The Bombay Review

The Bombay Review Bi-monthly literary magazine based out of New York and Mumbai, publishing short fiction & poetry, and doing literary events across the world.

Based out of Mumbai, India, TBR accepts submissions from all over the world, round the year. Please check the website for submission guidelines. We are currently looking for illustrators and cover designers. Send in your portfolios to [email protected] Editor-in-Chief : Kaartikeya Bajpai (www.facebook.com/kaartikeya.bajpai) Managing Editor : Mansi Goda (www.facebook.com/mansigoda96) Fiction Editor : Samia Mehraj (www.facebook.com/samiamehraj19) Poetry Editor : Rochelle Potkar Art Director : Namrata Toraskar

Dante 2021: Italy prepares for 700th anniversary of poet's death
01/16/2020
Dante 2021: Italy prepares for 700th anniversary of poet's death

Dante 2021: Italy prepares for 700th anniversary of poet's death

Italy will mark the 700th anniversary of the death of the mediaeval poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, known as the father of the Italian language, with a programme of commemorative events in 2021.

Raddish lovers be so mad.
01/13/2020
Planes Drop Thousands Of Kilograms Of Carrots And Potatoes For Starving Animals

Raddish lovers be so mad.

Aircrafts are being used to drop thousands of kilograms of carrots and sweet potato to hungry wildlife stranded amid the Australian bushfire crisis. The New South Wales government commissioned the service titled ‘Operation Rock Wallaby’ which aims to feed the state’s colonies of brush-trailed ...

It's time to revamp our autorickshaws.Via Kaartikeya.
01/10/2020
This is the Smallest lovely Library in Italy :-)

It's time to revamp our autorickshaws.

Via Kaartikeya.

Antonio La Cava, a retired school teacher, transformed his 3-wheeler into a tiny mobile library to spread the joy of books to children in the remote places of Italy.

Writing About Writing
01/06/2020

Writing About Writing

Source: https://joedator.com/

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Image: A writer in what looks like an apartment, sitting at a desk on a laptop and looking up at a person standing next to the desk.

Text:

“I don't understand it—no matter how much I drink coffee, play on my phone, refresh my e-mail, look up things online, go to the kitchen for snacks, message my friends, scroll through Twitter, and play with the cats, I still can't get any writing done."

50 Books To Look Forward To In 2020
01/01/2020
50 Books To Look Forward To In 2020

50 Books To Look Forward To In 2020

With books from Hilary Mantel, Perumal Murugan, Suzanne Collins, Shehan Karunatilaka, Taslima Nasreen and many more, the first half of 2020 will leave readers spoilt for choice.

$100!People like us are so poor, we ask submitters to intern with us once they send in a piece. :(Fund us?
12/29/2019

$100!
People like us are so poor, we ask submitters to intern with us once they send in a piece. :(
Fund us?

Shelf Awareness
12/28/2019

Shelf Awareness

Accurate.

Book Riot
12/23/2019

Book Riot

*screams with holiday joy*

Book Riot
12/21/2019

Book Riot

I don't need a plan, just hand me that drill!

In a Syrian Town Under Siege, a Secret Library Kept Dreams Alive
12/21/2019
In a Syrian Town Under Siege, a Secret Library Kept Dreams Alive

In a Syrian Town Under Siege, a Secret Library Kept Dreams Alive

“Syria’s Secret Library,” by Mike Thomson, tells the story of a hidden book collection in a bombed-out building that functioned as “an oasis of normality” in the midst of war.

12 year old me used to lie to friends saying I didn't have Harry Potter, no.
12/14/2019
Meet the 12-year-old Kerala girl who runs a free library in Kochi

12 year old me used to lie to friends saying I didn't have Harry Potter, no.

It's noon on Sunday and Yashoda has climbed down the stairs of her house in Mattancherry in Kochi for lunch. She has to hurry back upstairs - there is, on the upper floor, a library to run. By now, her story has been written about. Young Yashoda D Shenoy – all of 12 – has been interviewed and ha...

Hahaha
12/12/2019

Hahaha

O Rebecca 😂

Here is your chance to be a published writer before 2020 sets in.Fire away.Submission guidelines on www.thebombayreview....
12/12/2019

Here is your chance to be a published writer before 2020 sets in.
Fire away.
Submission guidelines on www.thebombayreview.com

Kitab Khana
12/12/2019

Kitab Khana

Distinguished writer, critic, editor, journalist and activist, Mulk Raj Anand's novels “Untouchable” and “Coolie” gained him widespread recognition for his realistic and sympathetic portrayal of the poor in India, and he is known as “India’s Charles Dickens”. Fondly remembering this much-loved author on his #BirthAnniversary today.

#OnThisDay #OnThisDayInHistory #OnThisDayInLiterature #AuthorBirthday

A passion for politics, particularly among teenagers and young millennials, is fuelling a dramatic growth in the popular...
12/09/2019
Poetry sales soar as political millennials search for clarity

A passion for politics, particularly among teenagers and young millennials, is fuelling a dramatic growth in the popularity of poetry, with sales of poetry books hitting an all-time high in 2018.

YAY!

Record £12m sales last year were driven by younger readers, with experts saying hunger for nuance amid conflict and disaster were fuelling the boom

Woman buys bookstore on impulse.My budget doesn't let me impulse buy newspapers.Via Kaartikeya.
12/08/2019
Area woman heads to town and impulse-buys entire bookstore.

