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Editorial (Issue-1)

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A new world calls for a new, evocative collection of thoughts and ideas, views and approaches. The unfortunate circumstances have rained melancholy upon people worldwide, but the current scenario in India, relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, has pulled a veil over the gleefulness of the ones awaiting Durga Puja and Navratri. Durgotsav is celebrated with tremendous emotional loudness by Indians and non-natives alike, in India, and around the globe, irrespective of caste and religion. The one-month late arrival of the Goddess this year has fostered some hope to curb the condition before the festivities begin. Golden Cauldron, with the help of creators and thinkers from varied backgrounds, has begun brewing the euphoric potion to start healing the senses, quenching the cerebral thirst, knitting the enthusiasts together into one large community of literary harmony.

The pandemic has been devastating for our economy as well as our mental and physical health. Its calamitous effect has had an impact on every class and group of people, not even sparing the innocent street animals. While some are still stuck in faraway cities isolated from their aged parents, at this crucial time, many others have lost their jobs or are suffering huge losses in business. The playgrounds are not safe for our children, the schools don’t roar in merry laughter, we are always frightful for our ageing elderlies, the youth is suffering dejection - we are constantly wrenched between life and death. In such a bizarre situation, when half of the country is hungry, indulging in literary thoughts and ideas may apparently feel fanciful. But undeniably, literature not only reflects the society but also influences society to a huge extent. From the historic Greek age of Plato, to the growing fascist culture, the role of the poets, or cultivators of literature so to say has been questioned time and again. However, every age has its own Aristotle, Sidney or Eliot, who through the ages, have given fitting replies to the fingers pointed towards the necessity of art and literature.

As Wordsworth says:

“… How strange that all
The terrors, pains, and early miseries,
Regrets, vexation, lassitudes interfused
Within my mind…”

In this present situation of trauma, turmoil, disillusionment and perplexity, our quills and brushes can definitely bring some relief to our burning hearts, or can ignite a flame of inspiration and necessary rebellion. Golden Cauldron magazine aims at bringing together the discordant thoughts of every mind, bridging the social distance which we ought to maintain.

The auspicious day of Mahalaya marks the termination of pitripakshya and the divine inception of devipakshya. The divine ritualistic offering to our forefathers is performed on this very day, seeking their blessings. With the chanting of holy verses of Chandi or Durga Saptasati, and the ritualistic invocation of Goddess Durga, we are awakened with our inner power of goodness to demolish every evil. We too therefore, start this new journey on the occasion of Mahalaya. This unusual pandemic situation has made our Puja celebration uncertain. We may not be able to enjoy the street food drives or pandal hopping this year, but Golden Cauldron ensures a mirthful and joyous time for its readers, which they can enjoy in the safety of their homes.

Golden Cauldron is a literary magazine that displays a simple, easy to navigate layout, intended for ease of use and accessibility. The unsophisticated dropdown menu holds the cabinets (buttons), flaunting the different sections of the magazine – Editorial, Articles, Essays, Reviews, Poetry, Short Stories, Interviews, Travelogue and Gallery (to be stacked with artworks and photographs). The top slider holds important (clickable) sections, relevant to every issue, and the bottom slider is meant to contain easily accessible and clickable thumbnails of all previous issues, once the magazine shoots forth. The homepage holds all the necessary information minus the hardship of scavenging past irrelevant buttons and sections, often uncalled for.

This Mahalaya special issue features an interesting interview article by Ipsita Das, interviewing respectable teacher from Auxilium Convent School Barasat, Mrs. Sarbari RayChowdhury Dasgupta (19 years of teaching experience after completing M.A. in History, Bengali, Sociology, Hindi and B.Ed), regarding online teaching experience from both students’ and teachers’ ends. Although the glitter of Puja celebrations is overwhelming, more serious aspects of virtual exchange demand attention, to which Mrs. Srabani RayChowdhury Dasgupta’s views cater with ingenuity.

The long-drawn absence of travel due to the safety restrictions has surfaced the lurking restlessness in us. Editor-in-Chief at the renowned journal, Litinfinite, editor at TechTouchTalk, the ever inspiring and energetic writer and adventure seeker, Prof. Sreetanwi Chakraborty has taken it upon her to satiate this thirst for motion, with her entertaining and informative travelogue about places in Sikkim, where she gives a detailed account of the noteworthy aspects of Pelling, Uttarey and Versey.

Durga Puja is a time of homecoming. Not only does Goddess Durga come to visit her paternal home, people across the globe make arrangements to come back to their near and dear ones during this time. Unfortunately, this year, it won’t be possible for most. The initiative of Golden Cauldron magazine is to form a community of readers, writers and artistic minds. We, as an extended family can join hands to reduce the eeriness of such a difficult and challenging situation. Untouched and unaffected by the outside chaotic circus of misinformation and misjudgment, the Cauldron is bubbling with unbiased, authentic and intellectually gritty bone broth, as well as the much-needed seasoning of emotional softness and consideration.