by Samannaz Rohanimanesh
It is always a joy to see our former contributors move forward with new projects. One of which is Ruchira Khanna, who recently published her fifth novel, "R.S.V.P." The Brown Orient had the opportunity to review the book and chat with Ruchira.
by Agampreet Kalra
Before we begin with how poetry should be read, maybe we should start by asking what it actually is. So, what is poetry? Is poetry a set of words sewn together to rhyme? But how may that be when poems have free verses too? Is it a story? But it isn't direct enough to be called a story. So, what is poetry?
by Harmanpreet Bhatti (with interview by Samannaz Rohanimanesh)
Throughout the twenty-something years of my life, I’ve gone through my fair share of icebreakers: Where are you from? What’s your favorite sport? What are your career goals? To date, the only noteworthy question I’ve ever received is: If you weren’t in the field you are in as of now, what would you be doing? It’s an overused question, especially in the academic field, but I’ve enjoyed hearing my peers’ responses and seeing their reactions to my answer. “I don’t know, I’d probably be studying death.” Immediately, people would raise their eyebrows and give me confused looks. “Oh? Death? That’s a...strange field.” Strange to some, but to others, death is a field that deserves far more recognition.
It is rare to come across a book that leaves you thinking, long after you are done reading it. This book was one of those.
“In the Middle of it All” is a heart-wrenching collection of coming-of-age experiences of thirty one women, penned down in various forms, ranging from essays, photographs and illustrations. This book has been put together by Banat Collective, a creative community founded in response to a lack of artistic spaces and absence of discussions of womanhood within the arts in the Middle East and North Africa.
by Elizabeth Ruth Deyro
Young as we are as a publication, The Brown Orient has already been blessed with opportunities to find a community of our own in this wide expanse of independent publishing. We are firm believers of mutual support for like-minded collectives: editors, artists, and writers who believe in creating safe spaces for marginal identities. One of the few publications that we are lucky to have partnered with is L’Éphémère Review, an online literary and art journal and micro-press dedicated to the ephemeral, existential, and eternal.
Journal founders had a one-on-one as TBO's Elizabeth Ruth Deyro got to chat with L’ÉR's Kanika Lawton about her publication's humble beginnings and what we can expect for its bright future.
by Samannaz Rohanimanesh
As the cool breeze of October swipes the bumpy face of the Golden City in California; Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area wraps up yet another bustling week of diverse cultural programs including art exhibitions, performances, screenings, lectures, talks, open studios, auctions, workshops, panel discussions and a featured annual symposium with 35 museums, galleries, auction houses and other art and cultural institutions.
by Synequeen Alasa-as
Stockton, California, USA is located in Northern California Central Valley. Northern California is home to some of the world’s most iconic companies such as Apple, Pixar, Facebook. Whether in South Bay or East Bay, the American Dream is stamped through symbols of tech companies and weight of new beginnings, held by monuments such as the Golden Gate Bridge. However, it is the Valley where the heart is. Stockton’s rich cultural and agricultural history is the origin story of Asian Americans to mainland U.S., especially for Filipina/os and Punjabi community. Since the turn of the mid-1800s, the Asian American diaspora has been founded on the backs of the poor migrant laborers, who were solely recruited for expansion of the U.S.
by Samannaz Rohaminesh
The intersperse of art and literature can do wonders when done the right way, and this brand new novel from Yali Books did just that. We were lucky enough to be given a chance to review the graphic novel Amla Mater, and chat with the phenomenal artist behind this masterpiece.
Review by Namrata, Interview by Samannaz Rohaminesh
Fiction rooted on reality impacts us greatly, in ways more significant than we can ever imagine. Read our review of Nadya A.R.'s Invisible Ties. We also got to chat with Nadya on her inspired story, future projects, and things in-between.
by Agampreet Kalra
Gender in today’s unpredictable world is seen as a trivial thing when one is talking about success and happiness. However, what we don’t understand is how much gender affects one’s success or happiness quotient. We’re told mostly that, “People who want to do something, will do it. Hurdles and problems are not a thing.” I’m sorry, but how will one manage to fly if you lock down the windows and cut off their wings?
by D Sohi
Holiday season is upon us. Summer 2018 in the UK, in particular, is a scorcher (now people can’t say it’s always raining here!). WhenI discuss holidays with friends and colleagues, I frequently return to one nagging memory – or several. I recall a trip to Italy, September 2013. The fact that I’m still listening to Italian songs and reading Italian books clearly should demonstrate my affection towards the country. There were, however, some incidences that refuse to leave my memory. The intersection of race, mother tongue and nationality snatched my attention more than I wanted it to.
by Synequeen Alasa-as
The four books of Dominic Anton's "Water" delve into the deep layers of human connection, spirituality, and the true inner-self. Anton deftly illustrates the meanings to which we live, survive, and exist. With every turning page, there is something for the lonely, and the lost, with trials merging in resilience, triumph, and fulfillment. His words carve experiences that range from themes of early childhood and parental guidance, to young adulthood and decision-making, as well as the claiming of an identity. He explores the personal with the historical, and contemporary context of the political injustices carried out in the Middle East.
by Srishti Uppal and Paridhi Puri
A persistent paradox places itself on the forefront of our mind, when we think about our world. While we see all people as equal entities, as they speak about human rights and liberty, we also see the inclination of individuals towards hatred, discord and resentment. Perhaps, the most notorious instance of the spread of malevolence reminds us of the rampant use of the fatal Bioterrorism.
Sydney is home for me. With my brother living there, it is a place I go often. It also happens to be one of the cities I have had the chance to discover on my own. Devoid of the standard recommendations for tourists, I make it a point to try something new in my every trip. On my last trip I was fascinated by the concept of “walks” that Australian tourism boasted of: nature walks, beach walks, historic walks...the list was fascinating. Within seconds, the bibliophile in me thought, how about a literary walk? Surely enough, the answer was a loud yes. A little lesser known than the other walks, Sydney’s "writer’s walk" is a visual treat for any bookworm.
by D Sohi
After repeated announcements of intent to visit the UK, Donald Trump, contentious President of the United States, finally fulfilled his promise. Every announcement of intent to visit was immediately met with a backlash; one example being the petition to prevent an official welcome. The counter-argument was that he was a democratically-elected head of state, thus couldn’t have his entry blocked. The furore surrounding his election is another discussion altogether. The petition’s purpose was to vocalise disgust for how he would be afforded special treatment despite his divisive politics and questionable support networks. The possibility that the petition’s message would be panned always existed in our minds, it was merely a case of principle.