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The Woman in the Bazaar

The Woman in the Bazaar

By Alice Perrin

Click here to buy The Woman in the Bazaar. UP country in India spring is a period of conflicting impressions. The sharp—sometimes almost too sharp—bite of the cold season has yielded to a warm and languorous atmosphere, perfumed powerfully with mango blossom; dew still beads the grass at dawn; English flowers luxuriate, impelled to rarer bloom and [...]

Lords of the Global Village

Lords of the Global Village

By Ranendra

Click here to buy Lords of the Global Village. But that day was neither a festival day, nor was it Thursday or Friday. The crowd looked angry. The light-hearted feeling of the festivals was absent. I reckoned Ramchan had created some problem. But I was wrong. Today’s crowd had not arrived with a grievance against Ramchan. It was one of the village [...]

Intimacy Undone

Intimacy Undone

By Malavika Rajkotia

Click here to buy Intimacy Undone. Once the couple are stitched together ‘in law’, they have to find their own way together. Various types of differences, such as cultural or familial divergence, may make for odd clashes but do not necessarily lead to a higher chance of divorce, just as a seamless coming together from the same background does not guarantee a good [...]

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Tiger

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Tiger

By Prerna Singh Bindra

Click here to buy When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Tiger. One night Ma decided that we should learn how to hunt for our food. There are so many animals in the jungle that we can hunt – deer, wild pigs, monkeys, hare and sometimes even the mighty elephant. But isn’t it cruel, Ma? No, she said, they are our food. If we don’t eat some of the [...]

And Gazelles Leaping

And Gazelles Leaping

By Sudhin N. Ghose

Click here to buy And Gazelles Leaping. ‘ was, I believe, the sweetest of all the pets known to the children of Our School. Mohan was my favourite—so much so that I used to call him my Mohan, though he did not really belong to me. Sometimes I would call him Manmohan because I had an uncle who was so called, and he was much liked by all who knew him. My uncle [...]

Snowfed Waters

Snowfed Waters

By Jane Wilson-Howarth

Click here to buy Snowfed Waters. The sun wasn’t that high in the sky but it was getting unpleasantly hot already. It was hard keeping up with Moti. I started to feel a little out of breath. I was so unfit. Moti must have sensed I was struggling, because she turned to allow me to catch up. After a few moments, she asked me, ‘Memsahib is angrez?’ [...]

Murder in Mahim

Murder in Mahim

By Jerry Pinto

Click here to buy Murder in Mahim. Peter walked slowly down Takandas H. Kataria Marg that led to the Matunga Road Station. It was a street he had walked every day for years on his way to the newspaper, and he often came back for a stroll post ‘retirement’ because he missed the aromas. The smell of jaggery and spiced cashews from the Mangalore shop. The gummy reek [...]

The Adivasi Will Not Dance

The Adivasi Will Not Dance

By Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

Click here to buy The Adivasi Will Not Dance It’s the coal and the stone, sir; they are making us lazy. The Koyla Road runs through our village. When the monstrous Hyvas ferry coal on the Koyla Road, there is no space for any other vehicle. They are so rough, these truck-drivers, they can run down any vehicle that comes in their way. They can’t help it, [...]

Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk

By Swapna Liddle

Click here to by Chandni Chowk Conceiving the City Through history there have been several grand empires, and they have frequently provided the bases on which great civilizations have been built. The Persian, Roman, Ming, Ottoman, and Mughal empires immediately come to mind. They encompassed vast territories, commanded rich resources, and [...]

Perhaps Tomorrow

Perhaps Tomorrow

By Pooranam Elayathamby and Richard Anderson

Click here to buy Perhaps Tomorrow This time I was hired by a family that lived in Khaitan, a working-class neighborhood on the south edge of Kuwait City. The man had an imperious air about him and seemed not to be interested in anything beyond hiring a capable worker. By the time he arrived to hire me, the swelling around my eyes had diminished sufficiently to allow [...]

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  • Tibetan Caravans
    Tibetan Caravans

    Born into an eminent merchant family in Ladakh in 1918, Khwaja Abdul Wahid Radhu, often described as ‘the last caravaneer of Tibet and Central Asia’, led an unusual life of adventure, inspiration and enlightenment. His ancestors and elders, and later he, had the honour of leading the biannual caravan between Ladakh and Tibet, which carried […]

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