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I, the Salt Doll

I, the Salt Doll

By Vandana Mishra

Click here to buy I, the Salt Doll Sangeet Natak as a form was beginning to seem old and tired even to its loyal audiences. Those five-to-six hour extravaganzas seemed boring and baggy. Jowly men playing women’s roles were also becoming unacceptable. Times were changing and cinema was accelerating those changes. It was felt that [...]

Feasts and Fasts

Feasts and Fasts

By Colleen Taylor Sen

Click here to buy Feasts and Fasts GENERAL RULES FOR EATING Caraka (2nd century CE) makes some general recommendations for healthy eating. It is not advisable to eat a lot of foods with the same taste at the same time, nor to indulge constantly in dishes with various tastes. Eat only one main meal a day. Avoid bread, which is hard [...]

The Yard

The Yard

By Aliyyah Eniath

Click here to buy The Yard The Yard was a hustle and bustle this day, when finally the Ali family would present its newest member to the rest of the clan. Behrooz preferred to remain a stranger and would sourly retreat to the solace of his room when company arrived, much to the disappointment of those who hoped to catch a glimpse of the [...]

Tales of the Metric System

Tales of the Metric System

By Imraan Coovadia

Click here to buy Tales of the Metric System According to the Durban by-laws, the best beaches along the Golden Mile were restricted to Europeans. Next to the discount hotels, not far from Natal Command, was the fenced-in Indian and coloured section. Logan had taken the trouble to read the municipal ordinances and [...]

Growing Older without Feeling Old

Growing Older without Feeling Old

By Rudi Westendorp

Click here to buy Growing Older without Feeling Old In the previous century, human existence underwent a radical change. There has been an explosion of life — never before have so many people in the developed world lived for so long. It is the most drastic of the changes wrought in our society by the Industrial [...]

The Silk Road

The Silk Road

By Jonathan Clements

Click here to buy The Silk Road The Invention of the Silk Road The Silk Road is a modern idea, dating only from 1877 when Ferdinand von Richthofen, uncle of the more famous Red Baron, published a multi-part atlas of China. His first volume included a map of ‘Die Seidenstrasse’, Richthofen’s term for the route [...]

The Hangman’s Journal

The Hangman’s Journal

By Shashi Warrier

Click here to buy The Hangman's Journal 'They call it the drop. ‘The warders have a little table for it, to tell you what distance the condemned man must fall with the noose around his neck, for him to die cleanly. Experts say that he must fall just enough to gather sufficient momentum for the rope to break his neck. If the body falls too [...]

Two under the Indian Sun

Two under the Indian Sun

By Jon Godden and Rumer Godden

Click here to buy Two under the Indian Sun Long ago in Assam, when Rumer was four years old, Jon, who had gone for a few months with Mam to England, sent her a doll in a matchbox. It was kept in the matchbox, not only because it was small but because it would not lie down; it was weighted with lead so that every time you laid it down, it [...]

Beauty Is a Wound

Beauty Is a Wound

By Eka Kurniawan

Click here to buy Beauty Is a Wound One afternoon on a weekend in March, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years. A shepherd boy, awakened from his nap under a frangipani tree, peed in his shorts and screamed, and his four sheep ran off haphazardly in between stones and wooden grave markers as if a tiger [...]

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

By Jerome K. Jerome

Click here to buy Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow On Babies Oh, yes, I do—I know a lot about 'em. I was one myself once, though not long—not so long as my clothes. They were very long, I recollect, and always in my way when I wanted to kick. Why do babies have such yards of unnecessary clothing? It is not a [...]

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