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The Scenes We Made

The Scenes We Made

By (Ed.) Shanta Gokhale

Click here to buy The Scenes We Made Naseeruddin Shah I heard of Chhabildas in ’73 or ’74 while I was studying at the Film Institute in Pune. I think I first went there to see a performance of Dubey’s production of Aadhe Adhure with Amrish [...]

Like a Pinprick to the Heart

Like a Pinprick to the Heart

By Shujoy Dutta

Click here to buy Like a Pinprick to the Heart. "So," she pronounced, pointing the fork at my chest, "tell me something." "Something," I said, not trying to be funny at all, just the rum and lust speaking. "You said you were a psychic, what can you tell?” Her eyes narrowed, her arm nestled against her breast, [...]

The Light of His Clan

The Light of His Clan

By Chetan Raj Shrestha

Click here to buy The Light of His Clan The ex-Minister visited the Department of Village Roads without informing Yograj. In the corridor he met the pony-tailed peon who said, ‘There’s no work happening here.’ The Commissioner-cum-Secretary’s mother had undergone a hip replacement and he had taken a week’s long leave. [...]

Into the Hidden Valley

Into the Hidden Valley

By Stuart Blackburn

Click here to buy Into the Hidden Valley. One day in early March, the boys in Gyati’s group were sent to collect wood. They left at sunrise and walked to the northern end of the valley, where they began to climb. After an hour, they broke through the mist shrouding the valley and kept climbing, past rhododendron bushes and wild [...]

The Hindus: An Alternative History

The Hindus: An Alternative History

By Wendy Doniger

Click here to buy The Hindus: An Alternative History BHAKTI IN SOUTH INDIA I don’t call to him as my mother. I don’t call to him as my father. I thought it would be enough to call him my lord— but he pretends I don’t exist, doesn’t show an ounce of mercy. If that lord who dwells [...]

The Naked Surgeon: The Power and Peril of Transparency in Medicine

The Naked Surgeon: The Power and Peril of Transparency in Medicine

By Samer Nashef

Click here to buy The Naked Surgeon In British medical schools in the ’70s, students were attached to ‘firms’ for varying periods, usually of a few weeks. Firms were hospital sub-units made of a pair or a trio of senior doctors, or ‘consultants’, working in one specialty. We were each [...]

The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World

The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World

By Joel K. Bourne Jr

Click here to buy The End of Plenty The quest to feed a growing population is as fundamental to the human condition as breathing or walking upright. After the first farmers domesticated plants in Mesopotamia, humans as a species took off. Population growth and agricultural production have been locked [...]

Animal Madness

Animal Madness

By Laurel Braitman

Click here to buy Animal Madness There isn’t a branch of veterinary science, psychology, ethology (the science of animal behavior), neuroscience, or wildlife ecology dedicated to investigating whether animals can be mentally ill. What I have done in this book is draw together evidence from the veterinary sciences and pharmaceutical [...]

Asian Absences: Searching for Shangri-La

Asian Absences: Searching for Shangri-La

By Wolfgang Büscher

Click here to buy Asian Absences I was sitting on the floor. Above my head, Indra beat the Calling Mantra and the only thing I could feel was a slowly, slowly widening distance to the noise around me. It broke over me, stronger now: it wants to carry me off the path, push me off the horse—let them clap, [...]

The Valley of Flowers: An Adventure in the Upper Himalaya

The Valley of Flowers: An Adventure in the Upper Himalaya

By Frank S. Smythe

It was almost completely dark when Wangdi poked his head in at the door of my tent and with a wicked grin announced himself as ready for the murder of the innocents. Together with Nurbu and Pasang, who were armed with blankets, we descended the boulder- clad hillside. A few yards from the cave Wangdi whispered to me to wait, then he and the other two conspirators crept forward as softly as cats. The next moment there was a concerted rush and [...]

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