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An Elsewhere Place

An Elsewhere Place

By Malay Kumar Roy

Click here to buy An Elsewhere Place Father and Mali The conversations of my father with our gardener—Mali, as we called him—were an unending source of comedy. Mali, well past middle age and wizened by the sun, was a man wise to the world of trees, plants and flowers. He was a skilled gardener, besides being an overall handyman around the [...]

The Girl Who Couldn’t Love

The Girl Who Couldn’t Love

By Shinie Antony

Click here to buy The Girl Who Couldn’t Love This time before the blackest bird known to man opened its beak I knew who was coming to dinner. He had made his way to me last week on the terrace of a local architect whose parties tend to be a boozy flaunting of renovated properties. ‘You live in that white villa by the beach,’ he had said. I gave [...]

Lessons for Mrs Hauksbee

Lessons for Mrs Hauksbee

By Rudyard Kipling

Click here to buy Lessons for Mrs Hauksbee The Rescue of Pluffles Mrs Hauksbee was sometimes nice to her own sex. Here is a story to prove this; and you can believe just as much as ever you please. Pluffles was a subaltern in the ‘Unmentionables’. He was callow, even for a subaltern. He was callow all over—like a canary that had [...]

Shehzadi Mircha

Shehzadi Mircha

By Flora Annie Stee

Click here to buy Shehzadi Mircha Once upon a time, a very old woodman lived with his very old wife in a tiny hut close to the orchard of a rich man,—so close that the boughs of a pear-tree hung right over the cottage yard. Now it was agreed between the rich man and the woodman, that if any of the fruit fell into the yard, the old couple were to be allowed to eat [...]

Upcountry Tales

Upcountry Tales

By Mark Tully

Click here to buy Upcountry Tales From the story ‘Murder in Milanpur’ It was a quiet day in the thana at Milanpur, which was usual. There were no new complaints, no demands for filing First Information Reports, the lock-up was empty, and there had been no accidents since a tractor ran into a herd of goats the previous week. The vehicle, with [...]

When the Moon Shines by Day

When the Moon Shines by Day

By Nayantara Sahgal

Click here to buy When the Moon Shines by Day Rehana wondered at the most remarkable days of her life going by unremarked, already a habit. Zamir, helped by Hanif and Hanif’s mother, unrolled carpets, hung curtains, placed furniture, books and possessions where day by day they would acquire the permanence they had lost in transit. A city’s breadth away [...]

Understanding Kashmir and Kashmiris

Understanding Kashmir and Kashmiris

By Christopher Snedden

Click here to buy Understanding Kashmir and Kashmiris We now come to an intriguing matter concerning the Sikh Empire: the significant role played by two powerful and influential brothers from Jammu, Gulab and Dhyan (Dhian) Singh. In particular, as we shall see, the British took Raja Gulab Singh very seriously. The Sikh Empire had many non-Sikhs [...]

The Meaning of Civilisation

The Meaning of Civilisation

By Naguib Mahfouz

Click here to buy The Meaning of Civilisation The Scarecrow The scarecrow is a type of effigy meant to frighten, and I use this as a metaphor for the type of bureaucracy prevalent in an administration but which serves a slightly different role. A scarecrow does not, as in the origin of the word, defend crops from birds, but forms an [...]

The Leopard’s Tale

The Leopard’s Tale

By Jonathan and Angela Scott

Click here to buy The Leopard’s Tale One morning, in July 1978, as I sat in my vehicle photographing the Marsh Lions, I noticed another car flashing its headlights, a sure sign that the driver was either stuck or had seen something special and wanted to share it with me. It turned out to be Joseph and my heart missed a beat as he told me that a leopard had been [...]

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 [...]

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