TESTAMENT TO CREATIVITY

Shruti Swamy’s cover story, “Walking Down the World,” (India Currents, July 2008) is a wonderful testament to creativity and the worlds these three extremely talented women—Sujata Bhatt, Bushra Rehman, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil—create in their poetry.

I applaud India Currents for featuring these wonderful poets and hope to see in the future reviews of their collections and the collections of all the other wonderful South Asian poets hard at work at a truly under appreciated (at least commercially) art.

Michelle Reale, Rydal, Pa.

REFRESHING COVERAGE

I enjoyed the recent article on the “New Faces of Poetry” (Shruti Swamy’s “Walking Down the World,” India Currents, July 2008) showcasing the three dynamic artists. It’s so refreshing to see something other than high tech and business for a change!

Pavan Bhatia, Los Angeles, Calif.

VITAL STORY ON IMMIGRANT HISTORY

Thanks for publishing “Karnatik Revival” (India Currents, May 2008), Kalpana Mohan’s fascinating article on the history of Karnatik music in the United States. I loved reading about Bob Brown’s perseverance in Chennai, New York students scanning California phone books for South Indian names, the unlikely development of the Cleveland Karnatik scene, and contemporary teachers fretting about the quality of online lessons. Please keep publishing more of our unreported-on immigrant histories.

Anirvan Chatterjee, Berkeley, Calif.

LOYAL TO LAST WORD

I have read Sarita Sarvate’s Last Word column in India Currents ever since I moved to California, which was over 10 years ago! I have always enjoyed them, and I really appreciate Sarvate’s candor and sense of humor. I am now living on the East Coast, and Sarvate’s frequent mention of the Bay Area in her columns often bring back fond memories of my time in California. Keep up the good work.

Sunny Garg, via email

SPOUSES AND SONS

In “Billary Revisited” (India Currents, April 2008), Sarita Sarvate writes, “Professional women like me know only too well that we can’t get anywhere in this world on the basis of being someone’s wife. Unless, of course, we happen to belong to the upper echelons in some third world country…”

Not to put too fine a point on this, but Sarvate fails to consider how far someone belonging to the upper echelon can get in this country on the basis of being someone’s son.

Brent Cyca, Mountain View, Calif.

IC E-NEWSLETTER USEFUL

The India Currents e-newsletter is useful in giving me an idea of what the next issue of the magazine is going to be like. I can go online and read some of the pieces that interest me. But the online version can never replace the flesh and blood print version of India Currents. I am still in the old mode of getting my reading enjoyment from the “hard copy.” I have always been very comfortable going to the library and spending a lot of time browsing the musty shelves. Keep up the good work!

Lakshmi Mani, Roselle, NJ

LEARNING FROM “HIGH SCHOOL 101”

I thought Pavithra Mohan’s “High School 101” (India Currents, April 2008) was an excellent article. I happen to agree with all the ten commandments she has given, from the importance of “downsizing on extracurricular activities” to “not passing judgments on friends.” Not only are these points very smart but very clearly stated. I am sure we have a budding great author in our midst!

V. K. Viswanathan, online

LETTERS WITHOUT LOCATIONS

For a long time, I have noticed that letters that India Currents receives online do not include a home address. This practice presumably started with the assumption that a letter writer’s geographical coordinates are relevant only when he/she ships the letter via terra firma.

Although that is a debatable assumption, it seems reasonable that such writers should at least provide their cyberspace coordinates (email address).

Vijay Gupta, Cupertino, Calif.

MISLEADING REVIEW TITLE

The review of Soumya Aravind Sitaraman’s Follow the Hindu Moon: A Guide to the Festivals of South India (Lakshmi Mohan’s “Journey to the Moon,” India Currents, April 2008) was an excellent piece. After purchasing Sitaraman’s book, I see it does justice to the tremendous work.

I do believe, however, that the juxtaposition of the title of the article “Journey to the Moon” with the lead photograph was misleading. Not only does that title take away from the wonderful and evocative title of the book, but its similarity makes it appear that “Journey to the Moon” is the book’s title despite subsequent mention of the real title.

Sudha Pennathur, Tiburon, Calif.

 

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