Review of The Significant Anthology


About the Book:
Title: The Significant Anthology
Author: Various
Editors: Dr. Ampat Koshy | Reena Prasad
Sub-editor: Michele Baron
Publisher: Primalogue Publishing(Morph Books)
Language: English
No. of pages: 352
Year of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 9789382759096
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The Significant Anthology contains prose pieces, autobiographical vignettes, essays, short stories and poetry. The writers range from seasoned ones to new and exciting voices brimming over with talent and gusto. A veritable feast, the book combines a plethora of themes, ideas, styles, forms and voices. Never content to be mere onlookers, poets and writers have brought in their words, rivers of sorrow and winds of gladness evincing the sense of in-divisiblity of all knowledge and the sameness of the human condition everywhere. This anthology stands for peace, for the spirit of resilience and as a defiant precedent of creativity resulting from an open invitation to experiment. Pakistani and Indian, old and young, woman and man, black and white, Muslim, Hindu, Jew and Christian, and people from all professions and walks of life or ones without jobs as well as from every continent - nestle together in these pages with no wars amongst them.

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    About the Editors:

    Ampat Koshy: 
    Dr Koshy A. V. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English at the College for Arts and Humanities for Girls, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has written, co-written or co-edited eight books of criticism & poetry to his credit

    He is a Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee (2012) and twice Highly Commended Poet in Destiny Poets UK ICOP (2013, 2014) and he was thrice featured in Camel Saloon’s The Hump for best poem/editor’s pick and once for best poem in Destiny Poets UK Website in 2013. Even as a child he won an international award for writing in The Shanker's International Award for Arts. He is a reputed critic and expert on Samuel Beckett besides being a fiction writer and theoretician. His last book was Wake Up, India: Essays for Our Times, co-authored with Dr Bina Biswas. Three more are on the way including Mahesh Dattani's Plays: Staging the Invisibles co-edited with Bina Biswas and The Significant Anthology he is editing with Reena Prasad, and a collection of stories to be published by Lifi.

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    Reena Prasad:

    She has many more publications to her credit. Her major work at present is editing The Significant Anthology. You can read her extensively at https://harivarasanam.wordpress.com/ and on her facebook page.
    AWARDS:

    First in Ekphrasis poetry contest based on a painting 2012.
    Fifth in International Poetry Competition Rabindranath Tagore Award 2013
    Third in Valentine Poetry Contest held by Poets Corner 2013
    Poet of the Month many times in Destiny Poets UK
    Critic of the month once in Destiny Poets UK
    Informal Best Poet, Editor, Admin and Person Award - from Rejected Stuff 2014 December

