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Vampire in Love

Vampire in Love

By Enrique Vila-Matas

Click here to buy Vampire in Love. I’M NOT GOING TO READ ANY MORE EMAILS Erik Satie never used to open the letters he received, but he always answered them. He would check the sender’s name and address and write a reply. After he died, his friends found all those unopened letters and some felt quite upset, but there was no need to be. The letters were published [...]

Half-Open Windows

Half-Open Windows

By Ganesh Matkari

Click here to buy Half-Open Windows. From where I was sitting, I could see the sea. Far away. Really far away. Which means, if I were to go down, get out the car, and drive, it would take roughly an hour or an hour and a half to get there. That’s taking into account the 5:30 p.m. fuck-all traffic. But that’s no surprise. When you’re going from Point A to Point [...]

The Vermilion Boat

The Vermilion Boat

By Sudhin N. Ghose

Click here to buy The Vermilion Boat. When I called on Profulla Babu I found him surrounded by a number of my acquaintances. Daoud Benisraeli was among them, and was their spokesman: he had presented Profulla Babu with a teaser. Ben was complaining about the stupidity of the university authorities. At an examination several scores of answer papers were found [...]

The Flame of the Forest

The Flame of the Forest

By Sudhin N. Ghose

Click here to buy The Flame of the Forest. Myna’s soprano voice was like that of a song-bird in ecstasy, pouring its heart out in melodious notes. And the words of her chant! They were as exquisite as her voice. She recounted Radha’s story in songs and dances to the enthralled listeners: they sat cross-legged in serried circles round her on the stone-paved [...]

Curry

Curry

By Colleen Taylor Sen

Click here to buy Curry. WHAT IS CURRY? No source of influence in cookery . . . has exceeded imperialism. . . . The tides of empire run in two directions: first, the flow outward from an imperial center creates metropolitan diversity and ‘frontier’ cultures – cuisines of miscegenation – at the edges of empires. Then the ebb of imperial retreat carries home colonists [...]

Bombay Modern

Bombay Modern

By Anjali Nerlekar

Click here to buy Bombay Modern. Arun Kolatkar was born on November 1, 1931, in Kolhapur, a large heartland city of the state of Maharashtra. There was English and Western art in his world through his father’s influence and exposure to Indian art through the company he kept as a young adolescent in Kolhapur, and the young Arun Kolatkar grew up in a multilingual [...]

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 [...]

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