitha
6 Eco-critical Reading of K. V. Raghupathi’s ‘Samarpana’

                                                                    

Mr. R. Venkata Ramana 
7 A Panoramic study of peace in Pronab Kumar Majumder’s “Passage to Peace” Prof. P. V. Laxmi Prasad

Date: 18.09.2011                                            Time: 09.00 am – 11.00 am

Hall: Main Auditorium

Topic: Contemporary Indian English Poetry:  Dimensions & Directions”

Chair Person: Dr. S. Kumaran

 

S. No. Title of the Paper Presenter
1. Humanism in K. V. Dominic’s Winged Reason Dr. S. Kumaran
2. Philosophy of Life in Dr. K. V. Raghupathi’s “Desert Blooms” Prof. P. V. Laxmi Prasad
3. Social Criticism in Asha Vishwas’s Poetry  Dr. K. V. Raghupathi
4. Patriotic Elements in Hazara Singh’s Destination Ms. Anne Dominic 
5. Realism in A. K. Ramanujan’s Poetry Dr. K. K. Sunalini
6. Spiritual Ideologies in Sri Aurobindo’s Shorter Poems Dr. K. Mangayarkarasi
7. Love and Friendship in Shekhar Manickam’s Poems in On the Wings of Love Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ

                       

Day 2

Session 2

Date: 18.09.2011                                                        Time: 09.00 am – 11.00 am

Hall: Mini Auditorium

Topic: Contemporary Indian English Poetry:  Dimensions & Directions”

Chair Person: Dr. Latha Nair R.

 

S. No. Title of the Paper Presenter
1 Kamala Das as The Female Prometheus: Voleuses de langue (one of the   thieves   of language) Dr. Latha Nair R.
2 Crisis of Values: A Critical Study of Manas Bakshi’s‘Man of the Seventh Hour’ Dr. K. V. Raghupathi
3 Search for Astral Freedom and Self-realization: An Ecotheological study of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Poetry Mr. Sibasis Jana 
4 Dialetics of Reality & Metaphysics: A Symptomatic Study of the Structure of Consciousness in Chambial’s Poetry Dr. Asit Kumar Das 
5 The Realistic and Philosophical Portrayal of Life in ‘You and My Haiku’: A Study of Prof. Raj Kamal Shiromani’s ‘You and My Haiku’ Mr. T. Venkata Ramana
6 Divinity in Nature is the Soul: Poems of  Aju Mukhopadhyay                                                                                                                Ms. Bhavana Shrivstava

 

 

A few titles are missing in the table.

Twenty reputed Indian English poets, having several collections of poems read their poems in two sessions on 17th and 18th. Their names are given below:

Sl. No. Poets
1 T. V. Reddy
2 Aju Mukhopadhyay
3 D. C. Chambial
4 Ahsa Viswas
5 Manas Bakshi
6 P C K Prem
7 K. V. Raghupathy
8 Rajkamal Shiromani
9 K. V. Dominic
10 Chandra Mouli
11 Jayanti M Dalal
12 P. V. Laxmi Prasad
13 Jaydeep Sarangi
14 Valsa George
15 Nirmala Nallathamby
16 M. Meena Devi
17 Annie George
18 Yeshodra Prasad
19 Dr. Sr. Vinita CSST
20 Regha Venugopal

 

There was a poetry writing competition for M. A. English students of Kerala at 2 p.m. on 17th. There were many contesters, and citations and cash awards were given to the students who came out first, second and third. The winners are: Ms. Arya Ashok—Frist, Ms. Anju M.—Second (both belong to C.M.S. College, Kottayam, Kerala) and Jose Davis—Third (belongs to Bharata Mata College, Thrikkakara, Kerala).

The valedictory function was conducted at 3.30 pm on 18th. Dr. Rajan Varughese, great scholar and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala was the Chief Guest.  In his valedictory speech the Pro Vice-Chancellor said that he would see that the English literature of contemporary writers and poets are included in the University syllabus. Fifteen new books and five research journals of the GIEWEC members were released at the function.

All the participants were given certificates and gifts of wall hangings (Madhubani paintings on silk). A souvenir consisting of abstracts of paper presentations and select poems of all the participating poets was released at the festival and its copies were distributed to all participants. There were 50 reputed Indian English poets and critics in addition to another 50 delegates who attended the festival. A festival of this sort on Indian English poetry was unique in Kerala, and perhaps so in the entire country.

 

GIVEN BELOW ARE SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE FESTIVAL

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Prof. K. V. Dominic’s workshop

Event Description:

Prof. K. V. Dominic’s workshop on MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers in the main auditorium of SRM University, Modinagar, UP, India.

Event Date

03/16/2012

Event Time

From: 14:00 – To: 17:00

Event Venue

SRM University, Modinagar, UP, India

Event TimeZone

(GMT+5.5) Asia/Kolkata

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Official Release of Writers Editors Critics (WEC) 2.1 (March 2012) and International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML) 2.1 (January 2012)

Event Description:

10.00 am on 16th March 2012
Official Release of Writers Editors Critics (WEC) 2.1 (March 2012) and International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML) 2.1 (January 2012) issue at the inaugural ceremony of the two day International Conference on “Role and Responsibilities of Humanities and Social Sciences in Technical Education” organized by the Department of English and Foreign Languages, SRM University, Modinagar, UP, India

Event Date

03/16/2012

Event Time

From: 10:00 – To: 14:00

Event Venue

SRM University, Modinagar, UP, India

Event TimeZone

(GMT+5.5) Asia/Kolkata

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GIEWEC’s General Body Meetings and Two-day Literary Fest at Mumbai

Event Description:

In the third week of September 2012 (probably on 21st and 22nd – Friday and Saturday) there will be a national level literary festival and general body meeting organized by Guild of Indian English Writers Editors and Critics (GIEWEC) at Mumbai. There will be sessions of poetry reading, short story reading and presentations of critical papers on all genres of literature. In addition, there will be executive and general body meetings of GIEWEC.

Event Date

09/22/2012

Event Time

From: 10:00 – To: 16:00

Event Venue

Mumbai

Event TimeZone

(GMT+5.5) Asia/Kolkata