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    Content (Index)
    Poetry
    1. Ade Caparas Manilah In Bliss
    2. Adegbite Ayodeji World In Chaos
    3. Akash Deep Gupta We, the Magicians
    4. Akhila Rajesh Time
    5. Ampat Koshy - Introductions.
    6. Ananya Chatterjee Confessions of a Tree
    7. Anca Mihaela Bruma Rumination
    8. Angela Fulo A Time Alone
    9. Anuj Kumar Dry Leaf
    10. Anuradha Bhattacharyya Love Flows
    11. Aprilia Zank Twilight
    12. Arghya Dey I Feel Tired
    13. Avikal Shukla He Asked for a Kiss
    14. Ayush Singhania Trust Me
    15. Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar Essence of Woman
    16. Binod Bastola At the End
    17. Bishwabikash Das The Sex Worker
    18. Cleber Pacheco Guest
    19. Christopher Chiwanza All I want is Sex
    20. David Thane Cornell Looking Down
    21. Debanjan Chatterjee Window-eyes
    22. Debasish Mishra An Encounter with Beauty
    23. Dimbeswar Talukdar Story of a Flower
    24. Don Yorty On Painting
    25. Donall Dempsey Adagio
    26. D. Russel Micnhimer Jaan Bread for N.P
    27. Elizabeth Marino My Mother Loved Spanish Rice
    28. Faraz Jamil Kakar ''Pharaoh and Haman'' translation from Pashtun original poet- Bari Jahani
    29. Filamer Borja Dying of Cancer
    30. Gargi Sarkhel Bagchi The Best Smile in the World
    31. Gina Ancheta Agsaulio The Mystery of Life
    32. Gina McKnight Today
    33. Gorakhnath Gangane I Drink
    34. Gurpreet K Bhogal A Surprise
    35. Hardaman Singh A Common Man
    36. Harish Bhatia Supplication
    37. Iram Ali Life and Light
    38. Iulia Gherghei A Winter Story
    39. James Dooney My Journey Unto Sleep
    40. James Downs The Skin
    41. Janne De Rijck Saints and Hookers
    42. John. M. Olsen No Title
    43. Kalyani Dixit Strange Feelings for an Acquainted Stranger
    44. Kamlesh Acharya The Fork Along the Path
    45. Kapardeli Eftichia Love and Compassion
    46. Karl Whiting Beauty is the Heroine
    47. Kasozi Andrew I Will Still Write
    48. Ken. L. Custance Each Time I Walk By
    49. Khadun Pramila Lover Lost
    50. Khushi Gupta The Voice of Pain
    51. Kinga Fabo Isadora Duncan Dancing
    52. K. Sarada In Rain and Thunder
    53. Laurie Anne Smith These Dreams
    54. Lopamudra Banerjee A Woman I Am
    55. Louis Kasatkin Sparrow’s Song
    56. Lubna Ahmed Destination
    57. Lucette Bailliet The Night Tonight
    58. Madhusmita Rawooth Joy of Small Things
    59. Majrooh Rashid Resolve
    60. Malkeet Kaur An Elemental Woman
    61. Mang'eni Wycliffe Obwoya Will be There
    62. Marshall G. Kent Sr Grandma’s Arms
    63. Mary Annie A.V The Tiger Says It All
    64. Maurice Higgs Mynd Fetish
    65. Meha Sharma Yearning
    66. Melloney Withers (aka Eridu Serpent) Star- burst
    67. Michael Collins Old Moon
    68. Michael Dickel Dead Letter
    69. Mou Majumdar Sarkar Putrang Dehi
    70. Nada Rajan Silent Us!
    71. Nalini Priyadarshni Listen
    72. Nandini Garg Fumes from the Forests
    73. Neetu Wali Autism
    74. Nhlanhla Kweyama They Never Gave Up!
    75. Nisha Mishra She Walks Away
    76. Nisha Suresh This Moment
    77. Nitin Soni My Golden Apples
    78. Paul Abuya Okello These Poets
    79. Payal Agarwal Words
    80. Perveiz Ali Oh My Beloved
    81. Poulome Mitra Shaw I Wanted to Write This Love Song
    82. Pradipta Kumar Mohanty Captivation
    83. Pranav Sinha She
    84. Aatish Shayer (Prateek Shinde) An Upset Rose
    85. Precious Chilongozi Dark Muse
    86. Rajbabu Gandham Pursuit
    87. Rajendra Padhi I Fly Somewhere
    88. Randall Stephen Hall Stuff
    89. Rathindra Ghosh If I am called by your name
    90. Reema Das Through the open window
    91. Reena Prasad Parallel play
    92. Rekha M Blaze
    93. Richi Simon Aspire for a better tomorrow
    94. Rishabh Tulsyan I saw him sitting
    95. Rit Chattapadhayay Knowing love
    96. R Jayachandran When I go, don’t weep for me
    97. R.K. Das Flowerbed
    98. Rose Applebloom Love Candy (Awe)
    99. Rukhaya M.K Destiny
    100. Rupa Humagain Bohara My wishes
    101. Samantak Bhadra We are all
    102. Sandeep Koul The answer to Diogenes
    103. Sangeeta Suneja A clear road
    104. Sarala Ramkamal I started to love
    105. Sha-Azam Mohammed Umer Siddiqui For my best friend
    106. Shyama.E The candle
    107. Sheikha A.( Umm-e-Aiman Vejlani) Erudite
