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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
Modern History Press
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Distributed by Ingram (USA/CAN/AU), Betram’s Books (UK/EU)
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
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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

28 Jan
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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

 

 

 

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.