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We Are All Stardust

We Are All Stardust

By Stefan Klein

Click here to buy We Are All Stardust Stefan Klein in conversation with V.S. Ramachandran Hindus and Buddhists also believe in reincarnation. As a scientist, you could hardly agree with that. Are you sure? I don’t expect to come back as a dog or pig—that’s nonsense. But things look different when, instead of [...]

New Songs of the Survivors

New Songs of the Survivors

By Yvonne Vaz Ezdani

Click here to buy New Songs of the Survivors ‘We came out of our trench as the marshals ran down the streets, blowing their whistles and ordering evacuation,’ recalls Donald Menezes. ‘As we went upstairs to salvage important personal belongings and documents, my grandfather wept. Would [...]

Runaway Writers

Runaway Writers

By Indu Balachandran

Click here to buy Runaway Writers ‘Choose a job you love, and you never have to work a day in your life.’ *** ‘Living space available for 9-month lease. Centrally located, fully functional, healthy environment with all supporting amenities. Call 9846635322’ It was this simple classified [...]

Friends in Wild Places

Friends in Wild Places

By Ruskin Bond

Click here to buy Friends in Wild Places I first saw the leopard when I was crossing the small stream at the bottom of the hill. The ravine was so deep that for most of the day it remained in shadow. This encouraged many birds and animals to emerge from cover during the hours of daylight. Few [...]

The Scenes We Made

The Scenes We Made

By (Ed.) Shanta Gokhale

Click here to buy The Scenes We Made Naseeruddin Shah I heard of Chhabildas in ’73 or ’74 while I was studying at the Film Institute in Pune. I think I first went there to see a performance of Dubey’s production of Aadhe Adhure with Amrish [...]

Like a Pinprick to the Heart

Like a Pinprick to the Heart

By Shujoy Dutta

Click here to buy Like a Pinprick to the Heart. "So," she pronounced, pointing the fork at my chest, "tell me something." "Something," I said, not trying to be funny at all, just the rum and lust speaking. "You said you were a psychic, what can you tell?” Her eyes narrowed, her arm nestled against her breast, [...]

The Light of His Clan

The Light of His Clan

By Chetan Raj Shrestha

Click here to buy The Light of His Clan The ex-Minister visited the Department of Village Roads without informing Yograj. In the corridor he met the pony-tailed peon who said, ‘There’s no work happening here.’ The Commissioner-cum-Secretary’s mother had undergone a hip replacement and he had taken a week’s long leave. [...]

Into the Hidden Valley

Into the Hidden Valley

By Stuart Blackburn

Click here to buy Into the Hidden Valley. One day in early March, the boys in Gyati’s group were sent to collect wood. They left at sunrise and walked to the northern end of the valley, where they began to climb. After an hour, they broke through the mist shrouding the valley and kept climbing, past rhododendron bushes and wild [...]

The Hindus: An Alternative History

The Hindus: An Alternative History

By Wendy Doniger

Click here to buy The Hindus: An Alternative History BHAKTI IN SOUTH INDIA I don’t call to him as my mother. I don’t call to him as my father. I thought it would be enough to call him my lord— but he pretends I don’t exist, doesn’t show an ounce of mercy. If that lord who dwells [...]

The Naked Surgeon: The Power and Peril of Transparency in Medicine

The Naked Surgeon: The Power and Peril of Transparency in Medicine

By Samer Nashef

Click here to buy The Naked Surgeon In British medical schools in the ’70s, students were attached to ‘firms’ for varying periods, usually of a few weeks. Firms were hospital sub-units made of a pair or a trio of senior doctors, or ‘consultants’, working in one specialty. We were each [...]

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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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