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Comeuppance

Comeuppance

By James Tooley

Click here to buy Comeuppance Near the entrance to the Admissions Block, a senior official in immaculate prison khakis, whose rank I think was Assistant Superintendent (ASP), was waiting for me. There were several jailers nearby, standing with their lathis ready. The ASP was in his thirties and very tall. He stood erect, his face grim. He called me over [...]

A Thousand Yearnings

A Thousand Yearnings

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Click here to buy A Thousand Yearnings Like many other literatures, Urdu literature begins with poetry. But, like the modern languages of Europe, Urdu had to establish itself as a literary medium in the face of a convention that only a classical language could be a fit vehicle for poetry. In medieval Western Europe this language was Latin. In [...]

Guldaar

Guldaar

By Stephen Alter

Click here to buy Guldaar Islamabad ‘Very old. Three hundred years.’ The Afghan tossed a rug on the terrazzo floor. Knowing nothing of carpets, the diplomat pretended to inspect the texture, his fingers brushing the tasseled border, then feeling the weight of the knotted wool. The first few carpets were traditional Bokhara patterns, with medallions [...]

Is That Even a Country, Sir!

Is That Even a Country, Sir!

By Anil Yadav

Click here to buy Is That Even a Country, Sir! It was the fifth day of the new year. In the afternoon, Yakku looked out of the window of his taxi and shouted, ‘Mr Writer, happy new year has happened in Dhankheti!’ A little joy was also mixed in his voice. The neighbourhood of Malki-Dhankheti was about 200 or 250 metres on the slope above, on the road [...]

The Elephant in the Temple

The Elephant in the Temple

By John Lockwood Kipling

Click here to buy The Elephant in the Temple Yet at the worst there is little more difficulty in decking the elephant than in dressing a fidgety child for church. First he must be washed, sometimes at a well-brink, where, if properly taught, he draws his own water, but an irrigation cut or tank is generally preferred, where the great baby [...]

One Out of Two

One Out of Two

By Daniel Sada

Click here to buy One Out of Two Now, how to say it? One out of two, or two in one, or what? The Gamal sisters were identical. To say, as people do, “They were like two peas in a pod,” the same age, the same height, and wearing, by choice, the same hairdo. Moreover, they both must have weighed around 130 pounds—let’s move into the present—: [...]

Dispossessed

Dispossessed

By Ashwin Parulkar, Saba Sharma, Amod Shah, Shikha Sethia, Rhea John, Anhad Imaan and Annie Baxi

Click here to buy Dispossessed From ‘To See and Be Seen’ by Saba Sharma It is a Tuesday, and this means many residents of the basti will go out into the city to beg for food, rice, money and sometimes the rotting vegetables discarded by others. You take what you get— as Savitri puts it, ‘some people give, other people don’t. [...]

No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight

No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight

By Parimal Bhattacharya

Click here to buy No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight PEMBA’S UMBRELLA Fifty kilometres from Darjeeling, the motorable road ended at Rimbik, on the edge of the Singalila National Park. In those days it was a sleepy settlement under the shadow of dense, forested mountains. We stayed in the house of a local Newari man named Shiva [...]

The Secret Life of Zika Virus

The Secret Life of Zika Virus

By Kalpish Ratna

Click here to buy The Secret Life of Zika Virus. Aëdes to Zika, an Infectious Journey As May became June in 2017, headlines hollered Zika Virus in Bapunagar! Named for the Mahatma, this locality of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, was known only for religious riots and the detergent Nirma. Zika Virus is carried by the common mosquito [...]

The Diary of a Nobody

The Diary of a Nobody

By George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith

Click here to buy The Diary of a Nobody. April 27.—Painted the bath red, and was delighted with the result. Sorry to say Carrie was not, in fact we had a few words about it. She said I ought to have consulted her, and she had never heard of such a thing as a bath being painted red. I replied: “It’s merely a matter of taste.” Fortunately, further [...]

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