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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 [...]

Man Tiger

Man Tiger

By Eka Kurniawan

Click here to buy Man Tiger On the evening Margio killed Anwar Sadat, Kyai Jahro was blissfully busy with his fishpond. A scent of brine wafted through the coconut palms, the sea moaned at a high pitch, and a gentle wind ruffled the algae, coral trees and lantanas. The pond lay in the middle of a cacao plantation, the trees barren from lack [...]

Shell-Shocked

Shell-Shocked

By Mohammed Omer

Click here to buy Shell-Shocked Shell-Shocked Ramadan, when night descends, is usually a joyous time. Friends and family gather to break their fast at the iftar meal. Not this year. Nights are the worst. That is when the bombing escalates. Nowhere is safe. Not a mosque. Not a church. Not a school, or even a [...]

On Art, Literature and History

On Art, Literature and History

By Naguib Mahfouz

Click here to buy On Art, Literature and History From ‘Love and the Sexual Impulse’1 I am neither joking nor exaggerating when I say that the role that love plays in our physical and social lives is more important, and of greater consequence, than any other factor. Indeed, it is almost as though [...]

Indian Dust

Indian Dust

By Rumer & Jon Godden

Click here to buy Indian Dust Miss Passano Miss Annie Passano stood in the station yard with her boxes and bundles, the bird cages and the monkey, and turned her money over in her black leather bag. I had better take a rickshaw, she thought, but it will have to be two rickshaws with all this luggage, what an [...]

One Last Drink at Guapa

One Last Drink at Guapa

By Saleem Haddad

Click here to buy One Last Drink at Guapa One Last Drink at Guapa: I hover by the entrance, looking for him, when a waiter dressed in a sharp suit comes up to me. “Can I help you?” “A table for one, please,” I say. He gives me a strange look, confusion transitioning toward disdain, but I repeat my [...]

A Little Book of Happiness

A Little Book of Happiness

By Ruskin Bond

Click here to buy A Little Book of Happiness ‘Having bumbled through eighty years without permanent injury, I am no wiser than an old cabbage! I only know that for the most part I have followed instinct rather than intelligence, and this has resulted in a modicum of happiness. Life hasn’t been a bed of roses. And yet, [...]

Empire of Tea

Empire of Tea

By Markman Ellis, Matthew Mauger and Richard Coulton

Click here to buy Empire of Tea The hot infusion of the oxidized and prepared leaves of Camellia sinensis was an extraordinary innovation when discovered by British drinkers in the seventeenth century. There was no language to describe its flavour, and few directions about how to consume it. Encountering tea for the first time [...]

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