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Harilal & Sons

Harilal & Sons

By Sujit Saraf

Click here to buy Harilal & Sons. Hari soon discovered that a boy of twelve could do little but sit around the office and wait to be sent out on errands—a glass of rose sherbet for Khemchandji, a message to the durbaan at the door, a trip to collect rent from the flour mill. When he was dispatched to collect on debts, the amounts were small—125 was a pittance, he [...]

Immoderate Men

Immoderate Men

By Shikhandin

Click here to buy Immoderate Men. Shasti Babu chewed on a guava twig and contemplated his banana tree. The tip of the twig had become a brush after two minutes between his teeth. He spat out loose fibre and massaged his teeth and gums. The banana tree grew at a slant on the tiny patch of land adjoining his back door, and almost tipped over into Nani Gopal’s house. [...]

Tourist Season

Tourist Season

By Jaina Sanga

Click here to buy Tourist Season. From Tourist Season: The tourist woman stepped this way and that, scanning the shelves slowly, without purpose or urgency. Whatever had she come to buy? She had glanced in Ramchander’s direction when he turned on the light. He hoped she had not come for Stayfree or Femcare, which he kept in a cardboard box at the [...]

The Woman in the Bazaar

The Woman in the Bazaar

By Alice Perrin

Click here to buy The Woman in the Bazaar. UP country in India spring is a period of conflicting impressions. The sharp—sometimes almost too sharp—bite of the cold season has yielded to a warm and languorous atmosphere, perfumed powerfully with mango blossom; dew still beads the grass at dawn; English flowers luxuriate, impelled to rarer bloom and [...]

Lords of the Global Village

Lords of the Global Village

By Ranendra

Click here to buy Lords of the Global Village. But that day was neither a festival day, nor was it Thursday or Friday. The crowd looked angry. The light-hearted feeling of the festivals was absent. I reckoned Ramchan had created some problem. But I was wrong. Today’s crowd had not arrived with a grievance against Ramchan. It was one of the village [...]

Intimacy Undone

Intimacy Undone

By Malavika Rajkotia

Click here to buy Intimacy Undone. Once the couple are stitched together ‘in law’, they have to find their own way together. Various types of differences, such as cultural or familial divergence, may make for odd clashes but do not necessarily lead to a higher chance of divorce, just as a seamless coming together from the same background does not guarantee a good [...]

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Tiger

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Tiger

By Prerna Singh Bindra

Click here to buy When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Tiger. One night Ma decided that we should learn how to hunt for our food. There are so many animals in the jungle that we can hunt – deer, wild pigs, monkeys, hare and sometimes even the mighty elephant. But isn’t it cruel, Ma? No, she said, they are our food. If we don’t eat some of the [...]

And Gazelles Leaping

And Gazelles Leaping

By Sudhin N. Ghose

Click here to buy And Gazelles Leaping. ‘ was, I believe, the sweetest of all the pets known to the children of Our School. Mohan was my favourite—so much so that I used to call him my Mohan, though he did not really belong to me. Sometimes I would call him Manmohan because I had an uncle who was so called, and he was much liked by all who knew him. My uncle [...]

Snowfed Waters

Snowfed Waters

By Jane Wilson-Howarth

Click here to buy Snowfed Waters. The sun wasn’t that high in the sky but it was getting unpleasantly hot already. It was hard keeping up with Moti. I started to feel a little out of breath. I was so unfit. Moti must have sensed I was struggling, because she turned to allow me to catch up. After a few moments, she asked me, ‘Memsahib is angrez?’ [...]

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 [...]

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