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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

- Maya Angelou
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Gayatri Majumdar is editor, publisher and founder of critically acclaimed Indian literary journal, The Brown Critique (1995–2015). The journal published hundreds of established and emerging poets from India and other countries. Gayatri began her career as a journalist in Press Trust of India and The Independent in Mumbai. She later worked as assistant editor of Indian PEN (then edited by Nissim Ezekiel). Her career also encompasses leadership in the publishing industry and work in NGOs

Gayatri’s published and upcoming books include A Song for Bela (a novel, 2017), poetry collections Shout (2000), I Know You Are Here (Red River, 2019) and The Dream Pod (Copper Coin, 2021) and non-fiction

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Founded by writer and editor, Gayatri Majumdar, The Brown Critique literary quarterly in Mumbai

Brown Critique website

The Brown Critique’s special issue “Nostalgia” is published from Kolkata

Sampark (Kolkata/New Delhi) publishes Gayatri’s first book of poems Shout

The Brown Critique is revived with a blog where new poets, writers and artists are published apart from featuring key contributors from previous issues.

Brown Critique Books publishes several volumes of poems by new and established poets

Gayatri moves to Pondicherry

Sun Publishing (New Delhi/New York) publishes Gayatri’s novel A Song for Bela

Red River, New Delhi, publishes Gayatri’s second book of poems I Know You Are Here

  • An amazing year in which
    • Three Brown Critique books are out:
      • It’s Uncomplicated by Nitya Swaruba
      • Songs of the Deep by Harvinder Kaur
      • The lotus of the heart by Gayatri Majumdar
    • Copper Coin (new Delhi) publishes Gayatri’s third book of poems The Dream Pod
    • The Brown Critique publishes its first anthology “Home”
    • The lotus of the heart: Gayatri’s fifth book and first non-fiction of the ‘philosophical’ genre is published by Brown Critique Books
    • Our website is re-launched
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The lotus of the heart – realization stories-I

Gayatri Majumdar

It’s Uncomplicated and other painless truths

Nitya Swaruba