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In Japan there is a legend that anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will have their wishes realized. But folding cranes, and the meditative, solemn care that it involves, has come to mean more than just an exercise in wish making. Origami cranes have become a symbol of renewal, atonement and warning. A Thousand Cranes for India, is an anthology that uses the Japanese paper crane as a metaphor to explore some of the fault lines that threaten India: gender, sexuality, caste, class, religion. It assembles a formidable cast of some of India’s finest poets, journalists, and storytellers who use the weapons at their disposal – words – to refuse hatred, and to reclaim the vision of pluralism that they believe to be integral to their country’s identity.
Pallavi Aiyar is an award winning foreign correspondent and the author of several books, most recently, Jakarta Tails.
Veena Venugopal is the author of two works of non-fiction—The Mother-in-Law and Would You Like Some Bread With That Book. She is currently working on her first novel.
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist, translator and curator; he is the author of many books, including Central Time, Vanishing Acts, and I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded.
Dr. Indira Chandrasekhar is a scientist, a writer, a literary curator and the founder and principal editor of Out of Print, one of the primary platforms for short fiction bearing a connection to the Indian subcontinent. Out of Print : Ten Years, an anthology celebrating ten years of the magazine was just brought out by Context and a collection of her short stories, Polymorphism, was published by HarperCollins.