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Copyright:  Dec 1,2005

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Taj Mahal Review


If I am out of my mind, it’s all right with me, thought Moses Herzog.

-Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

An International Literary Journal 


Edited by: Dr. Santosh Kumar
Binding: Paperback (pp: 516 with a separate section of authors bio)
0972-6004   $25
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Publisher:, India
Pub. Date:
Dec. 2005

Front & Back Cover Art: Louie Levy    (JK Cote Premium Art Paper 300 GSM) 

From The Editor

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year! Welcome to Taj Mahal Review, December 2005! London blasts on 7 and Delhi blasts on Saturday October 29, 05 prove once again the brutality of terrorism. The ethical poverty caused by a deplorable loss of human values, the unfortunate triumph of consumerism and materialism, worship of money and machine- all these make my heart bleed, yet I hope the bright and luminous artists will one day find an answer to the vices of contemporary reality. What a pity that fascist and terrorist powers and values are rising in such monstrous and terrifying times!

The recent hurricanes in USA caused the death of so many persons. On behalf of the whole Cyberwit staff I express my anguish and sorrow, and pray for peace to the bereaved families. Another tragic incident was a terrible earthquake killing a great number of innocent persons in Kashmir in India. It is possible that the carbon dioxide by increasing the earth’s temperature and thereby disturbing the ecological balance, has resulted in such disastrous hurricanes. Some kind of policy is the need of the present times, so that the tragedy is never repeated.

Congratulations to Harold Pinter (b.1930), British playwright who was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature. On October 13, 05 the Swedish Academy remarked "in his plays [Harold Pinter] uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms." His "comedies of menace" create "Pinteresque" atmosphere where the words and language are ‘rearguard attempts to keep ourselves to ourselves’.

Beware of "unfools of unbeing"! The best elucidation of this line by ee. cummings is by Norman Friedman: "people who are too stereotyped to be eccentric-people who are too dead spiritually to exist at all and who call alive individual fools" (ee. cummings the art of his poetry).

I have found it a rich experience to read the following lines from "The Second Coming" by W. B.Yeats (1865-1939):

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Poetry is the only panacea to end all the evils infecting mankind. I’m indebted to the authors and artists for their invaluable support and help. I thank all subscribers and benefactors. Without their cooperation, the publication of Taj Mahal Review is not possible.




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Airton Adami (Pitti) Christopher English
Janet K. Brennan
Jeroen van Valkenburg
Lynda M Ortiz
Marcelo de Melo
Minerva Bloom
Patricia Wellingham-Jones
Peter Schwartz
Ray Wilkins
T.D. Ruley
Tatiana Pahlen
Zabrina Carpio-Egan

Adam Powell
Martin M. Jacobsen
Michael Yarsky
Tony Donovan

Jennifer DiCamillo
Steve Finbow

A. Alan Beck
Alan M. Danzis
Alan Jepsen
Amie Louise Ruth Aitken
Andrew McIntyre
Andy Henion
Barbara Anton
Bob Sorensen
Boris Tsessarsky
C.S. Watts
Chloe Noland
Comateta M. Clifton
Dave P. Fisher
David Lee Kirkland
David McLain
Eileen Cruz Coleman
Elad Haber
Elliot Satsky
Eric Tessier
Ernest Alonzo
G. K. Wuori
Geoff Langdon
Ginae B. McDonald
Graeme M Fielden
Grace Joyner
Harrison Q. Blackwood
Inda Schaenen
Jacque Turner
Jane Timm Baxter
Janet K. Brennan
Jennifer Aitken
Jennifer DiCamillo
Jerry Craven
John M. Floyd
John Cuetara
Jonathan Lyons
Julie Failla Earhart
Karen Templin
Kim Moorehouse
Kirstie Anders
Leon Barnes
Louis E. Bourgeois
Michael Hartford
Mike Pilola
Paul Corman-Roberts
Paul Perilli
Peter Ebsworth
R.G. Larsen
Rich Hallstrom
Rich Logsdon
Rob Rosen
Russell Heller
Skeeze Whitlow
Stefan Kiesbye
Stephen Shepherd
Steve Mitchell
Sydnee Elliot
Tanya Underwood
Tatiana Pahlen
Tony Nesca
Vera Searles
Whit Honea
X&Al Danzabel

