Screenshot 2021-01-19 at 2.57.58 PM

Photograph by Abir Abdullah. A selection from the photography exhibition being curated by Ina Puri for this project. Scroll down to know more.


Driven by Floods

TMYS Review September 2021

                                                                                                                                        In collaboration with














Our digital quarterly called TMYS Review (2021-22) led by global professors, is working on the theme of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement. The series has begun with Call For Papers for June 2021 (Ambition based migration by the Indian diaspora) in collaboration with the University of Birmingham.



(***Submissions Are Closed***)   

Stories, Poems and Essays on Flood Victims



Many of us can recall the story of a Dutch boy who discovered a leak in the dike and stood there alone in the cold all night, blocking the hole with his finger. Only next morning was he found by the authorities, who rushed ahead to repair the dike. Had it not been for the singular efforts of the boy, a society would have been destroyed by the explosion of water because that small hole on the dike was enough to weaken the wall, making it vulnerable to the force of water. We were so moved by his efforts because it not only saved a community but also represented the spirit of brotherhood and restored our faith in humanity. Such narratives are eternal!

And then there are stories of flood and suffering, loss and uprooting, relocation and resettlement, shared by the media. Distressful, horrific, devastating. The common people from other parts of the world watching the disaster can do very less, other than pulling up for relief funds. Images of adults, elderly and children battling severe conditions keep haunting us for days.

What are the stories and statistics of such rehabilitation? What behavioural changes in humans can reduce the destructive instincts of nature? How can help be more holistic? How can resilience be enhanced?

Among various types of human mobility and migration histories, the relocations caused by natural disasters represent a rather specific category. In some parts of the world these incidents occur frequently and affect large numbers of people who are rendered homeless and miserable due to the natural calamities that strike their lives. Internal displacements caused due to extreme weather conditions often outnumber the migration caused by conflict or violence. India has suffered the maximum brunt of rapid on-set disasters. Statistics reveal that more than 2.7 million people were displaced in the country due to tropical storms and flood in 2018. There are several debates as to whether flooding could be considered a cause for migration or displacement. Results show that the impacts of regular flooding of river beds and adjoining areas can destroy independent households and result in individual migration decisions and consequent resettlement of people. These migration stories have resulted in investigation and assessment of the role of environmental change in causing displacement and migration. These are cases of forced migration. Migration studies are now focusing on the various economic, political and social reasons for such population displacement.



1. Youth engagement with a network of entities contributing towards flood relief and victim rehabilitation.

2. To curate critical insights for global learning and inspiration on disaster management.

3. Invite attention towards environmental sensitivity as an informed response to such engagement. 



1. TMYS Review Sept 2021 invites short stories or essays on displacement and/or rehabilitation caused by floods. Submission theme: Displacement/Rehabilitation of Flood Victims. Please scroll below for SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.

2. Solo and panel discussions themed on flood victims and rehabilitation from various perspectives will be hosted live on TMYS social media. Please scroll below for DIGITAL CONVERSATIONS.

3. Writer-art collector-film maker INA PURI  has curated a special exhibition for this project with photographs by renowned Bangladeshi photographer, ABIR ABDULAH. The photographs will be shared on the social media of TMYS. The exhibition will also feature in the final compilation of TMYS Review September 2020. These works are copyrighted and available for presentation under the purpose of this project only. None of them can be reused without the permission of the photographer.

4. Links of reading materials, stories, illustrations and research/work of our speakers on the theme will be shared on our social media handles throughout the project duration. They will add to the repertoire of flood and victim related knowhow, other than offering content-aide to the contributors and for the interests of the general audience.

5. Contributors are free to refer to the DIGITAL CONVERSATIONS with the delegates (details below), for information and inputs. At the end of the submissions files, the citations should mention the referred talks.

6.  A selection of short stories, essays and poems will be published on TMYS Review September 2021.

7. Four winning contributors will participate in a discussion chaired by esteemed environmental expert - Prof. Petra J.E.M. van Dam or historian - Dr. Robert Ivermee, to raise voices and put to perspective, the issues raised by the submission.

8. The compilation of September 2021 issue will reach all the professors engaged in the project and will also reach the digital libraries of their colleges.
9. The net profit (80% of sales) from TMYS Review - September 2021 issue will be distributed equally among all winning contributors. 
10. The selected contributors will be notified via email. Excerpts from the selected stories and essays will be highlighted on social media, during July-August 2021. Other than sending email intimations, all winners will be announced in August 2021 on the social media handles of TMYS:

11. Three winning contributions will receive a Certificate of Excellence (digital) from theEnvironmental Humanities Center, Amsterdam.



Who can submit:

Primarily, emerging, established or independent scholars.







Facebook/Youtube Live with a network of global thought-leaders and senior scholars. 



The history and geography of floods:

the emotional, psychological and economic aspects of rehabilitation.

Floods in rural Bihar and the victims of policies

Dinesh Kumar Mishra,  Sayanangshu Modak  


River governance and politics in India

Dr. Nilanjan Ghosh,  Sayanangshu Modak 


Books on flood: role of literature in generating victim sensitivity.

