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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 [...]

The Sari of Surya Vilas

The Sari of Surya Vilas

By Vayu Naidu

Click here to buy The Sari of Surya Vilas Surya Vilas had become a house of silences and grown-ups. However, with the ceremony there was the hope of festivity. For most girls, it was a time when mothers would initiate their daughters into the rite of passage of the ‘householder’. But here Allarmelu was at once handling the finances, the staff and [...]

Kautik on Embers

Kautik on Embers

By Uddhav J. Shelke

Click here to buy Kautik on Embers Mondays the mill was closed for the weekly Hinganghat market. Godubai was at home. She’d got to know what had happened. So she stopped Mahadev on the verandah and asked him in a warm, caring voice, ‘Mahadevbapu, did Govinda say, do something to hurt you?’ As usual Mahadev didn’t answer. So she coaxed, ‘Would you like [...]

The Sun and Two Seas

The Sun and Two Seas

By Vikramajit Ram

‘There is one more matter,’ the Secretary said quietly. ‘Quick. I am tired.’ ‘You might prefer to read it for yourself.’ Most unusual. Narasimha eased open the birch-bark document. His eyebrows shot up taking in the signature seal: Sovereign Cadambagiri. With an incredulous laugh, he began to read: Salutation Sovereign | We offer felicitations on your routing of the Bengal threat and gratitude thereof for [...]

Out of War

Out of War

By Swati Sengupta

The blood was oozing steadily, so she stuffed the wound with cloth and began to walk—slow, staggering steps at first. Then she increased the pace and managed to walk on. The cloth soaked up the blood and slowly, the flow reduced; it only oozed a bit and fresh pieces of cloth pressed tightly against the wound seemed to have stopped the bleeding for now. Two bullets that had pierced her skin and flesh were still wedged in her abdomen, so she [...]

Thamel

Thamel

By Rabi Thapa

Picture me for a moment in the southern, quasi-rural reaches of the Kathmandu Valley, my back to the city. I’m looking out onto the green, concrete-crested ridge linking Chobhar and Kirtipur, and the darker, rain-drenched mountains beyond. I’m thinking about Thamel. I’m thinking about a square kilometre of Kathmandu comprising 4,000 businesses, which five decades ago was nothing more than a sparsely populated neighbourhood of ethnic Newars [...]

Son of the Thundercloud

Son of the Thundercloud

By Esterine Kire

DANCE OF THE STARS ‘What is your name, traveller?’ the older woman asked. She was the taller of the two, and less spectral, despite her painfully gaunt appearance. As for her sister, Pele thought that someone could easily mistake her for a length of crushed black velvet cloth blowing in the wind. Not that there was anything of the finesse of velvet about her, but it was the way she looked so ephemeral, like the wind would blow her away [...]

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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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