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A Full Night’s Thievery

A Full Night’s Thievery

By Mitra Phukan

Click here to buy A Full Night’s ThieveryThe Rings The office peon brought in the afternoon mail. Harish Babu stretched his arms and yawned. This was the time when his energy levels flagged and his concentration wandered. He wondered if he should ask for another coffee to be brought in, then decided [...]

Istanbul Istanbul

Istanbul Istanbul

By Burhan Sönmez

Click here to buy Istanbul Istanbul “It’s actually a long story but I’ll be brief,” I said. “No one had ever seen so much snow in Istanbul. When the two nuns left Saint George’s Hospital in Karaköy in the dead of night to go to the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua to break the bad news, there were scores of dead birds [...]

Up Campus, Down Campus

Up Campus, Down Campus

By Avijit Ghosh

Click here to buy Up Campus, Down FIRST IMPRESSIONS Every university campus, like a song, has its own cadence. Anyone who steps inside must discover its secret rhythm. The lucky ones find something more than home. Others just meander through a bunch of semesters meaninglessly and leave without memories much like a careless [...]

Garrisoned Minds

Garrisoned Minds

By Laxmi Murthy and Mitu Varma

Click here to buy Garrisoned Minds The garrison, which is a military institution that keeps armed men and their families safe within a physical space that reproduces their homes, has become a permanent fixture of everyday life in Northeast India. Such places are found all over the world, especially in places where an army has been [...]

The Sleepwalker’s Dream

The Sleepwalker’s Dream

By Dhrubajyoti Borah

Click here to buy The Sleepwalker's Dreams The fallen autumn leaves crunched softly underfoot, a crackly sound interspersed with heavy breathing. The surrounding forest was a web of silence. The sky above was a pale shade of blue already heavy with the cold of the approaching winter. Pale, cold and silent, the snow-capped [...]

Gulbadan

Gulbadan

By Rumer Godden

Click here to buy Gulbadan Babur loved Kabul, then the centre of his domain. It stands, an oasis in a plain girdled with ridges of bare, red rock, hills almost fossilised that rise to mountains where the snow seldom melts, yet the city is fertile, a river runs through it and a line of trees marks the old canal. Babur had been pleased to [...]

A Book of Light

A Book of Light

By Jerry Pinto

Click here to buy A Book of Light MY MOTHER THE PROFESSOR Leela Chakravorty When, as a child, I returned home from school I would scream, ‘Maaa…I’m home!’ right at the gate. And there she would be, her thin cotton sari billowing, red and white bangles clinking as she waved. I’d run [...]

Kohima

Kohima

By Arthur Swinson

Click here to buy Kohima The only formation available to defend Kohima, apart from the fragmentary units of the garrison, was the 161st Indian Brigade which was now arriving. In the early evening its commander, ‘Daddy’ Warren, reported to 202 Area headquarters where Slim ‘put him in the picture’. Warren (to quote Slim) was ‘steady, [...]

Belonging

Belonging

By Umi Sinha

Click here to buy Belonging Peshawar, India, 14th July 1907 She turned back to the fanlight. Most of the faces were turned towards her mother, who was sitting with her back to the fanlight, so all the child could see were her animated hand gestures and her ringlets swaying as she turned her head. Her father, sitting opposite, [...]

The Man Who Wouldn’t be God

The Man Who Wouldn’t be God

By Shashi Warrier

Click here to buy The Man Who Wouldn’t be God I take the Metro to work. My wife takes the car. Not that she minds letting me have the car. Except I'm an alcoholic, you see. Driving to work is safe enough, at eleven or thereabouts every morning, but I have a few discreet swigs of rum during the day and she doesn't like [...]

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