Things to Know

This is NOT the Kinaara magazine. This is a journal where people associated with Kinaara write down updates of what they have been doing. Bookmark this blog, follow it, add it to your Favourites and all that if you're interested in keeping track of what's going on behind the scenes at Kinaara


 - Put up calls for submission for individual editions.
- Put up notices for events/programmes as and when they take place.
- Write down reports of the said events/programmes after they have taken place.
- Publish our monthly newsletter.
- Ask for your opinion/suggestions on different issues. 
- Keep a record of any other work we are doing.


- Accept your work. All submissions should be directed to
- Publish your work. That's what the magazine is for, right?
- Critique your work. Please don't leave us blog links or copy-paste your writing in the comment section. Kinaara is not a critiquing service. People get paid for that kind of work.
- Accept random contributors. The only contributors to this blog are people who are doing some kind of work for Kinaara and need to tell our readers about what they're doing. If you want to make any announcement, get in touch with us at

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Meeting the third

Date: 29. 05. 2009
Location: Cafe Coffee Day, Golpark, Kolkata
Time: 6 pm - 7:45 pm

Attended: Monidipa Mondal, Rohit K. Dasgupta, Anomitra Biswas, Priyanka Nandy, Bedatri Datta Choudhury, Diviani Chaudhuri


First meeting since all the out-of-station tentative board members came to town. A rather more formal meeting, this, than the last two (if by formal you mean not at someone's house or a college canteen, and we do).

i) Priyanka, Diviani and Bedatri were updated on whatever had happened,

ii) new things discussed:
- inclusion of Ramanuj Mukherjee in governing body,
- policies of the magazine,
- initial calculations of money required to set up the magazine,
- discussions on how the money is to raised,
- discussions on possible donations, collaborations, advertisements etc.,
- how long our out-of-town members {bedatri, diviani and rimi (priyanka)} are staying in kolkata,

iii) discussions were continued about:
- the registration of the magazine,
- the possible collaboration with Open Space and what can transpire,
- the planning of the magazine launch,
- invitees for the panel discussion at the launch and the topic of discussion.

Anomitra Biswas

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Meeting 2

Date: 27. 05. 2009
Location: Bonami (Monida's Canteen), Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Time: 1:30 pm - 3 pm

Attended: Monidipa Mondal, Rohit K. Dasgupta, (Anomitra Biswas).


Rohit having come back to Kolkata (he wasn't in town during the first meeting), the three of us met up at Monida's canteen at JU after Anomitra and I had written an extra-departmental examination in Sanskrit.

i) Rohit was updated on the discussions from Meeting 1.

ii) We talked about:

- the inclusion of Omair Anwar in the Editorial Board,
- details of website-building,
- a possible collaboration with Open Space (Pune),
- beginning to plan a physical launch programme for Kinaara,
- more discussion on the date, location, costs, kind of programme, people to be invited for the above,
- interactions happening at the Facebook group for Kinaara,
- submissions we have already received,
- the next meeting that would include the other tentative board members of Kinaara.

Monidipa Mondal

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Meeting the first, slightly truncated.

Date: 23.05.2009.
Location: Anomitra's place, Kolkata.

Attended: Anomitra Biswas; Monidipa Mondal.

  • Progress with art.
  • Progress with website.
  • Magazine launch. ( date, location, events)

Anomitra Biswas

Thursday, May 21, 2009

First public appearance

The Kinaara project was made public yesterday (May 20, 2009) at a number of online platforms. The Facebook group was created, and along with it the existence of this blog and the email address ( were announced. Notices were also put up on a number of journals and relevant communities on LiveJournal and Dreamwidth. The people who wrote and put up these notices are Anomitra Biswas (Rhea Silvia/Rhea) and me (Monidipa Mondal/Mandy). Has anyone else written, forwarded links/emails and/or invited friends? Would you like a mention in this space? Please let us know. 

The logo we are currently using for all purposes is a tentative iteration created by Karno Guhathakurta. He may want to make minor changes to it before the final website goes up, or we'll use the current model. Opinions and suggestions on the logo are welcome. 

The last time I checked the Facebook group - a few minutes back - we had exactly 100 members. 100 members in a little less than two days! That's very, very encouraging for everyone who's working behind the scenes at Kinaara, and I hope it makes us remember the responsibility to not disappoint so many people when we finally deliver. Thank you for all your support and belief in us!

Submissions have started coming in, which is another very good sign. I suppose I'm not allowed to talk about what we've got till now, or how many. Trade secret sorta thing. You'll have to wait till the magazine launches to find out about that little intrigue.

That's all for now, then.

Monidipa Mondal