As a part of an Indian joint family, coexistence elucidates itself in my life abundantly. Sometimes, something as elementary as an afternoon meal implies learning to exist in a harmonious space with another family member and succumbing to a consensus. On other occasions, coexistence springs up in the avatar of a mother hoping to bind her sons to herself in the guise of "family" while simultaneously suggesting that their wives are "outsiders". Fast forward to high school and learning to accept myself with all my faults, acne, and stretch marks; only to realise that the paramount form of coexistence is the conjunction with self. Today, coexistence reflects itself in the corners of my room - a book on Mathematics sits atop a Romance novel, a sticky note on my wall reminds me of my academic work while a diary rests inside my cupboard with poetry scribbled on its pages.
We, collectively, observe coexistence in diverse platitudes of our existence. In science, atoms coexist to form tissues, tissues further coexist to form muscles, and muscles coexist to form the functional human body. In social studies, we explore the concept of social concurrence of human beings with nature, with other species, and amongst themselves. In language, the coexistence of words forms the writing you are able to read today. We've been taught from an early age that the world is meticulously built upon the phenomena of conjunction. The theories of peace, conflict, and survival, can all be traced back to mere 'coexistence'. Coexistence cascades itself into our lives as simply as sunshine falling on an indoor plant's leaves, as diversely as a shelf filled with read and unread books alike, as majestically as rivers flowing through the cracks between mountain rocks, as motherly as valleys lying on the lap of the hills.
The writers of this issue prompt us to explore coexistence in everyday life as well as distinctive settings. Leela Raj-Sankar traverses coexistence in a relationship while underlying a simultaneous discovery of self in her poem. In another corner of the issue, Marc Brightside writes a poem on the journey of coexisting with anger. Prithiva Sharma takes us to a family's dinner table while navigating coexistence in a domestic dynamic. There are many more poets and writers that will provide you with a curious perspective towards this issue's theme 'Learning to Coexist'. With this issue, we hope to bring to your screens the plethora of contemporaneousness and its kaleidoscopic interpretations from writers and artists across the world. Happy reading!
Love and Light,