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Farewell: Editor’s Note

Mitali Chakravarty

Kitaab was. Kitaab is and will continue to be.

Meanwhile the corona virus has, perhaps, taught a lesson that mankind all over the world has the same vulnerabilities. Thoughts and ideas need to be nurtured to unite mankind across all borders. Some of us writers have joined together to start a journal which hopes to reach out to mankind across all borders. The journal is in its infancy and needs much nurturing like a baby. It needs all the support possible now.

Kitaab has moved into its mature years. I leave Kitaab in the able hands of a new Editor who will soon be announced by the Founder and Editor- in – Chief, Zafar Anjum.

Before I sign off, I must thank Kitaab for the wonderful new friends it has found me — all the wonderful writers and readers. I must thank Desmond Kon Zhicheng–Mingdé for his unwavering support and friendship. Farah Ghuznavi and Rituparna Mahapatra for guiding me through the rites of passages of and Zafar Anjum for his trust, continued friendship and the opportunity. Kitaab helped me heal in a lot of ways. I must also thank the editors before me, Sucharita Dutta Asane, Monideepa Sahu and more, who made Kitaab a vibrant platform long before I joined the Kitaab community. Without all these people and each one of you, I could not have led the online journal of Kitaab International for a whole year. Read more

Essay: Asian Speculative Fiction — An Introduction


By Rajat Chaudhuri 


“Anything conceivable I believe is possible.”

Black to the Future, Walter Mosley (Dark Matter)

A sorcerer-librarian in ancient Korea who transforms people into books locking them up in his shelves for ever, a far-future civilisation on the planet Ruo, remembering their ancestors in the drowned world of BlueGemm — finished off by greed and climate change, a time travelling ghost in Hong Kong disconcerted by the rules of afterlife.

These are just a few of the characters and situations that we present before you dear reader in this book of amazing tales — stories from Asia, a continent blessed with mindboggling creativity and chutzpah, zen and brio, or what they sometimes call the Asiatic imagination, which is born of course out of its chequered fabric, the diversity of its peoples, the textures of our histories. Asia, a multitudinous hundred-headed medley of contemplativeness and chaos, a mélange of landforms, a kedgeree of ideas, a crucible of cultures, and you get it all here in this book, served fresh, sizzling, wok-fried and ready to tease your taste buds. Read more

Farewell: Editor’s Note

Sucharita Dutta Asane

Dear readers and writers,

It’s not easy to say goodbye, thank you and sorry within a single message. Yet, here it is.

As I step out of my role as editor of Kitaab, what is foremost on my mind is gratitude:

Gratitude for the readers who have continued to support the magazine…

Gratitude for the small group of writer friends who stepped up every time I approached them with books for reviews…

Gratitude for those who shared their work – fiction, reviews, poetry, essays – filling the inbox and our pages…


‘… to write is human, to edit is divine.’ Thus quipped Stephen King in his third foreword to On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. That puts the editor in quite some category, bestowing divinity, which, however tempting and triumphal, is not devoid of ego, putting the editor at an inaccessible distance. The writer-editor relationship is a continuum, a constructive collaboration. For those who share their work with their editors, it is a slice of their own life out there, put under the magnifying glass. The editor’s ego seems quite immaterial in the context. She might as well read, share feedback, edit and get on with the work. As a writer and editor, I have learnt this – humility and accessibility are prerequisites of the work.

The writer-editor relationship is also not devoid of angst and, often, argument. The writer dares to write; the editor dares to interfere with the writing. For those whose work we published, I hope the editorial intervention did justice to your writing and brought a smile to your day.

I have tried to respond to each one of you who shared your stories, reviews, poems and essays. My apologies to all those whom I must have failed by not responding or by not giving enough attention to the stories you took such pains to write. Please know that it wasn’t because your story did not merit attention or because of lack of interest on my part. Time was often a challenge, never enough. Though it is the worst excuse to give, it is, nonetheless, true.

Since the world of words is as elliptical as the earth we are trying to destroy, let me sign off by saying, till we meet again.

Warm wishes

Sucharita Dutta-Asane
3rd April, 2019