The Hamlet-entury has begun. The ‘not-to-be’ is, for sure, the surety. Impending too. The struggle for ‘to-be’ is the only way out. After the murder of a Duncan at the behest of an urge for ‘to-be’, after the sacrifice of a Desdemona at the pretext of a ‘not-to-be’, a despot will go mad caught in a storm at the Heath crying:
As flies to wanton boys are
we to the gods.
There would be three planks of activities of the Academy :
- A.R.A.W.LII FESTIVAL
- A.R.A.W.LII PUBLICATION
- A.R.A.W.LII FELLOWSHIPS
1. To promote creative writing in English in particular.
2. To strengthen the cultural ties which bind India with other countries through:
- Inviting Creative writers and poets of other countries with a provision of writer-in-residence type Fellowship.
- Organizing A.R.A.W.LII. Festival:
a congregation of poets and creative writers for 3 to 5 days in Ajmer itself. It will include apart from Poets’ Meet, Conferences/Symposia and Poetry Workshops as well especially for budding creative writers.
Clustered around by the ancient Aravali ranges, Ajmer has been a holy city. It has remained a great center of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Muslims down the past centuries. Ajmer is a true blend of rich Hindu and Islamic heritage. The sacred lake of Pushkar believed by Hindus to be as old as creation along with the temple of Brahma has been a place of pilgrimage since time immemorial. The great Sufi Saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chisti of Persia was buried here and his Dargah is equally sacred for the followers of all relegions.
Prosopis, from which the name of the Journal is derived, is the State-tree of Rajasthan and has a mushroom growth on the foothills of the Aravali Ranges. The tree has succeeded in withstanding the odds by requiring considerable drought hardiness. It is above all, a legume and it improves soil fertility. There is a popular saying in Rajasthan that death will not visit a man even at the time of a famine, if he has a Prosopis, a goat and a camel, since the three together would sustain him under the most trying conditions.