Shelagh McKenna

Adam Donaldson Powell
Alaina Macdonald
Albert Russo
Alexei Ogorodov
Amanda Dexter
Andy Harding
Ben Barton Capt. Ed Davidson
Carol Moldaw
Charles Ray
Christopher Mulrooney
David Gregory Davies
Del Senkbeil
Delores Fisher
Dennis E Newell
Dinah Berland
Douglas Ryan Boin
Edward Hanson
Eugenia Hepworth Petty
Floriana Hall
Geert Verbeke
Glenn W. Cooper
Henry Mascia
Isabel Guevara
Janet K. Brennan
Jéanpaul Ferro
Jerry Bradley
Jessie Erikson
Joseph Duvernay
L A Hutson
Lisa Zaran
Louie Levy
Marianne LaValle-Vincent
Mario Susko
Michael Estabrook
Michael Fowler
Michael Lee Fuller
Monica E. Smith
Peter Krok
Peter Schwartz
Richard Krawiec
Robin M. Buehler
Rose Marie Streeter
Santosh Kumar
Shirley Bolstok
Sonya Easterday
Sparrow Sandoz
Susan M Guerra
Susan Snowden
W. S. Mayo
Yvonne Sparkes
Zena Johnson

Professional Reviews

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I have just received my copy of the December 2005 issue of The Taj Majal Review. Thank you so much for exceptionally quick service. This issue appears to be the best yet. I especially liked the increased spacing between lines which makes it very easy to read. I don't know how you manage to bring out such an outstanding product at a price of only $16.00, considering that the price includes the air mail registered postage. That's almost giving it away.

Tony Donovan, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

dear reading mind out there somewhere of dr santosh kumar today the book volume 4 number 2 december 2005 came into my hands and under my eyes and inside my mind. mille grazie... i did also appreciate the photo of the waterfalls - where i was born waterfalls are a manifold joy rushing spectacle - meranoaltoadige in bella italia. i received two more books today - so i will have ample time to spend myfestive times abrowsing enjoy warm and quiet restive festive time i sign with a wideopenskydecemberlondonsmile of gratitude. i am reading all the stories and poems and admire the art work again and again and i think u are doing a great job - ur secret seems to be that u enjoy editing and publishing and it is a pity there are so many hills and valleys between us - but - alas - there is imagination realm...

xandal danzabel

I just received my copy of Taj Mahal Review in the mail and wanted to write and tell you how beautiful it is. Thank you so much for including my piece in with the work of some truly gifted writers. I have been reading the other stories and poems and enjoying them immensely. Also, the second journal, Voice of the Phoenix, is equally fascinating to read.

Chloe Noland

I received both copies and am very satisfied.

Boris Tsessarsky

The volumes arrived yesterday. They look beautiful. I look forward to enjoying the artwork and reading the poetry and stories. Thank you also for including "Voice Of The Phoenix".

Elliot Satsky

Truly, Dr. Kumar, Mr. Agrawal, and all your staff, The Taj Mahal Review is as packed full of interesting reading as it is beautiful. Once again your hard work has resulted in a terrific contribution to world literature. Many, many thanks (including even a small thanks for the excellent packaging of the book which allowed it to survive its long postal journey in fine condition) for all of your efforts.


Thanks for the follow-up, Karunesh. Not only is all fine here, but I received my copies of TMR and I shipped them to various friends who like to read.


Yes, I did receive my copies of TMR Dec. 05--and I am pleased with the results.


Yesterday, I received the book, and it's beautiful. Again, thank you very much for selecting my story " Under a San Francisco Sky" for publication.

Ernest Alonzo

Yes, I received it the other day. A funny thing to be published in India, after living in Bombay/Mumbai for a year in 2001-02. :) I've told our friends there about the Taj Mahal Review, and am eager to read the work of the others you've included.

J Lyons

Yes, I received everything in great condition.

J Turner

Taj Mahal Review is a wonderful magazine, and I'm very thrilled to be a part of it. I've read several of the stories and enjoyed each of them. Thanks again for making my story a part of TMR.

C.S. Watts

It's a nice looking book; well done on the layout and design. I'm working through the stories now -- I've recognized a couple authors, like the dark atmosphere. Proud to be part of it. Keep up the good work.

Andy Henion

I am very impressed with the issue so far.

L A Hutson

Oh, yes, I did receive my books and they were just beautiful, as always. I can't tell you how proud I am to be a part of such a "giving" publication. I look forward to working with you in the years
to come.

J Brennan

Another fine issue! I especially thought that the colour plates layed side by side with some of the poetry was just stunning. And please thank Santosh for his thoughtful Christmas card.

A. Alan Beck

I need apologize for my reaction to what I had first seen of the cover online thinking that the best half of my photo was cropped for the front cover. I love what you've had done with the wrap around over the binding and onto the back. The print quality finely compliments the original. I'm very proud to have it appear on TMR. Please feel free to forward me any comments given the cover and, or my writing. Also honored to have 5 of my favorite poems on 7 pages accepted and so finely printed and formatted. Making it also available in hardcover beautifully enhances its wonder filled content.The much improved packaging resulted in all books arriving in perfect condition. Packaging 6 TMR seems to be the perfect size and weight for its safe handling enroute. What with having my fussy portrait artistry commenting Possibly enlarging your photo 2-3 X and insisting that your printer improve its pictoral resolution. I like your color photo in 'Harvests', Attractively enlarged some will all the more compliment your brilliant Editorials. Should I ever brave a voyage to visit you all in India. I would have you all pose for a deserving group portrait that would appear somewhere within Cyberwits pages. just a few ideas ...out yonder to ponder from out here in So. California
It would be very encouraging to have an ongoing ONLINE 'Comment to Contributors' page that we can read and an email to thank the readers. Interactions will most certainly encourage subscriptions and an opportunity to make new friends. Hopefully, all efforts will help TMR's 'Earthy' Peaceful contents be judged by its inviting cover.

