India’s new Consul General to Scotland

India’s new Consul General to Scotland

    21 Jan 2017

By Aline Dobbie It was a great pleasure to meet Mrs Anju Ranjan the new Consul General of India to Scotland this week at her offices in the elegant old building at the Consulate General of India in one of Edinburgh’s most perfect and prestige heritage squares in the West End of Edinburgh – Rutland

India and the English Aesthetes

India and the English Aesthetes

    27 Nov 2016

by Reginald Massey Gutala Krishnamurti who died recently was a Telugu and English scholar who believed that the Aesthetic Movement which flourished during the 1890s (the fin de siecle period) was among the most productive in English literature. The Aesthetes viewed life as an art. Taking their cue from the likes of the flamboyant Wilde

The Great Guru Baba Nanak

The Great Guru Baba Nanak

    26 Nov 2016

By Reginald Massey Nanak was born to a Hindu family in 1469. He was born in Dera Baba Nanak, now in Pakistan. Had there then been application forms to fill in, the chances are he would have referred to himself as Bedi Hindu. His father was the trusted employee of the local Muslim landowner. His

Confluence November 2016 issue

Confluence November 2016 issue

    07 Nov 2016

Confluence Nov 2016 final version

A contemporary look at the modern Sita

A contemporary look at the modern Sita

    29 Oct 2016

By Devi Rajab Three Strong Women Sita Gandhi, Sushila Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi Diwali is a time when the often forgotten story of Rama and Sita gets submerged by the celebration of the event. Fireworks, sweetmeats and prayers distracts from the original message. So who was Sita in a collective sense?  Was she a symbol

Sheema Kermani, dancer, activist and advocate of Indo-Pak peace

Sheema Kermani, dancer, activist and advocate of Indo-Pak peace

    23 Oct 2016

By Reginald Massey In a free society such as Britain it is unthinkable that anyone would voice an outrageous opinion such as “Dance is un-Islamic and schoolgirls must not be taught to dance.” However, I would like to inform my readers that this ridiculous slogan is being chanted out loudly in Pakistan. Nevertheless, there are

In conversation with Tom Alter

In conversation with Tom Alter

    15 Oct 2016

by Chaand Chazelle Tom Alter is a fine, versatile and well known actor and a familiar presence in the Bombay film industry. Any film which requires a British character rooted in colonial times will very likely have Tom in the role. In the film,‘Sardar’ he played Mountbatten and has acted in over 400 films including  famous

Mea Culpa: Why sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word

Mea Culpa: Why sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word

    15 Oct 2016

By Dawood Ali McCallum    “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.” “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.” The first of these quotes is Hillary Clinton’s September 2015 acknowledgement of an error of judgement in using a private email server for official communications when Secretary of State. The

I CAN’T/WON’T WRITE LIKE A WHITE MALE POET

I CAN’T/WON’T WRITE LIKE A WHITE MALE POET

    10 Oct 2016

By Usha Akella Hold up the onion skin of your poetry to the light, You are nothing, A drum roll, With no procession. What is your flag? But a terrain of demons, A McDonald poetry, Your epic is not long, Birthed through size zero thighs, Your gluten free poetry. You try hard to be real,

Nathan Hassall’s ‘The Flesh and Mortar Prophecy’

Nathan Hassall’s ‘The Flesh and Mortar Prophecy’

    17 Sep 2016

A review by Ananya Guha Nathan Hassall’s (www.nathanhassall.co.uk) poems explore the motif of darkness in literature.  The poems in his book do not offer any solution to the problem of good and evil.  Rather they explore the human condition in terms of deprivation, violence, poverty – all manifestations of a soulless (but not necessarily a