In this issue, read about an arduous passage two brothers are forced to take through the mountains of Kashmir to Gilgit in Suffernama; a forest ranger’s quest to rescue a group of teenagers lost deep in the woods of Russia (or is it Ukraine?) in Into the Woods; a young Polish immigrant in the UK as she faces the challenges of being a foreigner in a faraway land in Take Me Home; a trader of Arab descent who discovers great food – and a sense of home! – along the Silk Route in The Travelling Thread; and the incredible winter migration of demoiselle cranes from their breeding grounds in Mongolia to a welcoming village in Gujarat in Padharo Mhare Des.
In the January-March 2022 issue of Comixense, a young comics creator unpacks her relationship with ideals of beauty in The Tyranny of Beauty, a yesteryears film star finds liberation in becoming invisible to the public eye in Sitara Devi, a queer man learns to accept tattooing as a beautiful art form in Tattoo, a small-town boy’s lifelong fascination with the grandeur and splendour of the Taj Mahal leads to a strange encounter with some relics of the past in Finding Mumtaz, a dog in the French countryside accidentally stumbles across a cave of many wonders in The Cave Painters, and a murder mystery in Imperial Rome unfolds around a rare and coveted colour in Died in the Wool.
The October 2021 issue of Comixense begins with Hum Dekhenge, where two roommates in a girls’ hostel conspire to stand up to the stifling rules of their institution. In Bond... Jamal Bond, an agent with high-flying dreams finds himself ensnared in a tale of two borders. On the House is a story about a group of young aspiring rappers who catch a ‘lucky break’ and use it to try and force their way into a more promising future. The mysterious Ahmad ibn Majid helps guide Vasco da Gama’s expedition to Arrakis for reasons that are not entirely clear to the ship’s crew in The Fourth of the Three. We look at the ongoing government surveillance scandal in The Pegasus Affair, and explain why this breach of privacy is important for all Indians to be aware of.
The Adivasi will not Dance, an adaptation of an award-winning short story, fleshes out how a conflict of interest between the Santhal way of life and the government-corporate idea of development and progress stems from starkly different ways of interacting with the natural world. Playing with Bats is about an ordinary day in the life of the Ouamouno family, who live in a small village in the middle of the jungle in southern Guinea. Things suddenly take an unexpected turn. The Irritability of Plants is an introduction to the legacy of J.C. Bose, a great Indian polymath whose discoveries on plants and other natural phenomena were way ahead of his time. In ‘Making It’ Isn’t Easy, an ordinary student learns from extraordinary beings hidden in plain sight. Under the Snake’s Belly is a prose piece that comes to terms with the true origins of the giant, concrete architecture that dominate our cities. Finally, in Roots, we travel to a tiny island in Tamil Nadu where a young boy reconnects with his roots, paving the way for a new way of life in the process of doing so.
The Plague Doctor’s Apprentice harks back to 17th-century Italy to comment on our 21st-century pandemic. Love for Dummies toys with the notion of what happens when AI-powered dummies have thoughts about art and love. The inhabitants of the City of Astronomers ponder the universe. We contrast two hospital implements – one much-lauded and one often overlooked – in The Razor and the Scalpel. And finally, The Captain takes you into the innards of a fishing boat in Kerala and the inner life of its skipper.