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The White Umbrella

The White Umbrella

By Brian Sewell

Click here to buy The White Umbrella. It was when, still in the centre of the city, Mr B asked to be directed to the road into Persia that he realised how alone he was and how far he had to go, for no one seemed to understand him until the fifth or sixth man whom he asked, and he it was who roared with laughter at the question – though not unkindly. [...]

Mishti, the Mirzapuri Labrador

Mishti, the Mirzapuri Labrador

By Gillian Wright

Click here to buy Mishti, the Mirzapuri Labrador. MISHTI FINDS A HOME Mishti was born in the town of Mirzapur on the banks of the Ganga, where the great river takes a sharp turn on her way down to the holy city of Benares. Mishti didn’t know she was born there, she just knew the warmth of her mother and the taste of milk. After two weeks, little [...]

Shared Tables

Shared Tables

By Kaumudi Marathé

Click here to buy Shared Tables. If my hunger is for love, the manifestation of it, food, is a metaphor for everything life holds: chemistry, physics, medicine, nutrition. We need food to survive. But from a young age, love was given to me tenderly on a plate so I also see food as memory and comfort. It is my muse, my inspiration, my way to give love. I did start my [...]

Pocket Piketty

Pocket Piketty

By Jesper Roine

Click here to buy Pocket Piketty . Does capitalism have a natural tendency to reinforce differences in people’s income and wealth? Or is it per¬haps the other way around—initial differences become smaller as the economy develops? Perhaps this phe¬nomenon has varied between societies, and over time. To what extent does the answer depend on the way the economy is [...]

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 [...]

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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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