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Athol Williams, Janet Lees, Radhika Budhwar, Lynda Bullerwell, Devika Rajan in Trainstorm

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Janet Lees

Radhika Budhwar


Devika Rajan

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Pritish Nandy writes about Trainstorm

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The train has always been a symbol of adventure, discovery, magic as it elegantly snakes its way down mountains and forests, across mystical landscapes. The poems in this book eloquently capture the spirit of train journeys undertaken and imagined, in a most memorable way. Amitabh Mitra has chosen well.
Pritish Nandy
Poet, Translator, Filmmaker, Politician

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Trainstorm - Contributors


Trainstorm is a collection of poems from poets all over the world. The book was created with the concept that there is no actual real train but there is a train running continuously and surreptitiously within. This is the train of encountering our first love and thereafter many loves. This is a train, a poet feels but can express in images and not in words. This is the train of the Trainman in Matrix who tells Neo, here in the train station, he is the God. Trainstorm is this revolution, I have tried to create, a reason is perhaps an extinct word. There is a storm approaching much like the Chambal storms at Gwalior. We continue to live in such Trainstorms.

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Daily Dispatch, South Africa’s premier daily features Splinters of a Mirage Dawn, Anthology of Migrant Poetry of South Africa

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Daily Dispatch 11 April 2016

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The Ninth Annual Neil Aggett Memorial Lecture, Kingswood College, Grahamstown 24 September 2014

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There was always something wonderfully counter-intuitive about Neil Aggett as an anti-apartheid campaigner—he was white, qualified in medicine, and young. He had a life of privilege ahead of him and could have chosen to live comfortably with those of his skin feeding off the benefits of white advantage. It would of course have been easy to fit-in with the powerful socialisation that comes through family; as I understand it, his father left Kenya to escape black majority rule and establish home in white South Africa. Then there was the rigid discipline and compliance demanded by his school culture, hardly an environment for breeding left-wing radicals. Yet he stares power and privilege, school and family socialisation, in the face, and goes the other way.

This is what I call uncommon leadership, and it is a quality as rare and needed under apartheid as it is rare and required after apartheid. This is the relevance of Neil Aggett to all of us today. It was much more difficult then to lead against the grain and to defy the expectations of your community for imprisonment, torture and even death were very real threats everywhere, but especially under the sadistic sense of duty of the Eastern Cape High Command. And yet it is difficult today in a culture that allows for expressions like “our turn to eat” and where speaking out against wrong can, once again, threaten life and limb.

And so my approach to this 9th Neil Aggett Lecture is to speak to this important legacy of the first white man to die in detention (at 28 years of age), and to challenge especially our future leaders, the young men and women of this distinguished South African school, to map out for yourselves a path of uncommon leadership in our troubled country.

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Jonathan Jansen
Jonathan Jansen
Rector of the University of the Free State
Born in Montagu South Africa
Jonathan Jansen is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State. He is the Honorary Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand and Visiting Fellow at the National Research Foundation. Jansen also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director for Advtech Limited and is the Chairman at the School Evaluation and Teacher Appraisal.

Charcoal Portrait of Neil Aggett by Amitabh Mitra

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The Art of Vijay Mohite


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Noted artist Vijay Mohite, whose works were on view at the Lalit Kala Akademi recently, was a master of creating abstracts which spoke the common language of love

Encountering Vijay Mohite Sahab and his wife Aruna at Gwalior during 1970s was the most formidable experience for a young doctor keen on mastering visual arts and poetry. Both Mohite Sahab and I belong to Gwalior. I imbibed his words and they still stay with me. His art, the few that I saw then, remain etched in my mind.

Medicine took me to remote parts of the world but in a tiny corner of my mind, the vastness that is Vijay Mohite remains. Each time I came back home to my parents at Gwalior, the fort and his art made me think, and I was left trying to find words for creations so beautiful, so magical, and yet so hard to explain.

Vijay Mohite’s works have always been acclaimed as abstract compositions. They were probably seen as removed from the place and his life at Gwalior.

If one analyses all the pieces, his art comes out as a spectacular understanding of familiar forms and shapes. Feelings are the mobile language of Vijay Mohite’s art. In dynamic proportions, its relative understanding of the earth, the sky, the people and the fort all being of Gwalior is depicted in mammoth togetherness of strokes that might be mistaken for impatience.

In the clever mastery of juxtaposition of colours, the eye sometimes rolls to create a bonding.

In the immediacy of such flavours, such organised textures, such ways of recall, Vijay Mohite continues to talk to us about blistering summers and severe winters, he tells us about the earthly foliage that lives within all of us.

Rhythm and suggestiveness in sudden blues, reds and oranges that sparkle from his huge canvases are of a caring togetherness. I would even think of his sudden laughter, such sudden shower of colours happening in total awareness. A curtain seems to have moved apart.

For togetherness was always the theme of Vijay Mohite’s work. His togetherness with his wife Aruna, daughter Nandita and stranger dawns and dusks that he revered, were all his inspiration for such work, such language never created by any other Indian artist.

During the same time as Vijay Mohite’s most creative period, poetry and visual art in a unique Indian juncture revolutionised the landscape of global creativity. Thoughts entangled in colours and words gave way to a new religion in India.

This movement had artists like Sabavala, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, Akbar Padamsee and others; each proved that they had streaks of brilliance in them.

Vijay Mohite took to this movement like a heretic; his poems in colour were of savage radiance, rehearsing in unforgettable ways, themes embedded in life within many lives at Gwalior.

Today, in the absence of Vijay Mohite Sahab, I go through his work again and again.

It’s just like a poem stuck on to my memories. His structures were different but spoke the common language of love.

Amitabh Mitra is an artist/poet/emergency medicine and a trauma physician in East London, South Africa.

First Published in the popular news daily, The Hindu

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Nadine Gordimer

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Gopalkrishna Gandhi was appointed India’s High Commissioner after the Apartheid rule fell in South Africa.  A rare insight of the world of Nadine Gordimer who passed away on 13 July 2014 and her feelings about India as narrated by Gopalkrishna Gandhi in an article published in the Hindustan Times

Read about her visit to Calcutta as featured in the Hindustan Times

My tribute – Charcoal on Paper

Amitabh Mitra

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Six Delhi Poets

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Delhi is a city of dreams and dervishes, a city with innumerable skies and stranger horizons spreadeagled over a stretch of rapturous melody. Thoughts lose streets at traffic jams and belief remain an undeterred sun.

Such is Delhi

Such are its Poets

The Poetry of Keshav Malik, Rakshat Puri, Dan Husain, Subroto Bondo, Nibedita Sen and Suman Keshari can only be uniquely explained in its Indian hues, a solitary percussionist finds a gypsy beat suddenly on an evening tainted with color of old summers.

The watercolor cover of this collection, done by me is rebellion of love; its tryst in a destiny, Delhi remains the same.

Amitabh Mitra
14 January 2014

Cover Art by Amitabh Mitra

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Hard Cover/Jacket Edition – Splinters of a Mirage Dawn

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Message from Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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A message from Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu for the Editor, Harry Owen, poets/artists and the publisher who created this immortal book, For Rhino in a Shrinking World.  Poets Printery, its web designers, graphic designers, printers and Amitabh Mitra feel proud that we took this bold step towards Rhino Conservation.

Dear Friend,

Thank you so very much for this beautiful gift. I look forward to a good and perhaps disturbing read.
I certainly support your campaign against the ghastly attempt at eradicating these splendid creatures so gruesomely. You can if you need to, publicise my support of your campaign.

God bless you,
+Desmond Tutu.

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