    108. Shelley Ann Dwornik Gather the pieces
    109. Shonali Dey Integrating loneliness to love
    110. Joanna S. Koshy A boy and a girl sat by a river
    111. Shruti Goswami Letter
    112. Smitha Bharathan My father so dear
    113. Somava Das The moment
    114. Sonal Agrawal The ordeal
    115. Srishti Dutta Chowdhury September sighs over teacups
    116. Sunita Prasad Torn in-between
    117. Sunil Sharma The amusement park : Three parts
    118. Suresh Dogra Philandering
    119. Suvojit Banerjee To Alice
    120. Suzette Portes San Jose The victim
    121. Swati Singh Sambyal The dead butterfly collector
    122. Tapeshwar Prasad Silent depot
    123. Tapti Pal The journey of a cloud
    124. Taslima Rahman. Night
    125. Titiksha Singhal Sinners
    126. Udita Garg Lonely
    127. Usha Bhatia Visit
    128. Varsha Singh Being and everythingness
    129. Vijay Varma "Ajanabee" My broken heart
    130. Vinati Bhola There is nothing more tragic than reality
    131. Vinay Kumar Kuchhal Nature
    132. Volodymyr Bilyk Out for sense
    133. Waseem A. Malla Love and hunger
    134. Wribhu Chattopadhyay Paradox
    135. Zainab Hossain Adieu
    136. Zeenath Ibrahim The sun and I
    137. Persian Khushi I sit here and ponder
    138. Daniela Voicu Ghosts of existence
    139. Gopali Ghosh It'll be 30 pieces of silver
    140. Kalpana-Imagination Mystical nights
    141. Pendyala Pradeep She
    142. Saroj K. Padhi An autumn afternoon
    143. Ramesh Rai A lesson in smile
    144. Nitulika Singh Motherhood
    145. Lagna Pany Dandelions of love
    146. Sarojkanta Dash - a poem.
    147. Santosh Bakaya - OH HARK!
    Prose
    1. Animesh Ganguly Father and daughter
    2. Faheem Gundroo Monsoon union
    3. Garima Pura Sugarcoating the bitter pill
    4. Jawaid Danish My son is autistic
    Solo-A short play
    (translated from Urdu by Jawaid Danish with Reena Grover)
    5. John Lerry M. Marin Three lost symbols
    6. Joyce Yarrow My 'made it' moment
    7. Kaartikeya Bajpai Base camp
    8. Lisa D. Ellis The firefly
    9.Manipadma Ocean
    10. Michele Baron tire
    11. Namrata The keepsake
    12. Nirmolika Sangha The ring
    13. Pamposh Dhar Remembering Papa
    14. Panjami Anand Healing
    15. Payal Pasha Here lies a crazy animal lover
    16. Prodipta Banerjee The desert of love
    17. Rajiv Tanwar Reverse mortgage
    18. Ramaa Sonti Madam Ji
    19. Ruma Chakravarti Window To The West
    20. Sajini Chandrasekera Tearful memories
    21. Sanjaya Mishra Listen to the leaves
    22. Soumya Mukherjee The custodian
    23. Sreelekha Chatterjee The serial guilt
    24. Tribhawan Kaul The present
    25. Ushnav Shroff The boy who wished for rain
    26. Vivek Dubey Power
    27. Shriya Pant Cauldron of dreams
    28. Maya Dev The untethered soul
    29. Ankita Chandgothia and Debika Chakravarty Intimate


    My Views:

    The Significant Anthology is one of its kind! It's good to see such an anthology being compiled. Though earlier I thought the price was too high, I found it worth after reading.
    The efforts that go behind the making of such an anthology are worth appreciating.

    I liked the stories but I loved the poems. Too difficult to pick out favorites from the list of 176+ writers.

    It is good to see an anthology featuring members of the Rejected Stuff group on facebook; of which I have been a member for quite some time.
    Since I started reading this Anthology with the intention of reviewing it (A dear friend of mine features in this anthology) I had given stars to the stories I read in the beginning, writing my views in short at the end of the story. However, I gave up when I had read some 20 stories not because it became a tedious thing to do; I stopped the rating and short review because I feel each and every story deserves being a part of this anthology.
    Not all people will like all stories; that is bound to happen in an anthology but overall the collection is good.
    Like I have mentioned before, I liked the stories but it's when I reached the poetry section that I really started enjoying the book.

    Hoping to see Anthology Part 2 in future.
    Congratulations to all those who have featured in this anthology and best wishes for their future endeavors.

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