The Hindi word for conversation, गुफ़्तगू has the standard definition दो पक्षों में होनेवाली साधारण बातचीत, वार्तालाप. In other words, tête-à-tête...
The manifesto of Guftugu, the new e-Magazine from the Indian Writers' Forum is simple and straightforward. Culture matters. And it has to matter in India, with its diverse languages, dialects, regions and communities; its rich range of voices from the mainstream and the peripheries.
This was the starting point for Guftugu, a quarterly e-journal of poetry, prose, conversations, images and videos which the Indian Writers’ Forum runs as one of its programmes. The aim of the journal is to publish, with universal access online, the best works by Indian cultural practitioners in a place where they need not fear intimidation or irrational censorship, or be excluded by the profit demands of the marketplace. Such an inclusive platform sparks lively dialogue on literary and artistic issues that demand discussion and debate.
The guiding spirit of the journal is that culture must have many narratives from many different voices – from the established to the marginal, from the conventional to the deeply experimental.
To sum up our vision: Whatever our language, genre or medium, we will freely use our imagination to produce what we see as meaningful for our times. We insist on our freedom to speak and debate without hindrance, both to each other and to our readers and audience. Together, but in different voices, we will interpret and reinterpret the past, our common legacy of contesting narratives; and debate on the present through our creative work.
The magazine started in October last year. Issue #3 is out now, May 2016. Wait no more! Click here to enter the charm of Guftugu!