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Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

By Eka Kurniawan

Click here to buy Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash. They were walking along the pavement, each with a clove cigarette between their fingers. One was sucking on a Djarum, the other had never strayed from Gudang Garam. Gecko placed the clove in his mouth, let it hang there, and slipped both his hands into the pockets of his jeans. He bit the [...]

A Night with a Black Spider

A Night with a Black Spider

By Ambai

Click here to buy A Night with a Black Spider. From When Things Die Whenever she was invited to speak at events where she had to stand behind a podium that let others see only her face, she was always reminded of her mother and her veena. Both her mother and her mother’s mother had been of short stature. Even as an adult, her mother had been [...]

Shiva’s Drum

Shiva’s Drum

By Chandrasekhar Kambar

Click here to buy Shiva’s Drum. Baramegowda heads Shivapura. Didn’t I say that Shivapura, which only had mythology, entered history with the coming of the British? The first historical figure of Shivapura was Dyamegowda. He was born in the Gownda clan, whose folk had seen small-time glory as subsidiary rulers under the Muslim king of Pashchapura. Gowda’s people had [...]

The Division of Heaven and Earth

The Division of Heaven and Earth

By Shokdung

Click here to buy The Division of Heaven and Earth From the vantage point of history, it is truly gratifying to see the Tibetan people, at the start of the twenty-first century, standing up for freedom and equality, rights, democracy and religious freedom on the broadest terms, with sincerity and determination. Whether this peaceful [...]

Tibetan Caravans

Tibetan Caravans

By Abdul Wahid Radhu

Click here to buy Tibetan Caravans. On his throne, dominating the presence, the Dalai Lama was seated cross-legged. He was then a child of less than eight years but his innocent face already seemed imprinted with dignity and authority. Behind him, the highest dignitaries, the regent at their head, didn’t take their eyes off him, as if he were their prisoner, whilst [...]

The Shah of Chicago

The Shah of Chicago

By Nate Rabe

Click here to buy The Shah of Chicago. As Jack got out of the car, a guard with a red turban and starched white uniform strode forward and asked firmly, ‘What business?’ ‘I’m looking for Nanima.’ Jack stared at the house. There had to be at least seven or eight bedrooms in that place. And get a load of that marble! He walked towards the gate [...]

Azadi’s Daughter: A Memoir

Azadi’s Daughter: A Memoir

By Seema Mustafa

Click here to buy Azadi's Daughter: A Memoir. I recall my first, and perhaps only, real interaction with the indomitable Ramnath Goenka who owned The Indian Express. I was particularly incensed about the fact that the Indian government had set a new precedent by giving financial help for the movie Gandhi to a foreigner; what my naïve mind saw as a [...]

The Ring of Truth

The Ring of Truth

By Wendy Doniger

Click here to buy The Ring of Truth. The Ring of the Bodhisattva The Buddhists told the story of Shakuntala (without mentioning her name) in two of the texts called Jatakas (stories of the Buddha’s previous births), sometime between the fourth century BCE and the fifth century CE. These stories are notoriously difficult to date precisely, so we cannot [...]

The White Umbrella

The White Umbrella

By Brian Sewell

Click here to buy The White Umbrella. It was when, still in the centre of the city, Mr B asked to be directed to the road into Persia that he realised how alone he was and how far he had to go, for no one seemed to understand him until the fifth or sixth man whom he asked, and he it was who roared with laughter at the question – though not unkindly. [...]

Mishti, the Mirzapuri Labrador

Mishti, the Mirzapuri Labrador

By Gillian Wright

Click here to buy Mishti, the Mirzapuri Labrador. MISHTI FINDS A HOME Mishti was born in the town of Mirzapur on the banks of the Ganga, where the great river takes a sharp turn on her way down to the holy city of Benares. Mishti didn’t know she was born there, she just knew the warmth of her mother and the taste of milk. After two weeks, little [...]

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