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One Out of Two

One Out of Two

By Daniel Sada

Click here to buy One Out of Two Now, how to say it? One out of two, or two in one, or what? The Gamal sisters were identical. To say, as people do, “They were like two peas in a pod,” the same age, the same height, and wearing, by choice, the same hairdo. Moreover, they both must have weighed around 130 pounds—let’s move into the present—: [...]

Dispossessed

Dispossessed

By Ashwin Parulkar, Saba Sharma, Amod Shah, Shikha Sethia, Rhea John, Anhad Imaan and Annie Baxi

Click here to buy Dispossessed From ‘To See and Be Seen’ by Saba Sharma It is a Tuesday, and this means many residents of the basti will go out into the city to beg for food, rice, money and sometimes the rotting vegetables discarded by others. You take what you get— as Savitri puts it, ‘some people give, other people don’t. [...]

No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight

No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight

By Parimal Bhattacharya

Click here to buy No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight PEMBA’S UMBRELLA Fifty kilometres from Darjeeling, the motorable road ended at Rimbik, on the edge of the Singalila National Park. In those days it was a sleepy settlement under the shadow of dense, forested mountains. We stayed in the house of a local Newari man named Shiva [...]

The Secret Life of Zika Virus

The Secret Life of Zika Virus

By Kalpish Ratna

Click here to buy The Secret Life of Zika Virus. Aëdes to Zika, an Infectious Journey As May became June in 2017, headlines hollered Zika Virus in Bapunagar! Named for the Mahatma, this locality of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, was known only for religious riots and the detergent Nirma. Zika Virus is carried by the common mosquito [...]

The Diary of a Nobody

The Diary of a Nobody

By George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith

Click here to buy The Diary of a Nobody. April 27.—Painted the bath red, and was delighted with the result. Sorry to say Carrie was not, in fact we had a few words about it. She said I ought to have consulted her, and she had never heard of such a thing as a bath being painted red. I replied: “It’s merely a matter of taste.” Fortunately, further [...]

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 [...]

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