I'm delighted of having my photo art embrace the front and back cover of your wonder filled Dec' 05 TMR issue. Appearing, are five of my poems, proudly contented, among the many talented writers. Cyberwit continues to dedicate and academically publish worldwide for Peace, Empathy and Goodwill. Soulful inspires that have its contributors and readers support its premise for Earths Rescue. For as long I'm given the spiritualness of mind and aging body, my sincere efforts will strive to support its existence Thankful to our Chief Editor, Dr Santosh Kumar, its entire staff and productive facilities. Please help subscribe as loving gifts for the New Year.

'Save the Planet,
Save its Families'

Louie Levy

It's a beautiful book with a lot of interesting fiction in it. I'm read some of the stories already and have quite a few more to go. It's so impressive the amount of diversive fiction you're able to deliver from a vast pool of writers. I'm very happy to be part of your book.

Elad Haber

I am enjoying it. It's refreshing to read, unusual in these times.

Richard Krawiec

It is beautiful. Congratulations.

Airton Adami and family.

Thank you so much for again using my work in Taj Mahal Review. You made an elegant production of the poem superimposed on the photo and the whole volume is handsome indeed.

Patricia Wellingham-Jones

I am so sorry I have not written you sooner. My work schedule has been crazy, and I have no access to e-mail there. I did receive the Review, and it is lovely!! It has introduced me to so many new writers. Thank you again so very much for including me in your wonderful journal. It has opened another door on the world for me.

Eugenia Hepworth Petty

What one knew on Thursday,
by Friday, with grace, another found out.
On Monday the first re-assesses,
by Tuesday both are in doubt.
But this questioning makes fail, only that work love does not do.
Then, if, like the '..Review' love senses its own presence,
extent of good work shows equal love's due.
I received, read the opening pages and dived-in here and there
in the Review, am quite glad to be part and plan to spend quality time with.

Joseph Duvernay

I just glanced thru it, but I am sure it is going to be a great one to read... for those who like poetry and those who like to read short stories.. I like to read both since I used to write short stories too.
I always give a copy to an elderly lady who lives next door.. She loves
your publications and reads them from cover to cover and then gives
them to her children to read. Thanks also for HELICON, Santosh's book.. I am sure I will enjoy it.

Luv, Del

I received the two books and was delighted to see how beautifully you handled my work. From the attractive covers to the inspiring content your project was flawless. I'm honored to have been included in such an excellent publication. Just wanted you to know that everyone who sees Taj Mahal is very complimentary. You certainly did a splendid job of producint an outstanding book.

Barbara Anton

They are beautiful and it's a real pleasure to read all these very good stories.

Eric Tessier

I did receive the Taj Mahal Review and it looks great! Thank you!
Also many thanks for the enclosed picture of the waterfall.

Tanya Underwood

I did indeed receive it, and it was wonderful. And I put the little picture of the waterfall on my bulletin board, heh. I will spread a good word about you guys. I hope your new year has started out well.

Jessie Erikson

I’m sorry, I thought I had mentioned that it came, yes it is here and a fine read from cover to cover, thanks for having me in there,

Michael Estabrook

I received the Review and was very impressed by the production quality as well as the contents. Cyberwit has done an excellent job!

Graeme Fielden

Thank you for checking up on this. I did receive the copies, it is a beautiful edition.

Andrew McIntyre

A very readable volume and a good value considering the $7.50 US in postage.

Rich Hallstrom

Thank you so much for mailing my copy of the book. It is most attractive and I am proud to be included. I am also enjoying reading the other writers' work.

Susan Snowden

From the editor
Taj Mahal Review
Periodicity June and December every year

Taj Mahal Review is devoted to the cause of poetry so that our planet may be a better place to live in. The Journal aims is to publish the poets and writers in English all over the world. The Journal also includes author's profile in a special section providing biographical notes on each of the included poets. Taj Mahal Review is a quality production using the finest material and craftsmanship. Cyberwit's Taj Mahal Review extends the hand of friendship, in the true spirit of Peace across the continents

From Maria Cristina Azcona
Read Taj Mahal Review.
You will enter this fascinating world where you will find magnificent poems short stories and reviews by wonderful writers. worldwide.
There is no other literary journal with a high quality presentation and carefully selected contents as Taj Mahal Review

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