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Eve Out of Her Ruins

Eve Out of Her Ruins

By Ananda Devi

Click here to buy Eve Out of Her Ruins. EVE: Pencil. Eraser. Ruler. Paper. Gum. I played blind man’s bluff with the things I wanted. I was a child, but not entirely. I was twelve years old. I shut my eyes and held out my hand. My fingers closed on air. I shivered in my thin clothes. I thought everything was within reach. I made moonlight shine in the boys’ [...]

Star of India

Star of India

By Alice Perrin

Click here to buy Star of India. Stella felt she had been publicly flouted by Sher Singh, and though for the moment she was helpless, she resolved to tell Robert, when the party should be over, that for the future she expected Sher Singh to obey her. But when the guests had all departed, with many gratifying assurances of their enjoyment, her courage dwindled. Since [...]

Unforeseen Desires

Unforeseen Desires

By Anil Chopra

Click here to buy Unforeseen Desires. Arun cycled towards Rajpur Road. On this road were the estates of the elite. Hidden behind big gates adorned with bougainvillea creepers were lush green lawns with groves of litchi trees. He loved to ride his bike on this deserted road. There was never much traffic except for the tourist taxis to Mussoorie. Beyond, he could see [...]

Vampire in Love

Vampire in Love

By Enrique Vila-Matas

Click here to buy Vampire in Love. I’M NOT GOING TO READ ANY MORE EMAILS Erik Satie never used to open the letters he received, but he always answered them. He would check the sender’s name and address and write a reply. After he died, his friends found all those unopened letters and some felt quite upset, but there was no need to be. The letters were published [...]

Half-Open Windows

Half-Open Windows

By Ganesh Matkari

Click here to buy Half-Open Windows. From where I was sitting, I could see the sea. Far away. Really far away. Which means, if I were to go down, get out the car, and drive, it would take roughly an hour or an hour and a half to get there. That’s taking into account the 5:30 p.m. fuck-all traffic. But that’s no surprise. When you’re going from Point A to Point [...]

The Vermilion Boat

The Vermilion Boat

By Sudhin N. Ghose

Click here to buy The Vermilion Boat. When I called on Profulla Babu I found him surrounded by a number of my acquaintances. Daoud Benisraeli was among them, and was their spokesman: he had presented Profulla Babu with a teaser. Ben was complaining about the stupidity of the university authorities. At an examination several scores of answer papers were found [...]

The Flame of the Forest

The Flame of the Forest

By Sudhin N. Ghose

Click here to buy The Flame of the Forest. Myna’s soprano voice was like that of a song-bird in ecstasy, pouring its heart out in melodious notes. And the words of her chant! They were as exquisite as her voice. She recounted Radha’s story in songs and dances to the enthralled listeners: they sat cross-legged in serried circles round her on the stone-paved [...]

Curry

Curry

By Colleen Taylor Sen

Click here to buy Curry. WHAT IS CURRY? No source of influence in cookery . . . has exceeded imperialism. . . . The tides of empire run in two directions: first, the flow outward from an imperial center creates metropolitan diversity and ‘frontier’ cultures – cuisines of miscegenation – at the edges of empires. Then the ebb of imperial retreat carries home colonists [...]

Immoderate Men

Immoderate Men

By Shikhandin

Click here to buy Immoderate Men. Shasti Babu chewed on a guava twig and contemplated his banana tree. The tip of the twig had become a brush after two minutes between his teeth. He spat out loose fibre and massaged his teeth and gums. The banana tree grew at a slant on the tiny patch of land adjoining his back door, and almost tipped over into Nani Gopal’s house. [...]

Tourist Season

Tourist Season

By Jaina Sanga

Click here to buy Tourist Season. From Tourist Season: The tourist woman stepped this way and that, scanning the shelves slowly, without purpose or urgency. Whatever had she come to buy? She had glanced in Ramchander’s direction when he turned on the light. He hoped she had not come for Stayfree or Femcare, which he kept in a cardboard box at the [...]

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  • Tibetan Caravans
    Tibetan Caravans

    Born into an eminent merchant family in Ladakh in 1918, Khwaja Abdul Wahid Radhu, often described as ‘the last caravaneer of Tibet and Central Asia’, led an unusual life of adventure, inspiration and enlightenment. His ancestors and elders, and later he, had the honour of leading the biannual caravan between Ladakh and Tibet, which carried […]

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