The Sound of Water: Death, Displacement, Disaster

Sanjay Bahadur,  Aisik Maiti


No One Had a Tongue to Speak: Collapse of the Machhu Dam

Dr. Utpal Sandesara, Tom Wooten, Aisik Maiti 


The Unquiet River: Moods and Mess of the Brahmaputra

Prof. Arupjyoti Saikia,  Dr. Prasun Chatterjee 


Representation of flood and victims in art.

Graphic Art for Flood and flood-affected

Pinaki De, Sonal Pandey 


Representation of flood and victims in films.


Floods, Suffering, Message and Context in Global Filmography

Nandini Bhattacharya,  Aditi Thakur,  Dr. Suchandra Ghatak 


Floods, Destruction, Displacement - can the Faculty of Film Studies make a difference? Prof.  Erin Espelie, Megha Mazumdar


Children's literature and illustrations raising environmental concerns in young audience.

Pattan's Pumpkin  (children's book with illustrations) 

Chitra Soundar , Deyasini Roy and Moumita Pal


Surviving Floods: Children's True Stories 

Elizabeth Raum, Deyasini Roy 


Religion and flood

Teachings from Flood Stories in Religious Texts.

  Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism

Prof. Pankaj Jain,  Koral Dasgupta


Role of youth and academia in flood management and/or raising consciousness.

Creative Writing & Environmental Empathy

Prof. Derek Gladwin,  Protim Sharma


Art for Aide: Creative Brains in Action

Ravi Dhingra, Nguyen Dao Nhat Dan, Aniket JibalwadDr. Protim Sharma


Real life narratives of suffering and survival.

Memories from Disastrous Indian Floods: Amphan (West Bengal), Kerala, Mumbai, Patna.

Dr. Priyanka TripathiKiran Manral,  Nidheesh MK,  Antara Roy Bhattacharjee


People. Kindness. Cooperation. Flood Memories and Heartwarming Stories.

Dr. Neena Gupta Vij, Dr. Nasmeem Farhin Akhtar, Anu Lal, Ankita Dutta



Poetry of floods and environmental activism.

Sumana Roy, Nishi Pulugurtha, Shelly Bhoil, Deyasini Roy



Rescue and relief by the Armed Forces - the stories, the systems and the challenges.

Navy -  Capt. D.K. Sharma, Capt. Rajkumar, Koral Dasgupta

Army - Brig. BD Upadhyay, Dr.  Dev Nath Pathak

Air Force - Air Vice Marshal  Rajesh Isser,  Antara Bhattacharya









1. TMYS Review invites short stories, poems or essays on displacement and/or rehabilitation caused by floods.

2. The  submissions must touch upon the physical/emotional/psychological/economic aspects of rehabilitation. The content doesn't need to restrict to Indian situations. We welcome contributions on and from other parts of the world.

3. Selected submissions will be published in TMYS Review September 2021.

4. The contributors are free to refer to our digital conversations with the delegates (details above). At the end of the submission files, the citation must mention the referred talks if consulted.

(Submissions with such citations will carry greater weightage for selection.)

5. The short stories could be fiction or nonfiction, 1200-2000 words. The essays should be 2500-3000 words. Submission upto 5 poems will be accepted against each registration. Please adhere to the theme. All submissions to TMYS Review that do not follow the theme or the content guidelines will be rejected.

6. Last date of submission: 30th June 2021.

7. All submissions should be accompanied with the bio-brief (around 150 words) and photograph of the author. Essay submissions must have an Abstract (no more than 300 words).

8. All submissions should be emailed to; While making a submission, mention in the subject line <the title of the essay/story, name of the delegate speaker in citation and September 2021.

9. The submissions should be attached as word files with the email.

10. All submissions should use Calibri/Times New Roman, font size 12; font size 16 for headings and font size 14 for sub headings if any. Line spacing : 1.5

11. Only original and previously unpublished work will be considered.

12. A participation fee of INR 200/- (USD 3) will be charged per contribution. This is a  non-refundable fee, but we will do our best to cooperate in case you have made an error that can be corrected to help you resubmit.  In each such case, our decision will be final.

You may make a NEFT payment to our bank, you will receive complete tax waiver. 

Tell Me Your Story OPC Pvt. Ltd.
A/c no : 059685800000177, Yes Bank.  Branch - Shankardhan Plaza Junction, MM Road, Mulund West, Mumbai 400080, IFS Code : YESB0000596.

Contributors outside India can send us an email and we shall raise a Paypal link for them.

13. Post making the payment, please send a mail at to register yourself.

***Registration doesn't guarantee publication*** 

14. Simultaneous/multiple submission is accepted, with the same fee for each submission.

15. Decision of the Project Lead and the Editors will be final.

16. Contact for Queries : write QUERIES in subject line and send us an email at; we apologise in advance for not responding to obvious or irrelevant queries.






Dr. Prasun Chatterjee


Editor (poetry)

Antara Roy Bhattacharjee


Project Assistant

Moumita Pal






Other projects that might be of interest:


Artists & Afterlives: lost talents from the Indian Film Industry in 2020.

Migration, Displacement & Resettlement: ambition based movement of the Indian diaspora.

Where The Kingfisher Sings: stories from the North East of India.

The Mask: Collection of stories where mask plays a defining role.

SEPT. 2021