Woman buys bookstore on impulse.
My budget doesn't let me impulse buy newspapers.

Via Kaartikeya.

Buried deep within the alluvial silt of Twitter’s great and brackish tidal id one discovers, every now and then, a gem pure and bright. So it was I came across this thread from Bayfield, Wisconsin …

Rupa Publications
12/07/2019

Rupa Publications

The pain is real!

Kitab Khana
12/06/2019

Kitab Khana

#OnThisDay in 1953, Vladimir Nabokov finished writing his iconic novel – ‘Lolita’, the story of a middle-aged literature professor and his obsession with a 12-year-old girl named Dolores Haze — a.k.a. Lolita. Many authors consider it the greatest work of the 20th century, while critics have praised the beauty of its language, despite some of them voicing distress over its subject matter. Did you know Lolita was inspired by a real-life story?

#VladimirNabokov #VladimirSirin #Lolita #KitabKhana #KitabKhanaMumbai

A Local Crossword - Open The Magazine
12/06/2019
A Local Crossword - Open The Magazine

A Local Crossword - Open The Magazine

‘WE WANT INDIGENOUS crosswords.’ That’s the instruction given to a new recruit by the editor of a local newspaper in one of the tales from Jane Borges’ Bombay Balchao. The newspaper’s crosswords have so far been syndicated from London, ‘but we are a Bombay paper, yaar, and we need local ...

The New Yorker Cartoons
12/06/2019

The New Yorker Cartoons

A cartoon by Roz Chast. #TNYcartoons

Read this amazing piece by Bijaya Biswal!Abridged versions taught in schools of “The Diary of a Young Girl” often omit o...
12/04/2019
Pride and The Adherent Prejudice in Odisha – Bijaya Biswal

Read this amazing piece by Bijaya Biswal!

Abridged versions taught in schools of “The Diary of a Young Girl” often omit out the parts where Anne Frank wrote about her bisexuality and the kiss she had with her best friend. “Every time I see the naked figure of a woman, such as Venus, for example, it strikes me as so wonderful and exquisite that I have difficulty in stopping the tears rolling down my cheeks. If only I had a girlfriend”, she wrote. Social censorship works in unbelievable ways, such that the need for intersectionality even within the LGBTQ community is hardly spoken of. Lesbians have a lower representation than gays in collectives formed within the community owing to higher susceptibility to prejudice and higher social cost.

Bijaya is the chief organizer of the first LGBTQIA+ Pride in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

With Kaartikeya.

“The disgrace of your barrenness, Madam, is not yours alone. Don’t you know that shame is collective? The shame of any one of us sits on us all and bends our backs. See what you’re doin…

People in Bombay, please come.
12/04/2019

People in Bombay, please come.

The Nobrow Short Story Competition is accepting pieces till 9th December. Theme, very relevant today is 'Censor'.Prizes ...
12/04/2019
Nobrow Press - Competitions

The Nobrow Short Story Competition is accepting pieces till 9th December. Theme, very relevant today is 'Censor'.
Prizes worth £5000 to be won, along with publication in an anthology.

No entry fees.

Nobrow Short Story Competition Nobrow is well-known for our visual publishing and our dedication to designing and producing beautiful books. This is something we are extremely proud of. At the heart of all we do is storytelling. We believe this is the foundation on which our publishing is built – ...

We are interviewing some stalwarts of Indian literature and we need interviewers well versed with their work. If this ex...
12/03/2019

We are interviewing some stalwarts of Indian literature and we need interviewers well versed with their work. If this excites you, drop a message to Kaartikeya Bajpai with links to your writing samples.

The rise and fall of Dakhni literature
11/29/2019
The rise and fall of Dakhni literature

The rise and fall of Dakhni literature

Dakhni was transplanted in the region following Mohammed bin Tughlaq’s decision, in 1327, to move the capital of the Delhi Sultanate to Daulatabad.

Saadat Hasan Manto once wrote a kind of writer’s prayer, which could serve as jacket copy for a book:“Dear God, Compassi...
11/27/2019
Pearls of Regret

Saadat Hasan Manto once wrote a kind of writer’s prayer, which could serve as jacket copy for a book:

“Dear God, Compassionate and Merciful, Master of the Universe, we who are steeped in sin, kneel in supplication before Your throne and beseech You to recall from this world Saadat Hasan Manto, son of Ghulam Hasan Manto, who was a man of great piety. Take him away, O Lord, for he runs off from fragrance, chasing filth. He hates the bright sun, preferring dark labyrinths. He has nothing but contempt for modesty but is fascinated by the naked and the shameless. He hates what is sweet, but will give his life to sample what is bitter. He does not so much as look at housewives but is entranced by the company of whores. He will not go near running waters, but loves to wade through slush. Where others weep, he laughs; where they laugh, he weeps. Evil-­blackened faces he loves to wash with tender care to highlight their features. He never thinks about You, preferring to follow Satan everywhere, the same fallen angel who once disobeyed You.”

A collection of stories set around the time of partition and written with an aching longing for Bombay.

The Bombay Review is flying to Canada this December! Come over!
11/26/2019

The Bombay Review is flying to Canada this December! Come over!

By Palash Krishna Mehrotra.
11/22/2019
The tunnel vision of the white reader

By Palash Krishna Mehrotra.

As editors and publishers mollycoddle them, the white reader must ask herself why English writing from non-white writers must be ‘explained’ to her

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