days we find a number of good literary web journals online,
particularly in India. Three and half years back it was quite
difficult in India for Kritya to explain the importance of web
journals, mainly for our Hindi section readers. Now things are
more clear and comprehensible, we are happily accepted probably
because of the change in outlook of the writers and readers in
the literary world. Still a few writers keep on insisting to
bring out Kritya in print also. They might be thinking that the
feel of paper may give more warmth than that of a keyboard or
mouse; or getting published in a print journal may be more
prestigious for them. They may have their own reasons.
Kritya has organized 3 poetry festivals in the past and is going
to organize the fourth on this November. Bringing out a web
journal has not been difficult for us, and Kritya has its own
vision, which is of great significance.
I personally feel that web journals have helped us in
decentralizing literature. Literature in print mostly works in
favour of centralization of literature. The popular journals
produced in big countries under big banners are dominated by
powerful personalities. Getting published in these journals is
not easy even for a good writer sometimes. On the other hand, if
an upcoming writer gets published in such a journal, he/she
might become overconfident, and his/her growth might thereby be
hindered. It is not easy to reach these journals from small
cities either. But web journals are open to everyone; anyone can
make one’s own blog, publish one’s own writings and write
without fear. There will be no discrimination among creative
writers here. Some poets might have a fear that web journals
spoil the standard of literature. But this is not true, as
writing about a variety of topics and giving a chance to good
writers can only enrich literature. Moreover, literature itself
decides its own path. Good literature will grow like trees and
bad literature will get converted into manure. For a good tree,
we need a good seed as well as good manure.
Now I come to the second point. My liking for web journals is
related to ecology also. Being a student of the Vedas and living
in Kerala, I have a natural love for trees. When I see that a
number of rubber trees have knives on their trunk for extracting
the sap for rubber, I feel terrible pain in my heart. And I try
to minimize my use of rubber and plastics. I can feel the life
of trees, while walking under the trees in Kaladi University
campus. When I go to my department from my hostel, I feel so
fresh and happy because of their presence. I sometimes engage in
an exciting communication with them. Living in the company of so
many trees, how can I imagine them being cruelly murdered?
We have brought out at least 40 issues of Kritya so far, and if
it were a print journal, we might have killed at least 4000
trees. So I still feel that I should not go for print journals
as long as I really love trees and my earth.
The artist of this issue is
Mahya Farmani, who
is an upcoming artist for Tehran.
The sketches have been made by Rajendra Pardeshi.
Friends, we are drawing close to our poetry festival. We hope
and wish that all of you will partake in our festival and make
it a grand success.
check the link for Poetry festival-