The flood water came to the inner rooms of small houses
Their total fitness and safety suspected to be in peril
The people made sounds and cries for help from mainland
Seemed to be people were not seeing or hearing the plight
- From FLOOD, a poem by Gangadharan Nair Pulingat
Lake Titicaca’s Pre-Incan Ruins, Bolivia / Peru
Baiae, an Ancient Roman Underwater City, Italy,
Olous, Crete, Greece
The Mulifanua Site, Samoa
Dwaraka, Underwater City in the Gulf of Cambay, India
Phanagoria, Russia / Greece
Cleopatra’s Lost Underwater Palace, Egypt
The Lost Underwater City of Shicheng, China
Underwater Cities in Egypt
Thonis-Heracleion, Pavlopetri, Greece
Port Royal, Jamaica,
The Lost City of Havana, Cuba
Doggerland, North Sea, Dunwich, England
Willow Grove, Tennessee
Tyno Helig, Wales
Ravenser Odd, Yorkshire, England
Lake Atitlan, Sambaj & Chiutinamit, Southwestern Guatemala
Neapolis, scattered across the coastal Tunisian town of Nabeul.
The linking part of all these places from different parts of the world listed above is that they are all submerged. They are all under water. There are hundreds more from around the world, from various tribes and cultures, and so this is just a handful. What could have caused these geographically separate civilizations to go under? It is a paradox. When mankind ascends, cities go under. Throughout the history of the progress of mankind, we see this paradoxical occurrence. Civilizations reach their pinnacle and then the disastrous calamity destroys and sinks the whole civilization.
During de-glaciations or meltdowns, the ice-water returned to the oceans, causing the sea-level to rise by as much as 110-120 meters!! Throughout our history, the busiest cities have been located either on the banks of mighty rivers or near busy coastlines. All the melted ice lead to a rise in sea-levels, inundating huge chunks of land. And, of course, monsoons play their role escalating the destruction.
Fast-forward to now. In India, we have witnessed the catastrophic aftermath of heavy rains and floods in the recent years. We faced devastating floods - Bihar (1987), Assam (1998), Odisha (1999), Andaman and Nicobar islands (2004), Gujarat (2005), Maharashtra (2005), Bihar (2007), Himalayan States ( 2012), Assam (2012), Uttarakhand ( 2013), Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, particularly Chennai (2015), Bihar (2017) and now Kerala (August 2018).
In other parts of the world, New York, Miami and Jakarta are predicted to go under while New Orleans is already sinking.
I wish man will be wise enough to ponder over and act before it is too late.
He went like one that hath been stunned,
And is of sense forlorn:
A sadder and a wiser man,
He rose the morrow morn.
-The Rime of the Ancyent Mariner
Emerging Translator Mentorships 2018-19
Applications for the National Centre for Writing Emerging Translator Mentorship Programme 2018-19 are now open! The mentorship supports translators translating into the English language. This year's languages are:
Bengali – Mentored by Arunava Sinha – Harvill Secker Young Translators Prize supported by Reimagine India. (Please see the Harvill Secker website for details on how to apply)
Indonesian – Mentored by Pamela Allen
Korean – Mentored by Deborah Smith – supported by LTI Korea
Lithuanian – Mentored by Daniel Hahn – supported by the Lithuanian Culture Institute
Norwegian – Mentored by Don Bartlett – supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy
Polish – Mentored by Antonia Lloyd-Jones – supported by the Polish Cultural Institute
Swedish – Mentored by Sarah Death – supported by the Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation
Find more information on the National Centre for the Writing website.
TWM is in its third year. I am really grateful to all those connected to me and to the magazine.
From August 2018 edition, Shane Joseph writes a new book review column.
Shane's Stack ' n Stock
Shane Joseph is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada.
Self-taught, with four degrees under his belt obtained through distance education, Shane is an avid traveller and has visited one country for every year of his life and lived in four of them. He fondly recalls incidents during his travels as real lessons he could never have learned in school: husky riding in Finland with no training, trekking the Inca Trail in Peru through an unending rainstorm, hitch-hiking in Australia without a map, escaping a wild elephant in Zambia, and being stranded without money in Denmark, are some of his memories.
( for more, visit his website: https://shanejoseph.com/about/)
The first episode, in light of V.S. Naipaul's death, starts off with a doubleheader of two books, based on this enigmatic author, one non-fiction (Sir Vidia's Shadow by Paul Theroux) and the other fiction (The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi)
(If any of you would like to view, here is the link: https://www.c-span.org/video/?115502-1/sir-vidias-shadow where Paul Theroux talks about his book, Sir Vidia’s Shadow, published by Houghton Mifflin Company)
This edition’s wrapper art is by Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh. She is an award-winning poet and a multi-media artist from Israel, living in Virginia since 1986. She is the author of four poetry collections and editor-in-chief of the international literary magazine Poetica. In July 2017, Mitak received a second-place award for her pastel painting from PrimePlus Exhibition (VA), an honourable mention for her pastel painting from Chesapeake Bay Art Association (VA) member show, an honourable mention from Blank Art Space's Color Art Contest, and has been accepted for publication by Sonder Review. Starting in late 2017, She is now concentrating on creating paintings using three digital apps on her iPad Pro. Most of the paintings are inspired by world travel. If you are interested in purchasing any of these award-winning pieces, or to see more of Michal's work, please visit her website:
www.michal-mahgerefteh.com/ or contact: MitakArt@aol.com.
I have already mentioned that TWM is in its third year. No doubt the graph is upwards. Having said all that, I have to go for a minimum subscription fee for the digital platform. I wish the magazine be alive even after me. I expect all friends to cooperate and subscribe and I extend my gratitude in advance. More details on the website and other social platforms. Thank you