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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 [...]

Shared Tables

Shared Tables

By Kaumudi Marathé

Click here to buy Shared Tables. If my hunger is for love, the manifestation of it, food, is a metaphor for everything life holds: chemistry, physics, medicine, nutrition. We need food to survive. But from a young age, love was given to me tenderly on a plate so I also see food as memory and comfort. It is my muse, my inspiration, my way to give love. I did start my [...]

Pocket Piketty

Pocket Piketty

By Jesper Roine

Click here to buy Pocket Piketty . Does capitalism have a natural tendency to reinforce differences in people’s income and wealth? Or is it per¬haps the other way around—initial differences become smaller as the economy develops? Perhaps this phe¬nomenon has varied between societies, and over time. To what extent does the answer depend on the way the economy is [...]

Eve Out of Her Ruins

Eve Out of Her Ruins

By Ananda Devi

Click here to buy Eve Out of Her Ruins. EVE: Pencil. Eraser. Ruler. Paper. Gum. I played blind man’s bluff with the things I wanted. I was a child, but not entirely. I was twelve years old. I shut my eyes and held out my hand. My fingers closed on air. I shivered in my thin clothes. I thought everything was within reach. I made moonlight shine in the boys’ [...]

Star of India

Star of India

By Alice Perrin

Click here to buy Star of India. Stella felt she had been publicly flouted by Sher Singh, and though for the moment she was helpless, she resolved to tell Robert, when the party should be over, that for the future she expected Sher Singh to obey her. But when the guests had all departed, with many gratifying assurances of their enjoyment, her courage dwindled. Since [...]

Unforeseen Desires

Unforeseen Desires

By Anil Chopra

Click here to buy Unforeseen Desires. Arun cycled towards Rajpur Road. On this road were the estates of the elite. Hidden behind big gates adorned with bougainvillea creepers were lush green lawns with groves of litchi trees. He loved to ride his bike on this deserted road. There was never much traffic except for the tourist taxis to Mussoorie. Beyond, he could see [...]

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