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Taj Mahal Review Dec 2006
by Maria Cristina Azcona  Albert Russo , Karunesh Kumar Agrawal, Santosh Kumar,Adam Donaldson Powell, Martin Jacobsen,Myron Joshua,Crystal D. Arbogast ,Donna J. Howard,Wendy Bandurski-Miller, Louie Levy, Robert D Rice, W R Mayo and others 

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Copyright:  December 12, 2006

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Taj Mahal Review

Welcome to the Taj December 2006! The aim of Taj is to promote Art and Poetry for Peace & Brotherhood across diverse nations. This issue contains an extensive selection of most notable artwork, poems and short stories created by artists from all over the world.

An International Literary Journal 

VOLUME 5 NUMBER 2 DEC. 2006 (10th Issue)

Edited by: Dr. Santosh Kumar
Binding: Paperback & Hardback (pp: 488 with a separate section of authors bio)
In Stock
(Ships within 1 to 2 days)
Publisher:, India
Pub. Date:
Dec. 2006
Front Cover Art: Robert M. Walker (JK Cote Premium Art Paper 300 GSM) 

From The Editor

Welcome to the Taj December 2006! The aim of Taj is to promote Art and Poetry for Peace & Brotherhood across diverse nations. This issue contains an extensive selection of most notable artwork, poems and short stories created by artists from all over the world. The artists whose works appear in Taj are selected because of their innovative style, and their faith in limitless freedom of expression  devoid of superfluous ornamentation, empty verbiage and hollow generalities. The most important thing for a creative artist is to posses some inward Platonic reality to face the dark unspirituality and ‘homelessness’ of the postmodern ethos. The most obvious and inescapable aspect of  the poems, artwork and short stories included in this issue is to convey the idea that there are as diverse ways of creative expression as there are individualities.

Terrorist attack on July 11, 06 by seven bombs on the train network in Mumbai, India killed more than 170 people and injured 500. These trains carry about six million commuters daily. It reminded me of Hardy’s famous statement: “Happiness is but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain” (The Mayor of Casterbridge). Hardy advises us in his another novel: “Our plan should be to move onward through good and evil-to avoid morbid sorrow even though we see ugliness in the world; to do good cheerfully, following Spinoza, battle with our evil star and follow out our ideals” (Tess of the D’Urbervilles).  

It was a matter of great joy to me when Joseph Aprile along with his wife, a resident of Seattle, Washington, visited my residence, Allahabad on May 22, 06. We discussed a lot of things like modernism, postmodernism, the problem of selling poetry and art, contrast between works of art and real life etc. Aprile is an extraordinary creative artist. His poems, novel Awakening from a Distant Dream and short stories anthology At the Fringes of Experience ‘explore the many facets of the human experience’.     

Hearty congratulations to Orhan Pamuk (b. 1952) for winning Noble Prize 2006, the first Turkish author to achieve this honour. His novels Yeni Hayat (1995) and My Name Is Red have been translated into more than forty languages. My Name Is Red is ‘a fantasy and a philosophical puzzle’. 

As many of you will know, I have been trying my best on the enrichment of Taj, by selecting only those writings, which add to credibility and prestige of the journal. It is a pleasure to acknowledge, with a very deep sense of gratitude, the help, cooperation, generous support and kindness of all the authors and artists. 

Chief Editor


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Professional Reviews

Praise for Taj Mahal Review
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.

Praise For Taj Mahal Review

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

Praise For Taj Mahal Review

Very sorry if I did not respond once I received the journals. Yes, I did get them and the wonderful volume of poetry as well. A truly excellent collection of writing. I will be a Taj Mahal customer for life now. Thank you for the publication and the rapid sending of my copies of the journal. I also want to thank you for helping so many great writers get their work read. The book you included, Silence Speaks, with poems by Shanu Goyal was beautiful. As an American, I only read what the state of affairs is in other countries. Reading her words gave me hope for the future of men and women both sharing equal literary freedom in the future ahead. You are doing great work.

Christian Avery Bryant, CA, USA

I've been judging a book contest, so I haven't had any reading time for it, but it looks lovely - and I spotted a story by someone I just published in my own online journal. Wonderful coincidence!

Michael J. Vaughn, WA, USA

Yes, I received my fine issue of the Taj Mahal Review. Thank you very
much for listing my efforts among your talented authors. It has been a pleasure to read so many wonderful writings. Again sincere thanks for your many gifts.

