The story of Glimpse begins with the realisation that we, as a journal, did not have a story to tell.
Sure, our flyers, Facebook posts, and website repeated the phrases ‘a sense of place and language’, ‘political awareness’, and ‘translations’ ad nauseam, but what did we want to do with these strings of words? What did we, at Plot Number Two, hope to achieve?
That was when someone came up with the idea of a sneak preview; this eventually developed into the special edition, Glimpse. The stories in this edition are, above all, stories about the world around us; some pieces have been written by the members of the team, while others were commissioned for this edition.
We begin with poems by Sabah Merchant and Hiteshi Ajmera, who tell us what it means to belong to a place. ‘Tokyo’ brings to life the sights and sounds of the Japanese metropolis. Hiteshi’s poem, ‘Where Do I Come From?’, addresses the question that people casually ask us during our first days at college: ‘where are you from?’ Although one can respond to that question in one word, Hiteshi reminds us that it’s hard to describe the homes that many of us, as undergraduates, leave for the first time.
In a time where everyone is in a rush to label everyone else a ‘nationalist’ or ‘anti-nationalist’, Abhishek Mishra thinks about what nationalism once meant for India. With her story, ‘The Fantastic Adventures of Aakriti T.’, Grishma Purewal continues to push the idea of Indian nationalism and what it means today. When a seemingly comical incident on the Delhi Metro becomes an issue of ‘national security’, the story forces us to think the ridiculousness of a ‘nationalism’ that is hinged around what one eats and drinks.
Finally, Anjali Krishnakumar, in her piece ‘Walk Like A Man’, gives quirky insights into the confident swagger of men on the streets of Pune. What does it mean to ‘walk like a man’? And why is it any different from ‘walking like a woman’?
Now, that we have stories to tell, I will merely point you in their direction. These are the stories of Ashoka University, Plot #2, Sonepat. And these are the stories that make up the second plot—a plot always overlooked in service of the dominant narratives. This is the plot that you almost missed.
Welcome to Plot Number Two.