It takes guts to speak with artistes, especially poets. They are sensitive, they refuse to speak much about themselves (here I’m talking about old-time poets, the present clan is more vocal), and it is even more difficult to understand their mood and psyche. When I asked Nikita Parik, assistant editor, to interview Sanjeev Sethi, I made sure she had read him well before she engaged Sethi in a conversation. I ensured Nikita knew him as much as she could gather from exploring Sethi’s works. And Nikita did it with élan. — Kiriti Sengupta, Editor-in-Chief.

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Kiriti Sengupta, who has recently been awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2018) for this outstanding contribution to literature, is a poet, editor, translator and publisher from Calcutta, India. He has published nine books of poetry and prose, including Solitary Stillness, Reflections on Salvation, The Earthen Flute, A Freshman’s Welcome, Healing Waters Floating Lamps, The Reverse Tree, My Dazzling Bards, My Glass of Wine, The Reciting Pens, and The Unheard I; two books of translation, Desirous Water by Sumita Nandy, Poem Continuous—Reincarnated Expressions by Bibhas Roy Chowdhury; and he is the co-editor of five anthologies, Scaling Heights, Jora Sanko–The Joined Bridge, Epitaphs, Sankarak, and Selfhood. Sengupta’s poems have been anthologized both nationally and internationally, in Kritya, Taj Mahal Review, Labyrinth, Grey Sparrow Journal, Oddball Magazine, Dukool, Wilderness House Literary Review, and elsewhere. To know more about Sengupta, visit


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