Here goes the old year 2019!

and that time of the year when old resolutions are to be forgotten, deleted and new ones to be adopted for the upcoming 12 months.

A time for bidding goodbye to the year that was---and bidding welcome to the new year that will be upon us soon; commemorating the cycle of old endings and new beginnings everywhere: the old is discarded; new, embraced happily; erasure and addition.

2019, in retrospect, was like every other year---mixed bag; good and bad; angry and peaceful; disappointing and delightful; euphoric and painful; stressing and calming.

Public protests.
Impeachment debate.
Hong Kong.

The news channels were busy with breaking news. The list grew.

Ordinary citizens threading their ways home or office in the midst of turmoil, tragedy and sanguine optimism for a better world…and the basic human hope that the it will also pass, the bad patch.

Same dualism, feelings this time also, attending the exit and entry of 365- days of the calendar.

A tiresome routine at the year-end for humanity; a welcome ritual that makes life more interesting, fun and human; in a rushed daily existence of schedules, long commutes, meeting deadlines and delivering goals, and, increasing revenue targets and profits, for the capital.

So, Goodbye, dear old, tumultuous 2019!

Welcome, dear young New Year---2020!

Let us pray for peace, harmony, wellbeing and positive changes of everyone.
We congratulate the winners of the Setu Awards for Excellence---2019.

They richly deserve recognition for their dedicated services to the field of arts. Our humble tokens for these stalwarts, as appreciation of their overall contributions to the domain of fine writing and visual arts, done in their individual signature styles.

Here is the formal list of the winners of both Hindi and English sections for their remarkable achievements:

Setu Award for Excellence---2019

  • Sonia Taneja (USA)
  • Mukta Singh Zocchi (USA)
  • Tamaso Lonsdale (Australia)
  • Jaydeep Sharangi (India)

Setu Special Award for Excellence---2019

  • Tahir Aslam Gora ( Canada)
  • Robert Maddox-Harle (Australia)
  • Chandra Mohan Bhandari (India)

The Setu global family feels proud in honouring these great talents and wishes them more honours in the coming months and years, health and longevity.

Most of the winners have been our valued contributors and some guest or regular editors as well.

Their guidance and help have helped evolve the journal from Pittsburgh and support deeply appreciated.

It is also a thrilling moment for us here at Setu!

A moment worth cherishing, savouring and preserving.

And inspiring for others.
A list of forthcoming special editions for the upcoming year of 2020 is also given in this issue for information.

The respective guest-editors are going to make open calls for these themed editions. You are welcome to participate by following the guidelines strictly in these projects curated by the reputed authors, critics and poets from across the world.

The idea is to provide more platforms for a wider engagement with the artistic community and to promote the best of the talents.
We again thank the editors, readers and contributors, for their sustained and loving support to this Duotrope-listed, bilingual, monthly, peer-reviewed journal with more than a million views so far.

The present issue comes with more exciting content and features.

Keep on visiting us, dear family!

Happy and Prosperous New Year to all!

Best wishes,
Sunil Sharma,
Editor, Setu (English)

Mumbai Metro Area, Maharashtra (India)

December 31, 2019


  1. Heartiest congratulations to all the winners of Setu Award of Excellence-2019! Heartiest congratulations to my dear friends Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi and Robert Harle on this well deserved honour!

  2. Thanks Paddy for your kind words. Rob


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