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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 [...]

The Exodus Is Not Over

The Exodus Is Not Over

By Nandita Haksar

‘Pack your clothes. I have booked your tickets on the morning bus tomorrow. We have found two girls going to Delhi. You can go with them.’ Atim had been waiting for this moment, but now that it had arrived she was overwhelmed by feelings she could not describe in words. But her father was calm. He handed her the money he had kept for the occasion. Several weeks ago, he had sold one of his goats for Rs 1,500, which he gave his daughter. He [...]

The Pocket Kamasutra

The Pocket Kamasutra

By Alka Pande

Click here to buy The Pocket KamasutraDharma is better than Artha, and Artha is better than Kama. But Artha should always be first practised by the king, for the livelihood of men is to be obtained from it. Again, Kama being the occupation of public women, they should prefer it to the other two. And these are [...]

Amba

Amba

By Laksmi Pamuntjak

Click here to buy Amba Chapter 7: Precipice When Bhisma bent down and whispered, “Would you like to go back outside? Get some fresh air?” she offered no resistance. She followed him wordlessly, not really noticing which way they were going until she saw the banyan tree they had sheltered under only the night before last. They ducked [...]

The Creature on the Moonlit Road

The Creature on the Moonlit Road

By Montague Rhodes (M. R.) James

Click here to buy The Creature on the Moonlit Road Lost Hearts It was, as far as I can ascertain, in September of the year 1811 that a post-chaise drew up before the door of Aswarby Hall, in the heart of Lincolnshire. The little boy who was the only passenger in the chaise, and who jumped out as soon as it had [...]

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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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