Ms. Frances Gallon, NC, USA

Taj Mahal is just beautiful.

Victoria, OH, USA,

This is just a note to say thank you for the copy of the June 2005 edition of Taj Mahal Review you sent a few weeks ago. I am very impressed with the lovely job you and your staff did on it. Your dedication to and passion for the literary arts is evident. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to be a contributor. A heartfelt "thank you" again and best wishes!

Cathy Biribauer, ON, Canada

Mr. Karunesh Agrawal, Hello I did recieve the Taj Mahal Review, and I am very happy with it, you have done a wonderful job, and I am very glad to be a part of it, I will keep the book always, as I have done with all the others, it is wonderful that you give so many a chance to give what they have inside, you and yours are wonderful people.

Nyal Thomas, OR, USA

Santosh and team,

Thank you so much for again using my work in Taj Mahal Review. It just arrived and, as usual, is a lovely journal.

Patricia Wellingham-Jones, CA, USA

Dear Mr. Agrawal,

I am very happy to be included in this edition. Your editor’s note on the page was inspiring and touched a chord in myself that I have felt in a long time. Sometimes I feel as if my style of writing is from another time and does not belong here. Your site inspires me to go forward as it probably does for others.

Crystal Diane Arbogast, MO, USA

Dear Karunesh,

The book was delivered in perfect condition. This is to thank you, the other editors, and your entire staff for including my work in this fine anthology. Also thank you for the poetry book.

Vera Searles, FL, USA

Thank You so much, for puting me in prints and also doing such a great job with my poems and everone else's. You have my thanks and respect.

Dennis E. Newell, NY, USA

The book looks very nice and it's certainly something I can feel proud to show anyone. Also, lots of great variety in the stories. Of course, my favourite is the one I wrote.Best Wishes,

Steve Shrott, ON, Canada

I was thrilled to receive my copy of Taj Mahal Review. Thank you for such a beautiful presentation of my poem. I have been enjoying reading the rest of the book as well. It is beautiful and well done.

Edward Hanson, CO, USA

It looks really damn good -- you did a hell of a job putting it together.

Nickolaus A. Pacione, IL, USA

Dear Karunesh Agrawal

Thank you for such speedy service. I was very taken with the tiger stamps because it's my year of birth. (Chinese horoscope). The photo of the waterfall you enclosed was gorgeous too! What a lovely thoughtful thing to do.

Penelope Allen, BC, Canada

Dear Dr. Agrawal,

Both my family and I are quite pleased with them--a superlative, creative result--as always. Peace and Healing,

Dr. Linda L. Bielowski, IL, USA

Hi, Karunesh--

I received the Taj Mahal Review last week and was astonished at its beauty and size. What a fun read! I am still working my way through it, and have found many poets who are friends of mine included in that issue. Thanks for producing such a gorgeous journal.

Laura Stamps, SC, USA

My mother read the story this week and now wants her own copy!

Alan M. Danzis, NJ, USA

It's beautiful! I also appreciated the "extras" you enclosed--the poetry book and the photograph of the waterfall.

Lorraine Sautner, CT, USA

You put together an empressive journal, and I'm proud to be part of it.

Leon Barnes, WA, USA

Dear Karunesh,

I’m pleased to have been a part of your anthology.

John M. Floyd, Mississippi, USA

It's a handsome volume and I am very pleased with it.

Andrew Boden (aka A. Alan Beck), BC, Canada

Thank you for printing one of my favorite short stories. It made my day when I received the book in the mail. Will hope to have more for you one day soon.

Leona Coulter, BC, Canada

It is great and I enjoy it very much. Thank you for all you have done.

Lori and Morgan Chicchelly, IA, USA

Dear Karunesh,

This must be a massive undertaking for you and your staff, especially as it's a twice a year publication. What a lovely job you do. I found several of my online-writer friends listed in this issue, and in a way it felt like coming home.

Paul (Alan Fahey), CA, USA

I've been able to read parts of it and I'm very impressed. The diversity within the pages of the Taj Mahal Review 2005 is exactly what I was hoping for. Beautiful poetry to provoke the mind, mixed with reflections to incite self analysis, and intriguing short storiess have made this volume a grand one. I'm thrilled to have my work included with the other authors. The bio section is also quite interesting. The Taj Mahal Review 2005 will certainly be well received as its readers are introduced to writers from all over the world who feel strongly we are all responsible for what the future holds. Many people who read this book will gain inspiration from it and learn something new about the world we have to share. Have a good week. It's been a pleasure corresponding with you.

