Editors Speak

Dear Readers,
I am delighted to write to you all in this third-quarter issue of Confluence, 2015.

As usual, this issue comes with a wealth of feature articles as well as review articles written by some talented writers who come from different corners of the world.

Just a few days before the launch of this issue we heard the tragic news of the sudden death of India’s former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam was an inspirational leader who was well respected not only by the people of India but by many people all over the world for his services to humanity. We too pay our tribute to Dr Kalam and convey our deepest sympathies to his family.

I would like to share our plans for the future with our readers and contributors. Many of you know that Confluence has been published primarily in print for the last thirteen years. Even though we have a small but dedicated readership we were never able to balance our books. As I mentioned in one of my previous editorials, we pay for our printers as well as our page designer while all the contributors write on a voluntary basis only.

However, we have come to a point that we can no longer afford to print this journal and distribute free of charge. Contrary to popular belief, it is not easy to run a magazine of this kind in the modern digital
era. We are competing with many mainstream publications, blog sites and digital media as well. Collecting subscriptions and posting the journal on time to all readers are also demanding tasks. Therefore, it is with great regret, I share my intention to stop publishing print issues of Confluence.

However I intend to continue to publish it online in digital format with greater flexibility and I hope our readers will understand our plight and continue to support this journal by visiting our website
www.confluence.org.uk or www.confluence.mobi which can be accessed from any computer or handheld device.

Vijay Anand

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