Issue 18: January 2014
From the Editorial:
A year ago, in November 2012, the Journal editorial team was sitting around in Ahalyaji’s room, wrapping things up for the seventeenth issue. As we worked and chatted, Ahalyaji sat on her cushioned sofa with her two phones at her fingertips. From time to time, she would pick up either the black or the white receiver, and accomplish something easily and efficiently. In between, she kept reminding us of a variety of matters: should the list of contributors include their email ids? After the manuscript is paginated, will you check it again before printing? Can we all brainstorm about ways to increase the readership of our Journal? How can we help teachers with report writing in a different spirit altogether? What will be the dates of our next meeting, in April? Did everyone have a special ginger biscuit from the tin?
As we sit here in Vasanta Vihar in her room exactly a year later, she is no more and we are acutely aware of her absence. Although it seemed impossible to imagine working on the Journal without her, we are doing so. Maybe it is no coincidence that this is the Journal’s eighteenth year, an age when we feel a young person is ready to live away from parents.
Ahalyaji has nurtured this Journal, and each of us on the editorial team, for seventeen years. So today when we feel confident of continuing the work of bringing out a quality publication every year, it is with profound gratitude to her.