- Michelle D'costa
“Dear Nikhil Sharda : I always look forward to your informative editor’s notes.I usually find editors notes boring in general because they are dry and always contain the expected.You put great effort into your editor’s notes. They are interesting and informative. Keep it up.Great effort!!”
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- Purva Grover
“I heard the song and made everyone around me listen to it too! They loved it. Now about the March Issue – I loved the edit note it was so informative, well worded and personal at the same time.
The variety in the content amazed me, forgive the cliche but there is something for everyone in there. I loved the poems specially ‘The Journey of a Poem’. Snap! was also a good read. I liked the used of images & illustrations though they can be used in a far better and smarter way. A slight visual relief would really enhance the magazine say even a rule or box here & there. Perhaps the information that a poem is now a song could be in a bolder font!
The special feature was also nice. I found Vinita Nangia’s interview a misfit somehow both in terms of writing and choice of person.
I also went through all the previous covers and while I liked most of them I couldn’t really see a pattern there. A pattern say India inspired stuff (truck art and chai stall) helps one identify with the magazine. Perhaps you could think of bringing some kind of artistic consistency there.
In all, a pleasant read for anyone who wants a thought to stay with him/her. I’d say the magazine is not a mere collection of works but thoughts of people from all across that add so much depth to the issue.
That’s it for now! Look forward to your next issue.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
For those who still think the literature of India is just about gods, the British raj, extreme poverty, Bollywood movies, or call centres full of people mimicking American accents, please read this collection of short stories and poetry from some of India’s best and most promising writers. I was especially taken with “The Tree Husband,” a short story by Barnali Saha about a woman’s longing for a marriage that scarcely exists, longing in the presence of another bond that is far more certain. As well, “Phobia,” the story of one young woman who wants to pursue a career and other ambitious goals and does not want to be pregnant (at least not yet) will leave you with a bit of an ache in your heart.
Read this collection. As soon as you are able.
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- Neelima Vinod
“eFiction India is trying to fill in a huge gap that the magazine industry has in this part of the world- there are so many stories to tell from so many parts of the country. But where are all those stories going? It would be a shame not to read the new voices that are coming out, streaming out even, every single Indian day on the calendar. E-fiction offers stories that are very readable- with different shades of experience be it humour, romance or angst. Poetry is not ignored either, in fact it is relished with some of the poems being turned into songs. ‘Creativity counts no coins’ is a feature that stayed with me once I read the magazine. How necessary it is to give quality education if our children, our future, are to shine bright and tell us braver, better stories! Look forward to more thought-provoking issues in the future!”
- Monika Pant
“The story fragment is excellent, makes me want to read more of it…perhaps that’s what flash fiction is about….but i wish it had not ended so abruptly, could have been longer. But very good use of words.You can develop it further, I feel.”