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The Invisible Man from Salem

The Invisible Man from Salem

By Christoffer Carlsson

Click here to buy The Invisible Man from Salem When I wake up it’s dark, and I just know that something has happened. Out of the corner of my eye I see something flashing. Across the road, the wall of the building opposite is struck by a bright-blue flashing light. I get out of bed and go to the kitchenette, drink a [...]

Bullets and Bylines: From the Frontlines of Kabul, Delhi, Damascus and Beyond

Bullets and Bylines: From the Frontlines of Kabul, Delhi, Damascus and Beyond

By Shyam Bhatia

Click here to buy Bullets and Bylines The thirty-fivemen and women lying dead before me were each shot with a single bullet that made a muffled ‘pop’ as it passed through their heads. Only minutes earlier we were fellow passengers on the Kabul to Kandahar bus that was [...]

The Patiala Quartet

The Patiala Quartet

By Neel Kamal Puri

Click here to buy The Patiala Quartet Michael was, of course, a man of action. He was ‘Michael on the Cycle’ at this stage, but later on in life, he would graduate to being ‘Mike on the Bike’. Even on the bicycle, he managed to speed around as though he were trying to shake off a swarm of bees. And zip around as he might, [...]

Remember to Forget

Remember to Forget

By Neel Kamal Puri

Click here to buy Remember to Forget He had stepped off the train at the Old Delhi Railway Station in his red turban. There was a press of cabbies vying to relieve him of his bag and herd him to their taxis. He had instinctively picked one with a red turban. ‘Where to, sardarji?’ asked the taxi driver. ‘Janakpuri,’ he [...]

On My Terms

On My Terms

By Sharad Pawar

Click here to buy On My Terms ‘Chandrashekhar Doesn’t Change His Mind Three Times a Day’ FRIENDSHIP AND POLITICS DO not necessarily go arm in arm. It’s good as long as it lasts, as they say. As long as there is no conflict of interest. A practising politician has [...]

East of Suez

East of Suez

By Alice Perrin

Click here to buy East of Suez The Summoning of Arnold One of the many lessons that the great Mother India instils into the hearts of her white foster children is to sympathise with one another’s troubles and misfortunes however trivial or however [...]

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 [...]

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