Torsha- Editorial

Teesta Review: A Journal of Poetry, Volume 1, Number 1. May 2018. ISSN: 2581-7094

From the Chief Editor:

The faintest ink is better than the strongest memory, says a Chinese proverb. Rivers rice civilisation. Histories are scripted on the banks of the rivers. They flow in us. They make us move forward. Rivers hug currents of time. They play a significant part in the water cycle, acting as drainage channels for surface water. There is also great tolerance for rivers as entity. Throughout history, many people of faith have found spiritual energy on the riverside. According to Hindu belief, the seven sacred rivers are, the Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari,  Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri. Water collected from these seven sacred rivers is put in the  pot, which is used during ritualistic worship. ‘Water from the seven sacred rivers has the ability to attract and transmit the  aura of seven superior deities. We believe or not, rivers are our mother( for some, father).

The rivers are ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood and plasma in veins and artery. Our soul  grows deep like rivers.

How can we escape from the fact that we  have a deep connectedness with water. We are reminded of Emily Dickinson:

“MY river runs to thee:
Blue sea, wilt welcome me?”

Rivers can take us to the left or right. A soothing sound hushes the rush in our mind, awakening old thoughts. Where does the river go when we die?We meet the rivers at the appointed hour. Small rivers remind us of death. For me, Dulung has a soul. 

Poems on rivers drum up optimism and hope beyond the knowledge of human hearts.All poems are doors of the mind.

Let us hug its music.

Teesta  springs from the creative zeal of the editors. Contributors make it a reality. Readers can take the journal to further shores. Progressive literary movement aims at the projection of a socialist order. Translation is transfer of power. Magic is born out  the world of a creative canvas. Author’s aim is to ‘transcend and heal’ the fragmented culture of his dispossessed people through his works. There are forces to appropriate these streams of history into the main stereotypes. I stand with head down to all esteemed advisory members. I gather their strength and vitality. The river is history.

“Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you.”

                                                 (‘Love After Love’, Derek Walcott)

--Jaydeep Sarangi                                           
Dated: 03.05.2018