From The Editor
A very Happy New Year! Welcome to the Taj December 2004! The whole world saw most intense, almost frenzied campaigning by President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry for 211 US Presidential election. Congratulations to President Bush, probably the most powerful man in the world today. I pray for Peace in Iraq. "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of"(Tennyson).
I hope you will enjoy these Poems, Short stories, Reflections, Book Reviews, and contributing artists' brief bios provided in a separate section. Taj is a well-planned and meticulous publication, and it extends the hand of friendship in the true spirit of Peace, across the continents, by including writings from all over the world. I have tried very hard to find out the essence and root of contemporary literature, then to publish the most precious works in Taj. Several authors with their new inventive forms criticize the new dictatorship of Science and materialism over humanism and ethical values. They condemn 'hypocrisies of official society' (John Aldridge), and the totalitarianism of the postmodern machine age afflicted with 'a shark-teeth frost' and 'bloodhorses of sex'. Even in the new millennium the words of Matthew Arnold (1822-88) have special significance and truth:
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
The greatness of a literary work depends on its dedication to the increase of Peace and Love, the redemption of the oppressed, and the creation of mutual sympathies. The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, The Bible, Huckleberry Finn are immortal works of this kind.
I'm greatly obliged to all the authors for their cooperation and help, and all subscribers for their kind support.
With Best Wishes