Nora Weston, USA

Hi Karunesh,

So nice to hear from you and yes Taj Mahal review came yesterday and it is very fine and I am enjoying reading it. I am well thank you and still thinking of my wonderful holiday in India. I wish I could return one day, who knows. Two of my group are returning in October to help in a school run by a wonderful French girl called Stephanie in Khajuraho. She started a school, which we visited, and we were so impressed by her work. I am enclosing a photo of one of the Tigers I saw in The Bandhavgarh.

Yvonne, Essex, UK

Yes, I received them today, and they are just beautiful! I am very proud to be a part of this intelligent publication. Every word within its cover is a salute to the beauty of life on this planet. Good job!

Janet K. Brennan, NM, USA

Dear Karunesh Agrawal,

The June edition of Taj Mahal arrived today and it is lovely! Again, I thank you for including me in the June 2005 review. We are having dinner at a favorite restaurant this evening to celebrate my first official publishing credit for poetry. While journalism is my livelihood, poetry is my love! I am feeling a rush of emotion ranging from gratitude to excitement. Still my heart is praying for the victims and their families of the 2004 tsunami. Six months have not healed the people. It is my hope support and aide continue to come to the people who bore that tragedy.

Eden Bryant, NC, USA

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to have my story "The Devil's Workshop" read by such a wide audience. This is my first story in print, and this is truly a thrill for me. I am enjoying the book a great deal.

Kathryn Rose, TN, USA

I am very pleased with it and the standard of work included in it!

Barbara Smith, Co. Louth, Ireland

Dear Karunesh Agrawal,

I am sorry it took me so long to answer this e-mail, yes I did receive my copy and thank you for the beautiful picture. I am coming out with a book next year, I just signed the contract a couple of weeks ago. This will be the first novel I have had published. If you are interested maybe I could send you an announcement before it comes out.

Victoria Ellison, OH, USA

I want you to know that I love the book I recently recieved from you, The Taj Mahal Review. My poem, MISSING, was done up so very nicely, and what you wrote at the end of it, was very wonderful, and heart felt. Thankyou so much. And, so many beautiful poems inside it, and stories as well, from people all over the world. One from Venice, Italy... amazing. It is all over the world. I love this book, and have shown it off to many people so far. Thanks again, and looking foward to more. Best wishes to you my dear friend, and much luck too. This book was dedicated to the Tsunami victims in that part of the world. I hope many of them are touched by the work in this book. So many there need their spirits lifted, and my heart has been completely open to them all.

David T. Culver, AL, USA

My copies of Taj Mahal Review June 2005 have arrived safely. I thought that the production quality was superb, even exceeding your own previously high standards. Beautiful cover binding a wonderful diversity of thought provoking stories and poems. I was proud to be included within it. Well done! It was a kind thought to dedicate this issue to the victims of the tsunami. I hadn't realised that so many had died in southern India until I read Santosh's editorial.

Peter Ebsworth, Diss, UK

I'm very glad and will read it with pleasure, as usual.

Eric Tessier, Les Lilas, FRANCE

A REALLY WONDERFUL edition. Thanx much for extra one. These books are such wonderful keepsakes for my family and they are getting quite a collection. I always give a copy to an elderly lady living next door.. Her husband died about a year ago.. She loves to read and she just can't thank me enough. Hope you all at Cyberwit have a very enjoyable summer..

Del Senkbeil, WI, USA

As always, it is nicely done, and I'm proud to be included in it. Once
again, thank you for doing such a fine job.

Stephen Shepherd, IA, USA

The book arrived in excellent condition and is, as is usual with your work, a stunning piece. I've already started reading in it and am enjoying it immensely. Many thanks for including my story. By the way, my wife was also highly complimentary of it and has started reading it herself. I may have to hide it from her until I'm through with it!

G. K. Wuori, IL, USA

Thank you, I have just received The Taj review, as always the quality of the book and my fellow contributors speaks volumes. It's always an honour, privilege and delight to be incorporated into your publication.

Andy H., London, UK

You have some very good work included in this issue as you have in all of them..

Karen Sperry, FL, USA

Yes, thank you the books arrived safe and sound. They are beautiful. You do a wonderful job putting the publication together.

Joanna Smith, FL, USA

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