May lights continue to illuminate your life - Editorial

Diwali is over.
Sparks still there.
May lights continue to illuminate your life!

The October Setu is here---the labour of love for arts manifest in each work carefully selected by three editors located in the USA and India, coordinating through telecon or e-mails, delivering against tight deadlines and work pressures.

Thanks to that synergy, the bilingual Setu is making its presence felt in the artistic stratrosphere. It is humbling---the love and confidence of the worshippers of beauty and truth!

With more artists patronising the liberal venture, we feel blessed. It is our humble way of serving the global community of producers and consumers of aesthetic values.
Your continual support is our mainstay.

This time the focus is on Ghazal in its English avatar.
There are two great poets---Liusaidh and Steffen Hortsmann--- rendering the Oriental genre of poetry into English for a discerning audience that loves experimentation and varied forms of expression of self and the world; in the present case, via a tightly-controlled poetry so popular in Asia---and now across the countries---with the youth and lovelorn for speaking out on their behalf in an indifferent culture. You can call it the New Zen of the West.
An exhaustive essay on the form by noted writer Patricia Collins digs deep into its politics and complexties. It is illuminating.

There are other regular features as well.
Established and emerging writers, as usual, grouped in this space.
Poetry; prose; fiction; translation; review, to name a few, and, a vintage interview with Usha Kishore respected internationally, for her empowering vision rooted in the Indian heritage and Western locations, spatial, emotive, intellectual and cognitive.

Trying our best to make the Setu better every month. The Hindi section hosts a poetry contest. More on the horizon.
Wish to recognise talent from any corner.

Setu  has become a bridge between the Occident and Orient. A huge multi-national family of visualisers!

Please do write in. Send opinions---good or critical or both. Hurl the brickbats. Love them as well. They make us realize mistakes, weakness. Will improve on those areas sincerely.
Send your best pieces for the upcoming issues, please.

We welcome everybody in our midst. Come and be part of the ongoing Utsava.

Happy hours!