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Jimmy the Terrorist

Jimmy the Terrorist

By Omair Ahmad

Click here to buy Jimmy the Terrorist Curfew was declared. Pickets were set up at the major crossroads in town, but this was a mohalla so there were only minor crossroads. A large truck painted in camouflage trundled up close to Shabbir Manzil and disgorged its contents. These were no ordinary police, even [...]

In a Land Far from Home: A Bengali in Afghanistan

In a Land Far from Home: A Bengali in Afghanistan

By Syed Mujtaba Ali

Click here to buy In a Land Far from Home I rented a house in the village of Khwajamollah, about two and a half miles away from Kabul. I acquired a servant too, along with the house. Principal Girard, the head of the college where I was going to teach, was French. He introduced us [...]

The Two-Year Mountain

The Two-Year Mountain

By Phil Deutschle

Click here to buy The Two-Year Mountain. Bebeep, bebeep... My watch alarm sounds from the side-wall pocket. At 3.30 a.m., it’s cold and dark. Wind shakes the tent, but it’s not strong enough to worry about. I light the stove in the vestibule and it goes to work warming the tent and melting the snow that I collected last night. As the [...]

A Glimpse of Eternal Snows

A Glimpse of Eternal Snows

By Jane Wilson-Howarth

Click here to buy A Glimpse of Eternal Snows. I looked out on an alien scene. Someone blew a conch. I took in the big sky of the plains. Beyond our house was a lovely patchwork of a bright yellow crop and lush winter wheat. The colours were sharp and astonishingly crisp. I could have been at home in [...]

A Book of Simple Living

A Book of Simple Living

By Ruskin Bond

Click here to buy A Book of Simple Living. A cold, cold January. There is a blizzard. The storm rages for two days—howling winds, hail, sleet, snow. The power goes out. There’s coal to burn but it is hardly enough. Worst weather that I can recall in this [...]

All That Could Have Been

All That Could Have Been

By Mahesh Bhatt

Click here to buy All That Could Have Been. The airhostess woke her up, not too gently, and asked her to set her chair upright and raise her window shades, preparatory for landing. The tensions of the night before returned in a rush. But in the next few [...]

The Storyteller’s Tale

The Storyteller’s Tale

By Omair Ahmad

Click here to buy The Storyteller's Tale. They had destroyed his house. Ahmad Shah Abdali’s men had devastated the whole of Delhi and his house had only been a small one. Its destruction would hardly have registered on the rampaging Afghans in their search [...]

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